Huntsman Alumni Magazine

Fall 2007

Seven new faculty members arrive at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

There are seven new players on the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business team and they are all starters.

These professors have all had experience teaching and have earned top marks from their students. They have been published in national journals and their research has been quoted by other scholars.

Three of these professors were hired to strengthen our entrepreneurial focus. One professor will join our Department of Economics and another will become part of the School of Accountancy. The other two professors will be heading to the Department of Management Information Systems.

They each bring some remarkable strengths to the table and all have expressed strong support for the direction the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is going. Dean Douglas D. Anderson said they will play a key role in the progress of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business .

"Much of our future is riding on their shoulders," he said.

Chris Skousen
Chris Skousen

Jon M. Huntsman School of Business students will soon be offered a chance to sit on a board of directors.

They won't really have any corporate control, however. They will just need to test their ability to learn and teach each other if they take a class from Chris Skousen, a new professor joining the School of Accountancy.

Dr. Skousen said that he asks his students to act is if they are on the board of directors of a company and says it is their job to ask questions if they don't understand something. The approach must work. For the three years Skousen was at the University of Texas at Arlington he was among the top-rated teachers at the school. The first year he was eligible for the award, he was named teacher of the year. The university has a policy that the same teacher can't be named teacher of the year two years in a row or he might have taken the top honor again.

Skousen will bring more than just teaching skills to the university. At a time when the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is emphasizing the importance of ethical leadership, Skousen's area of research will come in handy. He has studied executive decision making, focusing on the attributes certain kinds of leaders bring to the job and how those attributes affect the kinds of decisions they make.

Carrie Belsito

Carrie Belsito

It doesn't sound like Carrie Belsito will have a lot of trouble adjusting to life at USU.

She said that she went into her job interviews here with the usual sense of trepidation that accompanies such experiences but left with a different feeling.

"When I left that interview," she said. "I had the warmest, most positive, comfortable feeling. I really enjoyed the people I met there."

It's likely the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is feeling the same way about her. She comes to USU with teaching experience at Texas A&M where, at press time, she was working on her Ph.D. in management. She's pent time investigating the role human resources executives play in an organization, based on the kind of discretion they exercise. Her work has also led her to consider how an entire organization can become stigmatized and gain an unwanted reputation because of unethical decisions made by its leaders.

It's all work that fits in well with the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business emphasis on ethical leadership. It's no wonder Belsito feels like she's found the right place to work.

Christopher Reutzel
Christopher Reutzel

It doesn't take much imagination to figure out why the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has hired Christopher Reutzel.

He said he's been studying the impact certain strategies can have on leaders and their career paths. Dr. Reutzel is particularly interested in understanding these dynamics within entrepreneurial settings.

With the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business putting increased emphasis on ethical leadership and entrepreneurship, the fit seems obvious.

Dr. Reutzel also comes to USU with a passion for teaching and impressive credentials. He earned the dean's award for outstanding teaching by a doctoral student at Texas A&M University. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Utah University with a double major in finance and accounting. He was the recipient of the Fash Research Fellowship at the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Reutzel said he feels like he's going home by coming to Utah State University to work. He used to come to Logan during the summer to visit his grandparents. He said he's also impressed with what he's learned about the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business .

"It just seemed like a place that is going somewhere and I wanted to be a part of that," he said of the college.

Katherine Chudoba

Katherine Chudoba

When Katherine Chudoba talks about virtual work that's not just code for imaginary work.

Dr. Chudoba, who is joining our Management Information Systems Department, is a nationally-known expert when it comes to virtual work and virtual teams.

As the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business puts increased emphasis on preparing students for the global marketplace, having someone around who has studied how people work when they aren't in an office but are connected electronically, could prove quite helpful.

Dr. Chudoba has been published in top journals in her field such as MIS Quarterly. Her work has been widely quoted by other researchers.

She was an assistant professor of MIS at Florida State University and said she is excited to be able to contribute to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and its efforts to better prepare students to lead in the new global economy.

"That's one of the things that made me really excited about the opportunity of coming to Utah State," she said. "I have this sense that the college is really on the cusp of making all kinds of inroads and steps forward."

Dan Holland
Dan Holland

Dan Holland won't have to import speakers to give his students relevant insight into what is happening in the workplace.

He can draw from his 12 years of experience working as a senior business analyst and a marketing director. He's worked for Novell, for Iomega and for Zero Manufacturing. He's evaluated business plans while working for Novell and has taken an interest in studying what keeps entrepreneurs going in the face of adversity.

"I want to study persistence," he said. "Why do some entrepreneurs continue when things are looking really bad and why do others give up?"

He says he'll draw from his experience in teaching. At the Kelly School of Business in Indiana where he's been working on his Ph.D., he's received high marks as an instructor, earning a ranking of 6.7 on a scale of one to seven.

"I think it can really benefit the students when I am able to share some real world experiences that I've had and use those experiences to demonstrate theoretical and practical principles in entrepreneurship," Holland said.

Holland said that he believes helping students adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and helping them see how to work within the global marketplace is important.

"Even within existing corporations entrepreneurship is critical, and I believe that entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of the economy," he said.

Frank Caliendo

Frank Caliendo

Frank Caliendo may know why most people don't start saving until they are 50 years old.

While the answer may seem intuitive, he's come up with some unique mathematical ways to analyze and explain the pattern. People save less now than they did in the 1980s and Caliendo has also done research to find out why that is.

He said that most households begin spending less at age 50, and he has attempted to use macroeconomic theory to help people better understand why and how the spending patterns change.

Two of his papers have been published in the top journals in his field, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and in Economic Theory. One of the reasons Dr. Caliendo decided to come to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is that he said he shares a number of common research interests with the faculty here. He comes to USU from Colorado State University with impressive credentials.

He received the Honors Faculty Teaching Award and was named the Ralph M. Bilby Researcher of the Year in 2004 at Northern Arizona University. He graduated with his Ph.D. in economics from Utah State University with an overall GPA of 4.0.

Kelly Fadel
Kelly Fadel

When John Johnson, head of the Management Information Systems Department, heard that Kelly Fadel was about to be interviewed by the BottomLine he had an editorial suggestion.

The story should be, "Star Returns," Johnson said.

It's obvious that Dr. Johnson is happy that Dr. Fadel will be joining his department. Dr. Fadel, who majored in business administration and minored in business information systems and finance, was the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business valedictorian at USU in 2002.

Dr. Fadel has continued to excel academically as he worked on his doctorate at the University of Arizona.

He was the recipient of the "Best Paper Award" at the ACM SIGMIS Computer Personal Research Conference and at the Americas Conference on Information Systems in 2005. His teaching effectiveness rating at the University of Arizona was 4.7 on a scale of one to five.

Fadel said he likes the direction the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is heading.

"It really resonated with me," he said. "I think tomorrow's business world is going to increasingly require global thinking and a global vision and also very proactive creativity to deal with these shifting and expanding challenges that are constantly coming onto the scene. I also feel that ethical leadership is essential. In order to survive in this cutthroat environment, you need to establish unassailable trust and that comes by adhering to ethical principles."