Daniels College of Business Announces Two Department Chairs

September 18, 2013

Press Release

College also adds three endowed chairs

The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business today announced the appointment of two new department chairs and three new endowed chairs. Barbara Jackson, PhD, has been named the new director of the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, and Andrew Urbaczewski, PhD, has been appointed new chair and associate professor of the Department of Business Information and Analytics.  Endowed Daniels chairs include Sharon Alvarez, PhD, the first Koch Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management; Robert Giacalone, PhD, the new Daniels Distinguished Chair of Ethics in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies; and Jack Strauss, PhD, the first Miller Chair of Applied Economics in the Reiman School of Finance.  All begin their tenure at the beginning of the 2013 academic year.

“We look forward to working with our new department chair and endowed chairs,” said Interim Daniels Dean, Charles Patti. “They are established leaders in their disciplines and provide Daniels with extraordinary academic depth.  They will make a remarkable contribution to our students, our alumni and the business and professional communities.”

Barbara J. Jackson is an associate professor and the new director of the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management. She comes to the University of Denver after serving as a professor, department head and director at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA since 1998. Her professional and academic experience spans real estate development, home building, commercial construction, project management and facilities management and operations. Her areas of expertise include integrated project management and interdisciplinary collaborations focused on providing comprehensive real property solutions that address both the development and delivery side of the equation.

Andrew Urbaczewski, chair and associate professor of the department of Business Information and Analytics comes to Daniels from the University of Michigan at Dearborn, where he spent 10 years on the faculty, including six as the chair of the department of Management Studies.  He is editor-in-chief to the Journal of Information Technology Cases and Applied Research. He has written 21 articles published in refereed journals.  His dissertation and early research examined electronic monitoring of internet usage by employers. His research has now expanded to mobile phone design and m-commerce as well as information security education and electronic health record implementation.

Sharon Alvarez, the Koch Chair in Entrepreneurship, has been the academic director for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University since 2000. Her scholarship has been published in dozens of international journal publications, academic conferences, book chapters, book reviews, working papers and other publications. Her most recent academic work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, International Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. She is an alumna of both the University of Colorado and the University of Denver.

Jack Strauss, the Miller Chair of Applied Economics, has been director and chaired professor of economics at the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting at St. Louis University since 2004, where he was responsible for forecasting and researching the regional and national economy. Dr. Strauss also served as a macroeconomic advisor for the National Bank of Azerbaijan, economic advisor to the Central Bank of Egypt and Econometric Advisor to the Government of Ukraine. He also worked for the Economist Intelligent Unit and wrote reports on Ukraine. His scholarship includes publications in international journals, books, and other publications, and his most recent articles appear in Journal of Finance, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Portfolio Management, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of International Forecasting and Journal of Forecasting.  His area of expertise is forecasting, econometrics and applied economics and finance. Dr. Strauss is an alumnus of Duke University and Johns Hopkins University.

Robert Giacalone, the Daniels Distinguished Chair of Ethics, has been a professor of human resource management at the Fox School of Business Administration at Temple University since 2004. Dr. Giacalone also worked as the acting director of Center for Ethics and Organization Integrity at the Fox School of Business Administration from 2004-2006. He also taught at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of Richmond, University of Southwestern Louisiana and Bryant College. His scholarship has been published in international publications, working papers and journals. In addition, he has authored nine books, including: Handbook of Unethical Work Behavior: Implications for Individual Well-Being (2012), Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizations Performance (2010) and Positive Psychology in Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility (2005). Dr. Giacalone is an alumnus of The State University of New York at Albany and Hofstra University.