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Faculty News

November 7, 2019

Kenneth R. White has been voted as president-elect of the American Academy of Nursing. White, an endowed professor at both UVA’s School of Nursing and Medical Center who also holds joint academic appointments in the School of Medicine, McIntire School, and Darden School, is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at UVA Health. He will serve as the academy’s president-elect through fall 2021, then assume the two-year presidency from 2021 to 2023. He is the first UVA faculty member to lead the American Academy of Nursing.

October 29, 2019

In an Oct. 24, 2019, Harvard Business Review article titled "The Risks of AutoML and How to Avoid Them," Ahmed Abbasi and Brent Kitchens and their co-author, Graduate Research Assistant Faizan Ahmad, propose methods for avoiding the hazards of using advanced machine learning methods with large-scale search query data.

October 28, 2019

David Mick is one of two recipients of the 2020 Fellow in Consumer Behavior Award. The fellowship is the highest honor that the Association for Consumer Research grants in recognition of an individual’s contribution to scholarly work in consumer behavior over an extended period of time. Since the award was instituted almost 40 years ago, only 37 individuals have been bestowed this honor.


October 25, 2019

A paper by Amanda Cowen and Nicole Votolato Montgomery titled “How Leader Gender Influences External Audience Response to Organizational Failures” has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The two found that consumers’ trust in, and willingness to support, an organization after a failure varied based on the gender of the organization’s leader and the nature of the failure. Their research was also featured in an Oct. 24, 2019, UVA Today article titled “‘Adam’ vs. ‘Abigail’: How Consumers View Male and Female CEOs Differently.”

October 15, 2019

David Lehman, along with Professors Bruce Cooil and Rangaraj Ramanujam of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, explained the findings of their Journal of Management paper, “The Effects of Rule Complexity on Organizational Noncompliance and Remediation: Evidence from Restaurant Health Inspections,” in an Oct. 7, 2019, Harvard Business Review article titled "Why Some Rules Are More Likely to Be Broken."  While many studies have aimed to determine which organizations are more susceptible to a lax attitude that lends itself to rule breaking, Lehman and his colleagues focused on the rules themselves, discovering that the design of rules can actually be the root cause for noncompliance in organizations.

October 4, 2019

In the Sept. 30, 2019, installment of tech website Gizmodo’s series “Giz Asks,” Ryan Wright joined a panel of fellow cybersecurity experts weighing in on how it would be possible to shut down the entire internet.

September 19, 2019

A paper co-authored by Amar Cheema (with Yi Zhang and Ronald T. Wilcox), titled “The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Spending: The Role of Repayment Format,” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

September 12, 2019

David Mick was interviewed by “Humankind” host David Freudberg for a program titled “Whole Teachers, Whole Students.” In part one of the two-part broadcast, Mick discusses efforts to stimulate a more contemplative environment at UVA and around Charlottesville. NPR stations around the country will air the program at different times, but it can be listened to online at any time. “Humankind” is a public radio documentary show distributed by NPR and PRX and produced in association with WGBH/Boston.

September 11, 2019

Peter Gray and his Babson College colleagues Rob Cross and Thomas H. Davenport discuss how analytics is helping organizations to change not only how their people can work together more efficiently, but also how diagnosing and streamlining collaboration can support employee performance, satisfaction, and retention in a Sept. 10, 2019, MIT Sloan Management Review article titled “Collaborate Smarter, Not Harder.” Their discussion is the lead article in the publication’s special report on collaboration.


September 11, 2019

Jeffrey Lovelace presented his co-authored paper, “The Push and Pull of Attaining CEO Celebrity,” at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation’s annual symposium Aug. 29, 2019. Lovelace and his co-authors Jonathan Bundy (Arizona State University), Timothy Pollock (University of Tennessee Knoxville), and Donald Hambrick (Penn State University) ask the question, “Why do some CEOs become celebrities, while others with seemingly equal accomplishments do not?” CEO celebrity can yield valuable validation for CEOs, but it can also go to their heads, causing various combinations of complacency, risk taking, and hubris that negatively affect firm performance. Their study identifies how distinctive firm strategies, a CEO’s individual characteristics, and self-promotion activities enhance the likelihood of celebrity attainment.