DISTINGUISHED FACULTY

“At Baruch, a great education begins with great faculty.” 

CUNY faculty are among the most distinguished and most widely known in their fields. They combine outstanding academic credentials with significant real-world experience.
They include noted scholars, authors, sought-after consultants, and master teachers. They hold advanced degrees from such prestigious institutions as Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Stanford, Northwestern, Chicago, New York University, Cornell, Berkeley, Yale, Dartmouth, Michigan, UCLA, Princeton, Cal Tech and many other world-class universities.

They are committed to high quality knowledge and develop practical business decisions at the corporate front.


Finance

Professor Luis Hall

luis-hallDr. Luis J. Hall is an assistant professor in economics and finance at the Department of Economics of Universidad de Alicante in Spain. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University. Dr. Hall held previous positions in the New York State Banking Department, as external-researcher for the World Bank and Inter-American Developing Bank and formerly taught at New York University. He has been consultant for several banks focusing his research primarily on credit and credit default. His research interest is in corporate finance.

Professor Armen Hovakimian

armenArmen Hovakimian is a Professor of Finance and a Bert and Sandra Wasserman Fellow at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, The City University of New York, where he has taught undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D., and Executive courses on various topics in corporate finance. He has also held part-time academic positions at Boston College and Emory University. Professor Hovakimian’s research involves analyses of various aspects of corporate finance and financial institutions, including corporate capital structure, credit ratings, seasoned and initial debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, financial analyst forecasts, deposit insurance, commercial banks’ risk taking behavior.
At Baruch College, Professor Hovakimian serves as the Academic Director of the International Executive MS program in Finance and the Coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Finance. Professor Hovakimian received his Ph.D. in Finance in 1998 from Boston College. He also holds a degree of BS in Computer Engineering and an MBA. Prior to his academic career in Finance, Professor Hovakimian worked as a Computer Engineer in the former Soviet Union.

Professor Christopher Hessel

christopher-hesselProfessor Hessel is a full time member of the Zicklin School of Business teaching a full spectrum of courses ranging from undergraduate introduction to finance courses to Graduate advanced electives in risk management. He is also a member of the faculty for the executive masters in finance program. Professor graduated NYU Stern school with a PhD in Finance. Over his career he has published many scholarly papers in financial journals. For the past 16 years Professor Hessel has be running in-house executive training programs for banks and corporations and has hosted conferences in 21 countries for companies like Euromoney Financial Training, and Linton Capital Markets.

Professor Vahan Janjigian

vahan-janjigianVahan Janjigian is Chief Investment Officer at Greenwich Wealth Management LLC, a SEC Registered Investment Adviser that manages $1.4 billion for high net worth clients. He also writes a blog and serves as Editor of the Money Masters Stock Report. He previously served as Chief Investment Strategist at Forbes magazine and was editor of the Forbes Special Situation Survey. Dr. Janjigian was identified by the Hulbert Financial Digest as the #1 stock-picker for the 10 years that ended in Dec. 2012.

Dr. Janjigian frequently addresses retail investors and professional money managers on economic and investment matters. He has rendered expert opinions and served as an expert witness on issues involving portfolio management, churning, suitability, and hedge fund manager compensation.

He holds a B.S. degree in General Science from Villanova University and M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Finance from Virginia Tech. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He has taught numerous courses in corporate finance, financial theory, investments, accounting, and economics at Boston College, Northeastern University, the University of Delaware, and the American University of Armenia. His research has been published in numerous scholarly and professional journals.Dr. Janjigian is a former columnist for Forbes magazine. He is a frequent guest on various television and radio programs including CNBC, MSNBC, and CBS Radio. He is often quoted in publications such as Barron’s, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Dr. Janjigian is author of Even Buffett Isn’t Perfect and co-author of The Forbes/CFA Institute Investment Course.

Professor Catherine Lau

catherine-lauProfessor Lau is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She has also taught at Hunter College and Western Connecticut State University.
Prior to her academic career, Professor Lau worked in the finance industry for many years, in banking, financial insurance and the rating agency sectors. From 2000 to 2008, she was a Managing Director at XL Capital Assurance, where she ran their global securitization business and served on the credit committee. Prior to that, she was a Senior Director at Fitch IBCA, where she spearheaded the development of the cash flow CDO business. Ms. Lau spent eleven years in increasingly responsible positions at Credit Lyonnais’ New York Branch, after starting her finance career in the training program of Manufacturer’s Hanover Corporation, which at that point was the 4th largest bank in the United States.
Her PhD in Economics is from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and her M.B.A. in finance is from New York University.


Marketing

Professor Andreas F. Grein

andreas-greinAndreas F. Grein is Professor of Marketing and International Business at Baruch College, The City University of New York.  He has worked in personnel recruitment and the pharmaceutical industry as well as extensively with graduate programs in the Zicklin School of Business.  He received his MIB (Master of International Business) from the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. from New York University.  His research interests cover marketing strategies in the automobile industry, international advertising, the changing patterns of national competitiveness, and ethics in international marketing.  He has published in several journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of International Marketing, the Journal of Advertising Research, and the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising.  He has taught overseas in Austria, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.  He is a Canadian citizen, and besides English, he speaks German as well as some French.

