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George Faculty and Staff 2016

George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business & Economics Faculty

Frank Rudisill Frank Rudisill Headshot
Dean and Professor, Management

Dr. Rudisill received his doctorate in management science from Clemson University. He joined the USC Upstate faculty in fall 2002 and served as associate dean of the college from fall 2008 through spring 2011. After eight months as interim dean, Dr. Rudisill was named dean of the College in March 2013.

Dr. Rudisill teaches in the areas of management, operations management, statistics and business strategy. He has over 25 years of experience in industry as a statistician (Duke Energy), operations research manager (Milliken & Co) and statistical quality consultant (with national and international companies). He was also the lead partner from USC Upstate in working with BMW Manufacturing to develop the USC Upstate Academic Outreach Camp for high school students. His research interests focus upon applying quality tools and techniques in solving industrial problems. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Production and Inventory Management, Quality Engineering, Quality Progress, International Journal of Production Economics, Interfaces and Strategic Finance. He is the co-author of a book, Quality Management and Measurement Systems.

Candy Bianco
Associate Professor, Accounting 

Candy BiancoDr. Bianco earned her doctorate in finance from the University of Connecticut and is a CPA. Previously, she was on the faculty of Bentley University in Massachusetts. Her research interests include pedagogy, real estate, financial literacy, investments and cases. She has considerable business experience as an auditor and consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a controller, a CFO and a treasurer. Currently, she is a partner in a real estate firm and managing owner of a transportation business.

Brian Brady HeadshotBrian G. Brady  
Instructor of Entrepreneurship
Director of the GreenHouse Business Incubator 

Prior to joining USC Upstate in 2016, Brian Brady was Instructor in Residence at the UConn School of Business for Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Management. While at UConn, Brian had also held dual appointments both as Director of the UConn Stamford Learning Accelerator and as clinical faculty at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was also a co-founder of the Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum, an annual conference bringing together over 350 women entrepreneurs from greater New York.  Prior to his academic career, Brian was co-founder of a marketing services company serving both national and international clients and has held management positions at ADP, Omnicom/BBDO and Pitney Bowes. Brian received a Master’s Degree in Communications from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University. 


Crystal Brown
Visiting Instructor, Economics

Crystal Brown Crystal Brown received her MBA with a concentration in Economic Education from Winthrop University and is an alumna of USC Upstate. She has published articles on servant and authentic leadership and her main research interests include servant leadership, employee engagement and organizational performance. Crystal enjoys teaching economics, ethics and leadership courses.  


Chak Hung Jack ChengJack Cheng

Assistant Professor, Economics

Dr. Cheng received his doctorate in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy. He has published papers on optimal monetary policy rules for emerging economies and the effect of exchange rate pass-through on fiscal policy. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Dr. Cheng taught at Murray State University where he taught courses in the areas of his research interests. 

Elizabeth Cole Elizabeth Cole Headshot
Associate Professor, Accounting

Dr. Cole joined the faculty in 2007. She earned a doctorate in Accounting from Kent State University. Before joining USC Upstate, she was an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  


Michael Dinger
Michael Dinger Headshot
Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Dinger received a doctorate in management from Clemson University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Presbyterian College. His research interests include information security, IT workforce management and absorptive capacity. His research appears, or is forthcoming, in top information systems journals, such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Ayse ErdoganAyse Erdogan
Assistant Professor, Economics 

Dr. Erdogan received her doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the faculty at USC Upstate, she was an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and also taught various courses at Clemson University and the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are in the fields of international economics and macroeconomics. She has published articles on the impact of international trade and foreign direct investment on environmental quality.

Katherine A. Frear
Assistant Professor, ManagementKatherine Frear

Dr. Frear received her master's degree and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to coming to USC Upstate, she taught at UNC Charlotte and the University of Minnesota. She teaches management courses in the areas of organizational behavior and human resource management. She conducts research on careers, gender in organizations, performance management and employee attitudes. She consults for non-profit and for profit organizations on issues such as employee engagement, succession planning, performance management and organizational design.

Rebecca Goessel HeadshotRebecca Goessel 
Instructor, Accounting

Becky Goessel earned both her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Master of Professional Accounting from Clemson University. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) as well as a chartered global management accountant (CGMA).With more than 19 years of experience, Becky Goessel has a strong background in big four accounting, auditing, financial analysis, month-end closing, financial reporting, corporate budgeting and management reporting. She remains active in the business community serving on a board of directors as well as promoting financial literacy education.

Elise HarveyElise Harvey
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Dr. Harvey earned both her master's degree and her doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a Honors Bachelor of Science in finance at Oklahoma State University. Her primary research interests include nontraditional families, consumer socialization, advertising to children, children's use of new media and socio-cultural events. She recently published work in Social Science Quarterly. Her teaching experience includes Introduction to Marketing, Marketing Communications Strategy and Contemporary Marketing. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Harvey worked in the Corporate Treasury at Koch Industries, Inc.  

