Author: WashU Olin Business School


About WashU Olin Business School

Firmly established at the Gateway to the West, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis stands as the gateway to something far grander in scale. The education we deliver prepares our students to thoughtfully make difficult decisions—the kind that can change the world.

New faculty members for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Twenty-one new instructors and researchers—including seven postdocs—have joined Olin in accounting, data analytics, economics, finance, operations, organizational behavior and strategy.

Tenured/tenure-track faculty

Adrienne Davis, professor of organizational behavior (also William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, WashU School of Law) JD: Yale Law School, 1991 Prior to WashU: professor, University of North Carolina School of Law

Fausto Gonzalez, assistant professor of marketing PhD: social-personality psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 2018 Prior to Olin: provost’s postdoctoral fellow, New York University

Teaching faculty/professors of practice

Damon Campbell, teaching professor of data analytics PhD: business administration, emphasis in management information systems, Washington State University, 2008 Prior to Olin: professor of management information systems, Millsaps College

Dedric Carter, part-time professor of practice, strategy and entrepreneurship (also WashU’s vice chancellor for innovation and chief commercialization officer and professor of engineering practice at WashU) PhD: information systems, Nova Southeastern University, 2005 Prior to WashU: senior advisor for strategic initiatives, Office of the Director at the US National Science Foundation

Sharon James, professor of practice in strategy and entrepreneurship PhD: business administration, strategic management, University of Minnesota, 2007 Prior to Olin: assistant professor, Arkansas State University

Clive Muir, teaching professor of management communications PhD: rhetoric and professional communication, New Mexico State University, 1997 Prior to Olin: associate professor, Stephen F. Austin State University


Forough Enayaty Ahangar, lecturer, supply chain, operations and technology PhD: industrial engineering, University of Arkansas, 2017 Prior to Olin: postdoc, Cornell University

Rebecca Dohrman, senior lecturer, management and communications PhD: organizational communication, Purdue University, 2010 Prior to Olin: program director/associate professor of communication, Maryville University

Mahsa Mardikoraem, lecturer in supply chain, operations and technology PhD: management science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Lorenzo Naranjo, senior lecturer in finance PhD: finance, New York University, 2009 Prior to Olin: associate professor, University of Miami

Gerald Onwujekwe, lecturer in data analytics PhD: information systems, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University

Esmat Sangari, lecturer in supply chain, operations and technology PhD: industrial engineering and management sciences, Northwestern University, 2021 Prior to Olin: graduate teaching assistant, Northwestern University

Sakya Sarkar, senior lecturer in finance PhD: finance, University of Southern California, 2015 Prior to Olin: visiting assistant professor, Indiana University-Bloomington

Visiting faculty

Alyssa Xingye Liang, visiting assistant professor of organizational behavior PhD: management, National University of Singapore, 2019 Prior to Olin: assistant professor of entrepreneurship, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Swaminathan Balasubramaniam, postdoc in finance PhD: finance, WashU Olin, 2021 Prior to Olin: WashU Olin teaching assistant

Bright Gershion Godigbe, postdoc in accounting PhD: accounting, City University of Hong Kong, 2021 Prior to Olin: course instructor/grader, City University of Hong Kong

Lina Han, postdoc in finance PhD: finance, WashU Olin, 2021 Prior to Olin: PhD research fellow, Luohan Academy, Ant Group

Miao He, postdoc in finance PhD: finance, Tulane University, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, Tulane University

Lingfei Kong, postdoc in finance PhD: business administration, finance, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jerry Mathis, postdoc in accounting PhD: accounting, University of Michigan, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, University of Michigan

Landon J. Ross, postdoc in finance PhD: finance, WashU Olin, 2021 Prior to Olin: analyst, Green Plains Renewable Energy

US troops with their backs to the camera as they approach US flag. (photo via Shutterstock)

Dean Mark P. Taylor shared this message with the WashU Olin community today.

To the Olin community,

My thoughts today are with the families of those who died in a terrorist bombing on Thursday in Kabul—and, in particular, the families of the 13 US troops who were among those killed, as well as the 18 injured.

