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Meet the Newest TCU Neeley Professors

TCU Neeley welcomes eight new faculty members who deepen our already academically rigorous curriculum.

December 14,  2015

By Elaine Cole

Michael Hitt, Distinguished Research Fellow
Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership

An expert in strategic management, international strategy and strategic entrepreneurship, Hitt is a renowned researcher and author of numerous publications in prestigious academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Operations Management. He is consulting editor for Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and recently waseditor-in-chief of Oxford Research Reviews. He is on the editorial advisory board of 13 academic journals.

Hitt has won awards for research and teaching, including Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 2014 and 2015, The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 and Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship from Texas A&M Mays Business School. Hitt taught for 27 years at Texas A&M, and previously at Arizona State, UT-Arlington and Oklahoma State. He has served as a visiting scholar at universities around the world.  

Hitt holds a PhD in Organizational Theory/Behavior from the University of Colorado, and MBA and BBA from Texas Tech University.

Brad Harris, Assistant Professor of Management
Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Harris’ research expertise focuses on leadership, effective teamwork, organizational socialization and human resources. His work has been featured in the book Proactivity at Work and leading journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and The Leadership Quarterly.He has won awards of excellence for teaching and research.

Harris holds a PhD from Texas A&M University, MBA from the University of Florida and BBA from Texas Tech University.

Yashoda Bhagwat, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Department of Marketing

Bhagwat’s research and teaching focus on marketing strategy, customer relationship management, services marketing and retailing. She has been published in Journal of Marketing and Marketing Science. She has received honors for teaching and research, including 2014 Graduate Teaching Instructor Teaching Excellence Award, 2013 AMA-Sheth Doctoral Consortium Fellow and 2012 SMA Doctorial Consortium Fellow.

Bhagwat holds a PhD in Marketing from Georgia State University, MS from the University of Alabama and BA from the University of Michigan.

Sarang Sunder, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Department of Marketing

Sunder’s research focuses on customer relationship management, salesforce management, emerging markets and diffusion modeling. He has been published in Harvard Business ReviewJournal of Retailing, Journal of Marketing Research and Journal of International Marketing. He received the SEF/Neill Rackham research grant in 2015 and was honored as the ISMS Doctoral Consortium Fellow in 2014.

Sunder holds a PhD and MS from Georgia State University, where he won the 2014 GTA Teaching Excellence Award.

Jeremy (JJ) Kovach, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain

Kovach was operations manager for Barricks Manufacturing, and design leader and Six Sigma black belt for GE Lighting Systems. His research and teaching cover new product development, cross-functional project management, operations strategy, technology management and closed loop supply chains. His research has been published in Journal of Operations Management. He won the OM Division Chan Hahn Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management in 2013.

Kovach holds a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology and MS and BS from the University of Tennessee.

Patti Jordan, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Supply Chain
Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain

Jordan’s experience includes 30 years in distribution operation, business planning and process engineering with Webco Industries, and seven years as inventory manager, product support manager and senior systems analyst for American Airlines. Her research covers supply chain and operations management with an emphasis on the applications and integration of strategic information systems, business analytics and project management to create a competitive advantage. Her research has been published in Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Jordan holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, MBA and BS from Oklahoma State University.

Grant Farnsworth, Assistant Professor of Finance
Department of Finance

Farnsworth’s research focuses on hedge funds, mutual funds and venture capital. He was a quantitative researcher for Chicago Alternative Investment Partners and head of quantitative modeling and strategies for Delaware Street Capital Quantitative Group before turning to academics. His research has been published in Management Science. He taught at Pennsylvania State and received the Smeal Competitive Research Grant four years in a row.

Farnsworth holds a PhD from Pennsylvania State, MS in finance from Northwestern University, and BA in economics and BS in mathematics from Brigham Young University.

Xiaoyan (Winnie) Wen, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Department of Accounting

Wen’s research focuses on financial reporting, voluntary disclosure, management forecast, earnings management, Information quality and capital structure. She has been published in Management Science, Journal of Accounting Research and Contemporary Accounting Research.She previously taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she won the undergraduate teaching award.

Wen holds a PhD and MS in accounting from Carnegie Mellon, and MS and BS in finance from Tsinghua University.