Faculty Experts

Welcome to our experts page, where you can connect to the sources you need on everything from climate change to cyber security to vector-borne diseases. Below you’ll find a tool bar for our overarching categories, and upon selecting one of those you’ll be taken to that area of focus with more specific expertise topics displayed within each professor expert’s listing. Our experts are willing and able to speak to media on these topics and more. Reporters interested in connecting can do so by contacting Communications Director Preston Sparks in our Office of Communications and Marketing at (334) 844-9999 or preston.sparks@auburn.edu.

Aviation
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager, Lecturer
Area of expertise: FAA approval for unmanned aircraft systems, authorization to conduct commercial UAS operations in the National Airspace System, Basic flight maneuvers for a UAS
Airport Director, Aviation Center Director
Area of expertise: Aviation education and management
Department of Aviation Program Coordinator
Area of expertise: Aviation research, outreach and teaching
Business
PWC Professor of Accounting
Area of expertise: Accounting

Her research interests are primarily in the areas of earnings management, the effect of taxes on asset prices and state taxation. Her work has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Issues in Accounting Education and Journal of Accounting Education, among others.

Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance
Area of expertise: Banking/Finance

His research focuses on financial institutions and capital markets, both domestic and global, with special emphasis on regulatory issues. He served as leader of an international team advising the People's Bank of China on banking reform. Barth also participated in the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of State in China in 2007, India in 2008, Russia in 2009 and Egypt in 2010. Barth has testified before several U.S. Congressional Committees and serves as a Milken Institute fellow. He has authored more than 300 articles in professional journals and has co-authored and co-edited several books. His recent research explores the role of brokered deposits in 21st Century banking operations.

Bray Distinguished Professor of Finance
Area of expertise: Banking/Finance

His research focuses on agency issues in public corporations, corporate governance and executive compensation. His work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science and the Journal of Corporate Finance. Cicero’s research has also been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review and Businessweek. Before entering academia, he spent time practicing corporate law and served as a financial economist with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bobby Lowder Professor of Finance
Area of expertise: Banking/Finance

His areas of expertise include payday lending, personal finance, banking, corporate finance and corporate governance. He is the author of more than 80 articles published in a variety of professional and academic journals, including the Journal of Financial Research, the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, Research in Finance, the Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics and the Journal of Banking & Finance.

Associate Professor of Analytics
Area of expertise: Business Analytics

Before coming to the Harbert College, he served as the founding director of the Analytics Research Center at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. He has been a visiting research scientist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Gupta’s research interests include data analytics, healthcare informatics, sports analytics, and organizational and individual performance. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, IEEE Transactions, Information Systems Journal and Decision Support Systems. His recent research interests include the develop of algorithms to detect “fake news.”

Professor
Area of expertise: Business Analytics

His areas of interest include business analytics, statistics and quality and statistics process control. His research has appeared in such journals as Decision Sciences, Management Science, and the International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management. He is also the author of the book “Fundamentals of Quality Control and Improvement.”

Harbert Eminent Scholar in Business Analytics and Chair of the Department for Systems and Technology
Area of expertise: Business Analytics

Paradice has published more than 50 articles and book chapters on the use of information systems in support of managerial problem formulation. He has served on several corporate advisory boards and worked as a consultant.

James T. Pursell Sr. Eminent Scholar in Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures
Area of expertise: Business Ethics, Marketing

Ferrell is president-elect of the Academy of Marketing Science and is the past president of the Academic Council of American Marketing Association and the former vice president of publications for the Academy of Marketing Science. His research has appeared in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing and AMS Review, among others. Ferrell has written weekly business ethics summaries and reviews for the Wall Street Journal and has served as an expert witness in high profile ethics, legal and marketing cases.

Managing Director of the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship and Russell Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurship

Baker helped launch the $50,000 Tiger Cage student business pitch competition, which discovers and rewards the best early stage products, services or business concepts that emerge from Auburn University students. She also served as the director of the inaugural Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad Competition, which enables entrepreneurs from a five-county area to compete for funding. Her academic research has appeared in top journals, including Academy of Management Journal, The Leadership Quarterly and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Before entering academia, she spent 11 years at 3M Corporation.

Harbert Eminent Scholar and professor of management
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurship, Management

His areas of expertise include entrepreneurship and franchising, strategic management and supply chain management. Ketchen has written six books and more than 160 academic journal articles focusing on effective organizational management. According to Google Scholar, his research has been cited more than 26,000 times by colleagues. He is the former chair of the board for Alabama Launchpad, a statewide competition for start-up businesses, and serves on the teaching team for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at Florida State University. He is also part of a multidisciplinary teaching team for Auburn University’s graduate certificate in brewing science and operations. In 2018, Ketchen earned the Southeastern Conference’s Auburn Faculty Achievement Award.

