SEMBA Faculty Bios
Associate Professor William Cats-Baril
Dr. Cats-Baril is as an Associate Professor for Information and Decision Sciences in the School of Business at the University of Vermont. He has been a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has been a Visiting Professor at several international institutions including the European Institute Administration at the University of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France; Reykjavik University; the International Management Centers in Budapest; the Executive Development Centre in Bled (Slovenia), and the China-Europe Management Institute in Beijing. Professor Cats-Baril teaches regularly courses on business strategy, customer-orientation and total quality management, and implementation of change in executive development programs in Asia, Europe, and North and Latin America. He has won several teaching awards including most recently the School of Business Graduate Teacher of the Year award in 2011.
Dr. Cats-Baril has published over thirty articles and book chapters in the management and medical literature on business strategy, conflict resolution and negotiation, and implementation of change. This work has appeared in Decision Sciences, Management Information Systems Quarterly, the Public Administration Review, CORR, JBJS, and Spine. The second edition of his book Systems to Support Health Policy Analysis (Hospital Administration Press) came out last year. The second edition of his book Information Technology and Management (McGraw-Hill/Richard C. Irwin) has just been translated to Chinese. He has authored more than 20 teaching cases. His current research interests are in health care management. They include sustainable practices, the implementation of Electronic Medical Record systems, the design of integrated health care delivery systems, the measurement and certification of professional excellence, and the development of a predictive risk model of suicide in hospital in-patient populations.
Dr. Cats-Baril has an international consulting practice and is a serial entrepreneur.
Associate Professor Steven Dempsey
Prior to joining the UVM faculty in the Fall of 1987, Dr. Dempsey taught at Virginia Tech (1982-85) and The College of William and Mary (1985-87). He earned his bachelor's from Binghamton University (Summa Cum Laude) and Master of Accountancy and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Tech. The recipient of a numerous academic honors and teaching awards, he has done extensive consulting work for several national and regional firms, including the U.S. Postal Service, General Dynamics, IBM and Ben & Jerry's. Dr. Dempsey's primary teaching interests cover all areas of financial and managerial accounting.
His research has been published in The Accounting Review, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, the Journal of Financial Statement Analysis, the Journal of Accounting Education, the Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics, and the Journal of Financial Research.
Professor Rocki-Lee DeWitt
Rocki-Lee DeWitt is a Professor of Management in the School of Business at the University of Vermont. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University in strategic management, her M.S. at The Ohio State University in agricultural economics and her B.S. in marketing and management at New York University. Dr. DeWitt worked for International Harvester and Case-IH in a variety of sales management roles, assisting the companies' efforts to enhance the marketing and inventory management practices of their agricultural dealer network. Dr. DeWitt is committed to teaching innovation and student and alumni engagement in case research. She has received numerous teaching awards and presented her teaching innovations at multiple national conferences. Her research on downsizing and restructuring has been published in top tier journals.
Professor Jon D. Erickson
Jon Erickson has published widely on energy & climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, and the theory and practice of ecological economics. His books include The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (2009), Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application (2007), and Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning (2005). Jon is also an Emmy award-winning producer of films such as the four-part PBS series Bloom on sources and solutions to nutrient pollution in Lake Champlain. He is President of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, past editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, and serves on the board or advisory committee of numerous nongovernmental organizations. Jon is Professor of Ecological Economics at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the campus-wide Environmental Program.
Professor Joshua Farley
Joshua Farley is an ecological economist and Associate Professor in Community Development & Applied Economics and Public Administration. Josh holds degrees in biology, international affairs and economics. He has previously served as program director at the School for Field Studies, Centre for Rainforest Studies, as Executive Director of the University of Maryland International Institute for Ecological Economics, and as adjunct faculty and licensed examiner at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He recently returned from a Fulbright fellowship in Brazil, where he served as visiting professor at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and Bahia (UFBA).
His broad research interests focus on the design of an economy capable of balancing what is biophysically possible with what is socially, psychologically and ethically desirable. More specifically, his research focuses on mechanisms for allocating resources under local control and national sovereignty that generate global public goods, developing transdisciplinary case study approaches to environmental problem solving as an educational tool, ecological restoration of rainforest ecosystems, economic globalization, and the valuation and finance of restoring natural capital.
He is co-author with Herman Daly of Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press (2010).
