New Business School Faculty and Staff Added in Fall 2023

October 2, 2023

The Hankamer School of Business (HSB) welcomed 19 new faculty and staff members for the fall 2023 semester. The additions include top-tier faculty who will conduct high-quality research and provide innovative learning opportunities for our students. The new staff bring years of experience to assist the Business School in day-to-day operations.

“I am excited to work alongside the many new faces we have at the Hankamer School of Business,” Sandeep Mazumder, the William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean, said. “The additions will fit well with our existing faculty and staff and further provide opportunities for research, learning and community impact.”

Stefani Davis

Job title: Office Manager, Economics

Previous position: Administrative Assistant, Cogdell United Methodist Church

What excites you most about joining HSB: The opportunity to work in a Christian environment with like-minded people and to serve the students of HSB. 

Jeehoon Han

Job title: Assistant Professor of Economics

Education: PhD in Economics, University of Notre Dame, 2017; MA in Economics, Sungkyunkwan University, 2012; BA in Economics, Sungkyunkwan University, 2010

Previous position: Assistant Professor of Economics, Zhejiang University

Research interests: Understanding how government polices affect the wellbeing and behavior of disadvantaged population

Courses to teach: Principles of Microeconomics, Labor Economics 

What excites you most about joining HSB: The Hankamer School of Business has a strong applied microeconomics group who shares my research interests. I am excited and looking forward to collaborating with them.

Mark Hoekstra

Job title: George J. Boden Professor of Economics 

Education: PhD in Economics, University of Florida, 2006 

Previous position: Private Enterprise Research Center Rex B. Grey Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Labor Economics; Economics of Education; Law and Economics

Courses to teach: Sports Economics

What excites you most about joining HSB: I'm excited to work alongside my colleagues in the Department of Economics!

Sandy Klein

Job title: Clinical Assistant Professor of Economics

Education: PhD in Economics, Auburn University, 1998; BS in Economics, Auburn University, 1989

Previous position: Adjunct Professor of Economics, Baylor; Adjunct Professor of Economics, University of Missouri; Adjunct Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

Research interests: Tax policy, capital markets

Courses to teach: Microeconomics, Economic Issues

What excites you most about joining HSB: I am looking forward to continuing to serve alongside these fabulous colleagues! 

John Chen

Job title: Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy 

Education: PhD in Corporate Strategy, University of Michigan; MS in Electrical Engineering, University of California—Santa Barbara; BS in Mathematics and Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Previous position: Assistant Professor of Management, University of Florida

Research interests: Entrepreneurial cognition and bias, real options, technology ecosystems, formal models

Courses to teach: Strategic management

What excites you most about joining HSB: Two things excite me the most. First, I look forward to befriending colleagues who seek to glorify God in who they are and what they do. Second, I look forward to exploring research intersections with scholars both within and outside my department. My early read is that Hankamer is quite conducive to both these types of collaboration.

Lesley Swartz 

Job title: Program Manager, the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise 

Education: MEd, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, 2018; BS in Education, Baylor University, 2002

Previous position: Instructional Specialist in Mathematics at Midway ISD

What excites you most about joining HSB: I am excited to help engage the Waco-area community with the faculty, staff and students of Baylor Entrepreneurship and the Baugh Center. Waco is a vibrant and growing city with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. I look forward to meeting business owners and entrepreneurs in the community and learning from their experiences.

Ryan Lee 

Job title: Assistant Professor of Finance

Education: PhD in Finance, University of Oxford, 2023; MSc in Investment and Wealth Management, Imperial College London, 2016; BA in Economics and BA in International Relations, NCCU, 2012

Previous position: PhD student

Research interests: Asset pricing

Courses to teach: Investment Analysis

What excites you most about joining HSB: Collegial and supportive research community! 

Brian Young

Job title: Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance

Education: PhD in Finance, Arizona State University, 2011, MBA, Southern Methodist University, 2003, BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, 1993

Previous position: Associate Teaching Professor, Wake Forest University

Research interests: Executive Compensation Contracts

Courses to teach: Introduction to Corporate Finance

What excites you most about joining HSB: I love the energy of the student body. Everything on campus feels really lively and exciting.

