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Beacom School of Business Welcomes New Faculty

Tammy Loos, Meiying Hua, Eric Kinnamon and Elizabeth Manser Payne -- new Beacom School of Business faculty. Tammy Loos, Meiying Hua, Eric Kinnamon and Elizabeth Manser Payne (from left to right) are new faculty for the Beacom School of Business.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota announces the addition of four new faculty members for the fall 2019 semester.

“The new faculty add expertise across multiple disciplines,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the USD Beacom School of Business. “These educators have both industry and collegiate level experience, providing our students with new perspectives that include real-world applications in their area of study.”

Meiying Hua is an assistant professor of accounting and finance. She has her master’s degree from Pace University in accounting, as well as a Ph.D. from Kent State in business administration. Her primary teaching interests are in financial accounting and managerial accounting.

Eric Kinnamon is an assistant professor of management. He received his M.B.A. from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in management from the University of Memphis. Prior to joining the Beacom School of Business, Kinnamon taught at the University of North Alabama, the University of Memphis, Texas A&M and Alabama A&M.

Tammy Loos is an instructor of human resource management. She is a USD alumna, where she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her master’s degree in administrative studies. Tammy served as human resource director for many companies, including Capital Expansion Group, Dakotabilities and Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota.

Elizabeth Manser Payne is an assistant professor of marketing. Elizabeth received her M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management and her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She brings both industry experience and over 14 years of collegiate level teaching experience at Marian University in Wisconsin.


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.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News