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Vivek Agarwal
Thomas Altura
Art Casey
Amy Carlson
Singmay Chou
Nancy Da Silva
Joseph Dworak
Walter Easter
Elizabeth Garcia
Monica Gavino
Larry Gee
Lucille Headrick
Mike Hill
Susanna Khavul
Yeonka Kim
Gretchen Vogelgesang Lester
Jingmei Li
Jacob Linetsky
Nancy Long
Matthew Maguire
Gita Mathur
Elisa Mattarelli
Brian Maxwell
Shari Moore
Elizabeth Mullen
Craig Nathanson
Yeonji No
Mariah Norell
Ash Padwal
Rolanda P. Farrington Pollard
Gary D. Radine
Sumita Raghuram
Alaka Rao
Simon Rodan
Ronald Roman
Neeraj Sahejpal
Ginevra Scherini
Mark Schwartz
Tyler Shewey
Thomas Shirley
Parker "Carlos" Singh
Janet Tan
Terry Thompson
Meg Virick
Chunlei Wang
Pamela Wells
Robert Wood
Jeng-Dau "James" Wu

Emeritus Faculty:
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Vivek Agarwal Vivek Agarwal, Lecturer
Office: BT 760
Email: vivek.agarwal01@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3506


Vivek Agarwal has a strong passion to help striving professionals and executives achieve their full potential. Throughout his 27+ years in the high-tech industry, he has a proven track record in the areas of marketing, business management and general management. He has an MBA and Master’s in Computer Engineering. Vivek has delivered enlightening lectures and seminars to motivate, inspire and train aspiring individuals, enhancing their management skills and making informed career choices. He has shared his personal insights to provide guidance on career management and leadership development. He is also a Professor at the School of Business & Management at San Jose State University, California and recently received a Distinguished Lecturer Award.

Received Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2023 and Master Teacher Awards in 2022 and 2023. 

Thomas Altura

Thomas Altura, Associate Professor
Office: BT 665
Email: thomas.altura@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-7884

Dr. Thomas Altura is an associate professor in the School of Management at San José State University. He received his Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and holds a B.A. in Anthropology, also from UCLA. Tom’s research focuses on organization theory and institutional change and has been published in leading academic journals. His research is highly multidisciplinary and employs both quantitative and qualitative methods. Tom teaches in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business’s undergraduate and M.B.A. programs; the College of Education's Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.); and the College of Engineering’s M.S. Engineering, Specialization in Business Leadership program. His courses include Organization Theory; Organizational Behavior and Change in Education; Developing and Managing People; Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior; and Managing Organizational Change. The recipient of numerous awards, Tom was recognized with the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award, the College of Business’s highest teaching honor.

Amy CarlsonAmy Carlson, Lecturer
Office: BT 564
Email: amy.carlson@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-8037


Amy Carlson is a trial attorney at CSAA Insurance Group, also known as AAA Insurance, in San Jose, California with a J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego and a B.A. from University of California, San Diego. She has been a presenter for the Santa Clara County Bar Association, Inns of Court, and the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association for 20 years. She has been chair of the Civil Practice Committee, Labor & Employment Committee, Women Lawyers Section, and the Judiciary Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Art Casy

Art Casey, Lecturer
Office: BT 552
Email: arthur.casey@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3535

Art Casey is a partner at Ford Walker Haggerty & Behar LLP. Art manages the firm’s Silicon Valley Office in Los Gatos, California. Art has a J.D. from Santa Clara University and a B.A. from University of San Diego. Art has been teaching in the School of Management at San Jose State University for the past 18 years.  Art  has also been an author and lecturer for California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) for several years, including Chapter Author for CEB Publication, California Civil Discovery Practice, 4th Ed. (2006). He is a member of DRI (a national organization of attorneys in the civil trial defense bar) and a longstanding member of Northern California Association of Defense Counsel. 

Singmay Chou, LecturerSingmay Chou, Lecturer
Office: BT 660
Email: singmay.chou@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-1172

Singmay Chou has taught at SJSU since 2017 and teaches Strategic Management, Managing My Life, and Managing the Global Economy.  She is the Director of the Thompson Global Internship Program, a competitive internship for LCOB undergraduates to work at Crown Worldwide at one of their international offices.  

