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Mycah Harrold: Doctoral Candidate Studies How Social Norms Influence Women’s Purchases

Doctoral Student Mycah Harrold looked at how identifying as feminist influenced women’s purchases of beauty-related products. The findings were surprising: Women who identified as feminists placed more value—and spent more—on items such as makeup, grooming products, and other accessories than their non-feminist peers.

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December 2021 – New Hires

Joseph Scott Gladstone is an assistant professor (career track) in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship at WSU Everett. Gladstone’s research explores management development and education for Indigenous people. He previously taught at the University of New Haven and New Mexico State University, and he founded the Native and Indigenous Peoples Caucus in the Academy of Management. Gladstone earned his doctorate in business management at New Mexico State University. Prior to his academic career, he managed tribal public health programs. He is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana and a recognized descendent of the Nez Perce Tribe.
Michael Gotch is the college’s development coordinator for annual giving. In this role, he focuses on strengthening the Carson College’s annual giving program and supporting the development team. Gotch previously worked for the University of Idaho, where he was the direct mail and digital engagement coordinator for the annual giving team. Gotch and his family are excited to be new members of the Cougar family.
Khan Haque is an assistant professor (career track) in the Department of Finance and Management Science. He received his doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 2018. He worked at UTA from 2019 to 2021 as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Center on Stochastic Modeling, Optimization, and Statistics and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering. His research interests include discrete-event simulation, statistical modeling, and data analytics. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and experiencing nature.
Elora Irby (’21 Mktg., Int. Busi., Honors) is a student engagement coordinator for the Carson Center for Student Success. During her senior year, she worked as a student engagement assistant for the Amplifier Program, which transitioned to a full-time position. A first-generation college student, Irby studied abroad in South Korea and took part in the Carson EDGE program. She enjoys exploring the area with her border collie during her free time and tending to her collection of houseplants.
Alec Pappas is an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and International Business. Pappas grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University with his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees. Before pursuing his doctorate, Pappas lived in Philadelphia, where he worked as a mortgage closer, and he later moved back to Florida for an account manager position at a tech firm managing websites for international companies. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and photography.
Victoria Reibenspiess is an assistant professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics and her master’s degree in business informatics from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She earned her PhD in management information systems at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Her research interests include digital innovation, IT identity, actors in innovation management, user adaptations, and platform design.
Hans Schnabel is the undergraduate enrollment manager in the Office of the Dean. He previously worked as an academic and student success advisor at the Carson Center for Student Success. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Eastern Washington University, and a master’s degree in human rights and international politics from the University of Glasgow.
Ryan Sommerfeldt is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting, where he teaches data analytics and managerial accounting. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to earning his doctoral degree, Sommerfeldt worked on the advisory team at Squire and Company, PC, and owned a landscaping company. His research lies at the intersection of managerial accounting and audit and has been published in top-tier accounting journals. In his free time, he enjoys sports and spending time with his family.
Tracey Spencer is an academic advisor in the Carson Center for Student Success. Her goal is to help students grow as professionals and individuals through strategic academic planning and participation in high-impact experiences. As a first-generation college student, Spencer is excited to bring experience in student services as well as a passion for educational access and retention to the Carson College team. When not in the office, she likes to escape into the mountains, where she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and photography.
Tony Thompson (’09 Social Sci.) is an assistant professor (career track) for the School of Hospitality Business Management. Since January 2015, he has taught professional development courses (HBM 101 and 401) and has mentored students in professional development. Thompson’s background includes event planning, customer service, sales, and business development. He was a three-year letter winner (tight-end and long snapper) for the WSU football team from 2006 to 2009. He received his online MBA from Western Governors University.
Ao Wang (’21 PhD) is a visiting assistant professor of finance at WSU Vancouver. She enjoys research and is passionate about teaching. Her research focuses on mutual fund managerial skills and performance. She taught Introduction to Financial Management and Intermediate Financial Management before joining WSU Vancouver.

December 2021 – Research & Popular Press

Google Play Academy Testimonial

Chris Cooney, assistant professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship, shared his testimonial about using Google Play Academy for student instruction on the Google Play website in October, 2021.

Cyber Ways: The Quest for Complete Security

Robert Crossler, associate professor and chair of the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship, was featured on the October 14, 2021, episode of Cyber Ways, a cybersecurity podcast hosted by Tom Stafford and Craig Van Slyke.

Over 95% of Kadlec Employees Complied With Vaccine Mandate, Official Says

Dogan Gursoy, Taco Bell Distinguished Professor in Hospitality Business Management, discussed his findings in a study of 800 people nationwide between February and May 2021, and their attitudes about getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in Ellie Nakamoto-White’s article published October 18, 2021, on

Leading with Lou—LinkedIn Live

Jerry Goodstein, a retired professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship at WSU Vancouver, joined a LinkedIn Live broadcast with Louis Carter on September 23, 2021, where he discussed the Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right and Become an Ethical Leader curriculum.

Is Remote Work Good or Bad for Gen Z?

Chip Hunter, dean of the Carson College of Business, was featured in Seattle Met in Malia Alexander’s September 10, 2021, article about remote work and its effect on Gen Z workers. Chance Townsend also cited the findings in his article “The Gen Z Perspective on Hybrid Work” published August 12, 2021, in PCMag India.

How to Preserve Employee Morale During Cost-Cutting

Jeff Joireman, professor and chair of the Department of Marketing and International Research, discussed morale during cost-cutting measures in a article published July 12, 2021.

When Will Travel Return to Normal?

Byron Marlowe, Don Smith Distinguished Professor and director of the Wine and Beverage Business Management program, was interviewed for a story on travel trends during the pandemic for a July 21, 2021, story by Christopher Elliott in the Washington Post.

Generation Gamble

Kahlil Philander, an assistant professor of hospitality at WSU Everett who studies the gambling industry, was featured in an October 5, 2021, CNBC documentary on the risky financial behaviors of millennials and Gen Z.

“Senior Living: Communities of Care”

Nancy Swanger, founding director of the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living and associate dean of inter-college partnerships, was interviewed for a video produced by Argentum and dBase Media about the senior living industry. The video debuted September 14, 2021, at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference and Expo in Phoenix.