New SHA Faculty Boast Diverse Fields of Interests and Backgrounds

With specializations in corporate finance, consumer psychology, operations, entrepreneurship, and more, the cohort of new SHA faculty brings a wide range of expertise to the school. Read about what they’ll be teaching in the classroom, what they did before coming to Cornell, and what they enjoy doing when they find a little free time.

Matthew Clayton, associate professor of finance and Stone Family Fellow
Academic focus: Corporate finance, specifically the relationship between financial decisions, investment decisions, and product market decisions. I also examine the information content of corporate decisions.

Previous positions: Associate professor of finance, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, 2009-13; assistant professor of finance, University of Virginia, 2006-09; assistant professor of finance, Rutgers University, 2002-06; visiting assistant professor of finance, University of Southern California, 2001-02; assistant professor of finance, New York University, 1996-2001

Academic background: PhD, finance, Northwestern University, 1996; MS, finance, Northwestern University, 1995; BA, math and economics, Carleton College, 1991

Last book read: Santa Fe Rules by Stuart Woods

In his own time: Traveling

Kathy LaTour, associate professor of services marketing
Academic focus: Consumer psychology with research on learning, memory, and expertise; wine and gambling marketing focus

Previous positions: Visiting professor of services marketing, Cornell School of Hotel Administration, 2012-13; associate professor of hospitality marketing, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 2008-11; assistant professor of hospitality marketing, UNLV, 2004-08; adjunct faculty member, Auburn University, 1999, 2001-02, 2003-04; visiting scholar and research associate, Mind of the Market Lab, Harvard Business School, 1997-2001; visiting assistant professor, University of Iowa, 1997-98

Academic background: PhD, marketing, University of Iowa, 1997; MS, broadcast administration, Boston University, 1991; BS, broadcast production management, University of Colorado Boulder, 1989

Last book read: Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery by John Hartsock

In her own time: Walking dog, yoga, cooking with family (and of course wine)

A J Burns, lecturer in information systems
Academic/teaching focus: I am teaching HADM 1740 Business Computing this semester. My primary research interest is at the intersection of business and technology, particularly the influence of employees’ behavior on information security.

Previous positions: I have just defended my dissertation at Louisiana Tech University, where I taught in Computer Information Systems from 2010 to 2013. Before entering academia, I held positions in corporate real estate and commercial real estate valuation.

Academic background: DBA, computer information systems, Louisiana Tech University; MBA, Louisiana State University; BS, finance, Louisiana State University

Last book read: The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google

In his own time: Enjoying the outdoors, playing tennis, and occasionally sitting behind a drum kit

Daniel Lebret, lecturer in real estate
Academic/teaching focus: HADM 4250/6250 Securitization and Structured Financial Products, HADM 4280/6280 Real Estate Finance and Investments, HADM 4990 Undergraduate Independent Study

Academic background: PhD, Cornell University; MBA, Cornell University

Andrew Quagliata, lecturer in management communication
Academic/teaching focus: HADM 1650 Management Communication I

Previous positions: Lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2011-13; manager for special projects, Office of the President, RIT, 2008-11

Academic background: PhD, organizational communication, University at Buffalo; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology; BS, Rochester Institute of Technology

Last book read: Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes by Evan Dawson

In his own time: Hiking, sailing, and spending time with my wife and daughter

Cheryl Stanley, lecturer in food and beverage management
Academic/teaching focus: I will be assisting with HADM 4300 Introduction to Wines. I also am teaching HADM 4340 Catering and Special Events Management this semester and HADM 4360 Beverage Management in the spring.

Previous positions: Adjunct/interim instructor, The Culinary Institute of America, classes included Gastronomy, Introduction to Wines, Advanced Wines, Spirits and Mixology, Beverage Management, and Food, Wine, and Agriculture, 2008-13; founding partner, Cheryl Stanley Restaurant Consulting, 2008-13; sommelier and wine director, The Wine Cask Restaurant and Retail Store, Santa Barbara, CA, 2005-08; fine dining room manager and sommelier, Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach, 2000-05

Academic background: MS, hospitality and retail management, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 2012; BS, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, 2000

Last book read: We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill. A very interesting book about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. I enjoy reading about British monarchs. I am in the process of reading Inventing Wine by Paul Lukacs.

In her own time: I love tasting and learning about the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from around the world. I also make jewelry.

Brad Wellstead, lecturer in facilities and properties management, planning, & design
Academic/teaching focus: HADM 3510 Hospitality Facilities Design and HADM 4570 Hotel Development

Mary MacAusland, visiting assistant professor of accounting 
Academic/teaching focus: My research interests are related to accounting standard setting and the global convergence of accounting standards; public policy related to the SEC’s responsibility for U.S. accounting standards; and its oversight of the FASB. I am currently teaching HADM 2230 Financial Accounting and HADM 6240 Analysis of Financial Statements

Recent positions: Visiting assistant professor, University of New Hampshire; visiting instructor, Franklin & Marshall College; various staff and volunteer roles with the United States Tennis Association over a ten-year period (e.g., assistant to the president, vice-chair of audit committee, board member of middle-states section, and numerous national committees)

Academic background: PhD, public administration, Pennsylvania State University; MBA, finance, Saint Joseph’s University; BBA, accounting, Temple University. Also, I am a CPA.

Last book read: The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation by John C. Bogle

In her own time: I enjoy tennis, travel, food, wine, music, and film. I also enjoy antiquing and biking and look forward to exploring the area.

Mona Anita K. Olsen, visiting assistant professor/assistant academic director of the Pillsbury Institute of Hospitality Entrepreneurship
Academic/teaching focus: I will be teaching entrepreneurship. I will be teaching HADM3135/HADM6135 Conversations with Entrepreneurs in the fall and spring. I am in the process of creating plans for a new entrepreneurship course for spring 2014 on technology in entrepreneurship.

Previous positions: U.S. Fulbright Grantee to Norway, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, U.S Department of State/J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (The Norwegian School of Hotel Management at the University of Stavanger), 2012-13; founder/president of the board, iMADdu (I make a difference, do you?), 2009-13; assistant director, Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Office of Research and Economic Development, George Mason University, 2008-12

Academic background: PhD, Graduate School of Education, George Mason University, 2013 (concentration in instructional technology and entrepreneurship education; Masters in Management of Information Technology, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia, 2008; BS with distinction, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, 2004

Last book read: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

In her own time: Photography; spending quality time with family and friends; exploring the beaches of Lista, Norway and Montauk, New York with my two dogs; and writing letters

Ravinder Kingra, visiting lecturer in food and beverage management
Academic/teaching focus: Food and beverage operations with a specialty in restaurant operations; teaching HADM 3350 Restaurant Management

Previous Positions: Teaching support specialist, Cornell School of Hotel Administration, 2012-13

Academic Background: MMH, Cornell School of Hotel Administration, 2012; BA, Tufts University, 1996

Last book read: Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: Or the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton

In his own time: Cooking, movies, playing the drums, riding my 1963 Vespa, design, and photography