New faculty join the College

The Haworth College of Business welcomes the following new faculty members who joined the College this fall.

Dr. Alhassan Gariba Abdul-Muhmin, associate professor of marketing, earned a doctorate in marketing and master’s in international business, both from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway. He earned a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Ghana and has over 18 years of experience teaching marketing courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, he has consulted for organizations in industries such as dairy production and marketing, large diameter pipes for oil and gas transportation, construction, and building materials retailing. His research interests include consumer decision making, price bargaining and negotiations, customer satisfaction, relationship marketing and customer relationship management.

Dr. Stacey Fitzsimmons, assistant professor of management, earned her doctorate in international business from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a bachelor’s in philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include cross-cultural management, bicultural/multicultural identity, international business ethics and sustainability.


Dr. Grace Lemmon, assistant professor of management, earned her doctorate in organizational behavior and human resource management from the University of Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s in marketing from DePaul University. Her research interests include: employment relationships, psychological contracts, social exchange and gender and minority workplace experiences. Prior to joining the College, she was employed with Georgia State University, working as a visiting instructor of organizational behavior. She was also employed as an instructor with the Department of Managerial Studies at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Kelley O’Reilly, assistant professor of marketing, earned a doctorate in management information systems from Utah State University. She has an Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s in visual communications from WMU. Her research interests entail retail entrepreneurship and franchising focused on small and medium-sized enterprises. Prior to joining the College, she accrued over 20 years of experience in retail and service franchise businesses. She held executive-level positions at Fortune 100 corporations while managing sales, marketing, new product development, purchasing, advertising, training and retail management functions as a Certified Franchise Executive.

James Penner, assistant professor of accountancy, is a doctoral candidate from Virginia Tech. He earned a master’s in accounting and information systems, and a bachelor’s in accounting from Michigan State University. His research interests include capital market effects of financial reporting and the impact of media on capital markets. He is a CPA in the state of Michigan and was previously employed at the Detroit office of Ernst & Young.

Dr. Xiaodan “Abby” Wang, assistant professor management, earned her doctorate in management from Texas Tech University. She has a Master of Business Administration from Ohio University and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Her research interests include venture capital firms’ influence on entrepreneurial startups’ strategy and performance, internationalization of venture capital firms, new ventures’ alliance strategies and entrepreneurship in emerging/transition economies. Prior to joining the College, she taught part-time as a graduate instructor at Texas Tech. She earned the Best Doctoral Student Paper and Best Paper Award for the Strategy/Organizational Theory/International Management from the Southern Management Association Annual Meeting in 2010.

Editor: Cindy Wagner
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