Nestle and Gerber/Taylor Professorships Awarded

August 22, 2016

Professors Christian Vossler and Rhonda Reger were recently appointed to two new endowed professorships established within the Haslam College of Business effective August 1, 2016.

Rhonda Reger was named the Nestle USA Endowed Professor of Business Administration. She serves as the doctoral studies director for the Department of Management and the director of research for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

“Tennessee is a wonderful and welcoming state in which to study entrepreneurship and to observe how the local entrepreneurial ecosystems develop,” Reger said. “The Haslam College of Business really understands the value of evidence-based management and entrepreneurship education.”

“Rhonda Reger is a globally recognized scholar in the areas of managerial cognition and identity,” said Anne Smith, King and Judy Rogers Professor in Business and head of the management department. “She has recently extended her research to entrepreneurship which is a strategic focus of the management department.”

Reger has won numerous awards for teaching and research both within and outside the university. Her research interests include strategic management and entrepreneurship, and her published work includes articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Strategic Management Journal. She has taught strategic management and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate level since her arrival at UT in 2013.

Christian Vossler holds the new Gerber/Taylor Endowed Professorship.

“I am proud to be a member of the economics department at the Haslam College of Business,” Vossler said. “I attribute much of my success to the talented colleagues and the generous support I have received since my arrival. I am honored to receive this professorship.”

Vossler currently serves on the Faculty Senate and Student Life Council, is director of the UT Experimental Economics Laboratory, a fellow of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Economics. He joined Haslam in 2003, after earning his doctorate from Cornell University.

“Christian stands out in many ways, including in his roles as the department’s graduate program director and as co-editor of two major academic journals,” said William Neilson, J. Fred Holly Chair of Excellence and head of the economics department. “Most importantly for us, though, he has built an international reputation as one of the world’s foremost experts on techniques for eliciting valuations for environmental goods and natural resources.”

Vossler is an applied micro-economist whose research primarily focuses on environmental and public economics issues. He has published in the RAND Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics and other prestigious academic journals. His research has been supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also currently serves as a co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and a co-editor of Environmental & Resource Economics.