Prior to SJSU she lived and worked in the Asia region where she was the Director of Kapok Tree Limited, a consulting firm in change management, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness.  Her prior business experience includes positions as Vice President of Marketing and Product for Luxottica Retail Greater China, General Manager of Marketing for Dragonair, and consultant with Towers Perrin. She earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nancy DaSilvaNancy Da Silva, Professor
Office: BT 262
Email: nancy.dasilva@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-7798

Dr. Nancy Da Silva is a professor of Management, with a background in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. She conducts research in the area of positive psychology with a focus on employee creativity and innovation. In addition, Nancy studies the impact of telecommuting on employee attitudes and behaviors. She has consulted for the following organizations: Sapience Group, Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University, the Vandaveer Group, Inc., and FSD Data Services, Inc. Her consulting primarily focuses on survey development, validation of assessment tools and statistical analysis.

Joseph Dworak

Joseph Dworak, Lecturer
Office: BT 660
Email: joseph.dworak@sjsu.edu

Joseph Dworak, is a senior partner - a commercial litigation attorney at  Berliner Cohen in San Jose, CA. He handles a broad range of complex commercial cases. He has obtained the largest settlement and longest jury trial in the law firm’s history. He fostered his law firm’s expansion, opening several branches in California. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of California and acting Special Master for the State Bar of California. He was selected as “Super Lawyer” by the San Francisco Magazine for his professional achievement.

Walter Easter, Lecturer

Walter Easter, Lecturer 
Office: BT 552
Email: walter.easter@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-1056

Dr. Walter Easter has successfully owned and operated a small business for 34 years. He co-authored a book “The ABC’s of Marketing a Successful Business.” As Senior Advisor to the G.o.A.L. (Generation of Aspirational Leaders) team, Dr. Easter was instrumental in developing and implementing criteria for measuring student success. He recently presented a research paper "Creating Community for Students' Academic and Career Success" at the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences in Las Vegas. Dr. Easter received his DDS in dentistry from the University of California, San Francisco, an MBA from Louisiana State University, Shreveport, and a BS from University of California, Davis. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

elizabeth GarciaElizabeth Garcia, Lecturer
Office: BT 564
Email: elizabeth.garcia@sjsu.edu

Elizabeth has held positions in Human Resources leadership at Aragen Bioscience, Harris Corporation, Laureate Education, Bayer Diabetes, and Canon USA. She holds a BS Degree in Business Administration concentration in Human Resources, an MA Degree in Organizational Management, and pursuing her Doctor of Business Administration. Elizabeth brings a wide variety of experience from M&A Integration, Strategic Business Partner, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, and Development. Elizabeth also supports SHRM College Relation efforts.

Monica Gavino

Monica Gavino, Professor 
Office: BT 662
Email: monica.gavino@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3575

Dr. Monica Gavino teaches in the human resources management program as well in the MBA program. She received her doctorate in Human Resources Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago.  She has experience in the HR field as a human resources executive and consultant.  Her primary areas of interest and research include employee engagement, human resource practices and employee and organizational outcomes, diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations and institutions of higher ed, and student success factors in Hispanic Serving Institutions.  She has published her research in Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Diversity, Management Research Review, Management Teaching Review, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, The Business Journal of Hispanic Research, and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: an International Journal, the Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, and Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education.  She is currently the Faculty Advisor for the Latino Business Student Association and served as Faculty Fellow for the Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center. 

Lucy HeadrickLucille Headrick, Assistant Professor
Office: BT 651
Phone: 408-924-1342

Dr. Lucille “Lucy” Headrick is an assistant professor in the School of Management at San José State University. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (H.R.I.R.) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University. Lucy’s research examines psychological mechanisms of work stress on health-related behavior, recovery, and work-life boundary management within various temporal (e.g., daily, weekly) and social contexts (e.g., teachers, firefighters). Her research also focuses on identifying psychosocial factors that alleviate or aggravate these psychological mechanisms. Her work has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. Her accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards, including the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management’s Best Dissertation-Based Paper (2021) and Outstanding Practical Implications for Management Award (2015). Additionally, she was the recipient of the 2023 Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Distinguished Early Career Teaching Award.

