Faculty members at the Daniels College of Business are not just teachers. They are highly sought-after experts on marketplace trends who address tough business challenges with innovative solutions. They are thought leaders, industry influencers and trailblazers.

While their impact is often seen most clearly in the classroom, faculty members pursue research that has the power to not only transform people, but businesses, communities and the world. Explore a sampling of this scholarship—and the exceptional faculty behind it—in the eight profiles that follow.

Faculty profiles

Andrew Detzel

Title & department:
Assistant Professor | Reiman School of Finance

Education:Andrew Detzel
PhD | Finance | University of Washington Foster School of Business

Courses taught at Daniels:
Investments, Fixed Income

Recent awards/honors:

  • Shmuel Kandel Award | Outstanding Doctoral Student in Financial Economics

Recently published in:
Financial Management | European Financial Management | Review of Finance

Summary of research:
Andrew Detzel investigates how macroeconomic and policy forces drive returns on financial assets and how frictions prevent markets from working properly.


Lorenzo Patelli

Titles & department:
Associate Professor | School of Accountancylorenzo patelli
Director | Institute for Enterprise Ethics

PhD | Business Administration and Management | Accounting | Bocconi University

Courses taught at Daniels:

  • Profit Planning and Measuring Performance
  • Managing Cost Information
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Topics & Cases in Managerial Accounting
  • Cost Management
  • Accounting for Decision-Making

Recent awards/honors:

  • Editorial Board | Advances in Management Accounting
  • Thomas Howard Innovative Teacher Award | Daniels College of Business
  • David Solomons Prize | Management Accounting Research

Recently published in:
Accounting and the Public Interest | Advances in Management Accounting | Journal of Business Ethics

Summary of research:
Lorenzo Patelli conducts research on performance measurement (how performance measures affect behavior and decisions) and tone management (how tone of corporate disclosure reflects managerial decisions).


Valerie Bartelt

Title & department:
Assistant Professor | Department of Business Information & Analytics

PhD | Information Systems | Indiana University
MS | Business | Indiana University
MS | Immersive Mediated Environments | Indiana University
BS | Music | Wheaton CollegeValerie Bartelt

Courses taught at Daniels:

  • Business Databases
  • Data warehousing

Recent awards/honors:

  • Associate Editor | International Conference on Information Systems
  • Program Board Member | 5th International Conference on HCI in Business, Government and Organizations
  • Executive Committee Board Member | Health Information Network of South Texas
  • Co-Principal Investigator | Health Resources and Services Administration Grant
  • Featured in Reuters, Financial Times, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, Express and Star, Financial Review (Australia), New York Magazine, Physics, Organization, PR Newswire, South China Morning Post, The Courier, UK Yahoo! News, Value Walk, and Kiii TV for “Ethnic diversity deflates price bubbles” research.

Recently published in:
Journal of Information Security and Privacy | AIS Transactions on Replication Research | International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking

Summary of research:
Valerie Bartelt’s research interests primarily involve social behaviors and decision-making using information communication technologies, information communication technology adoption and use, and health information technology adoption and use.


Doina Chichernea

Title & department:
Associate Professor | Reiman School of Finance

PhD | Finance | University of Cincinnati
MBA | Finance | University of Toledo
BBA | Finance | Academy of Economic Studies | Bucharest, Romania

Courses taught at Daniels:

  • InvestmentsDoina Chichernea
  • Managerial Finance
  • Financial Modeling

Recent awards/honors:

  • Best Paper in Investments | Southwestern Finance Association
  • John E. and Lillian B. Neff Research Fellow | College of Business and Innovation | University of Toledo
  • Best Research Paper Award | College of Business and Innovation | University of Toledo
  • Outstanding Teaching Award | College of Business and Innovation | University of Toledo
  • Student Impact Award | University of Toledo

Recently published in:
The Quarterly Journal of Finance | European Financial Management | Journal of Fixed Income

Summary of research:
Doina Chichernea’s research interests are in the area of empirical asset pricing, with a special focus on striving to provide a better understanding of various sources of risk that generate patterns in returns. She studies risk-based explanations for asset pricing anomalies (instances where return variation seems to defy the basic tenet of high risk, high return). She is also interested in how institutional investors process information and how their participation in the markets influences the risk–return relationship.


