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Goizueta PhD grads land top spots

Despite the overall poor hiring season for academics, it was a bumper year for Goizueta, as eleven 2009 PhD graduates and doctoral candidates received faculty offers this summer, many of them from the world’s most prestigious universities.

“We’re delighted with the results,” says Grace Pownall, associate dean and director of doctoral studies and professor of accounting. “Due to our outstanding faculty, our students are well trained and love research. They will be great faculty members.” This year’s doctoral candidates, she notes, interviewed at colleges such as the University of Chicago, Wharton, Northwestern, and Georgetown.

One graduate, Byoung-Hyoun Hwang 09PhD, is headed for Purdue University. His specialty is corporate governance and behavioral finance, and he has published several papers in leading journals. “I wanted to do empirical research, and my professor at Indiana [University] said Emory was one of the best for that,” he says. “I don’t think I could have done better at any other school. The faculty was so supportive and helped me to become a more independent researcher.”

Martha Tipton 09PhD, who specializes in marketing strategy, had a similar experience. “My mentors at Goizueta were a great support in developing my papers without trying to direct them toward their own interests,” she says. Tipton is joining the faculty of Singapore Management University and notes that, “Goizueta marketing professors were instrumental in developing the marketing program at SMU, and Emory has dedicated a lot of resources to it.”

Chad Navis 09PhD, who studied organization and management at Goizueta, interviewed with Harvard University and got an offer from Boston College before he settled on the University of Wisconsin, where he will teach technology entrepreneurship. “It’s kind of a homecoming, as I grew up in Madison,” he says. Navis previously worked in IT management. “I didn’t realize I wanted to do this [academia] until the second year of my MBA program. As I observed the faculty, it seemed like a great fit.”

Goizueta’s doctoral program, launched in 2002, currently has 41 students. “It’s a small, intimate program where you get the opportunity to collaborate with faculty closely,” explains Allison Gilmore, director of admissions and student services for the doctoral program. Gilmore says the slow economy has not increased the number of applications. “Becoming an academic is a lifelong commitment, not something to do while waiting out the recession. This program is for people who want to take their places on the best faculties in the world.”

Kathryn Whitbourne

Dean Larry Benveniste and Vice Dean Maryam Alavi, center, congratulate 2008 Sheth fellows. From left, Chad Navis, Scott Hayward, David Reppenhagen, Byoung-Hyoun Hwang, Seoyoung Kim, Martha Tipton, Adina Barbulescu, David Tan, Ivo Tafkov, and Marcus Kirk.

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