Kimberly Land Kimberly Land
Instructor, Marketing

Kim Land received a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina Honors College. She has over 16 years of professional marketing and public relations experience including 14 years as marketing and innovation director at the Herald-Journal/GoUpstate.com. Land remains active in the business community and serves on numerous local boards including SAFE Homes, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium and Oakbrook Preparatory School. She was recognized in 2014 as one of the Direct Marketing News 40 Under 40 national honorees. 

Jim O'Connor Jim O'Connor Headshot
Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. O'Connor has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and master's degrees in statistics and in management, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a doctorate in management from Georgia State University.

Dr. O’Connor joined the faculty full time in 2008 and teaches primarily in the areas of operations management, operations improvement and statistics. His research interests include operations improvement and environmental sustainability strategies. Dr. O'Connor has served as vice president of operations, plant manager, director of quality and process engineering manager for such companies as Fuji Film, Printpack and BBA Fiberweb. Dr. O’Connor is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and consults with companies on operational performance and quality improvement.    

Rosalind Paige HeadshotRosalind Corieri Paige
Associate Professor, Marketing

Dr. Paige earned her doctorate from Iowa State University and teaches international marketing, marketing research and consumer behavior. Dr. Paige has also served as Associate Dean of the Johnson College of Business and Economics on the Greenville Campus. Before joining USC Upstate, Dr. Paige was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee where she guided master's and doctoral students. Her research interests focus on tourism marketing and have taken her on projects in Thailand, China, Russia, South Korea and Mexico. Dr. Paige has published in peer-reviewed journals such as "The Journal of Small Business Management," "The Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship," "The Journal of Promotion Management," "The Journal of Vacation Marketing" and "Services Marketing Quarterly."

Brian Smith
Brian Smith Headshot
Senior Instructor, Information Management Systems

Mr. Smith received a Master of Management Information Systems degree from Georgia College and State University. A former IT manager and Certified Novell Engineer, he teaches management information systems.


Jeff Smith
Senior Instructor, Management

Jeff Smith Headshot

Jeff graduated from USC Upstate, earned a Master of Business Administration from USC and has over 25 years of work experience outside academia. His primary responsibility is teaching entrepreneurship classes, where in the past eight years over 30 new businesses, with annual revenues exceeding $65 million, have emerged from business plans developed by students in Jeff’s New Business Enterprise class. His research interests center on efficiencies in higher education and intercollegiate athletics. This research has appeared recently in three books,Forbes, NY Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and multiple other publications. In 2013, Jeff published Your Path Ahead, a guidebook focused on preventing excessive student debt for prospective college students.

No image availableAngela Starrett
Instructor, Business Statistics

Ms. Starrett is currently a doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She holds a Masters of Science in Mathematics from Clemson University. Her primary areas of research are school- and classroom-related influences on motivation and educational outcomes of under served young adults. Ms. Starrett has previously taught for the University of South Carolina Upstate in the Math and Computer Science Department. 

Elnora Stuart
Elnora Stuart Headshot
Associate Dean
Professor, Marketing

Dr. Stuart joined the faculty in 2008. She earned a doctorate in marketing from the University of South Carolina. Before coming to USC Upstate, Dr. Stuart was a visiting professor of marketing at the Instituto de Empressa in Madrid, Spain. She has also served as professor of marketing, BP Egypt Oil Professor of Management Studies, marketing unit head and AACSB Accreditation Coordinator for the Department of Management at the American University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt.   

Kyle TurnerKyle Turner
Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Turner joined the JCBE faculty in August 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at USC Upstate, he earned his doctorate in Organizations and Strategy from the University of Tennessee. His research interests are primarily in the strategic management domain. Specifically, his research focuses on competitive dynamics, coopetition and how organizations leverage non-market strategies such as corporate social responsibility. He has taught, and continues to teach, courses in the areas of strategic management and international management.

Julie WadeJulie Wade 
Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Julie Wade completed both her master’s degree in marketing and her doctoral degree in management information systems at Clemson University. Her research interests include virtual communities, post-adoptive IT usage and using social media for human resources activities. Julie's research has been featured in the Upstate Business Journal, GSA Business Journal, the Greenville Journal, the Clemson Newsstand and many other outlets.

Michael Wooten
Instructor, Accounting

Michael Wooten Michael Wooten earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Management from Erskine College and his Masters of Accountancy from Western Carolina University. His areas of interest include governmental and not-for-profit accounting. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Mr. Wooten had the pleasure of being one of its students. His love of the Johnson College of Business and Economics, and its student body, lead him to this position at the college. He is active in the local community by serving on the board of directors of a Spartanburg non-profit organization and the Spartanburg chapter of the Institute of Managerial Accountants. 

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Frank Rudisill, Ph.D.
an, Professor of Management
Phone: 864-503-5511

Amy Henderson
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Elnora Stuart, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Professor of Marketing
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