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Wisconsin School of Business Welcomes 12 New Faculty Members

by Devin Lowe Thursday, August 28, 2014

This week, the Wisconsin BBA program will enroll a record-breaking 1,028 new undergraduate students. To better serve our growing student population and continue our tradition of research excellence, the Wisconsin School of Business welcomes 12 new faculty members this fall—for total of 23 new faculty members in the last two years.

“They were trained in great places, they have great research potential, and the more senior among them have already established records of research excellence,” says Chip Hunter, senior associate dean. “They had other choices, but when they heard what we had to say about our vision, and our aim to be an exemplary school of business in a public research university, they decided ‘this is where I want to take the next step in my career.’”

Six of WSB’s seven academic departments will add new faculty, most notably the Accounting and Information Systems department, which adds four new professors for the second year in a row.

The Wisconsin School of Business and its faculty and staff are excited to welcome each of the following members to the Business Badger family. Their unique expertise, research interests, and passion for education will help shape today’s students into tomorrow’s business leaders.

Accounting and Information Systems

Dereck BarrDereck D. Barr, assistant professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in May 2014. He is a certified public accountant (CPA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and his background includes both internal and external auditing. As an assistant professor, Barr will teach intermediate accounting this fall. His research examines factors that impact auditor judgments and how auditors and managers interact.

Emily GriffithEmily Griffith, assistant professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in May 2014. She is a CPA with three years of public accounting experience and a member of the first-ever class in the AICPA Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program. Griffith’s research interests include auditor judgments about non-verifiable information.

Dan LynchDan Lynch, assistant professor, received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2014 and will be teaching in the areas of taxation and financial accounting this fall. He is a CPA with two years of public accounting experience in corporate and individual taxation. Lynch’s research focuses on corporate tax avoidance, how regulation affects the behavior of companies, and how financial and tax reporting intersect.

Logan SteeleLogan Steele, assistant professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2011. Before coming to Wisconsin, Steele taught at the University of Connecticut for three years. Prior to starting his academic career, he worked in public accounting and received an MBA from Western Washington University. Steele’s research interests involve the relationship between the underlying operations of firms and their financial reporting outcomes. 

Management and Human Resources

SaradaSarada, assistant professor, received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego in 2011 and will be teaching an entrepreneurial finance course this fall. Prior to joining the MHR department at Wisconsin, she conducted post-doctoral research at Duke University. Her research centers on the economics of entrepreneurship and investigates who becomes an entrepreneur, what financial incentives motivate them, and what factors determine entrepreneurial success. 

Jihae ShinJihae Shin, assistant professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Her research interests include work motivation, creativity, and decision making under uncertainty. In 2011, her work was published in The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation.

Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance

Ty LevertyTyler Leverty, associate professor, received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2005. Leverty began his academic career at the University of Iowa, teaching courses in corporate and financial risk management from 2005 until 2014. His research focuses on the economics of insurance markets, public policy issues in insurance, and financial institutions in markets. 

Anita MukherjeeAnita Mukherjee, assistant professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. This fall, she will be teaching a new business analytics course that brings together data management, statistics, and computing to generate strategic intelligence. Her research fields are public and development economics, and her current research includes understanding the impact of private prison contracting on the delivery of justice in the United States penal system. 


Paul HobanPaul Hoban, assistant professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2014. His dissertation received the Xavier Drèze Prize for best research paper at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Hoban researches consumer response to advertising, promotion, and word-of-mouth online, as well as firm decision-making under competition. 

Page MoreauC. Page Moreau, professor of business, John R. Nevin Chair in Marketing, and Academic Director of Center for Brand and Product Management, received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1998. She previously held faculty positions in marketing at the University of Colorado boulder and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her research focuses on consumer learning and knowledge transfer, new product development, and creativity and design. 

Operations and Information Management

Hessam BavafaHessam Bavafa, assistant professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He specializes in healthcare operations and his research interests include econometric analysis and stochastic modeling in healthcare delivery, hospital resource management, and physician workload. 

Finance, Investment and Banking

Roberto RobattoRoberto Robatto, assistant professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2014. He will be teaching a course on investments in the spring of 2015. Robatto’s primary research involves analyzing where banking, macroeconomics, and monetary policy meet.