Professor Stephanie Farrior
Professor Stephanie Farrior is an expert in international law and human rights and is the Director of International Programs at Vermont Law School. She is former legal director and general counsel of Amnesty International, the worldwide human rights organization. Based at its International Secretariat in London, she oversaw Amnesty International's legal work during the Pinochet extradition hearings, met with then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on a range of issues, and worked closely with numerous United Nations human rights bodies.
Professor David Firestone
Professor David Firestone is an expert in environmental law, contracts, and international and comparative environmental law. The courses he has taught at Vermont Law School include Contracts, Commercial Law, Environmental Law, and Income Taxation.
Professor Oliver Goodenough
Professor Goodenough's research and writing at the intersection of law, economics, finance, media, technology, neuroscience and behavioral biology make him an authority in several emerging areas of law. He is expert in the impact of digital technology on law, with an emphasis on using the internet to create digital business organizations and to improve the support provided by law for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Professor Stuart Hart
Stuart L. Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, he is "one of the founding fathers of the 'base of the pyramid' economic theory." He is the S.C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont's Business School, Distinguished Fellow at the William Davidson Institute (University of Michigan), Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, and Founding Director of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore, India.
Assistant Professor Shoshanah Inwood
Shoshanah Inwood is rural sociologist and an assistant professor in CDAE. Shoshanah holds degrees in rural sociology, environmental science and biology. Her career has focused on the intersection of agriculture, environment, and society in the context of community and economic development. Shoshanah has maintained a dual focus studying both the role of communities in food system development and the socio-cultural household level processes that underlay the American food and agriculture system. Her research program is centered on two parallel themes: 1) The persistence of agriculture at the rural-urban interface, and 2) Community based economic development through food and agriculture. She generally utilizes a mixed methods design, combining qualitative and quantitative analysis and focuses on both basic research and applied outreach.
Outside of academia, Shoshanah worked for the Ohio Department of Agriculture as the Director of the Office of Sustainable Agriculture and as the state's first Farm to School Coordinator. Prior to joining CDAE, Shoshanah was affiliated with the Center for Farmland Policy Innovation and the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. She was also a former beginning farmer in rural Ohio establishing a CSA and selling at farmers markets and restaurants.
Associate Professor David Jones
David Jones completed his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Calgary in Canada. In his research he studies employees' perceptions of fairness in the workplace, how people judge fairness and unfairness, and the processes that explain why they respond through cooperative behavior, turnover, revenge, and counterproductive behavior (e.g., wasting time, theft). David also conducts research on how job seekers and employees respond to an organization's socially and environmentally responsible business practices. David is active in presenting his work at scholarly conferences like the annual meetings of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and has published his research in journals that include Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior where he also serves on the editorial board.
Assistant Professor Allison Kingsley
Professor Kingsley earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, where she was a multi-year Jacob K. Javits Scholar. She also received her M.S.L. from Yale Law School and B.A. cum laude from Rice University. In her research, Professor Kingsley contributes to the understanding of international business, political economy, political risk, and nonmarket strategy. Her focus is on firm strategies to manage political risk. She has been awarded research grants from institutions such as Ford Foundation, Sloan Foundation, and Center for International Business Education. Professor Kingsley's current teaching interests include both strategy and the political environment of business, and she is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the business school's Undergraduate Teacher of the Year (2011, 2013) and UVM's Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013). Prior to joining the UVM faculty in Fall 2010, Professor Kingsley worked on Wall Street for nearly a decade. She started on the sell-side in M&A investment banking (Lehman Brothers) and then moved in 2003 to the buy-side (Ambac, Reformation / PartnerRe), where she focused on project and structured finance, distressed debt and mezzanine investment, infrastructure and energy deals, and emerging markets transactions. In those positions she executed billions of transactions globally. Simultaneous with her private sector work, Professor Kingsley taught political economy courses at New York University and Yale University for six years.
Professor Mark Latham
His research focus includes the intersection of business and environmental law, as well as issues under the federal Clean Water Act.. Prior to joining the VLS faculty, he was a partner and chair of the environmental practice group at Gardner, Carton, and Douglas (now Drinker, Biddle and Reath) in Chicago and Washington, D.C. In his 15 years of private practice, he served as defense counsel for businesses, municipalities, and individuals in state, federal, civil, and administrative enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, and EPCRA.