J.W. Woodruff, Sr. Professor of Information Systems Management
Area of expertise: Information Systems

Cegielski’s areas of expertise include information security, information technology innovation, business analytics and information technology strategy. He has authored more than 50 articles that have been published in international information systems journals, including Information & Management, Decision Support Systems and Information Systems Journal. He is also the co-author of the textbook “Introduction to Information Systems: Enabling and Transforming Business.” In 2006, with support from KPMG, Cegielski developed the nation’s first interdisciplinary information assurance program in a college of business.

Luck Eminent Scholar and Professor of Management
Area of expertise: Management

His research explores the ways in which corporate governance structures, such as shareholders and boards, affect competition and strategic outcomes. Some of the foundations of his work include signaling theory, social network theory and tournament theory. Connelly is associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal and has been published by the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and the Journal of Management. His work has also been cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He two decades of corporate experience in engineering and international business include stints with Westinghouse and Hughes.

Assistant Professor of Marketing
Area of expertise: Marketing

Bock, who joined the Harbert College in 2015, is an expert in marketing research, consumer behavior and relationship marketing. Her research focuses on customer relationships, gratitude and decision making. Bock’s work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Journal of Retailing, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Psychology & Marketing and Journal of Consumer Marketing, among others. In 2016, Bock and her co-authors received the Best Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice for their research on retirement decision making. Bock’s research and expertise have also been cited by a variety of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, AL.com, HR Magazine and Retail Operations Insights.

Gayle Parks Forehand Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Area of expertise: Supply Chain Management

Her areas of expertise include the global supply chain, offshoring decisions, sustainability in the supply chain, consumer responses to sustainable operations and regulatory and policy implications for supply chains. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management and International Journal of Logistics Management, among others. Her recent media appearances have included interviews pertaining to potential labor strikes in the logistics sector, truck driver shortages, supply chain labor conditions and Amazon’s strategy pertaining to last-mile logistics.

Wilson Family Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of the Center for Supply Chain Innovation
Area of expertise: Supply Chain Management

His research has appeared in the International Journal of Business Logistics: Research and Applications, International Journal of Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics and Supply Chain Management Review. Gibson participates in executive education, corporate training and consulting projects, serving as a curriculum planner and instructor for Accenture’s Supply Chain Academy and delivering training programs for such organizations as IKEA, Ryder Integrated Logistics, Saturn, Unilever, WC Bradley and Transfreight. In his role as director of Auburn University’s Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Gibson has coordinated an annual “State of the Retail Supply Chain” report examining industry trends.

Harbert Eminent Scholar and Professor of Supply Chain Management
Area of expertise: Supply Chain Management

His areas of expertise include logistics, marketing strategy, wholesaling and retailing, supply chain management, cross-cultural management and business partnerships. Richey’s research has been published in more than 70 peer-reviewed journals, including Business Horizons, Journal of Applied Psychology, Supply Chain Management Review, Journal of Operations Management and Journal of Business Logistics, among others. Before entering academia, he served in corporate managerial roles in procurement, sales, retail consulting, warehousing, finishing/manufacturing and logistics and supply chain operations for Scott Paper Co. and Genuine Parts Company’s S.P. Richards Division. (205) 310-5973, richey@auburn.edu

Communication Disorders
Assistant Professor
Area of expertise: Speech development and disorders
Assistant Professor
Area of expertise: Her research centers on the classroom experiences of African American English-speaking children and speakers of other non-mainstream dialects.
Professor
Area of expertise: Electrophysiology, aging, hearing conservation, auditory processing disorders, and hearing aids. He currently serves on the research grants review panel for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Communication & Journalism
Assistant Professor, Media Studies
Area of expertise: U.S. cinema and screen culture, media history and criticism, critical race theory, and cultural studies
Professor, Media Studies
Area of expertise: Concentrates on the intersection of popular culture, music, and mass media
Cybersecurity
Director, Charles D. McCrary Institute for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Systems
Area of expertise: Cybersecurity

Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Frank Cilluffo was appointed by President George W. Bush to the newly created Office of Homeland Security. There, he was involved in a wide range of homeland security and counterterrorism strategies, policy initiatives and served as a principal advisor to Director Tom Ridge, directing the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. Cilluffo has publicly testified before Congress on numerous occasions, serving as a subject matter expert on policies related to counterterrorism, cyber threats, security and deterrence, weapons proliferation, organized crime, intelligence and threat assessments, emergency management and border and transportation security. Similarly, he works with U.S. allies and organizations such as NATO and Europol. He has presented at a number of bilateral and multilateral summits, including the U.N. Security Council, on cybersecurity and counter-terrorism. He has published extensively in academic, law, business and policy journals, as well as magazines and newspapers worldwide. His work has been published through ABC News, Foreign Policy, The Journal of International Security Affairs, The National Interest, Parameters, Politico, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Quarterly and The Washington Post.

