Eight Business School Faculty Receive Promotions

SBS Dean Amy Zeng calls the group 'truly remarkable'

In early February 2022, the Provost Office announced promotion and tenure decisions for eight Sawyer Business School faculty members.

"As I read each faculty candidate’s dossier, prepared my recommendation letters, and then presented our faculty cases to the Board of Trustees, I found deep pride and firmly believe again that we have truly remarkable faculty here at the Sawyer Business School," said Dean Amy Zeng.

Promotions will be effective July 1, 2022. 

Tenure/Tenured Track

Chrisy Yao

Yurong Chrisy Yao, Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM)

Promoted to Full Professor

Professor Yao’s primary research interests include information system adoption, outsourcing, technology and business innovation, electronic government, and electronic healthcare. Her research has been published in European Journal of Information Systems, The Database for Advances in Information Systems, Communications of the AIS, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Computer Information Systems, and many international conferences.

Her teaching interests include management information systems, enterprise systems, and business intelligence. She has more than twenty years’ experience in enterprise systems by studying and working at SAP University Alliance schools and SAP China.

Saeid Hoseinzade

Saeid Hoseinzade, Finance

Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Professor Hoseinzade’s research focuses mainly on asset management and fixed-income securities. He is also interested in liquidity, financial stability, and financial technology.

He has authored several articles in prominent finance journals such as Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies. He has also presented his research at various national and international conferences.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith, Marketing

Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

As a researcher, Professor Smith predominantly studies new media and its intersection with consumption, markets, and branding. His past projects have answered questions such as: How do consumers make trust judgments about online reviews? How can online influencers attract engaged attention from audiences? And how can marketers develop engaging augmented reality experiences?

Professor Smith’s research has been published in a variety of journals, such as the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Interactive Marketing, and Journal of Business Research, and has been honored with awards from the Association of Consumer Research/Sheth Foundation and Business Horizons.

Ming Cheng

Ming Cheng, Marketing

Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Professor Cheng’s research expertise lies in the areas of digital and data-driven marketing. Her research focus is centered on search engine marketing, optimization (SEO), and social media marketing, with a focus on the interplay between content and customer digital engagement.

Her research examines the online dynamics among consumers, firms, and the providers of diverse digital platforms and services. It entails the application of quantitative modeling technique to massive, unstructured data sets. She has collaborated with firms such as Wikia/Fandom, Baidu, and Microsoft (China).

Dr. Cheng’s work has been published in Journal of Services Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, and Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. She has presented her work at notable international conferences, such as INFORMS Marketing Science, Product and Service Innovation, System Sciences, and Frontiers in Service. 

Professional Faculty Track

Jerry Mee

Jerry Mee, Marketing

Promoted to Senior Instructor

Prior to joining Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School full time in 2008, Professor Mee spent more than 20 years in the brand marketing and business development arena with companies such as Hasbro, Reebok, and the BIC Corporation. While at Hasbro, he leveraged Hasbro toys and games such as Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Operation, and the Game of Life to fuse them together with iconic properties such as Lucas Film’s Star Wars, Disney, Pokémon, and Pixar to develop a successful portfolio of co-branded toys and games.

Professor Mee has taught in both undergraduate and graduate programs at Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School. He has designed or co-designed courses such as Brand Marketing, Integrated Marketing Communications, Professional Selling, and Challenge on Managing Value, often infusing novel, experiential, semester-long projects, innovative digital simulations, and intriguing business cases to energize the classroom experience. Since 2008 he has directed Suffolk’s Marketing Internship Program.

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor, Entrepreneurship

Title Changed to Associate Professor of Practice

Professor Taylor currently serves as chairman of the Taylor-Smith Companies, where he manages multiple real estate business entities. He has development experience in the residential, retail, and commercial sectors of the real estate industry. He is the former vice president of development at FMR Properties Inc., where he helped convert the old Commonwealth Pier in Boston Harbor into Boston's World Trade Center.

In the 1990s, Professor Taylor served as Governor Weld’s first secretary of transportation and helped reestablish rail service from Worcester to Boston and oversaw construction of the Ted Williams Tunnel and the Dudley Station Bus Terminal. He initiated construction of the new South Station Bus Terminal, the Old Colony Commuter Rail project, and the $14 billion Big Dig project.

George Moker

George Moker, Marketing

Title Changed to Assistant Professor of Practice

Professor Moker’s research focuses on the creative self-efficacy of stakeholder across various contexts. He currently serves in six service assignments, leading the First-Year Experience Program, and co-leading the SBS career curriculum and the University’s Creativity and Innovation Steering Committee, having been a co-founder of this initiative. Over the years, he has served on 28 committees, including department, school, and university levels, as well as serving as the University’s first endowed chair.

Academically, Professor Moker has taught, designed, or modified 25 different courses, at all academic levels and modalities, including nine online courses, 23 on-campus courses, and one global travel seminar to Italy. As an alumnus, George continues to show his support of the University by hiring graduates to full-time and internship opportunities in the areas of accounting and marketing.

Michael Dunlop

Michael Dunlop, Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM)

Title Changed to Assistant Professor of Practice

Professor Dunlop’s primary research area focuses on business pedagogy, program evaluation, and student assessment. He teaches courses in operations management, managerial statistics, and data and decisions analysis at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

During his time at Suffolk University, he has been instrumental in the design and development of the Big Data and Business Analytics Program within the ISOM Department. In addition, he has served on the Sawyer Business School’s Teaching Committee and on a Faculty and Professional Learning Community with Suffolk’s Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence. He is also a member of Suffolk’s Division of Student Success — Faculty Advisory Committee.


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