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The College of Business welcomes new faculty members

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The College of Business is pleased to introduce six tenure-track faculty
members to the Departments of Accounting, Decision Sciences, Management, and
Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Leyla Ozsen,
Assistant Professor
Department of
Decision Sciences

Leyla Ozsen

Leyla Ozsen received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and
Management Sciences from Northwestern University. A former Assistant Professor
at Purdue University, she comes to SF State with experience teaching logistics,
production, supply chain management, and operations management at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels. Leyla’s research interests similarly echo
her teaching interests; she has published articles relating to logistics,
supply chain management, and healthcare management in journals such as the European
Journal of Operational Research and the Journal of Healthcare Management
Science. Leyla is originally from the Republic of Turkey.

Theresa Hammond,
Associate Professor
Department of

Theresa Hammond

Theresa Hammond received her Ph.D. from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison where she taught courses in cost and managerial accounting.
She joins SF State after working at Boston College, where she was a tenured
associate professor and former department chair. One of Theresa’s primary
research interests is her extensive study of African Americans in the public
accounting profession. Her book, A White-Collar Profession: African American
CPAs Since 1921, was published in 2002, and she co-founded the
African-American Accounting Doctoral Students Association as well as the
Faculty Diversity section of the American Accounting Association.

Geoff Dessa,
Assistant Professor
Department of
Management (Entrepreneurship)

Geoffrey Desa

Geoff Desa comes to SF State from the University of
Washington, where he earned his Ph.D. in Technology Entrepreneurship and
Strategic Management with a minor in Public Affairs. He has consulted with the
University of Washington Technology Transfer Office, the Center for Innovation
and Entrepreneurship, and the Global Business Center. No stranger to the Bay
Area, Geoff also has industry experience in Silicon Valley, including research
and development at Hewlett Packard, Agilent, and Novera. He has taught classes
in entrepreneurship, strategic management, and social entrepreneurship, and
will be teaching entrepreneurship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
here in the College of Business.

Sanjay Jain,
Assistant Professor
Department of
Management (Strategy)

Sanjay Jain

Sanjay Jain holds a Ph.D. in Management from the Stern School
of Business at New York University. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he served as a principal faculty
member for the INSITE program (Initiative for Studies in Technology
Entrepreneurship). Sanjay’s research focuses on strategic management of
innovation, institutional entrepreneurship, and university technology
commercialization. His work has been published in journals such as the Academy
of Management Journal and Organization Studies. Prior to following
an academic path, Sanjay worked professionally as a sales engineer with
Wipro-GE Medical Systems and as an account executive with Lintas, both in his
native India.

Frank La Pira,
Assistant Professor
Department of
Management (Entrepreneurship)

Frank La Pira

Frank La Pira completed his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at
Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. His research
interests include entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, spiritual
intelligence, and creativity and innovation. Additionally, in conjunction with
a California-based research institute, Frank recently developed an
electro-physiological experiment which demonstrated the entrepreneurial
propensity for intuitive thinking as opposed to rational decision-making. His
professional experience includes working at the University of Ballarat in
Victoria, Australia, where he had roles in undergraduate and graduate teaching,
program coordination, and product development. He also owned and directed
Healthy Inspirations, a women-only fitness center franchise in Ballarat, where
he oversaw the management of finance, marketing, and employee performance.

Colin Johnson,
Associate Professor
Department of
Hospitality and Tourism Management

Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson joins SF State from San
Jose State, where he was a Professor in the Department of Hospitality,
Recreation, and Tourism Management. He received his Ph.D. in Economic and
Social Sciences from Fribourg University in Switzerland, majoring in Strategy
and Marketing. Colin’s academic and professional experience includes serving as
Professor and Director at the Lausanne Institute for Hospitality Research
(LIHR) at the Lausanne Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and as Dean of
the Domino Carlton Tivoli International Hotel Management Career Centre in
Lucerne, Switzerland. He has also worked for the Manchester United Football
Club as an Assistant Catering Manager. Colin’s research interests include
services internationalization, sustainable tourism, and tourism and hospitality
development in emerging economies.

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