Foster School welcomes six new faculty members

The University of Washington Foster School of Business welcomes six distinguished scholars to its faculty for the 2011-12 academic year. One of the largest classes of new faculty in 30 years, the group comprises a mix of promising young talent and proven performers.

Zoe-Vonna Palmrose adds a wealth of experience and expertise to Foster’s Department of Accounting, ranked first nationally in financial accounting research contributions according to a 2009 study in the journal Issues In Accounting Education, and a specialty area ranked fifth nationally in Bloomberg Businessweek’s most recent “Best Business Schools” list.

Palmrose most recently served as the Accounting Circle Professor of Accounting and National PricewaterhouseCoopers Fellow at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Prior to USC she was a member of the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business. She earned her MBA (1978) and PhD (1982) at the Foster School.

An expert in accounting public policy, Palmrose served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as Deputy Chief Accountant for Professional Practice in the Office of the Chief Accountant from 2006-2008. She also served on the Public Oversight Board’s Panel on Audit Effectiveness (1998-2000) and the Auditing Standards Board Fraud Task Force (2000-02). In 2008, Treasury and Risk Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in finance.

Palmrose is the co-author of “Thog’s Guide to Quantum Economics: 50,000 Years of Accounting Basics for the Future.” She has published and spoken extensively on the quality of financial reporting and auditing. Among her many accolades, Palmrose was the 2008 American Accounting Association Presidential Scholar and is a two-time recipient of that organization’s Wildman Medal.

The Foster School’s Department of Marketing and International Business, a specialty area in which Foster was ranked second in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek, will be strengthened by two new hires. Nidhi Agrawal was an associate professor of marketing and the James R. McManus Research Chair at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 2006-11. Agrawal, who earned her PhD from New York University in 2006, is expert in the areas of marketing, consumer psychology and consumer information.

Oliver Rutz comes to Foster by way of the Yale School of Management, where he was an assistant professor of marketing after earning his PhD from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2007. Prior to his academic career, Rutz was a senior associate at McKinsey & Company for four years. His research expertise includes Internet and e-commerce, paid search advertising, banner advertising, clickstream analysis, ad copy and landing page design.

Elizabeth Umphress joins the Foster School Department of Management & Organization after eight years as associate professor of management at the Texas A&M University Mays Business School. She earned her PhD in organizational behavior, psychology and sociology from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2003. Among her research expertise is ethical decision making, organizational justice, diversity and social dominance theory.

Also new to Management & Organization is Ryan Fehr, who earned his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Maryland in 2010. His research expertise includes conflict management, creativity and innovation, and cross-cultural management.

And joining the Department of Finance is Jonathan Brogaard, who in 2011 earned both a PhD in finance from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a JD in corporate and tax law from Northwestern’s School of Law. His research specializes in high-frequency trading law and finance, financial regulation, investments, and taxation of financial products.

“In my three decades at the Foster School, I’ve been continually impressed by the exceptional caliber of faculty I get to call colleagues,” says Thomas Lee, the Hughes M. Blake Endowed Professor of Management and associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at the Foster School, and past president of the Academy of Management. “This group more than lives up to this lofty standard. The range of experience and the academic quality of these scholars is breathtaking.”