The College of Business is welcoming 16 new faculty members into its fold this fall with the teaching and research qualifications needed to provide Clemson students a 21st century business education experience.

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The 2017-18 roster of new faculty has been recruited from prestigious academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad and many bring with them extensive research and industry experience in their respective fields.

“Year in and out, we pride ourselves in further strengthening the caliber of educator that is expected of a world-class university, and this year is no exception,” said Bobby McCormick, business school dean. “Our outstanding existing faculty will be joined by new colleagues who possess impressive credentials in accounting, economics and military leadership. They are all well-equipped to help our young minds find a better life.”

New faculty members joining the College of Business this fall, and some areas of their expertise, include:

Serkan Akturk joins Clemson’s faculty as an assistant professor of management science. He received his Ph.D. in information and operations management from Texas A&M University. His primary research interests include sustainable operations, closed-loop supply chains, consumer returns in retail operations, and supply chain management.

Sukran Atadeniz joins the management faculty after serving in academic and industry roles in the U.S. and Turkey. She received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Clemson in 1986 and has taught at the University of Houston. She also served as a supply chain consultant at Aspen Technology in Houston, and held leadership roles at Turkish universities. She has authored papers in production planning and control, quality management, and supply chain management.

Col. Keith Balts is the commander for recruiting, training, education and commissioning Air Force officers at Clemson and is chair of aerospace studies. Col. Balts is a command space operator with qualifications in satellite systems, ground-based radars and launch operations. Most recently he served as inspector general for Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, Colo.

Ahmet Colak joins the College of Business management faculty as an assistant professor of operations and supply chain management. Colak earned his Ph.D. in operations management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Among his studies are auto recalls and how auto manufacturers and the federal government respond to consumer complaints

Phebe Davis-Culler brings 14 years of experience in accounting and comes to Clemson’s School of Accountancy by way of South Carolina State, where she taught for several years. Her accounting career includes positions at KPMG and in several corporate roles with public companies in South Florida. Her research interests include ethics, environmental and social issues in accounting, with a focus on managerial behavior and decision making.

Amy Donnelly, an assistant professor in accountancy, joined the faculty in 2017 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. She has held positions at Ascend Learning and Ernst and Young in Kansas City, Mo., and is a Certified Public Accountant. Her research focuses on auditor judgment and decision making.

Aspen Gorry is an assistant professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics and previously taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Utah State University. He was also a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on macroeconomics, labor economics and public economics. He studies the effect of policies such as taxes, retirement programs, and minimum wages on labor market outcomes. He received his Ph.D. and master’s from the University of Chicago.

Devon Haskell Gorry worked at Utah State University and received her master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago before joining Clemson’s John E. Walker Department of Economics. Gorry is an applied micro economist who studies issues related to education, health, and labor economics. In particular, she has studied the effect of influenza vaccines on health outcomes.

Sgt. 1st Class Spencer Harmon served more than 11 years in the infantry prior to joining the Army ROTC military leadership faculty. He planned and executed more than 650 combat patrols as a team and squad leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-09 and again from 2010-11. He has been cited by the Army for his teaching, coaching and leadership abilities.

Erin Hawkins earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of South Carolina before joining Clemson’s School of Accountancy. She previously was an auditor with a large firm in Tennessee and is a Certified Public Accountant. Her research focuses primarily on auditor judgment and decision making with an emphasis on auditor-client relationships.

James W. Liddle has more than 20 years of leadership experience in aviation components manufacturing and moves from a temporary to full-time adjunct professor in management. He spent five years as president of TransDigm, a mid-sized, publicly held aerospace company. As the company’s leader, he focused on internal and external supply chain cost control using various lean methods to meet the ever-increasing demands of the customer base.

Lorianne Molinari is new to the faculty of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. She earned her Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Notre Dame. Her interests include early modern political theory, American political thought and American constitutionalism. She comes to Clemson from The Heritage Foundation’s Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics.

Capt. Vincent Presto was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon receiving a history degree from Fordham University. He most recently served in Okinawa, Japan. Presto is a Bronze Star recipient and served in Afghanistan prior to joining the Army ROTC military leadership faculty at Clemson. He earned his master’s degree from American Public University in 2014.

Marten Risius joins the management faculty from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was an associate professor of information systems. He holds a master’s degree in psychology and received his Ph.D. in business administration from Goethe. His research interests are in the areas of business analytics; digitalization and datification; and social media management and social media analytics, with a focus on enterprise social media.

Leonard “Skip” Spooner joins the management faculty in a full-time role after having served as a temporary adjunct professor. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia and has taught a variety of human resources and employee rights classes at Clemson since 2011.

Yichen “Christy” Zhou is an assistant professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics after serving in a post-doctoral role at Resource for the Future. Her research focuses on environmental economics and the impact of regulations on environmental outcomes. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

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