Who's new in the Business School
James Boyle was named faculty specialist in the department of accounting. Boyle has taught undergraduate and MBA classes part-time at The University of Scranton since 2009. He is also an internal auditor for the University, a position he has held since 1999. Boyle received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in finance from The University of Scranton. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He is pursuing a doctorate in business administration at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga.
Ann E. “Nancy” Cummings, was named faculty specialist in the management and marketing department after serving as a lecturer for one year in the operations and information management department. Cummings was an adjunct professor for the accounting and marketing and management departments at The University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management. She was also an adjunct instructor at Keystone College. Most recently, she was employed by Epic Industries, Clarks Summit, and AEC Consulting, Clarks Summit, as an accounting software and management consultant. Previously, she worked for Allied Services, and Coopers and Lybrand, Boston, Massachusetts. Cummings received a bachelor’s in economics and accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from The University of Scranton.
Jeremy R. Brees, Ph.D., was named assistant professor in the management and marketing department. Dr. Brees taught and earned his doctorate at Florida State University. He has published research on personal accountability, attributions, psychological entitlement and abusive supervision in such journals as the Journal of Vocational Behavior and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Appalachian State University, and an MBA from the University of Arizona.
Robert C. Giambatista, Ph.D., was named associate professor in the management and marketing department. He previously taught at Lehigh University and Texas Tech University. Dr. Giambatista received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management science from The Pennsylvania State University. He earned his doctorate in organizational behavior from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has also worked as a systems analyst and systems consultant. Dr. Giambatista has had his research published in several journals in his field and has given numerous scholarly presentations throughout the United States and Canada.
Yibai Li, Ph.D., was named assistant professor of the operations and information management department. He previously taught at Washington State University and also was the designer and co-founder of Hotel Simulator, an online training site for college students majoring in hotel management. He earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science and business administration from Jilin University in China and a master’s degree in management science and information systems from Oklahoma State University. He earned a doctorate in business administration at Washington State University.
Melissa Ann Wright, Esq., was named faculty specialist in law in the management and marketing department. She previously worked as a corporate attorney for Exar Corporation, a public semiconductor company in Fremont, Calif., and O’Melveny and Myers, LLP, in Menlo Park, Calif. She has extensive experience representing start-up technology companies and venture capital and private equity funds in matters such as debt and equity financings, investments, recapitalizations and exit transactions. She has also worked with public companies on mergers and acquisitions, securities act reporting and corporate governance. In addition, she has created and led training sessions for employees and management on a variety of legal and business matters. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology from Houghton College and a juris doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Dawei Zhang, Ph.D. cand., was named assistant professor in the operations and information management department. He comes to Scranton from The University of Calgary, where he taught and is completing a doctorate in management information systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Sun Yat-sen University, China, and a master’s degree in economics from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His teaching interests include networking, programming languages, database management and business intelligence. He has presented papers on information technology at several conferences in the United States and Canada.