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School of Business
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 844000
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
301 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
We are proud to announce our inaugural School of Business Dean’s Scholars and the Sam and Helen Kornblau Professor in Real Estate.
These outstanding professors are leaders in scholarship, collegiality, dedication to students, and active participation in the life of the school. Special thanks to the selection committee and to the generous contributors to the Sam and Helen Kornblau Professorship.
VCU School of Business
Douglas Davis, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
"I aspire to use laboratory methods in collaboration with other scholars to address social problems."
Doug is a respected economist with more than 50 articles and two monographs. He has generated impressive support for his research, including six external grants and a host of internal grants over the past 22 years. He has presented his work more than 100 times at seminars and conferences. In addition, Doug has been elected to offices in both the Southern Economic Association and the Economic Science Association, served on the National Science Foundation Economics Panel, and has been invited to present at the National Bureau of Economic Research – all indicators of his highly-regarded position in the field.
Students recognize they have found a strong mentor in Doug. As a result, he supervises independent studies more frequently than any other professor in the department. Meanwhile, he has worked to keep the curriculum fresh. Over the years, Doug has created several new courses, including E-commerce, Experimental Economics, and most recently, Game Theory.
Brent C. Smith, Ph.D.
Sam and Helen Kornblau Professor in Real Estate
Department of Economics
"Lifelong learning is the foundation of personal enrichment, and teaching is one of the best ways to learn."
Brent was selected for the William Kinnard Emerging Scholar of the Year Award by the American Real Estate Society less than a decade after earning his Ph.D. For six of the last seven years, he has received the VCU School of Business Dean’s Summer Research Grant. Nationally, his visibility has been enhanced by appointments to the editorial boards of several quality journals and publication of 19 articles in top-tier real estate and urban economics periodicals. Other academics in the field frequently cite his research on real estate pricing, financing and public policy.
In the classroom, Brent’s teaching evaluations and student feedback are consistently superior. He focuses on analytical thinking, dedicating himself to providing students with the skills and information necessary to relate the academic material to real-world situations.
Benson Wier, Ph.D.
Department of Accounting
"One over-arching principle that has guided me is an emphasis on an accounting career: the careers of management accountants (my research interest); of colleagues, particularly un-tenured faculty; of doctoral students; and of undergraduate and graduate students."
Ben’s scholarship has earned him a fourth place publication ranking from the American Accounting Association’s top journal for managerial accounting research. In fact, both the quality and quantity of his research are directly linked to the dramatic improvement in VCU’s overall accounting research ranking – up from 125th to 96th place among all universities. A popular speaker, Ben has presented his research at 24 national and 12 international conferences.
He is a dedicated professor who has never taken a single sabbatical or research leave during the 19 years he’s worked at VCU. Ben is the only accounting professor who chairs dissertations for students conducting managerial accounting research, and the results of their work have, in turn, contributed to the school’s commendable ranking for its Accounting Doctoral Program.
Allen S. Lee, Ph.D.
Department of Information Systems
"I approach the educational development of students as dependent on their overall development as complete human beings."
Allen is a member of the Senior Scholars Consortium of the Association for Information Systems, a select group of invitation-only IS scholars. He is also the former editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly, the most prestigious journal in the field. Fourteen of Allen’s articles on IS qualitative and quantitative methodology, among other topics, have been published in leading scholarly journals. A visiting professor at the London School of Economics, he has also been invited to present his research at various universities 24 times since 2006.
Allen serves on multiple Ph.D. dissertation committees, often as chair or co-chair. He focuses on teaching as a process of transforming how a student understands, rather than as a mere act of downloading information from the teacher to the student. He devotes time and effort to help particular students who are in need of emotional, financial and spiritual support.