Mike Hill

Mike Hill, Lecturer
Office: BT 655
Email: mike.hill@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-2792

Mike is the Sr. Director of Integrated Talent Management at Applied Materials Company. He has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and talent development. He holds a Masters in Education, MBA, and Ph.D. in Human and Organization Development. He is currently focused on executive assessment and leadership development.  He has also held the position of Board President for a non-profit focused on grade school students keeping up with their classmates. He has consulted with a wide variety of organizations helping them to build leadership teams, set strategies, and solve organizational issues including organizational design. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia and lived abroad in Germany while building a new factory.

Susanna KhavulSusanna Khavul, Professor
Office: BT 359
Email: susanna.khavul@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3502

Yeonka Kim

Yeonka Kim, Assistant Professor
Office: BT 554
Email: yeonka.kim@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-1486


Dr. Yeonka (Sophia) Kim is an Assistant Professor in the School of Management at San José State University. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota (Concentration: Organizational Behavior & Human Resources), her Master in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (Concentration: Human Resources & Organizations), and her B.A. in Social Studies Education from Ewha Womans University. Before joining San José State University, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in July of 2022) and an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University. 

Her research focuses on diversity, work-life interface, identity, and emotions in organizations. She is passionate about understanding how diverse individuals can thrive in their work and non-work lives and how organizations can create an effective, inclusive, and emotionally healthy work environment through diversity initiatives and HR practices. She has published papers in various outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Psychology.

Her work experience as a manager in the chemical film and telecommunication industries has enriched her research and teaching in HR/OB. She has served in various roles to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion on and off campus.

Gretchen Lester

Gretchen Vogelgesang Lester, Associate Professor
 Office: BT 661
 Email: gretchen.lester@sjsu.edu
 Phone:  408-924-3579*
 (*Email is preferred.)


Dr. Vogelgesang Lester is an associate professor at San Jose State University.  Her research interests include multi-domain leadership development, transparency between leaders and followers, and leader identity in the sensemaking process. She teaches applied organizational behavior, strategy, and leadership at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She recently published a textbook: Applied Organizational Behavior and Leadership: An Identity Approach.

She has published articles in Academy of Management Learning & Education, The Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies.

She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska, MBA from DePaul University, and a degree in organizational behavior and human resources from Miami University.

Dr. Vogelgesang Lester’s research interests include transparency in leader communication, leadership in multiple domains, trust, and leadership development. 

Jingmei Li Jingmei Li, Lecturer
 Office: BT 560
 Email: jingmei.li@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-6213


Jingmei Li is an HR leader with over 20 years of experience, worked in both US and China. She has expertise in cross culture management, global rewards and benefits design and strategy, market trend intelligence, global governance, change management and mergers and acquisitions. She has been with PWC, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Applied Materials. 

Jingmei served on the board of Silicon Valley Employer Forum. Jingmei obtained her MBA from University of South Florida and B.S in Economics from Northwest University in China. 

Jingmei teaches Managing and Developing People for the early career MBA program; she also teaches management and international business courses at San Francisco State University. 

Jacob Linetsky Jacob Linetsky, Lecturer
 Office: BT 660
 Email: jacob.linetsky@sjsu.edu


Jacob works at NVIDIA, as part of the Real Estate and Site Services team, where he negotiates both domestic and international real estate transactions. Previously, he worked in similar roles at Oracle and Palantir. He started his career as a real estate lawyer in Berkeley, CA. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD from UC Law San Francisco, and a BA from Columbia University.

