A look back at the fall semester

Spring semester is well underway here at the Kelley School in Indianapolis.

We decided to catch up with a few of our newer Kelley faculty members, to see how their first semester went.

Helen Colby, assistant professor of marketing

I didn't teach last semester, but I am happy to say that since I arrived [at Kelley] I did get a National Bureau of Economic Research Retirement Research Center / Social Security Administration grant with colleagues at UCLA's Anderson School of Business and Duke's Fuqua School of Business to study how making decisions about social security retirement claiming primes mortality salience, and how that mortality salience affects the age at which people choose to claim. 

I have also received a seed grant from IUPUI with Philip Schuman, IU's Director of Financial Literacy, to continue my work on how financial literacy training impacts implicit attitudes towards financial decisions.

Teaching is off to a great start! I am pleased to have students in my MBA Marketing Research Methods (M503) class working on projects for Flat 12 Bierwerks and Naptown Fitness (which was started by two Kelley grads). My undergrad Marketing Research Methods class (M303) is participating in the Google Online Marketing Challenge, and each of the 11 teams is working with a local business. Honors I-Core (M374) is working with Aether Estate Sales, yet another local business. It's great to see the Kelley students really engaged in working with local companies!

Greg Durham, clinical associate professor of finance

I taught in both the Kelley Direct and Evening MBA programs this past semester. I found the students to be excellent, and I found the Kelley School's technology infrastructure and online support resources to be very good. I also found online teaching to be a challenging new activity, but an important new addition to my portfolio of teaching experiences.

David Farber, associate professor of accounting

I taught Intermediate Accounting I and Introductory Financial Accounting for honors students. I am very pleased with my transition and look forward to focusing on research for the next several months.

Wei Shi, assistant professor of management

I have made some progress with my research. I continue to work on topics related to corporate governance and top management teams.

Meanwhile, I started to research topics related to corporate governance and top management teams in China. Although China is the second largest economy in the world, there are not a lot of papers published about China in U.S. journals. China provides an interesting context to test theories that cannot be tested in the U.S. I am quite fortunate to have papers accepted by Strategic Management Journal.

I have spent some time trying to understand what type of teaching methodology is better received by students. In class, I push students to think about why certain strategic choices are made and how firms can achieve their strategic goals. I always find a strong connection between research and teaching. Students are always interested in counterintuitive findings.

Jared Wilson, assistant professor of finance

It was a very smooth transition for me moving into the department last fall. Everyone, across the board from the faculty to the administration and staff, was incredibly helpful as I got settled in. I was not teaching last semester but was able to build significant momentum on two research projects in particular. One project explores the structure and composition of boards of directors surrounding mergers, and the other examines the threat of replacement for poor firm performance as an incentive mechanism for corporate directors.

I presented these projects at several conferences, including the Cass Business School Mergers and Acquisition Research Centre Conference, the Financial Management Association Annual Meeting and the American Finance Association Annual Meeting, and received very constructive feedback that should only improve these papers as my co-authors and I prepare to send them out for review.

I am teaching the finance component of the iCore program at the undergraduate-level this semester. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the project groups come up with as the students are working with a very diverse and interesting set of companies this semester. The first two weeks of class have gone off without a hitch as we learn the basic building blocks that will allow the students to construct a financial evaluation of the ideas that they will pitch to the companies. So far, it seems to be a very inquisitive group of students and I imagine that will only persist as we continue to increase the connection between the concepts covered in class and the iCore project.