Daniel Chen

Job title: Randall W. and Sarah Ferguson Endowed Professor

Education: Ph.D. in Business Administration, The University of Georgia, 2004; MBA, Washington University in St. Louis, 1997; BE in Maritime Navigation, Shanghai Maritime University, 1994

Previous position: Professor, TCU

Research interests: Digital Strategy and IS Leadership; Business Analytics and Implications; Technology and Innovation Management; IT and Supply Chain Management

Courses to teach: Foundation of Database Management

What excites you most about joining HSB: I feel highly motivated to work with my new HSB colleagues who are world-class Christian scholars and educators.

Michael Dinger 

Job title: Associate Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics

Education: PhD in Information Systems, Clemson University, 2011; BS in Business Administration, Presbyterian College, 2006

Previous position: Associate Professor of Management, University of South Carolina Upstate

Research interests: IT workforce management, social media and information security

Courses to teach: Management Information Systems

What excites you most about joining HSB: The opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and students in my department and HSB. 

Yuxiang Du

Job title: Clinical Assistant Professor, Business Communications

Education: PhD in Communication, George Mason University, 2016; MA in Communication Studies, Liberty University, 2011; BA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Beijing Language and Culture University, 2006 

Previous position: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Fort Hays State University

Courses to teach: Business Communications

What excites you most about joining HSB: Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business has a strong reputation and a history of providing quality education. I am excited about a collaborative and supportive environment among faculty members which can lead to valuable collaborations, idea sharing and professional growth.

Heather Grover

Job title: Program Coordinator

Education: BSBA, Management emphasis, University of Florida, 2000

Previous position: Administrative Assistant

What excites you most about joining HSB: This job is a return to higher education 20 years in the making! Combining my love of sports and background in business with getting to speak into the lives of students is incredible. Plus, working in the coolest building on campus is pretty amazing.

Yuna Choe 

Job title: Assistant Professor of Marketing

Education: PhD in Marketing, Texas A&M University, 2021; MS in Marketing, Seoul National University, 2016; BS in Economics, BBA in Business Administration, Korea University, 2014

Previous position: Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of North Texas

Research interests: Consumer financial decision-making processes and well-being, consumer psychology

Courses to teach: Consumer Behavior

What excites you most about joining HSB: A wonderful group of colleagues and students who are proud to be at Baylor!

Bree Meadows

Job title: Assistant Director, Center for Professional Selling

Education: MBA, University of Virginia, 2015; BA, Baylor University

Esmeralda Escareno

Job title: Financial Administrator

Education: BBA in Marketing, Baylor University, 2017; MBA, Tarleton State University, 2019

Previous position: Financial Analyst at Baylor Scott & White - Hillcrest

What excites you most about joining HSB: As a former HSB student, I am excited to be back as a colleague and to collaborate with faculty and staff for the betterment of HSB.

Brandon Risley

Job title: Financial Manager

Education: BBA in Accounting, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2020

Previous position: Financial Analyst

What excites you most about joining HSB: Being part of an organization that upholds Christian values.

Theodore Goranov

Job title: Senior Web Developer Analyst, HSB Technology Center

Education: MSc in Computer Science, Baylor University, 2018; BA in Computer Science, American University in Bulgaria, 2015; BA in Information Systems, American University in Bulgaria, 2015

Previous position: Web Developer Analyst at ITS-Internet Services, Baylor University

What excites you most about joining HSB: I am excited about creating and maintaining exceptional solutions to meet the unique web needs of the Hankamer School of Business. I appreciate being given the opportunity and responsibility to focus solely on HSB. Applying my skills and witnessing the impact every day around me just brings so much joy. I feel the HSB faculty are making an amazing impact on the world, and it is a great privilege to be part of that impact by supporting them in their web needs.

Jacob Haines

Job title: Senior Academic Consultant, HSB Technology Center

Previous position: Network Administrator, SMS Data Products Group—an Air Force defense contractor

What excites you most about joining HSB: Getting to work in an environment that encourages you to talk about your faith.

Logan Wischmeier 

Job title: Academic Consultant, HSB Technology Center

Education: BAAS in Information Technology, Tarleton State University, 2018 

What excites you most about joining HSB: What excites me the most about joining HSB is becoming a part of the Baylor family. Everyone on campus wants the next person to succeed, which makes coming to work every day that much easier!