College Welcomes New Faculty Members This Fall

August 1, 2018

A hallmark of a preeminent university is a high-caliber faculty, and recruiting experts in their fields is a priority for the College of Business. This fall, we welcome the following new faculty members to our college family:



Anne Ehinger
 Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D. (2017), University of Georgia, Terry College of Business; MBA (2005) and B.S. (2004), Indiana University, Kelley School of Business 
Previously: Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Senior Accountant, Guggenheim Partners; Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Areas of interest: Financial reporting, tax disclosures, corporate and partnership taxation, and corporate tax planning
Teaching: Federal Tax Accounting I (TAX 4001)

Nate Newton
Title: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D. (2013), Texas A&M University, Mays College of Business; MAcc and B.S. (2004), Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Business
Previously: Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, Truslaske College of Business; Auditor, KPMG
Areas of interest: Audit quality, audit regulation, internal controls, non-audit services and auditors’ effect on financial reporting
Teaching: Auditing Theory and Application I (ACG 4632)

Nate Wadlinger
 Teaching Faculty I
Education: LL.M. (2016), Boston University, School of Law; J.D. (2012), University of Florida; MAcc and B.S. (2008), University of Florida, Warrington College of Business
Previously: Instructor II, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg, Kate Tiedemann College of Business; Assistant Professor, Indian River State College; Staff Attorney/Court Program Specialist, 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Areas of interest: Federal taxation
Teaching:  Federal Tax Accounting II (TAX 4011), Research in Federal Taxation (TAX 5065), Seminar in Pass-Through Entities and Fiduciaries (TAX 5205)

Paul Polinski
 Teaching Faculty I
Education: Ph.D. (2000), University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Business; B.B.A (1987), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 
Previously: Senior Lecturer, University of Washington-Bothell; Lecturer, University of Illinois; Senior Manager, Grant Thornton LLP; Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University; Assistant Professor and Instructor, Louisiana State University; Internal Auditor, BNSF Corporation; Accounting Systems Consultant, A.O. Smith Corporation
Areas of interest: Financial accounting and reporting, auditing, the accounting standard-setting process and the impacts of technology on accounting and auditing
Teaching: Financial Accounting and Reporting III  (ACG 4201), Financial Accounting Theory and Standard Setting (ACG 5135), Forensic Accounting (ACG 5685)

Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain

Guanyi Lu
 Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D. (2013) and MBA (2007), Texas A&M University, Mays College of Business; B.S. (2004) Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
Previously: Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, College of Business
Areas of interest: Supply chain structure and integration, supply chain risk and security, information and communication technology, applied econometrics and behavioral operations
Teaching:  Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MAR 4203) and the new Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA) capstone course


Francois Cocquemas
 Assistant Professor 
Education: Ph.D. (2016), EDHEC Business School; M.S. (2010), Economics and Public Policy, Ecole Polytechnique/ENSAE/Sciences Po; M.S.F. (2008), Sciences Po Paris 
Areas of interest: Empirical asset pricing, options and market microstructure
Previously: Postdoctoral Scholar in Finance, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University
Teaching: Investments and Portfolio Analysis (FIN 4504)

Sergey Mityakov
Title: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D. (2008), University of Chicago, Booth School of Economics; M.A. (2002), New Economic School; M.S. (2001) and B.S. (1999), Voronezh State University  (Russia)
Previously: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Clemson University
Areas of interest: Corporate finance, emerging markets and development economics
Teaching: Doctoral Asset Pricing Seminar (FIN 5935)

Kelsey Syvrud
Title:  Assistant Lecturer 
Education: Ph.D. (2015), M.S.F. (2011) and B.S. (2010), Florida State University, College of Business 
Previously: Associate, Cornerstone Research Inc.; Adjunct, FSU College of Business; Adjunct, University of South Florida
Areas of interest: International economics, analytics and financial management
Teaching: International Finance (FIN 4604) and MBA Online Corporate Finance


James Dever *
 Teaching Faculty III and Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Education: Ph.D. (2009), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland; MBA (2004) and B.S.  (2003), Florida State University, College of Business
Previously: Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
Areas of interest:  Marketing strategy for small and new businesses
Teaching:  Strategic Management and Business Policy (MAN 4720)
* Dual appointment

Samantha Paustian-Underdahl
Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D. (2012) and M.A. (2010), University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Belk College of Business; B.S. (2007), University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
Previously: Assistant Professor, Department of Management and International Business, Florida International University
Areas of Interest: Work-family interface, gender and diversity in organizations, leadership in the context of work and organizations, and employee well-being and effectiveness
Teaching: Organizational Behavior (MAN 3240) and HR Analytics (MAN 5375)


James Dever *
Title: Teaching Faculty III and Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Education: Ph.D. (2009), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland; MBA (2004) and B.S.  (2003), Florida State University, College of Business
Previously: Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
Areas of interest: Marketing strategy for small and new businesses
Teaching: Marketing Strategy (MAR 4480)
* Dual appointment

Keith Ferguson
 Teaching Faculty I
Education: DBA (2014), Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business; MBA (2010), Western Michigan University; B.A. (1985), Alma College 
Previously: Lecturer, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
Areas of interest: Sustainable product purchase behavior
Teaching: Marketing Strategy (MAR 4480)

Jonathan Jackson
Teaching Faculty I
Education: MBA (2011), University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business; B.A. (2007), Journalism and English, University of South Carolina 
Previously: Digital Marketing Senior Manager, Verizon
Areas of interest: Digital marketing
Teaching: Social Media Marketing (MAR 4939)

Meredith Thomas
: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D. (2018), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business; MBA (2006) and B.S. (2005), Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Areas of interest: Consumer behavior, community dynamics of consumption of space and place, consumption inequality and the social-psychological nature of money
Teaching: Marketing Research (MAR 4613)

Jin Zhang
Adjunct Instructor
Education: MBA (2015), New York University, Stern School of Business; B.A., Fudan University
Previously: Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Asia Wisdom; Senior Global Brand Development Manager, Axe hair, Unilever; Brand Manager, L’Oréal Paris Makeup
Areas of interest: Brand marketing
Teaching: Promotional Management (MAR 3323)

Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies

Kyeonghee Kim
: Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance
Education: Ph.D. (2018), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business; B.A. (2009), Yonsei University (South Korea) 
Areas of interest: Risk management and insurance, financial intermediation, empirical corporate finance 
Teaching: Risk Management/Insurance (RMI 3011) and Life and Health Insurance Products (RMI 4115)     

Tingyu Zhou
Title: Assistant Professor of Real Estate
Education: Ph.D. (2014), University of Connecticut; MBA (2007) and B.S. (2004), University of Macau (China)
Previously: Assistant Professor of Finance, Concordia University, John Molson School of Business  (Canada)
Areas of interest: Real estate economics and finance
Teaching: Real Estate Market Analysis (REE 4143) and Real Estate Valuation (REE 5105)

Center for Professional Development

Sarah Withers
 Teaching Faculty I
Education: Ph.D. (2012) and M.A. (2006) Indiana University. (2006); M.T.S. (2004), Harvard University; B.A. (2002), Florida State University
Previously: Adjunct Professor, Newcomb-Tulane College Honors Program and Senior Academic and Career Adviser, Academic Advising Center, Tulane University