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College of Business welcomes four new faculty members

August 27, 2014, Katja Sonkeng

With the start of the new academic year, the College of Business at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) welcomes four new faculty and staff members.

Photo of Jae LeeProfessor Jaehoon Lee is the new assistant professor of marketing for the College of Business. His research focuses on the understanding of motivational aspects of consumer’s symbolic behavior and helping behavior, as well as cognitive differences in thinking styles. An avid public speaker, he has presented his findings at multiple conferences, including the Association for Consumer Research and the Academy of Marketing Science. His research also has been featured in various journals and media outlets, such as the Journal of Consumer Research and Business Wire. Before joining the Carbondale campus, Lee served as an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He particularly appreciates the research-driven atmosphere at SIU. “Every time I come to school, I feel grateful and humbled as I find myself surrounded by many colleagues who genuinely help me achieve my professional goals as a quality researcher and teacher,” he says. “So my colleagues often become exemplary role models to me.” Lee earned his Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Texas at San Antonio, an M.S. and an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Alabama and Seoul National University, and a B.A. in business administration from Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea.

photo of Claire LiangAlso new to Rehn Hall is Claire Liang, who joins the College of Business as assistant professor of finance. Liang, a native of Taiwan, has lived, worked and studied in different parts of the world, including Japan, Taiwan, the United States and, most recently, Canada. Liang says she is excited to share with her students the knowledge she acquired from her industry work and her academic research. Her primary research interests are empirical corporate finance and capital markets research. In May, she completed her Ph.D. in finance at the University of Alberta in Canada. Her previous work experience includes positions at the investment banking division at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, advising corporate clients on equity offering, balance sheet optimization, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to her Ph.D., Liang also earned a B.S. in physics from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, as well as an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

photo of Dena HaleThe College of Business also welcomes Dena Hale as a new marketing lecturer. Considering herself “a product of SIU,” the Murphysboro resident is thrilled to return to the Carbondale campus. “I understand what it means to be a Saluki,” she says. “This environment and its people cannot be replicated anywhere.” Hale, who earned her B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D. in marketing from SIU, will now work with some of her former instructors. Coming from Nova Southeastern University, where she held a position as an associate professor of marketing, Hale brings with her valuable industry experience, while her research interest lies primarily in services marketing focusing on mature consumers or the business-to-business (B2B) service environment. She also conducts pedagogical research, such as Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL).

photo of Donna MargolisThe M.B.A. program recently named Donna Margolis as the new director. The former assistant dean of student services gladly accepted her new role and will oversee the different M.B.A. tracks while also serving as lecturer in the School of Accountancy. Upon her arrival at SIU in 2000, she was an academic advisor and went on to become a founding director of the Business Placement Center. She also has served as a member on the Disney College Program Board and has been an active force on the Carbondale campus by implementing innovative solutions in student service delivery. Margolis’ commitment to student services has been widely recognized. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Administrative and Professional Teaching Support Award, and she also earned the Excellence through Commitment Award and the Outstanding Service Contributor Award. Already a two-degree accounting graduate of SIU and certified for administration and evaluation of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Margolis is expected to complete her doctorate in accounting in 2015. Her previous work experience includes positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers in St. Louis and Ernst & Young in San Francisco and Newport Beach, California.

The SIU College of Business is delighted to welcome them!