New Faculty and Award Winners

New Faculty 2012-13

Ryan Whitby

A professor whose research on executive pay has been published in one of the top finance journals in the world will begin teaching in the Economics and Finance Department.

Ryan Whitby has published in the Review of Financial Studies, one of the top three finance journals in the world, said Ben Blau, an assistant professor in the Economics and Finance Department.

“Ryan wrote an article exploring the practice of adjusting the terms of the options after companies pay their executives,” Dr. Blau said. “Having that article published in the Review of Financial Studies is very impressive.”

Dr. Whitby now teaches at Texas Tech University. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s in business administration from Weber State University in 1998.

Jason Smith

A researcher who co-authored a paper accepted into one of the nation’s top finance journals has been hired by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Jason Smith, who earned his doctorate in finance from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, will join the Economics and Finance Department. He has been an assistant professor of finance at the University of Kentucky since 2006.

Dr. Smith collaborated with three other research­ers on a paper that looks at specific effects of cash flows for corporations and how they are adjusting le­veraging ratios. The paper has been accepted into the Journal of Financial Economics, one of the most selective finance journals in the country. The Journal of Financial Economics rejected nearly 90 percent of all submissions from Feb. 2011 to Jan. 2012, accord­ing to its website

Devon Gorry

A researcher from one of the top economics education programs in the country has joined the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in the Economics and Finance Department.

Devon Gorry has been a teaching assistant and lecturer in the Economics Department at the University of Chicago.

Frank Caliendo, an as­sociate professor in the Economics and Finance Department, said Dr. Gorry will bring valuable experience and add to the Huntsman School’s reputation.

“Chicago has one of the best economics depart­ments in the world,” Dr. Caliendo said. “We are excited to have her join the team.”

Award Winners 2012-13

Tyler Brough, assistant professor of finance was named Graduate Research Mentor of the Year.

John Gilbert, professor of economics was named International Professor of the Year.

Ben Blau, assistant professor of finance was named Researcher of the Year.

Tyler Brough John Gilbert Ben Blau