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Released October 8, 2004


HATTIESBURG - Nine new faculty members have joined the faculty of the College of Business and Economic Development in Hattiesburg and Long Beach this fall.

Five new professors with specialties in management, marketing, and fashion merchandising have joined the Department of Management and Marketing, three are new to the Department of Economics, Finance, and International Business, and one is new to the Department of Economic Development.

"We are pleased to have a strong group of highly qualified individuals who have joined us as colleagues in the College of Business and Economic Development, both in Hattiesburg and on the Long Beach campus," said Dr. Farhang Niroomand, associate dean. The college is still searching for candidates to fill positions in Accounting and Tourism Management, said Niroomand.

New faculty members are as follows:

• Dr. Judson Edwards, assistant professor of economic development, holds a doctorate in international development and a master's in economic development from Southern Miss. He specializes in rural economic development and economic geography.

• Dr. Brian Gregory, assistant professor of management, received his doctorate and master's degrees from Auburn University and his bachelor's from Florida State University. Gregory's specialties are in organizational analysis and change and human resource management.

• Dr. Joy Kozar, assistant professor of fashion merchandising, received her doctorate in textiles and clothing from Iowa State University, and her bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas State University. Kozar is teaching courses in apparel product development, fundamentals of the fashion industry, entrepreneurship in apparel and interiors and a seminar in fashion merchandising.

• Dr. Beth LaFleur, professor of marketing, received her doctorate in marketing from Mississippi State University and her bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Miss. She formerly was professor of marketing at Nicholls State University and was a senior Fulbright Scholar in 1997-98. LaFleur is teaching classes on the Gulf Coast campus.

• Dr. Daniel Michael, assistant professor of management, received his doctorate in management from Auburn University and was formerly assistant professor of management at Union University. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Alabama and is teaching courses on the Gulf Coast campus.

• Dr. Daniel Monchuk, assistant professor of economics, received his doctorate in economics from Iowa State and his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. His specialty areas include regional innovation and economic growth, labor and agricultural economics. Monchuk teaches courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics.

• Dr. Jennifer Sequeira, assistant professor of management, received her doctorate in management from the University of Texas in Arlington. She received her bachelor's degree from Marquette University and her master's degree from Florida Atlantic University. Sequeira teaches courses in global managerial policy and theory.

• Dr. Weishua Shi, visiting assistant professor of finance, received her doctorate in finance from the City University of Hong Kong and is an economics doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University. She teaches on the Gulf Coast campus.

• Dr. Linghui Tang, assistant professor of international business, received her doctorate in international economics from Syracuse University and her bachelor's degree from Beijing University. Her specialty is international business and economics and applied econometrics. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in international business.

The CBED is one of five degree-granting colleges at Southern Miss. It serves more than 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students in 11 majors.


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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM