College Welcomes New Faculty

Vicky Yu.UT’s College of Business Administration proudly welcomes 18 new faculty members to our faculty. We welcome three new professors (two with named professorships and one also assuming the role of associate dean), one associate professor, four assistant professors, and 10 lecturers. Brief introductions to our esteemed colleagues are below, listed in alphabetical order by department.

Vicky Yu — Assistant Professor

Vicky Yu joins the department from Lehigh University, where she was an assistant professor.  She received her doctorate from Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in economics from Central Michigan University, and an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. 

Prior to entering academia, Yu worked for KPMG in its audit practice.  Her research interests include auditing, corporate governance, experimental economics, and financial accounting.  She employs both experimental and archival approaches to examine the effects of audit quality and corporate governance on financial reporting quality.  Her research has been published in academic journals including Accounting Horizon and Managerial Auditing Journal

Yu was a recipient of the PwC INQuires Grant.  She also won the Doctoral Consortium Fellowship from the American Accounting Association. 


Tamara Crook.

Tamara Crook — Lecturer

Tamara Crook officially joins the department after teaching business functions to undergraduates in UT, Knoxville’s College of Business Administration. She now is teaching undergraduate auditing and principles of accounting in addition to managing the department’s internal auditing concentration and internship program.

Crook earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from California State University, San Bernardino; an MBA from California State University, Fresno; and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She researches the performance implications of auditor judgment and decision making. Prior to entering academia, Tamara worked in public accounting for eight years.


Eric Martin.

Eric Martin — Lecturer

Eric Martin joined UT's Department of Accounting and Information Management after working as an internal auditor with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Durham, North Carolina.  Prior to that, he was a senior auditor with Johnson Lambert & Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Before becoming a licensed CPA in North Carolina, Martin held various financial planning and analysis positions with IBM. 

Martin obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting and information systems from Virginia Tech and his Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  At UT, he teaches principles of accounting.



Angel Norman —LecturerAngel Norman.

Angel Norman joins UT after working as a corporate financial analyst for Schaad Companies, LLC, a Knoxville-based real estate development company; she was responsible for capital project financial due diligence for Schaad’s 65 private-equity companies. Prior to joining Schaad, she was a consultant for Pershing Yoakley & Associates.

Norman teaches in both UT’s accounting and MBA programs, although she has been a part-time lecturer in UT’s full-time and executive-level MBA programs since 2007.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and her MBA with a concentration in finance in 2003 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Scott Holladay.

J. Scott Holladay — Assistant Professor

J. Scott Holladay earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Colorado; his dissertation focused on the environmental impacts of international trade. He completed a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship at NYU studying the impact of environmental regulation on pollution and polluters.

Before graduate school, Holladay served as a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics in Washington D.C., studying the economic impacts of international trade policy. Holladay’s research interests include empirical assessment of the impact of international trade policy and environmental regulation on U.S. manufacturers and consumers. His dissertation received the Graduate Award for Public Policy Research from the University of Colorado, and he won a research grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to study the impact of environmental regulation on entrepreneurship.


Benjamin Compton.Benjamin Compton — Lecturer

Benjamin Compton graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University in 2011. He first became interested in being an economist in high school when faced with a puzzle of why McDonald’s would charge customers more to add egg and cheese to a sausage biscuit than to a steak biscuit.  From that early pricing puzzle, he moved his focus toward public sector economics with a focus on the dynamics of higher education funding. 

Compton has taught economics at Clemson University and at a summer institute in Prague, The Czech Republic.



David Cicero.


David C. Cicero — Assistant Professor

David C. Cicero joined the UT finance faculty from the University of Delaware, where he taught courses on financial markets and institutions. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Cicero's research examines issues in corporate finance with an emphasis on corporate governance.  In his dissertation, published in the Journal of Finance, he showed how executives manipulated option exercises to increase their gains by either backdating exercise dates or choosing to exercise when they possessed private information about their stock’s value. 

Cicero formerly was a corporate attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama, and he worked as a business associate with the Office of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.


Annette L. RanftAssociate Dean for Academic Programs and the Reagan Professor of Business

Annette Ranft.

Annette Ranft joins UT from Florida State University, where she served as head of the management department. She served on the faculties of Wake Forest University and West Virginia University, has worked in industry as a systems consultant at AT&T, and was an account manager at EDS. 

Ranft is an active member of the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, and the Southern Management Association.  She currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Management and is on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal.   Her research interests are primarily in the areas of knowledge management, strategic leadership, and innovation, particularly in the context of corporate acquisitions.  Her research has been published in top journals including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science,the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Journal of Management.

Ranft received her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She holds a master’s in management from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s in mathematics from Appalachian State University. 

Holly Greene.


Holly Greene — Lecturer

Holly Greene brings management, training, and sales experience to UT. She joined UT from, a web-based software company based in Portland, Oregon. As a project manager, she oversaw the state of Maryland’s testing of 65,000 seventh graders in technology literacy. She also held positions with Starbucks Coffee Company and Eastman Kodak.

Greene is interested in communication strategies, particularly the use of social media; she loves animals and has a particular passion to impact the veterinary services industry. Greene received her MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a B.A. in English from UCLA. 


Jacquelyn Jacobs.

Jacquelyn Jacobs — Lecturer

Jacquelyn Jacobs joins UT after earning her Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from UT, Knoxville, and operating an iSold It on eBay franchise. Her research and applied work focuses on work teams, compensation, selection, performance appraisal, and training. Her research has appeared in several journals including Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Leadership Quarterly, and she has co-authored three book chapters.  She also received a grant from the American Compensation Association for her research on team-based reward systems. 

Jacobs has consulted with a variety of organizations including Eastman Chemical Company and Bryce Corporation.


Kenneth J. Petersen — John H. Dove Professor of Logistics
Ken Petersen is the John H. Dove Professor of Logistics in UT’s Department of Marketing and Logistics; he also is a Visiting Senior Fellow at Manchester Business School in Manchester, England.  Petersen has been on the faculty at Arizona State University, the University of Oregon, and Colorado State University, where he conducted research and taught logistics, operations, sourcing, and e-commerce to undergraduate, MBA, and executive-level MBA students.

Petersen has professional experience in supply chain management as a supply corps officer in the United States Navy. He has consulted with many firms in the area of supply chain management, including Delphi, Honeywell, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, Solectron, and Texas Instruments.

He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University where he studied operations, sourcing management, and information systems; an MBA from the University of Akron; and a B.S. from the University of Alabama.

Petersen is well-published in the most esteemed supply chain management and business-related journals.


Charles Noble.

Charles Noble — Professor

Charles H. Noble joins UT’s marketing faculty from the University of Mississippi; he also served on the faculties of Boston College and Mississippi State University.  Noble’s research focuses generally on understanding and helping companies more effectively coordinate marketing, design, engineering, and other functional areas to develop innovative new products and services. He has published in many leading journals including the Journal of Marketing, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and many others.  He currently is serving his second term on the editorial board of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science

Noble has consulted for many organizations, primarily in the airline, retailing, consumer goods, and commercial real estate sectors. An award-winning researcher and instructor, he received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, his MBA from Babson College, and his undergraduate degree from Boston College.


Stephanine Noble.Stephanie Noble — Associate Professor

Stephanie Noble brings years of real-world experience to the college. She worked as a research analyst at O'Neil Associates, a marketing research firm in Tempe, Arizona, and as a research associate at the Social Science Research Center in Starkville, Mississippi. She has consulted in the field of relationship marketing with leading companies such as Viking Corporation, Hollywood Casino and Resorts, Houston Aeros, Laguna Tools, Mississippi Small Business Association, Food Lion, and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Noble’s primary research interests include business-to-customer relationship issues in the retailing and service industries; her teaching interests are in marketing research, relationship marketing, and services marketing.  An award-winning researcher, Noble is well-published in many prestigious industry publications and has been awarded numerous research grants to pursue her research interests.

Noble holds her Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University.


Victor Ranft.

Victor Ranft — Lecturer

Prior to joining UT, Victor Andres Ranft served on the faculties at Florida State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and West Virginia University. He spent over a dozen years as a licensed psychologist and founded a successful consulting company. Before earning his Ph.D., Ranft was a research specialist for the CDC in Atlanta and cofounded a wilderness adventure company in North Carolina.

Ranft holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology with a focus in organizational development from Georgia State University and has served on the executive committee for the American Counseling Association, specializing in professional ethics. 


Wenjun Zhou —Assistant Professor

Wenjun Zhou joins the department after earning her Ph.D. in management from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She holds a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a B.S. in management information systems from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Zhou worked as a summer research intern at IBM Research Center at Almaden, Yahoo! Labs, Panasonic Inc., and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Those experiences exposed her to the real-world applications and challenges of making good use of data.

Zhou’s research interests include data mining and knowledge discovery, business analytics, and statistical computing. She is well-published in refereed journals and conference proceedings, received the KDD Best Student Paper Runner-Up Award in 2008, and was among the top five finalists for the SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2011.


Julie Ferrara-Brown.

Julie Ferrara-Brown — Lecturer    

Julie Ferrara-Brown returns to UT after spending six-and-a-half years in industry, spending the last three years working for a startup company on the forefront of web analytics and website conversion testing. A Google Adwords Certified Professional and guest blogger on the Google Website Optimizer blog, she is passionate about training students in digital intelligence.

Ferrara-Brown will be helping the college integrate more web analytics into the curriculum and training faculty on web analytics practices. She also will be playing an active role in the department’s Business Analytics Forum and Conference.


Melissa Morris.


Melissa Morris — Lecturer    

Melissa Morris brings real-world experience to the statistics faculty. In addition to her role with the department teaching introductory business statistics, she is a project statistician for UT’s Department of Environmental Health & Housing Family and Consumer Sciences, working on projects related to child lead poisoning, adult lead exposure, and Tennessee child fatalities. Prior to joining Family and Consumer Science, Morris worked for UT Knoxville’s Department of Nutrition; she analyzed dietary and growth data for a group of Tennessee children.

Morris received her bachelor’s and master’s in statistics degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Dick Stevens.

Dick Stevens — Lecturer 

Dick Stevens joins the department to teach communication skills after spending 35 years identifying and capitalizing on organizational growth opportunities. He has worked with both startup and Fortune 500 firms in the areas of new business development, relationship marketing, branding, product management, and sales—most recently as president of Winchester Group consulting.

His successes are many: he has developed/managed large-scale communication projects for companies including Bank of America, Target, Royal Caribbean, Nestle, Unilever, Ralston Purina, American Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, and General Electric, and was part of the team that introduced Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food.

Return to front page >>