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New Faculty Members Bring Enthusiasm and Resources to the Classroom

The Neeley School welcomes six new faculty members to add their personal dedication and intellectual capital to TCU’s rigorous business curriculum. 

October 03,  2014

By Elaine Cole

Faculty members who understand business on every level and can convey that knowledge to students are invaluable. The Neeley School consistently seeks out quality leaders for classroom interaction and varied perspectives.

Welcome six new faculty members to the Neeley School of Business at TCU:

Mary Uhl-Bien, BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership
An expert in complexity leadership, relational leadership and followership, Uhl-Bien previously served as the Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership at the University of Nebraska. She also has been a visiting scholar in Australia, Sweden, Portugal and Spain. Her research has been published in top journals and been funded by major corporations. She is senior editor of the Leadership Horizons series for Information Age Publishing and currently serves on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly and International Journal of Complexity in Leadership & Management. Uhl-Bien is a co-founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars in the Academy of Management, and is division chair-elect for the OB Division in the Academy. She holds a PhD, MBA and BBA from the University of Cincinnati.

John Verghese, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Supply Chain Practice
Verghese comes to TCU after receiving his PhD in Supply chain Management from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, where he was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Student Research Award. He holds a Master of Engineering from A&M and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University in India. His research has been published in Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management and Educational & Psychological Measurement. He is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute, Production and Operations Management Society and INFORMS. 

John Nelson, Lecturer, Business Information Systems
Nelson brings more than 25 years of business experience to the classroom, specializing in product strategy, solution development, product marketing, customer engagement and pre-sales support for IBM. He led development and marketing teams at IBM in partnership with engineering software companies and launched complex technologies throughout his career. He has delivered numerous presentations as a subject matter expert. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, where he was also a teaching associate, a M.S.M.E. from the University of Minnesota and BA in mathematics and physics from Luther College in Iowa. 

Danyelle Keenan, Visiting Lecturer, Management
With over 18 years of Human Resource experience, Keenan brings insight into employee relations, management coaching, change management, training and facilitation, and policy creation for various industries, including MedStar, Catholic Charities, DeVry University and Trammell Crow. She is holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and is a member of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association. She was honored as the HR Educator of the Year in 2011 at the SHRM regional conference. She holds a MS in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas at Arlington and BS from Texas A&M University.

Jamie Laws, Visiting Lecturer, Accounting
A Certified Public Accountant and member of the Texas Society of CPAs, Laws holds a MS and BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has taught financial accounting at Northwood University. She comes to TCU with 15 years of experience in accounting, as accounting manager for Residential Recovery Partners, property accountant for Greystar Real Estate Partners, assistant controller for Inland American Communities, senior accountant for Crow Holdings, senior auditor for Travis Wolff & Co., and staff auditor for Elliott Davis & Co.

Ryan Freling, Visiting Lecturer, Marketing
Freling is finishing his dissertation for his PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he taught Principals and Marketing and Marketing Research. He also taught marketing courses at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research, “How Online Product Reviews Affect Retails Sales: A Meta-Analysis,” has been accepted by the Journal of Retailing. He holds an MBA from the University of Kentucky and BS in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester.