How to Win Faculty and Influence Everything
How to Win Faculty and Influence Everything
Q&A: Meet just a few of the star faculty at the Warrington College of Business
Wang, holder of the Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair, has been at the University of Florida since 2011. He was a previous faculty member at University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include human resources, with a focus on, among other areas, retirement and older worker employment, occupational health psychology and leadership and team processes.
Currently excited about the future of work; aging in the workplace; generational differences as perceived bias
Why UF? UF is a leading public university that produces world-class research. It also supports a very desirable research culture characterized by intellectual vigor, innovation, and positive contribution to one’s discipline and profession.
What a student says: “One thing I personally appreciate was the valuable time and attention he dedicated when I was in my early days of developing my own research program. Later, after I became a tenure-track faculty member myself, I realized how precious the time and attention he devoted to supporting my interest was.” – Betty Zhou, Business School Faculty at University of Minnesota
What is just one piece of advice you would give a recent graduate about how to succeed in his/her career? Be socially mindful in the workplace, which means to see others’ perspectives and act in prosocial ways.
What is just one thing a manager or workplace can do to retain employees? Be a good role model!
Childhood dream career: scientist
Recently binge-watched: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime
When I’m not being a professor… “I like playing The Settlers of Catan with my kids.”
Favorite quote: Do. Or do not. There is no try. – Yoda
Madsen, holder of the Deloitte Foundation Professorship, came to UF in 2010 from Emory University, where he was a Ph.D. student. His research interests include accounting regulation, standard setting institutions, and the labor economics of accounting operations.
Currently excited about how stereotypes about jobs influence who decides to pursue a given career, and how this shapes accounting, which is subject to a pretty distinctive (and negative) set of stereotypes.
What a student says: “Professor Madsen is very dedicated to both his accounting research and teaching, and he has opened my eyes to the world of data analytics and using statistical software to interpret big data.” – Andrew de la Osa, currently pursuing his Ph.D.
Why UF? My research is either ‘innovative’ or ‘weird’ depending on who you ask about it. I came to UF because I found the leadership of my department valued my distinctiveness, and this was unusual.
On faculty support at Warrington: The leadership at UF has always trusted me to make my own entrepreneurial decisions, even when they have been unusual. I am very grateful I’ve had the freedom required to be a truly independent scholar.
What business book do you wish everyone in business would read? Paul Meehl’s book, Clinical Versus Statistical Prediction and Philip Tetlock’s book, Expert Political Judgment. I love these two books because they rigorously evaluate the strengths and limitations of expertise.
Childhood dream career: Professional athlete. First it was soccer and then it was bowling.
Best book read recently: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance
When I’m not being a professor… I have four kids and three step-kids. My family is my primary hobby.
Do you do balance your checkbook? Checkbook?! My checkbook is locked in a dusty drawer. I do follow a budget, but I do it in a spreadsheet. Waste not, want not.
Carrillo, holder of the Judy A. Warrington Professorship, came to UF from Washington University in St. Louis almost 20 years ago. Her research interests include operations management, with a focus on new product development, management of technology, supply chain management, and socially and environmentally responsible supply chains.
Currently excited about contract and pricing mechanisms for digital goods, such as movies, video games and music.
Why UF? UF is a top school, and I was pleased to have an offer to come here. I knew the department to be very collegial with excellent support for research.
Best book read recently: The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson
Childhood dream career: I would like to say that in Kindergarten, I told my parents, ‘I want to be a professor in Operations Management.’ But that didn’t actually happen. At different times, I wanted to be an artist, a teacher and an engineer.
When I’m not being a professor… I like to ride my bike and take hikes in the beautiful Florida countryside. I also love to travel to learn more about other cultures and sample some tasty food.
Sela, who arrived at UF in 2010 after getting his PhD at Stanford University, is the holder of the City Furniture Professorship. His research interests include consumer decision-making and behavior.
Currently excited about how tech devices influence the way people make everyday decisions.
On receiving a faculty endowment: It’s nice to know that the college appreciates my work. However, it is actually more meaningful to know that UF has a strong network of alums and supporters who love it and feel grateful enough to give back. (The City Furniture endowment is a gift from Keith Koenig, BSA ’73, MBA ’75.)
What a student says: “He knows how to maximize the potential of his students, and help them excel. Instead of telling me directly how to choose topics or design experiments, he would guide me to become an independent researcher. His professional attitude, hard work and enthusiasm inspired me to pursue this career.” – Jane Park (PhD 2018)
What company gets marketing right? I am always impressed with the warm aura Subaru has managed to create around their brand, when in reality their vehicle is pretty much just an all-wheel-drive Toyota.
The business book everyone should read: Crossing the Chasm, by Geoffrey Moore, and Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki
What’s one way a consumer can exercise self-control over shopping? Get rid of your credit card. Period.
Recently binge-watched: Mad Men
Favorite quote: It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. – Unknown
Ling, the Ken and Linda McGurn Professor of Real Estate, came to UF in 1989 from a faculty position at Southern Methodist University. His research interests include commercial real estate finance and investment, real estate investment trusts, and housing policy and economics.
Currently excited about the significance of a commercial property’s geographic location for investment and financing outcomes.
Why UF? UF is one of a relatively small number of schools that has a strong focus on real estate in its finance department. The strong finance faculty, overall, and especially the strong faculty working on real estate related issues, was the main attraction to UF. Florida is also a vibrant and growing economy, and real estate, both residential and commercial, is an important component of the engine of growth in Florida.
On being an endowed professor: My endowed position provides financial support that allows me to focus exclusively on research during the summer months. Income from the endowment also supplements my research budget, which, among other things, allows me to purchase the data I need for my research and to travel to academic conferences and research symposiums.
The business book everyone should read: Peter Bernstein has written several interesting and highly readable books on capital markets and investing. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk is my favorite.
Best book (re)read recently: Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford. What Henry Flagler achieved by extending his railroad all the way to Key West is amazing and a truly engrossing story.
Hobbies: I have always exercised regularly but have no real hobby. That can happen when you truly enjoy your work; the line between work and play becomes a bit blurred.