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Faculty Highlights

Fall 2014

Accounting & Information Systems Professors Bea Chiang and Lynn Braender recently published “Business Ethics in Public Accounting: Ethical Dilemmas faced by Today’s Public Accountants and its Implication to Accounting Education,” in the Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy Volume 15, No. 2 (2014.) This paper focuses on the critical topic of ethics in public accounting, drawing draws on several important concepts related to ethical reasoning contained in existing research on ethics in the public accounting field.

Summer 2014

Ft. Dix Job Fair Professors Al Pelham and Pam Kravitz recently participated in a job fair at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, sponsored by The US Chamber of Commerce/Hiring our Heroes Program. They met one-on-one with about 50 active duty Army, Air Force, and Navy members looking towards re-entering the job market – coaching them on developing resumes, interview skills, elevator speeches, and LinkedIn networking strategies. Prior to his academic career as a Professor of Marketing, Dr. Pelham was a marketing/sales executive with firms such as Procter & Gamble. He served as an Army Platoon Leader/Task Force Commanding Officer in Vietnam. Dr. Kravitz is Chair of the Department of Management where she specializes in issues related to Human Resources, Compensation and Performance Appraisal. Her son-in-law is a Master at Arms in the US Navy.

Dean William Keep For 20 years, Dean Bill Keep has been an authoritative source on multilevel marketing, a sometimes controversial form of business. But since December 2012, when a New York hedge fund executive labeled the multilevel marketer Herbalife “a pyramid scheme” and ignited ongoing news coverage, Dean Keep has emerged as the leading commentator on the story. Read more here.

Dr. Lew HofmannDr. Lew Hofmann is retiring after teaching management at TSC/TCNJ for 35 years. He will be missed equally by his colleagues and students. Hofmann was recently honored by the brothers of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity (see photos.)

Professor Susan HumeSusan Hume, Associate Professor of Finance, had the unique opportunity to join academics and top international stock market industry leaders at the Warsaw Stock Exchange this June. This GEMS Conference was hosted by Baruch College, CUNY, The Warsaw Stock Exchange and Deutsche Borse. While on the floor of the Stock Exchange Prof. Hume participated in academic discussion papers on the microstructure of different types of equities markets. She engaged in three days of real-time simulation models to better understand the differences that exist between public and private trading and call auction dynamics.


Dr. Lou TucciProfessor Louis Tucci (marketing) has joined the select Editorial Board of Statistical Associates, whose mission includes promoting graduate-level statistical literacy worldwide through their program of free and low-cost distribution of digital statistics texts. Dr. Tucci has a Ph.D. from Temple University with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Statistics. He has published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Business Journal, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Food Products Marketing, Management International Review, The International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management and the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services. His areas of research interest include services marketing, food products marketing, personal selling and marketing research.


Spring 2014

Each year, members of Beta Gamma Sigma survey the senior class and present faculty awards at the School of Business Commencement Program on their behalf. Read more about this year’s award winners here ~ they are :

  • Professor James Webb: The Award for Teaching Style that Created the Most Engaging Learning Environment 
  • Professor Buddy Mayo: The Award for Advising and Mentorship, Affecting Personal Growth & Academic Development 
  • Professor Clare Bohnett: The Award for Passion for Business ~ Most Inspirational

Dr. Brenda Ghitulescu (management) has been awarded the Douglas McGregor award for the outstanding paper published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science in 2013: “Making change happen: The impact of work context on adaptive and proactive behavior.” The award is given to the paper that best exemplifies the combination of scholarship and practice that McGegor stood for, and includes a $1000 prize. Dr. Ghitulsescu has been invited to talk at the editorial board meeting of the journal, at the Academy of Management Meeting in August.

Dr. Don Vandegrift’s most recent paper was accepted in the Journal of Regional Science (impact factor = 2.28), ranked 30 of 333 economics journals in 2012. See “The Effect of Walmart and Target on the Tax Base: Evidence from New Jersey” here. (Article first published online: 8 Apr. 2014.)

Dr. Andrew Carver, Department of Finance & Dr. John McCarty, Chair of the Department of Marketing & Interdisciplinary Business recently published Personality and Psychographics of Three Types of Gamblers in the United States,” in International Gambling Studies (Volume 13, Issue 3, 2013.)

Professor Naples NBC 10


In April, economist Dr. Michele Naples (at left) was interviewed by Na’eem Douglas, a reporter with NBC 10, regarding the current debate over increasing minimum wage in New Jersey. See video here.




Fall 2013

Sunita Ahlawat, Chair of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems, was selected as the TCNJ Inter-Greek Council Faculty of the month in September 2013 – for her dedication to the TCNJ campus community and her love of teaching. At TCNJ, the Greek community comprises nearly 20% of the student population, with close to 1300 members.

Finance Professor Andy Carver is spending the year in Heidelberg, Germany teaching TCNJ and international students through a partnership with the European Study Center and SRH Heidelberg University. The program combines class instruction with travel opportunities related to the European business environment. Read more about this and other travel abroad opportunities on the website for the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement. During the fall semester Carver and several TCNJ students re-connected with classmates via SKYPE as part of the Dean’s 3rd Wednesday panel on Global Business Practices.

