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Chuck Munson, professor of operations management, is the PhD program director. During his 26 years on faculty in the college, he has won the college’s outstanding research award, teaching award, and service award as well as receiving WSU’s highest teaching award. Prior to becoming director, Munson served as the PhD coordinator for the operations and management science program for many years. Read the director’s message.

PhD Corner

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# of PhD Faculty


Our PhD Students Come From 10 Countries

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South Korea


of graduating PhD students recommend the program to others


of graduating PhD students are employed within six months of graduation

Student Spotlight

Recent PhD Graduate Placements
at Peer or Aspirant Universities

Yafang Li (2022)
Management Information Systems
University of Memphis

Carlos Torres (2022)
Management Information Systems
Baylor University

Oscar (Hengxuan) Chi (2021)
Hospitality Business Management
University of Florida

Natalie Liberman (2021)
Indiana University

Sadegh Kazemi (2020)
Operations and Management Science
University of Houston

Susan He (2019)
Washington State University-Vancouver

Yunshil Cha (2019)
University of New Hampshire

Mike Kennedy (2019)
Management Information Systems
University of British Columbia

Aishajiang Aizezikali (2018)
Operations and Management Science
Ivey Business School

Scott Connors (2018)
University of Western Ontario

Shinhye Kim (2018)
University of Missouri

Current PhD Student Achievements

Demi Deng, hospitality business management, received first place in the 2021 WSU Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exposition for the business, communication, and political science category.

Jiyoon (Jennifer) Han, hospitality business management, received $2,000 from the Korean American Scholarship Foundation and a $5,000 Sookmyung Outstanding Professional Student Scholarship to support her studies.

Jalal Sarabadani, information systems, received the “Best Student Paper” award at a workshop preceding the International Conference on Information Systems in Demark. He presented two papers at the conference.

Shirin Shahsavand, operations and management, was chosen for the INFORMS “To My Younger Self” mentoring program for female doctoral students, which pairs participants with a highly successful female scholar.

Gurdeep Singh Raina, management, received the 2022 Community Engagement Award from the WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association.

Julia Stachofsky, management information systems, has received the Alice O. Rice Graduate Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service.

Current PhD Students with Accepted Publications

Hui-Heng Cheng (finance) recently published two papers:

Wang, J. L., Huang, H. C., Chen, Y. C., & Cheng, M. H. H. (Forthcoming) “The Financial Impacts and Intergenerational Equity of the Pension Reform in Taiwan,” NTU Management Review.

Wang, J. L., Huang, H. C., Yang, S. S., Chen, Y. C., & Cheng, M. H. H. (2017) “Pension Reform and Building a Sustainable Pension System in Taiwan,” Taiwan Economic Forecast and Policy, 48(1), 1-39.

Demi Deng and coauthors Jenny Kim, H. Min, and Jessica Murray have forthcoming research, “Organizational error culture and customer orientation: a comparative analysis of error aversion and error management,” in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, (2022).

Gregory Denton (hospitality) and coauthors Oscar Hengxuan Chi and Professor Dogan Gursoy recently published “An examination of critical determinants of carbon offsetting behavior: The role of gender” in Journal of Sustainable Tourism, (2021) 25, pp. 1-23.

Chi, Denton, and Gursoy also have a forthcoming article, “Interactive effects of message framing and information content on carbon offsetting behaviors,” in Tourism Management.

Xuemei Huang

Yafang Li (MIS) and Xuemei Huang (MIS) recently published:

Jing Fan, Mingxing Shao, Yafang Li, Xuemei Huang, (2018) “Understanding Users’ Attitude Toward Mobile Payment Use: A Comparative Study Between China and the USA,” Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 118 Issue: 3, pp. 524-540.

Jiyoon (Jennifer) Han (hospitality) is the coauthor of a forthcoming journal article with Professor Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen and Yao-Chin Wang, (2022), “A Hotel Stay for a Respite from Work? Examining Recovery Experience, Rumination and Well-Being among Hotel and Bed-and-Breakfast Guests,” International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

Amirhossein Moadab (operations management) is the coauthor of “Drone Routing Problem Model for Last-Mile Delivery Using the Public Transportation Capacity as Moving Charging Stations,” Nature Scientific Reports, 6361 (2022).

Julia Stachofsky (management information systems) and coauthors Christian Schaupp and Robert Crossler, have forthcoming research, “Measuring the Effect of Political Alignment, Platforms, and Fake News Consumption on Voter Concern for Election Processes,” in Government Information Quarterly.

Kiely Yonce (accounting) is the coauthor of a forthcoming journal article with Professor Beau Barnes, “Healthcare Accounting Research: An Analysis, Review, and Suggestions for Future Work,” in the Journal of Governmental & Nonprofit Accounting.

Lu Yuan (hospitality) published “SWOT Analysis About the Integration of Tourism Development of Urban Agglomeration in the Middle Reach of the Yangtze River” in the 2016 issue of Chinese & Foreign Entrepreneurs, 1-18.

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