COLSA Corporation Cyber Security and Information Assurance Professor Director, Cyber Security Center
Area of expertise: Cybersecurity
Charles D. McCrary Eminent Chair Professor
Computer Science and Software Engineering
Area of expertise: Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence
Economics
Patrick E. Molony Professor, and Interim Department Head
His research focuses on empirical models of exchange rates, financial asset prices, and commodity prices
Associate Professor
Area of expertise: Industrial organization, health economics and applied econometrics. She is studying the innovation and competitive strategies of firms in the pharmaceutical industry
Engineering
Associate Professor; Director, National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence Mechanical Engineering
Area of expertise: Additive Manufacturing
Scott Thompson
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Area of expertise: Additive Manufacturing
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Software Engineering
Area of expertise: Artificial Intelligence
Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering
Area of expertise: Blockchain
Ginn Professor
Director, Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Area of expertise: Internet of Things
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Software Engineering
Area of expertise: Internet of Things
Associate Professor
Director, Alabama Micro/Nana Science and Technology Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Area of expertise: Quantum Computing
Ginn Professor
Director, Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Area of expertise: Smart Grid
Associate Professor
Director, Alabama Micro/Nana Science and Technology Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Area of expertise: Quantum Computing
Bill and Laura McNair Endowed Distinguished Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Area of expertise: Autonomous Driving
Assistant Research Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Area of expertise: Autonomous Driving
Charles E. Gavin III Professor
Director, Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing Center
Area of expertise: Biofuels
Alumni Professor
Director, Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts
Biosystems Engineering
Area of expertise: Biofuels
Alumni Professor
Department Head
Biosystems Engineering
Area of expertise: Biofuels
John W. Brown Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
Area of expertise: Biomedical
Mary and John H. Sanders Endowed Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
Area of expertise: Biomedical
Forestry
Director of the International Center for Climate and Global Change Research
Area of expertise: Climate Change

He has published more than 200 research articles, many of them in the most prestigious journals in global change science, including four papers in Nature and Science. One of his studies, published March 10, 2016, in Nature, "The terrestrial biosphere as a net source of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere," for the first time looked at the net balance of the three major greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide—for every region of the earth's landmasses. He says it revealed, surprisingly, that human-induced emissions of methane and nitrous oxide from ecosystems overwhelmingly surpass the ability of the land to soak up carbon dioxide emissions.

The William R. and Fay Ireland Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Area of expertise: Wildlife Ecology and Management

His research interests include white-tailed deer ecology and management, wild pig ecology and management and wildlife nutrition. He is widely cited in professional journals and by media outlets such as Deer and Deer Hunting, Field and Stream and Scientific American.

Associate Professor
Area of expertise: Wildlife behavior

He directs the EcoDogs program that uses detection dogs for ecological research, such as finding pythons in the Everglades and studying the black bear population in Alabama. His lab is broadly interested in the population ecology, species interactions and behavior of wildlife, especially mammalian predators and their prey. He is particularly interested in applying knowledge learned in the above areas to better conserve and restore species.

Assistant Professor
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases

General topic areas include, parasite-host dynamics, primatology, wildlife disease ecology, vector-borne diseases, public health, and conservation biology. Zohdy is interested in the ecological and evolutionary drivers of disease in human and wildlife communities. Most of her research takes place in Madagascar, along the Gulf coast of Alabama, where she is taking a One Health approach to evaluate how anthropogenic disturbance influences vector-borne disease dynamics that threaten human and wildlife health.

Regions Professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, and Director of the Auburn University Forest Products Development Center
Area of expertise: Biomaterials

It is anticipated that biobased industries, which includes wood processing, construction, chemicals and energy, bioplastics, and packaging will be our next area of significant economic growth. Our goal is to become a top research program that will lead the transformation of traditional industries into a new era with an emphasis on producing green chemicals, materials and biofuels from forestry. Via’s research is focused on advanced wood products processing, wood composites development, forest biorefinery and nanotechnology.

Political Science
Professor
Area of expertise: She specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on Middle Eastern politics
Professor and Associate Director of the Honors College
Area of expertise: Immigration and comparative immigration policy.
Professor
Area of expertise: American Constitutional Law, First Amendment issues in the state, as well as Religion and Politics. His research interests focus primarily on church and state issues and American legal history (especially U.S. Supreme Court). Serves as an instructor with the Election Center
Assistant Professor and Master of Public Administration Director
Area of expertise: Political participation, voter disenfranchisement such as the effect of state-level voting policies like felony disenfranchisement on voter turnout, and citizen perceptions of the electoral system.
Associate Professor
Area of expertise: Specializing in local development regulation, land use planning, and historic preservation
Assistant Professor
Area of expertise: As a healthcare management scholar, his research centers on the ability of executives, especially chief executive officers, to positively influence care quality, patient experience, and patient safety.
Psychology
Professor
Area of expertise: Focuses on the comparative mechanism of learning and cognition. Works with Canine Performance Services to evaluate dogs in the Vapor Wake program (involves behavioral and functional neuroimaging methods to investigate change detection, concept learning, and the behavioral and neural correlates of working dogs)
Assistant Clinical Professor, and Director of the AU Psychology Services Clinic
Area of expertise: Disorders of early childhood and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Professor
Area of expertise: Explores the behavioral impact of drugs and environmental contaminants that act on the brain.
Last Updated: July 25, 2018