The Haslam College of Business welcomes sixteen new faculty members

October 11, 2016

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam College of Business welcomes sixteen new faculty members this fall. The cohort divides evenly between professors and lecturers joining the departments of accounting and information management, economics, management, and marketing and supply chain management.

The new hires bring almost 150 years of combined industry experience, coupling it with well over a century of teaching experience. They carry a global perspective, with backgrounds representing Spain, Ireland, China and Nigeria.

Accounting & Information Management

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James Myers is the Dennis Hendrix Distinguished Professor of Accounting. His research focuses on valuation, earnings management, and auditing. He has published top journals including the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, and Review of Accounting Studies and his papers have been cited more than 3,500 times. The joint research conducts with his wife, Linda, has been awarded the Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award, the American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Best Paper Award and an award for Outstanding Accounting Review Article of the Year. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

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Linda Myers is a distinguished professor of accounting and holds the Haslam Chair of Business. She also serves as director of Haslam’s doctoral program in accounting. Myers’s research interests include audit markets, corporate disclosure, and financial reporting quality. She has published in a number of top accounting journals and her work is regularly cited by the business press, as well the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Myers has been invited to present her research at more than 20 universities in the U.S., Canada, England, Estonia, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, and Taiwan. She earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan.

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Kathleen Powers is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Management. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and prior to that worked as a tax manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, D.C., and Zurich, Switzerland. Her undergraduate degree is in business and accounting from North Carolina State University and has a Master’s of Accountancy from the Ohio State University. Powers’s research interests include the effect of corporate governance on firms’ tax policy, investors’ use of tax disclosures and tax-related frictions in capital markets.

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Amanda Warren joins the Department of Accounting and Information Management as a lecturer. A CPA, she received her bachelor’s in accounting, as well as her Master of Accountancy, from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the faculty, Warren spent six years in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

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Alycia Winegardner joins the Department of Accounting and Information Management as a lecturer. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee, and is a CPA. After a short stint in public accounting, Winegardner transitioned to private industry, eventually gaining the position of CFO of a management company in West Knoxville.



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Enda Patrick Hargaden is an assistant professor of economics with a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Hargaden is an applied microeconomist with a focus on taxation and public policy. He earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan in 2016 and previously studied at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.



profile picture of Ifedapo Adeleye

Ifedapo (Dapo) Adeleye is a lecturer in the Department of Management. He joins Haslam after a decade with the Lagos Business School in Nigeria where he served in several senior leadership positions. Adeleye has taught undergraduate to executive education and worked in Africa, Europe, and North America. He has consulted and directed executive education programs for numerous organizations including GE, Coca-Cola, and Chevron. Adeleye received his doctorate from the University of Manchester and earned master’s degrees in economics and human resources from Cardiff University.

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Shawn Carson is lecturer in in the Department of Management. He also serves as director of technical and operational assistance for Three Roots Capital. Prior to this role, he spent eleven years as director of venture development with Technology 2020, and 16 years with Knoxville-based Computational Systems, Incorporated (CSI). Carson holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from East Carolina University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, is a doctoral candidate in education from East Tennessee State University.

profile picture of Eva Cowell

Eva Cowell joined Haslam’s Department of Management as a full-time lecturer. She is a Haslam alumna and earned her doctorate here in 2010. Cowell spent the last six years at Tusculum College, where she became an associate professor and chaired the department of management and marketing. She actively pursues alternate instructional exercises to engage her students and is passionate about helping others reach their full potential.

profile picture of David Gras

David Gras joins Haslam as an assistant professor in the Department of Management. He holds a doctorate in entrepreneurship from Syracuse University, a master’s in marketing from Clemson University, and a bachelor’s in management from Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the antecedents of business performance and competitive advantage. Within these areas, Gras explores the financial impacts of corporate social responsibility, new venture diversification, strategic decisions, and entrepreneurial characteristics.

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Austin Lance is a lecturer in the Department of Management. He is president of Lance Associates and has 44 years of business experience and is president of Lance Associates. Prior to beginning his management consulting company, Austin was vice president and general manger of a global foodservice packaging division International Paper Corporation and spent 22 years with Mead Corporation. He earned his accounting degree from UT before obtaining an MBA from the University of Dayton.

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Lindsay Mahony is a lecturer and interim assistant department head in the Department of Management. She received her MBA from Washington State University and bachelor’s in philosophy from Western Washington University. Prior to joining Haslam, Mahony was a lecturer at Washington State University and Pellissippi State Community College and worked as a program manager for Amazon in Seattle and as construction subcontract engineer at Washington Closure Hanford in Richland, Washington.

profile picture of Roberto Ragozzino

Roberto Ragozzino joined the Department of Management as the Haslam Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research lies in corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, and international management focusing on business phenomena through an economic lens. His work has been published in several journals, includingEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Organization Science,Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies,and Strategic Management Journal. Before joining Haslam, Ragozzino spent three years in Barcelona, Spain, working at ESADE Business School and earned his doctorate at The Ohio State University.

profile picture of Codou Samba

Codou Samba is an assistant professor in the Department of Management. She obtained her doctorate in business administration from the University of Houston, and her primary research stream is at the intersection of strategic leadership and organizational decision processes. Samba holds an MBA from University of Houston and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she worked as a chemical engineer for five years at Rohm and Haas Company (now Dow Chemical Company).


Marketing Supply Chain Management

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Randall (Randy) Rose is a visiting professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Rose has worked in the retail and pulp and paper industries, consulted with a variety of companies, and is a veteran of the United States Army. At USC he served as the executive director of doctoral programs and chair of the marketing department. Rose’s research on persuasion, social influence, payment mechanisms, and various aspects of consumer culture have been published in many top journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Retailing,and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. He obtained his doctorate from The Ohio State University.

profile picture of Sophie Xiao

Sophie Xiao is an assistant professor of marketing. She earned her doctorate in marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her primary research interests include firms’ innovation strategies and consumers’ adoption and resistance to new products. Her research has been published in the Journal of Service Research,Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, andInternational Marketing Review.