Professor Sankar Sen

sankar-senSankar Sen is Professor of Marketing at Baruch College. He received his Ph.D. in Marketing in 1993 from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Baruch, he was Associate Professor of Marketing and Washburn Research Fellow at Temple University and, more recently, Associate Professor of Marketing at Boston University. He has taught Consumer Behavior, Marketing Management, Marketing Research and Sales Force Management at both the undergraduate and MBA levels. His research examines the influence of the social and temporal context on consumer decision making, and the individual-specific moderators of such these relationships. He is also interested, more specifically, on consumer reactions to corporate social responsibility. His research has appeared in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Marketing Research and others.

Professor Ana Valenzuela

ana-valenzuelaAna Valenzuela is Associate Professor at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.  Prior to Baruch College, she held positions as Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University and Research Fellow at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She has a PhD from University of Madrid, Autonoma and an MBA from Georgetown University. Her research papers have been published at Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and International Marketing Review among others. She has extensive professional experience working with ACNielsen, PubliEspana, The Advisory Board Company and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

 

Professor Michael Etgar

michael-etgarProfessor Michael Etgar has received his Ph.D. in Marketing from U.C. Berkeley and his MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics in London. He managed a marketing research consulting firm in Israel and for three years he served as the Head of International Relations Division at the Ministry of  inance in Israel dealing with economic agreements between Israel and diverse countries and with marketing his country to foreign investors.

Professor Etgar has over 30 years of academic, consulting and research experience in marketing. He taught for over 15years in several leading universities in the US among them, NYU, UC Berkeley and SUNY at Bufffalo. He was also invited as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Northern Florida. He is currently a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business Administration at the College of Management in Israel.

Professor Thomas Kramer

thomas-kramerProfessor Thomas Kramer received both a BBA and an MBA from Baruch College before graduating from Stanford University with a PhD in Marketing. Professor Kramer studies consumer decision-making and cross-cultural consumer behavior and has published articles in academic journals on both topics. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Marketing Management and International Marketing since joining the Baruch College faculty in 2003.


Industrial & Organizational Psychology & Management of HR

Professor Paul J. Hanges

paul-hangesPaul J. Hanges is Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is currently the Associate Chair/Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Maryland’s Psychology Department. He is also an affiliate of the University of Maryland’s R. H. Smith School of Business and the Aston Business School (Birmingham, England). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Akron in 1987. His research focuses on strategic human resource management (i.e., staffing and training), diversity and organizational climate, cross-cultural leadership, and mathematical/computational modeling. He has published 65 articles and book chapters as well as one book. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Sciences, and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Professor Molly Kern

molly-kernDr. Mary (Molly) Kern is an associate professor of management at Baruch College. She also holds an appointment to the doctoral faculty in business at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Kern received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has her BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a MS in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University-Chicago. Molly is also a CPA.
Dr. Kern has taught courses in Negotiation and Managing High Impact Organizational Teams in the MBA, Healthcare MBA, EMBA, MS I/O Psychology, and PhD programs. She has taught in countries including Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States.

Professor Lise M. Saari

lise-saariLise Saari is adjunct full professor at Baruch College and adjunct professor at New York University in their graduate industrial/organizational psychology programs. Lise teaches in New York City as well as in Singapore for Baruch’s International Executive Program.

Prior to joining Baruch and NYU, Lise was director of global workforce research at IBM in New York and London, senior manager of people research at the Boeing Company, and research scientist at Battelle Research Institute. Lise has over 100 publications and presentations and serves on a number of editorial boards. She is a Fellow in the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. Lise is editor of SIOP’s evidence-based research series and is an elected member of the SIOP Executive Board. Lise has a PhD. in organizational/social psychology from the University of Washington.

Professor Charles Scherbaum

charles-scherbaumDr. Charles Scherbaum is an associate professor of psychology at Baruch College. He also holds appointments to the doctoral faculty in industrial and organizational, as well as educational psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Scherbaum received his B.S. in psychology from the University of Washington, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Ohio University. He has taught course in statistics, research methods, psychological measurement, industrial and organizational psychology, and general psychology in the United States, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. His research and consulting focus on personnel selection, employment discrimination, employee research, linking employee attitudes to organizational performance, statistics, and applied measurement.

Publications of his research have appeared in journals such as Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and Leadership Quarterly. Dr. Scherbaum has been a consultant for several Fortune 500 companies and consulting firms on employee research, employment attitude measure, and employment discrimination litigation.

Professor Erica Meyers-Rivera

erica-meyers-riveraIn 2005, Dr. Erica Meyers-Rivera founded Lines of Excellence Consulting (LOEC) as a solution to challenges in the workplace in the areas of interpersonal relations, team communication, strategy development and leadership.  Dr. Rivera uses her understanding of global business grounded in the knowledge of challenges in innovation, global competition, and cultural approaches to business as the main objectives in overcoming current and future challenges to success.. Erica is a graduate of The American University in Washington, DC where she received her undergraduate degree in International Business. She currently holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California as well as both a Master’s Degree and Doctorate degree in Psychology from Long Island University. She is a member of The American Psychological Association (Division 13/Consulting Psychologists), METRO New York Association of Applied Psychology, and the Society for Organizational Psychology. Erica has traveled and lived throughout the world.