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New Faculty 2018

USC Marshall brings nine teacher-scholars to campus

August 22, 2018
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USC Marshall welcomes nine new and continuing teacher-scholars, who join 50 new faculty over the past two years.

“We are excited about these faculty appointments, which build on our long tradition of fostering excellence in both research and teaching,” said Nandini Rajagopalan, USC Marshall’s vice dean for faculty and academic affairs and the Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration. “Leveraging their unique skills and experience, each of these individuals is poised to have a significant impact on the Marshall community.”

Meet our new faculty:

David Bacci has taught for the past several years as part of the Department of Business Communication. This year, he formally joins USC Marshall as a lecturer in the department. Prior to entering academia, Bacci served as a speechwriter for the Committee on International Relations of the U.S. House of Representatives and in management consulting. He earned his MBA with distinction from California State University, Fresno.

Eva Buechel joins USC Marshall as an assistant professor of marketing on the tenure track. She previously was assistant professor of marketing at the Drala Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests focus on the psychological processes that shape consumer judgments, decisions and behaviors, with a particular focus on predicted and experienced utility.  She received her Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Miami, her master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Feng Chen begins a new position as lecturer in the Department of Data Sciences and Operations after teaching in the core undergraduate curriculum as an adjunct since 2009. Chen co-leads the Port Solutions Project at Marshall’s Center for Global Supply Chain Management and is also an adviser for the National Society of Leadership and Success. She earned her MBA and Ph.D. from USC Marshall.

Maria Colman joins the Department of Business Communication as lecturer. For many years, Colman ran her own e-commerce business and also taught on the principles of management, advertising and business communication at colleges throughout Southern California. She received her MBA from USC Marshall, and since 2014 has played a lead role on campus coordinating Business Communication for Accountants and other undergraduate core courses.

Susan Harmeling joins the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies as associate professor of clinical entrepreneurship, where she has been a visiting professor since 2017. She comes to USC Marshall from Howard University, where she was on the entrepreneurship faculty since 2006. Her research focuses on the role of contingency in the entrepreneurial process and how entrepreneurship education shapes the identity of participants. Harmeling is a facilitator in the Case Method Program at Harvard Business School and founder and principal of the International Case Method Institute. She received her MBA from HBS and her Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and business ethics from the University of Virginia.

Gregory M. Kling joins USC Leventhal as a full-time lecturer. For the past five years, he has served as an adjunct professor of accounting, teaching six courses, developing and teaching online courses and materials for two graduate tax courses, Taxation of Property Transactions and Taxation of Individuals.  He has taught undergraduate tax, managerial accounting, and most recently is coordinating the Accounting Ethics courses for both undergraduate and graduate programs.  For the past 23 years Kling has served as a tax partner in his own firm, Kling & Pathak, LLP, where he was in charge of the firm’s Accounting Consulting & Tax Group. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Science in Taxation.

Christina Lubinski joins USC Marshall as a visiting professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, before transitioning to professor of clinical entrepreneurship in August 2019. Most recently, she served as academic director of the master’s program in organizational innovation and entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School. A scholar of entrepreneurial history, Lubinski’s current research focuses on entrepreneurship in international and fast-changing contexts. She is one of the founders and leaders of the “Rethinking History at Business Schools” initiative, as well as senior editor of the journal Management and Organizational History. She completed her Ph.D. in business history at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Zal Phiroz has served as an adjunct instructor at USC Marshall since 2014 and joins the Department of Data Sciences and Operations as a lecturer. Phiroz previously taught at Harvard and has held senior management positions at TELUS and Procter &Gamble. He sits on a variety of boards and has spoken at TEDx, OPAL and the UN, and consults on a number of supply chain projects globally. He holds an MBA from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town.

Roberto Robatto joins the Department of Finance and Business Economics as a visiting assistant professor, on leave from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. Robatto’s research interests are at the intersection of finance and macroeconomics, with a focus on the theory of banking, financial crisis and monetary policy. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.