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Smeal Promotions in Academic Rank

Three Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty members and four clinical faculty have received promotions for the 2013-2014 academic year.
July 1, 2013

Three Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty members and four clinical faculty have received promotions for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Tenure-Track Faculty Promotions

Dan Cahoy will be promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Risk Management. Cahoy specializes in intellectual property law and is currently focused on research in the areas of the intersection of intellectual property enforcement and human rights, patent ownership in alternative energy technologies, and mechanisms for increasing the relevance of patent citation networks. He is licensed to practice as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Cahoy has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center. He has been a member of the Smeal College faculty since 2001.

Fenghua Song will receive tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Finance. Song’s expertise is in corporate finance and financial intermediation, and his current research focuses on executive compensation, financial intermediation, the financial crisis, and economics of information.

Song has a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, a master’s degree from the National University of Singapore, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He has been a member of the Smeal College faculty since 2007.

Doug Thomas will be promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems. Thomas has expertise in inventory management, production planning and coordination, and sales and operations planning. His current research focuses on coordinating production and inventory planning as well as connecting decision models to logistics performance measurement. Thomas also serves as the faculty director for the Penn State Smeal MBA Program.

Thomas has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the Smeal College faculty since 1999.

Clinical Faculty Promotions

Terrence Guay will be promoted to clinical professor of international business. Guay teaches courses like International Business and National Policies, Business Environment of Europe, and Global Perspectives. He has been a member of the Smeal College faculty since 2004.

Louis Gattis will be promoted to clinical professor of finance. Gattis teaches courses in financial modeling, financial management, and investment management. He has been a member of the Smeal College faculty since 2004.

John Jordan will be promoted to clinical professor of supply chain and information systems. He has been a member of the Smeal College faculty since 2005.

Felisa Preciado will be promoted to clinical associate professor of supply chain management.

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