Assistant Professor Hugh Marble III
Dr. Marble III joined the faculty of UVM in 2007 after completing his PhD at the University of Florida. Before pursuing the PhD, he worked as a consultant for Public Financial Management, a firm specializing in providing capital market, financial and strategic advice to public debt issuers. He is a CFA charterholder and has an MBA from Rollins College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Marble's research looks at changes in credit ratings and also at the impact of debt contracts on firm incentives.
Professor Sean Nolan
Professor Sean Nolon is the director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Vermont Law School where he teaches and researches in the fields of dispute resolution, environmental law, land use, and governance. He has significant experience as an advocate in and mediator of land use, environmental, public policy and commercial disputes.
Professor Rebecca Purdom
Professor Rebecca Purdom is known for her work in water and natural resource management, environmental human rights, nonprofit management and policy, and sustainability education. She currently serves as the assistant dean of the Environmental Law Program at Vermont Law School, and is the Director of the Distance Learning Program.
Professor Laurie Ristino
Professor Ristino is the first director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School. Before joining VLS, she was a senior counsel with the Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C.
Professor Pramodita Sharma
Dr. PramoDITA Sharma is the Sanders Professor for Family Business at the School of Business Administration, University of Vermont. Prior to this appointment in 2011, she was the CIBC Distinguished Professor of Family Business at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal. Dita is a visiting scholar at the Babson College where she serves as the Academic Director of the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project. Engaging over 200 scholars from 41 leading universities, this global applied research initiative explores the entrepreneurial processes within business families and generates solutions that have immediate application for family leaders. Her research on the succession processes, governance, innovation, next generation issues and the unique dynamics underlying family firms has been honored with several international awards including the NFIB Best Dissertation award from the Entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management. She received the prestigious Barbara Hollander award at the 25th anniversary conference of the Family Firm Institute.
Dean Sanjay Sharma
Dr. Sharma was appointed dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont July 1, 2011. He comes to UVM with a unique background in both the private sector and academia including 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations and more than a decade of proven leadership within higher education.
A 2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Sharma has won several research grants and has expertise in corporate environmental strategy, corporate sustainability, competitive strategy, stakeholder engagement and organizational innovation. His research has been widely published in top management journals including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Marketing, among others. He has co-edited six books on corporate environmental management and sustainability.
Professor Gus Speth
James Gustave "Gus" Speth joined the faculty at Vermont Law School in 2010. A Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos, he completed his decade-long tenure in 2009 as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1993 to 1999, he was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group. Prior to his service at the U.N., he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration; and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Professor Jennifer Taub
Professor Jennifer Taub researches and writes in the areas of financial reform, corporate governance, and mutual fund regulation. Her book Other Peoples Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business is forthcoming in 2014 with Yale Press.
Associate Professor Richard Vandenbergh
Dr. Vanden Bergh came to UVM in the fall of 2000. Prior to UVM he worked in corporate banking and investment banking specializing in highly leveraged transactions. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he completed his Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy. He also earned an MBA from Berkeley and a BA from Swarthmore College. Dr. Vanden Bergh's current areas of research include: firm strategy in the political environment; design of regulatory, political and judicial institutions. Dr. Vanden Bergh's research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Perspectives, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Law & Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Public Choice, and the Strategic Management Journal.
Assistant Professor Jie Zhang
Jie J. Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Systems Management at The University of Vermont School of Business Administration. She holds degrees from Boston University (DBA), Brown University (ScM and MA), and Fudan University (BA). Jie's research interest is in the area of sustainable service design where she focuses on performance analysis and incentive design. She is active in presenting her research at scholarly conferences. Her work has been published in the Journal of Service Management and the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. Jie is a founding member of the Industry Studies Association and a research associate of Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. Prior to joining UVM, Jie was a computer systems manager for nine years.
Associate Professor Asim Zia
Dr. Zia joined CDAE in 2008 with an emphasis on Public Policy and Administration. Zia received his BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of the Punjab in his home country of Pakistan. He started his professional career as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Federal Government of Pakistan, where he was responsible for managing German-, US-, and Australian-funded developmental cooperation projects in Pakistan. He spent two years working on Ecological Economics at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany and subsequently completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. He has also worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University in California.Click here for a complete list of BSAD faculty
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