As a community of compassion and commitment, we all were thrown back by this news, coming amid the turmoil and confusion gripping Afghanistan today. We stand in solidarity with those in our community who have served our nation as soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

Many of our colleagues, students and alumni serve now. Many are members of the Olin Veterans Association. All have made great sacrifices to serve us and our country, and they continue to serve our community today as leaders, partners, classmates and scholars.

We are in their debt, and we honor them by taking time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Photo above from Shutterstock

Olin Dean Mark P. Taylor shared this update with members of the WashU Olin community—students, staff and faculty—today.

As we steadily press forward in developing Olin’s strategic plan for inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA), I wanted to share what I can about our progress so far. Before doing so, I must reiterate my tremendous gratitude for everyone who has had a hand in moving us forward in this area.

That includes students who have engaged with me personally, sharing their honest and candid insights. It includes staff and faculty, who have given of their time to assess our needs and offer measurable solutions. And it includes alumni who have reached out to gain a deeper understanding about the importance of this work to Olin’s future.

In this note, I’ll share updates on:

  • Faculty hiring in the fall, including progress toward hiring an associate dean for IDEA.
  • Action we’ve undertaken in our strategic planning process—and what actions we haven’t taken and why.
  • Plans for ongoing workplace development at the school.

Progress in hiring

The associate dean. A key component of our plan remains among our highest priorities: hiring an associate dean for IDEA. We have engaged Collaborative Strategies as our partner in the recruitment process for that position (as well as, I might add, the new associate dean for graduate programs). We have undertaken that process with a sense of urgency, and I’ll tell you why. Put simply, that person must be empowered to galvanize and meaningfully lead our work in this area—and to do so as soon as possible. Indeed, a key first step for that person will be convening a number of focus groups and listening sessions. Thus, my sense of urgency in completing this task.

Other faculty hiring. I’m pleased to note that the new faculty cohort arriving before the start of the next academic year is among the most representative we have ever welcomed. This has always been—and always will be—a goal of our faculty recruitment efforts, and I’m happy to report this year’s work was successful. Note that we’ll publish more about these hires in the 2021 edition of Olin Business magazine.

The strategic plan

As we work toward hiring the associate dean for IDEA, we haven’t delayed in making first-year plans to focus on issues we know we must address. I’m grateful for the outstanding work of the plan champions, who put together extensive drafts and proposed budgets for each for each of the stakeholder areas in our plan: students, faculty, staff and the alumni and at-large communities.

Our plans will be reviewed and updated as needed by the new associate dean in consultation with students, faculty and staff. Our draft includes proposed action items well beyond this year. These are a few of the initiatives conceived for year one.

For student stakeholders

  • Increasing the number of Black faculty at Olin.
  • Launching a graduate-level course in inclusion, diversity, equity and access.
  • Joining two to three new national networks focused on IDEA recruitment at all program levels and continue to leverage current activity.
  • Increase the use of diverse course materials (i.e., case studies and course examples where at least one protagonist is not a white male).
  • Clarifying current student grievance process, and expand the current student grievance process to encapsulate an IDEA lens.

For faculty stakeholders

  • Evaluating our required faculty annual activity form to include individual faculty efforts toward promoting IDEA initiatives.
  • Systematically reviewing the hiring process for underrepresented minority/track applicants to ensure we are reaching desired groups.
  • Running professional development workshops for URM PhD students and junior faculty outside WashU Olin.
  • Launching the pre-doctoral program aimed at URM students to prepare for doctoral programs in business.

For staff stakeholders

  • Reviewing and enhancing the hiring processes to recruit Black, Latinx and other URM staff.
  • Setting clear expectations by developing IDEA standards, policies and practices specific to staff.
  • Continuing HR focus groups.
  • Providing IDEA support and reinforcement throughout the staff lifecycle (from hire to exit).

