An article by Help Desk Manager Eric Rzeszut, titled “Newbies Learning from Each Other: The EDUCAUSE New IT Managers Program,” was published July 19, 2016, in The Professional Development Commons of EDUCAUSE Review. In October, Assistant Dean for Technology & Operations Bryan Lewis and Rzeszut presented at the 2016 EDUCAUSE annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.
David Mick was recently appointed as the inaugural special guest editor of Journal of Consumer Research, published by Oxford University and widely regarded as the leading international publication outlet for consumer behavior scholarship. The new position and change in JCR’s publication policy will allow the journal’s current head editors to submit their own research to JCR for publication consideration. Mick has full editorial control over the review of these submissions, including assignment of reviewers and final decisions as to whether the manuscripts will be published.
Felicia Marston is the recipient of the Order of the Claw and Dagger’s award for outstanding teaching.
Rebecca Leonard was tapped to serve as the School’s first-ever Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, effective Aug. 1, 2016. In her new role, Leonard chairs the School’s five-year-old Diversity Advisory Committee, oversees implementation of the School’s strategic diversity initiatives, and seeks opportunities to continue a longstanding tradition of consistently enhancing the culture and climate at McIntire. Leonard’s new role, as well as the School’s comprehensive Strategic Diversity Plan, was developed by a dedicated Diversity Task Force, assembled early in 2016 by McIntire Dean Carl Zeithaml.
A paper by Steven Johnson was selected by the Academy of Management Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division as the Best Published Paper in 2015. The paper, co-authored with Hani Safadi and Samer Faraj, “The Emergence of Online Community Leadership,” appeared in the March 2015 issue of Information Systems Research.
Bevin Etienne led the first group of UVA students to the Caribbean country of Dominica in May 2016 as part of his course, “Social Entrepreneurship in Dominica.” The course, offered through the Batten School, allowed students to gain hands-on social entrepreneurship experience in a small, developing island-state where start-ups are crucial to the economy.
A Harvard Business Review article by Rob Cross titled “Collaborative Overload” has been selected to appear in a new book by Harvard Business Review Press, HBR's 10 Must Reads 2017. Co-written with Wharton's Adam Grant and Reb Rebele, the article, which explores the authors' fascinating work on the phenomenon of collaborative excess in the workplace, was featured on the cover of Harvard Business Review earlier this year. HBR's 10 Must Reads 2017 is latest installment in HBR's 10 Must Reads series, which presents the definitive collections of ideas and best practices around particular topics and ideas. Other titles in the series include HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself, HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy, and HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership. Cross’ work on collaborative overload was also featured in a June 28, 2016, Wall Street Journal article titled “So Busy at Work, No Time to Do the Job.” (Non-subscribers can access the full article by googling “So Busy at Work No Time to Do the Job.”)
Mary Erickson retired at the end of the spring 2016 semester. Erickson, who taught introduction to financial accounting at the McIntire School since 2007 as well as financial statement analysis and forecasting, began her professional career in public accounting as an auditor specializing in the insurance industry. She was also employed as an investment professional specializing in credit analysis and fixed-income portfolio management and as a faculty member teaching accounting and finance courses at George Mason University. Most recently, she served as Director of Examination Development for CFA Institute, where she designed and assisted in the evaluation of questions appearing on the Chartered Financial Analyst examinations. Erickson holds CPA and CFA designations and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and CFA Institute. She continues to be involved with the development of professional examinations. She earned an M.B.A. from George Mason University and a B.S. from Pittsburg State University.
Susan Perry Williams retired at the end of the spring 2016 semester. Williams, who held the KPMG Professorship in Professional Accounting, joined McIntire in 1990. During her tenure at the School, Williams served as Accounting Area Coordinator for 10 years and in 2014 was one of three recipients of the Jefferson Scholars Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia. Williams specializes in financial accounting, international accounting, and accounting theory. Her teaching interests include advanced accounting, governmental accounting, special topics in financial reporting, international accounting, and strategic cost accounting. With a research focus on corporate governance issues and earnings management, she published articles in a variety of academic and accounting journals and regularly serves as a reviewer for academic journals. She also presented papers at many academic conferences, including conferences in Turku, Finland; Taipei, Taiwan; Singapore; and Kazakhstan. Williams holds CPA and CMA certifications and chaired and held committee appointments with committees of the American Accounting Association. In addition to her membership in the American Accounting Association, she holds memberships in the Institute of Management Accountants and the Pacioli Society. She earned a Ph.D. in Accounting and M.B.A. from University of Wisconsin—Madison, and a B.S. in Accounting from University of Wisconsin—Parkside.
David C. Smith was quoted in a May 10, 2016, Vegas Inc. story titled "New Database Highlights Nevada’s Connection to Panama Papers."