Renowned Researchers Join UH Bauer Faculty

Published on September 10, 2009

UH Bauer Announces Seven New Faculty Appointments

The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business has added seven new faculty members to its ranks for the fall 2009 semester, including several renowned researchers and talented professors.

“Having a strong, world-class faculty roster has long been a hallmark of our business school,” said Arthur Warga, Dean, Bauer College. “We continue to be aggressive in recruiting the best candidates in the market and our seven new tenure track faculty members are a reflection of this commitment to have the best minds for the classroom and research.”

Rex Du is an associate professor in the Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship and received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His research interests are in the areas of customer relationship management, retail category management, marketing metrics and performance evaluation, household consumption and financial portfolio, database marketing and new product diffusion and sales forecasting. In early 2009, Du was recognized by the Marketing Science Institute as a MSI Young Scholar, a designation for leaders of the “next generation” of marketing academics.

Kris Jacobs is a professor in the Department of Finance and previously was on the faculty at McGill University. Jacobs received his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include investments, derivatives, credit risk, volatility and asset pricing.

Carla Jones joins the Bauer faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Management and received her Ph.D. in strategic management from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Her research interests focus on how the dynamics or relationships among top executives may serve as a resource.

Christo Karuna is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and previously was an assistant professor in accounting at the University of California at Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in accounting from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Karuna’s research interests include corporate governance, managerial performance evaluation and executive compensation.

Yi (Vicky) Liu is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Management. She was a Ph.D. student at Georgia Institute of Technology before coming to Bauer. Her research interests include organizational change, leadership, creativity and multilevel research methods.

Vanessa Patrick is an associate professor in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include affect (mood and emotions), art and aesthetics, hedonics and luxury branding, and intertemporal issues in choice and consumption. Patrick received her Ph.D. from the Marshall School of Business at USC. In early 2009, she was recognized along with new Bauer faculty member Rex Du as a MSI Young Scholar, and her research on luxury branding was the focus of an article in TIME magazine.

Jinyoung Park Wynn joins the Department of Accountancy & Taxation as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. in accounting at Purdue University. Wynn’s research interests include financial reporting, corporate governance and capital market.

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