Beacom Introduces Nine New Faculty Members

VERMILLION, S.D. - The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota welcomes nine new faculty members to begin teaching in the fall 2018 semester.

The new faculty members include Subash Adhikari, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting; Derek Franken, instructor of accounting and finance; Greg Bertsch, Ph.D., faculty in innovation and entrepreneurship; Matthew Heard, instructor of health services administration; Amro Maher, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing; Emily Paulson, instructor of marketing; Aron Spencer, Ph.D., director of the innovation and entrepreneurship program; G. Stevenson Smith, Ph.D., visiting associate professor of accounting and finance; and Sebastian Wai, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics.

“We are pleased to have such fine educators join our esteemed faculty,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “I am confident our new faculty will serve as great assets to our students as they continue to grow into educated business leaders.”

Subash AdhikariSubash Adhikari, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting, graduated with a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of North Texas. His research interests include archival capital market research, auditing and international accounting.

 


Greg Bertsch

Greg Bertsch, Ph.D., faculty in innovation and entrepreneurship, earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of South Dakota. Prior to accepting his role at USD, Bertsch served as the president and CEO of Antimicrobial Materials, Inc. His research interests include biotech new venture development.

 


Derek Franken

Derek Franken, instructor of accounting, received his Master of Professional Accountancy from the University of South Dakota. He previously served as an accounting instructor at Dakota State University for the past 12 years.

 


Matthew HeardMatthew Heard, instructor of health services administration, earned his master’s degree in health services administration with an emphasis in management information systems from the University of South Dakota. Heard was employed as a long term care facility administrator in his previous role and most recently as a budget specialist in the finance office at the University of South Dakota. His research interests include long term care and mental health care.

 


Amro Maher

Amro Maher, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, graduated with a Ph.D. in business administration from Old Dominion University. Prior to accepting his role at USD, Maher served as an assistant professor of marketing at Qatar University. His research interests focus on the role of national stereotypes in influencing consumers’ behavior. 


 


Emily Paulson

Emily Paulson, instructor of marketing, received her master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in marketing from the University of Sioux Falls. Her previous work experience includes business strategy and marketing in various industries, ranging from healthcare, web and digital marketing to hospitality. Her research interests include integrated marketing strategy and communications. 

 


Aron Spencer

Aron Spencer, Ph.D., director of the innovation and entrepreneurship program, earned his Ph.D. in management from the University of California. He previously served as an assistant professor at the Higher School of Economics for the Russian Federation. His research interests include entrepreneurship and innovation.

 


G. Stevenson Smith

G. Stevenson Smith, Ph.D., visiting associate professor of accounting and finance, received his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Arkansas. Prior to accepting his role at USD, Smith served as a professor of accounting at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. His research interests include forensic accounting and accounting policy theory.

 


Sebastian Wei

Sebastian Wai, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University. Wai served as an assistant professor at Indiana University before accepting his new role at USD. His research interests include industrial organization, innovation, intellectual property, industrial agglomeration, network economics and semiconductor industry.

 

ABOUT THE BEACOM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.

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