For alumni/community stakeholders

  • Supporting career progression and advancement for diverse alumni with a focus on the first five years after graduation to increase the number of diverse graduates in leadership roles and support and track salary growth.
  • Increasing overall engagement with diverse alumni through communication, events and lifelong learning.
  • Educating on leadership strategies and tactics for deeper understanding of diversity and changing cultures.
  • Partnering with alumni and the business community to raise support for Olin’s overall IDEA efforts.
  • Supporting diverse alumni with small business through the Small Business Initiative (using all student groups) and diverse alumni entrepreneurs through CELect/CEL and Skandalaris.

Staff/faculty development

As many of you are aware, we recently concluded a series of workshops focused on raising awareness about microaggressions in the workplace—the “Subtle Acts of Exclusion” workshops in March and April. Earlier—indeed, before the pandemic—we hosted a series of workshops focused on unconscious bias. We are reviewing follow-up programming to offer our staff and faculty more options to engage in this work.

Additionally, we are launching an MBA-level course focused on IDEA, which will be rolled out over the next year, and will later expand through other programs.

Finally, we anticipate additional programming developed in partnership with WashU’s Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that will be presented sometime in the vicinity of Juneteenth (which falls on a Saturday this year).

Further updates

I recognize the importance of transparency in our work toward advancing inclusion, diversity, equity and access within the walls of Olin and beyond. Thus, I also recognize the healthy appetite each of us has for ongoing updates on our progress in this work. I pledge to continue providing meaningful updates as often as possible.

It is my hope that our next update will include news of our new associate dean for IDEA and next steps toward bringing that person up to speed in our work. In the meantime, I remain available for your questions and look forward to continuing this important work together.

Cynthia Cryder

With glowing comments from nominators, Associate Marketing Professor Cynthia Cryder was named one of Poets & Quants top 40 under 40 professors for the year.

It was the second consecutive year a WashU Olin professor made the list. Last year, the online business school magazine tapped Seth Carnahan, associate professor of strategy, for the recognition.

In its page on Cryder among the top 40 profs published on Monday, P&Q cited remarks from those who nominated Cryder for the honor. One said, “Professor Cryder is a shining example of how one professor can embody both research excellence and teaching excellence.”

P&Q noted that Cryder was the first to teach Olin’s MBA marketing core fully online (because of COVID restrictions) and the first woman ever to teach in Olin’s marketing core (online or offline). The feature also noted the many times she had been cited in the media in the past year on the question of whether people should be incentivized to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Professor Cryder is able to take cutting-edge psychological research and translate it into actions that are relevant to the marketing managers of today and tomorrow,” another nominator wrote. “Professor Cryder continues to produce outstanding research that is published in the best academic journals.”

Read more about the Poets & Quants top 40 under 40 and, specifically, the page on Cynthia Cryder.

Stop Asian hate protest image. Photo via Shutterstock

This message to members of the WashU Olin community was sent by Dean Mark P. Taylor and the members of the SMP Council and the Olin East and Southeast Asia Club.

Dear Olin faculty, staff and students:

We write to you today from a place of both sadness and anger in response to continued acts of bigotry and hatred that have divided our nation over the past year. The violence committed in Atlanta this week, as well as all acts of discrimination and violence inflicted upon members of the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are unacceptable.

These acts stand in direct contradiction with Olin’s values of diversity, collaboration, integrity, excellence and leadership. We stand in solidarity with you, walking on the path forward together.

These events are another painful reminder that we must continue to work to create an inclusive community that values and respects our Asian community members.

Below, please find a list of a few campus spaces where you can begin or continue the work of crafting the inclusive community we all desire—one where we all can live, work, grow and thrive. To create that community, it is imperative that we each rise to the challenge of becoming allies in this work.

If you feel uneasy or worried about the recent uptick in violence against the Asian community, in addition to Olin’s undergraduate and graduate student affairs teams you can seek mental health resources at the Habif Wellness Center. Faculty and staff Mental Health Resources are also available.

This work isn’t abstract for us within the Olin community. As you can see from this story in The New York Times, the consequences of this hatred hit very close to home. Jason Wang is a 2009 BSBA from Olin. We are called to respond. This is who we are. These are our colleagues. These are our classmates, our friends, our family. This is Olin.

Photo above via Shutterstock.