While accounting courses are known for being very structured, Associate Professor Bea Chiang has found a way to integrate community service into her coursework. This fall her Cost Accounting class is pairing up with Isles Youth Institute (IYI) and TCNJ’s Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement to develop 5 actual local microbusinesses to be run by IYI students.  The businesses include: a wash and fold laundry service; beds and sheds; a t-shirt business; a small motor and bike repair shop; and a school store. Through this partnership, our students learn and practice concepts from class, analyzing actual data provided by the microbusinesses, while IYI students take full ownership of their enterprises. See photos here.

Professor Subarna Samanta (Economics Chair) was appointed vice-president of the Board of Directors for Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for Economics. With 678 chapters world-wide, ODE is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies created in 1963 through the merger of two honor societies, Omicron Delta Gamma (founded in 1915) and Omicron Chi Epsilon (founded in 1955.) Read more about Omicron Delta Epsilon here.

Subarna Samanta, Professor & Chair of Economics and Joao Neves, Professor of Management, are co-editors of the International Journal for Quality & Productivity Management. “IJPQM is a forum to help professionals, academics, researchers and practitioners, working in the field of productivity and quality functions and improvements in the emerging economy and society, to discuss the important ideas, concepts and disseminate information and to learn from each other’s work.” Read more here.

Marketing professor Louis Tucci’s recent publications include “Developing marketing strategies to increase vegetable consumption” (co-authored with Jean C. Darian) in the Journal of Consumer Marketing and “Self-reported nutritional knowledge and the acceptance of health-related food benefit claims” (co-authored with Stephen L. Baglione and John L. Stanton) in the British Food Journal.

Summer 2013

Each year in May, the Department of Accounting and Information Services and the Career Center host a Round Table Meeting, which brings together faculty, Career Services personnel and firm representatives to discuss recruiting issues, job placement, and current developments in the profession. Department Chair Sunita Ahlawat said this year’s program “was a great opportunity to highlight our students’ accomplishments, and to consult and thank our external partners. After all, an internship is increasingly becoming a ticket to a job. We are advocates for our students to the business community.”

This June, Carla Fallone (Adjunct Professor of management) and Lorraine Allen (SBDC Regional Director ) traveled to Boquete, Panama, with the Global Volunteer Network, recommended and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During their tenure, they consulted on the design of the Worldwide Entrepreneurship Development Program and the International Volunteer Placement Program. The program is designed to work with women to promote empowerment, entrepreneurship and small business development and to develop the skills for sustainable business activities. In addition, Fallone & Allen facilitatied the Administration, Online Communities, Marketing, Distribution channels, and Fair Trade Certification and volunteered with The GEM Project, a multinational jewelry-making initiative for mothers with children with disabilities and young pregnant teens. In addition to training entrepreneurial skills, The GEM Project is designed to inspire empowerment, positive thinking, global giving and creative power. Its objective is to train women to start their own business, thereby encouraging self-reliance for themselves and their children.

Dr. Susan Hume presented this past June 2013, at the 20th Annual  Multinational Finance Society, held in Izmir Turkey. Her paper entitled “Solvency Predictions in Banks in Selecting European Countries: What Factors are Important During The Financial Crisis?” was co-authored with students from the  class of 2012: Richard Guardino, Michael Recchia and Alexis Servedio.

Known for his expertise on multi-level marketing strategies, Dean Bill Keep’s letter to the FTC calling for clarification of their stand on “the direct selling industry, where pyramid schemes posing as legitimate multilevel marketing firms (MLMs) regularly victimize our citizens” was published in the June 25th edition of the New York Post. Read the full article and letter here. Dean Keep is often consulted for his expertise in this area — read more here.

Professor Susanna Monseau’s article “Fostering Web 2.0 Innovation: The Role of the Judicial Interpretation of the DMCA Safe Harbor, Secondary Liability and Fair Use” was published in the Fall 2012 issue of The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law. Her research assistant for this paper Nicholas Falcone ’12, is now enrolled at Boston University Law School where he is pursuing his J.D. and Masters in Public Health.

This past summer Professor Pelham took 8 students to France and Germany for the International Business 250 course. The purpose of the course was to develop an understanding of how culture and politics impact business decision making for companies in the European Union and companies doing business globally. In France the students went on tours of Paris, Vichy, and Strasbourg. In Germany they toured Heidelberg and Frankfurt.
In Vichy, lecturers were provided by our host, Pole University/Clermont-Ferrand University. They lead discussion about doing business in France. Professor Pelham also lectured on the subjects of international finance, company/country competitiveness; international marketing, and European Union history. In Frankfurt, students heard a lecture from a European Central Bank representative about the role of the bank in Europe’s financial stability.
Among the companies visited were Exxon-Mobil, Michelin, Steelcase, John Deere, and Huber refrigeration. Company representatives discussed the nature of business decision making and management across country cultures. Students had the opportunity to visit various wineries and learn about wine production and marketing and were were required to prepare daily journal entries and write a final paper.


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