David Corsun

Titles & department:
Director & Associate Professor | Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

PhD | Organizational Behavior | Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
MA | Food Service Management | New York University
BS | Hotel Administration | Cornell University

Courses taught at Daniels:

  • Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Leadership in Hospitality
  • Contemporary CuisineDavid Corsun
  • Advanced Beverage Management

Recent awards/honors:

  • Service Learning Department of the Year | Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management | Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning
  • Best Educational Innovation | Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management | Worldwide Hospitality Awards
  • Outstanding Administrator Award | University of Denver Profiles of Excellence
  • Number One Network Nelly | Annual LGBTIQA award | University of Denver
  • Lifetime Achievement Award | National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

Recently published in:
Journal of Management Education | International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research | International Journal of Intercultural Relations

Summary of research:
Most of the work David Corsun has published and continues to pursue is focused on the impact on students of mentoring refugee trainees; psychological empowerment; clearly identifying the bad management practices associated with firefighting in organizations; shedding light on the glass ceiling and its causes and consequences; or creating cases and materials to develop managers in the classroom. Corsun’s work links back to what drives him to learn, teach, research and serve—creating humane workplaces.


Craig Wallace

Title(s) & department:
Department Head and Professor | Department of Management
Director | Master of Science in Management
Research Director | Executive PhD Program

Advanced Management Program | The Wharton School | University of Pennsylvania
PhD | Industrial Organizational Psychology | Georgia Institute of Technology
MA | Industrial Organizational Psychology | University of West Florida
BS | Psychology | University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Courses taught at Daniels:

  • Leading Organizations
  • Craig WallaceProfessional Leadership Development
  • Innovation & Leadership
  • Research Methods

Recent awards/honors:

  • Fellow | Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • American Society for Training Research Award
  • Regents Distinguished Research Award | Best Business School Researcher | Oklahoma State University
  • Greiner Teaching Award for graduate & executive instruction | Spears School of Business | Oklahoma State University
  • S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Research Award | Best doctoral dissertation in the field of industrial and organizational psychology | Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Recently published in:
Journal of Management | The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist | Journal of Organizational Behavior

Summary of research:
Craig Wallace is primarily interested in predicting and explaining facets of performance and effectiveness by integrating individual-level theories of personality, motivation and emotion with higher-level organizational constructs such as leadership and climate. Through this research, Wallace hopes to create a work environment that is conducive to all employees, both physically and psychologically, leading to high levels of organizational effectiveness and employee well-being.


Drew Mueller

Titles & department:
Assistant Professor | Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management
External Research Associate | Regional Economic Development Institute, Colorado State University
Committee Member | CityCraft Integrated Research Center

PhD | Economics | Colorado State University
MA | Economics | Colorado State University
MS | Real Estate and Construction Management | University of Denver
BBA | Finance and Environmental Studies | Emory University

Courses taught at Daniels:

  • Business of the Built Environment
  • NAIOP ChallengeDrew Mueller
  • Real Estate Capital Markets

Recent awards/honors:

  • Faculty Champion | CCESL Community Engaged Scholar Program
  • Reviewer | Journal of Real Estate Research
  • Reviewer | Journal of Sustainable Real Estate
  • Co-chair | DU Grand Challenges Sustainability Cohort
  • American Real Estate Society Manuscript Prize for Best Office Buildings/Office Parks paper

Recently published in:
Journal of Property Investment & Finance | International Real Estate Review | Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management

Summary of research:
Drew Mueller is primarily interested in regenerative development, which focuses on social justice and environmental sustainability in the built environment. Mueller hopes to bring attention to social and environmental challenges facing cities and provide practitioners with tools to assess and improve on social and environmental performance of real estate projects. He is actively involved in establishing cross-disciplinary research teams that address these problems at a systems scale. Mueller is also interested in using macroeconomic indicators to predict real estate returns and improve investment portfolio performance.


Gia Nardini

Title & department:
Assistant Professor | Department of Marketing

PhD | Marketing | University of Florida
BS | Marketing | University of Florida

Courses taught at Daniels:

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Consumer BehaviorGia Nardini

Recent awards/honors:

  • Course Design Institute grant awarded for “Consumer Behavior” course redesign
  • “OneNewThing” grant awarded for novelty in teaching | University of Denver
  • PhD Student Teaching Award
  • Women in the Marketing Academy | New York
  • AMA-Sheth Foundation Consortium Fellow

Recently published in:
Journal of Consumer Marketing | Journal of Business Research | Psychology and Marketing

Summary of research:
Gia Nardini’s research focuses on consumer behavior in the domains of consumption experiences and decision-making. Her work on consumption experiences includes various projects investigating the antecedents and value outcomes of consumption experiences, how people process experiences and how experiences create value. She also investigates consumer decision-making with projects exploring the role of choice difficulty and prepayment on downstream consequences. She seeks to understand the theoretical underpinnings of experiential consumption and decision-making to enhance consumer well-being. Her work has been published in the Journal of Consumer Marketing and the Journal of Business Research, and presented at leading conferences, including the Association for Consumer Research, the Academy of Marketing Science and Consumer Culture Theory.