Faculty Forum

College Names New Associate Deans

The UTSA College of Business has made several administrative changes this past year to better reflect the college’s strategic priorities.


Pamela Smith, professor of accounting, was named associate dean of graduate studies.

“We are delighted that Pamela has stepped in to lead graduate programming in the college,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair of the UTSA College of Business. “She will be charged with increasing graduate enrollment in the college and maintaining rigor in the college’s doctoral program.”

Since joining the College of Business faculty in 2001, Smith has been a high-performing teacher and researcher. She was named a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow from 2012-2014 and was selected for the college’s Teaching Honor Roll in 2015. Smith has also been an active participant in the PhD Project, which works to encourage the diversity of business school faculty.

In an effort to expand professional development opportunities to serve all business students, Lisa Montoya’s duties will now focus entirely on student professional development. Previously an associate dean for undergraduate studies and entrepreneurship, her title is now associate dean for professional development and international business programs.

Through her work in the Center for Student Professional Development, Montoya and her team will manage all student development and extracurricular activities including the international immersion programs.

retire“My priority is to expand upon our already successful professional development programs to produce students who will have the total package upon graduation—polished professional skills, leadership training, compelling internship opportunities as well as international experiences.”

Kevin Grant, associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, has been appointed as the new associate dean of undergraduate studies. An active scholar and teacher, Grant will be responsible for all undergraduate academic services.

“With an exceptional record of service, Dr. Grant will be instrumental as we restructure our undergraduate degree programs to facilitate a timely graduation process for all business students,” said Sanders.

Grant has taught at UTSA since 2000 and led the project management program. He has previously served as assistant dean for academic programs at the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Beladi Receives Endowed Chair

beladiHamid Beladi, professor of economics and associate dean for research in the UTSA College of Business, has been named the Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in Business.

A leading scholar in international economics, Beladi is a charter member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Researchers and was a recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization in 2014.

“Professor Beladi has a distinguished academic reputation and is a proven leader in the College of Business,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair. “As associate dean of research he has enhanced research contributions throughout the college. And, his personal research agenda contributes to the university’s mission to become a top-tier university.”

With more than 230 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, Beladi has published in a wide spectrum of high-quality and leading academic journals.

“It is an honor for me to receive the Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in Business,” said Beladi, who is the co-founder of the International Economics and Finance Society. “The endowed chair will enable me to advance my work in international trade and economics and will be used to advance knowledge and deliver leading-edge teaching to students.”

Beladi is also the editor of the International Review of Economics and Finance; associate editor of the Review of International Economics; managing editor of the North American Journal of Economics and Finance; advisory editor of International Review of Financial Analysis; and series editor of Frontiers of Economics and Globalization. Beladi has taught at UTSA since 2005.

New AT&T Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security Named

raoFollowing a comprehensive search process, H. Raghav Rao, a leading scholar in information assurance, was named the AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security in the UTSA College of Business.

“We are proud to welcome a top-tier scholar like Dr. Rao to the UTSA College of Business,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair. “Cyber security is an area of great importance not only to the college and UTSA, but also nationally. As the No. 1 ranked cyber security program in the nation, the College of Business will be able to build our reputation as a leading cyber security program under the leadership of Dr. Rao.”

“I’m excited to join UTSA’s Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security. The department is well known for its work in this field, and I was impressed by the quality of the faculty and students.”
-H. Raghav Rao

Rao’s research interests include information assurance, management information systems, emergency response management systems, decision support systems and e-business.

Helping to build UTSA’s reputation as a leading cyber security program, Rao has authored or co-authored more than 200 technical publications and co-edited four books. He is co-editor in chief of Information Systems Frontiers; advisory editor of Decision Support Systems; associate editor of ACM TMIS; and senior editor at MIS Quarterly. He also chairs a United Nations affiliated working group for Information Systems Security Research.

In addition to being a prolific scholar, he has also been successful in securing external grant funding. He currently has three ongoing National Science Foundation grants covering topics such as insider threat, phishing and the recent security breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He has also received funding for his research from the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency.

Prior to joining UTSA’s faculty, he served as the SUNY Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Buffalo, where he had worked since 1987.


McCarter Selected for Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

mccarterMatthew McCarter, associate professor of management in the UTSA College of Business, received the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System.

McCarter’s teaching method is rooted in experiential learning. He is known for assigning in-class exercises and semester-long projects that allow his students to apply management theory and internalize the practical value of the course material.

“I believe the best way to learn management theory and principles is to experience them,” McCarter said. “Experiential learning engages students and encourages them to develop and test their skills, making the students more marketable and resourceful in their work, family and community.”

One of the semester-long projects McCarter uses to teach theories of entrepreneurship, leadership, team dynamics and decision making is the Paper Clip Project. Student teams start with a single paper clip and negotiate a series of trades to obtain something of much greater value. In the past, students have traded their paper clips up for furniture, electronics, thousands of dollars in gift cards and enough frozen turkeys, stuffing and cranberries to provide a Thanksgiving meal to women and children at a local battered women’s shelter.

For another project, UTSA Apprentice, student teams plan, organize and execute external fundraising events to learn about goal setting, motivation and coping with surprises. Students in McCarter’s Organizational Behavior and Management class this spring helped generate nearly $25,000 for local charities through the UTSA Apprentice exercise.

“In less than three years since joining the College of Business, Dr. McCarter has quickly become a student favorite for his use of experiential and service learning projects in his management classes,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair. “His interactive style of learning not only engages students and helps them better understand the material through real world application, but also brings significant value to the community in the process.”

The Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards were established in 2008 to recognize faculty who demonstrate a history and promising future of sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching. Since the program’s inception, more than 40 UTSA faculty have received the award.


Dietrich Inducted Into Cyber Hall of Honor

dietrichGlenn Dietrich, professor of information systems and cyber security in the UTSA College of Business, was inducted into the inaugural class of the San Antonio Cyber Hall of Honor. The hall honors leaders and pioneers in the cyber security industry in San Antonio.

Dietrich was a co-founder and the first director of UTSA’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, and he also helped to develop the cyber security programming in the College of Business.

He has been instrumental in developing minors in technology management, digital forensics and data center and network management. More recently he is the lead researcher for UTSA’s Cyber P3 Initiative, which works to train Army reservists to fill critical cyber security positions with the federal government.