Five full-time faculty members joined Pamplin. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment to hiring such faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach particularly in the areas of business analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and sustainable global prosperity.


Associate professor
Becker received his Ph.D. in management in 2010 from the University of Arizona.

He has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the United States Naval Academy. His research interests include work emotion, turnover, organizational neuroscience, and leadership.


Assistant professor
Hospitality and tourism management
Kim received a Ph.D. in hospitality management this year from Iowa State University and an earlier Ph.D. in food and nutrition in 2011 from Yonsei University, South Korea.

She has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree, both also in food and nutrition, from Yonsei University and The Catholic University of Korea, respectively. Her research focuses on understanding how industry practices and policies influence consumer behavior in food service settings.


Assistant professor
MacKinlay received his Ph.D. in finance in 2012 from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He also has a master’s degree in finance from The Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College. His research interests include topics in empirical corporate finance, including corporate capital structure decisions and the effects of financial intermediation on corporate activity.


Assistant professor
Paye received his Ph.D. in economics in 2004 from the University of California, San Diego.

He has a bachelor’s degree in economics as well from Washington and Lee University. His research interests center on asset pricing and interactions between financial markets and macroeconomic conditions. His broader academic interests include volatility modeling, forecasting, econometrics, and the interdisciplinary field of neurofinance.


Assistant professor
Accounting and information systems
Smith received her Ph.D. in accounting this year from Texas A&M University.

She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting as well from North Carolina A&T State University. Her research interests include audit regulation, audit quality, audit market structure, and auditor judgment and decision-making. Her dissertation examined the readability and tone of the newly required expanded audit report in the United Kingdom.