Nancy LongNancy Long, Lecturer
Office: BT 552
Email: nancy.long@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-8045

Nancy Long is a highly accomplished global human resources executive who was most recently part of the executive leadership team at Hitachi Data Systems, where she held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer.  Prior to joining Hitachi Data Systems in 2006, she was Senior VP of HR at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA. She also worked at HP for 24 years where her most recent role was Vice President of Human Resources for Global Marketing. She is the recipient of several industry awards such as HR Executive of the Year (HR Symposium, Silicon Valley) and Mentor of the Year (Stevie Awards) during her tenure as an HR leader. Her unique background brings a business acumen that is unusual among Human Resources professionals.

Matthew Maguire, Assistant ProfessorMatthew Maguire, Assistant Professor 
Office: BT 658
Email: matthew.maguire@sjsu.edu
Website: https://www.matthewmaguire.org

Dr. Matthew Maguire is an assistant professor in the Management School at San José State University, with a background in comparative political economy, business-government relations, and corporate social responsibility. Matt has a Ph.D. in political science from Boston University, an M.Sc. in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in history from Cornell University. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe for fieldwork and has held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His current work examines the regulation of corporate non-financial reporting and the public discourse around consumer data protection.

Gita Mathur

Gita Mathur, Professor
Office: BT 358
Email: gita.mathur@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3553

Dr. Gita Mathur is a Professor in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University. Her professional interest lies in organizational capabilities for technological innovation and product development. Her teaching in the MBA, Master of Biotechnology, and undergraduate programs has included technological innovation, product development, project management, strategic management, and management of teams. She has served as Associate Director of Management Curriculum for the Master of Biotechnology Program (2010-2013) and on the Steering Committee of the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to SJSU, she held engineering and management positions in the semiconductor industry with Harris Corporation (1985-1991) and was a principal with the management consulting firm PRTM (1996-2000). Her degrees include BTech and MTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi; PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley; and DBA in Technology and Operations Management from Harvard Business School.


Elisa Mattarelli, Professor
Office: BT 654
Email: elisa.mattarelli@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3569

Dr. Elisa Mattarelli is a Professor at the School of Management of SJSU. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy. She was a Fulbright visiting professor at Stanford University in 2016-2017 and did a post doc at the University of Arizona in 2005. She received her PhD in Management Engineering from the University of Padua and her Master in Management Engineering from the University of Bologna in Italy. Her research interests include team dynamics, identity processes, and collaborative technology use, with a focus on distributed and knowledge-intensive organizational contexts.

Brian Maxwell

Brian Maxwell, Lecturer
 Office: BT 560
 Email: brian.maxwell@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-8027


Brian Maxwell is a lecturer in the School of Management. A Human Resources leader at Deloitte for over 24 years, Brian is a Managing Director and member of Deloitte’s Global Talent Executive Leadership team. He has advised the global network on topics including employee relations, workforce of the future considerations, succession planning, global mobility, diversity and inclusion strategies, and analytics. Most recently, Brian has worked with an executive leadership team advising the CEOs of Ukraine and Russia. Outside of Deloitte, Brian has served on various non-profit boards and was a member of the San Francisco mayor’s Gender Equity Principles Working Group. Brian has a Master’s degree in Education from Ohio University and an undergraduate degree in Business from Slippery Rock University. 

 Moore_Shari Shari Moore, Lecturer
Email: shari.moore@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-2254

Shari Moore is an established and experienced HR leader with an extensive track record as an HR executive. Currently, Shari is the HR Director/Head of HR for Advocates for Life Skills & Opportunity in Portland, Oregon. In her previous roles she has been Senior Associate Director of HR at Stanford University, Vice President and CPO at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, Vice President, HR Business Partners at RMS, SVP and CHRO for Jasper, VP of HR for Product Operations at NetApp, VP of HR for Global Sales, Support and Services at Hitachi Data Systems and VP of HR and Administration for Performant Financial Corporation. She served for seven years on the Dean's Advisory Council at Cal Poly and five years on the Board of the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative. She has also taught part-time at Golden Gate University in the MS in HR program. Shari earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Accounting, from Cal Poly and an MBA from Yale University. She holds multiple certifications in HR including SHRM–SCP, Senior Professional in Human Resources and Prosci Change Management. 

Elizabeth MullenElizabeth Mullen, Associate Professor
Office: BT 659
Email: elizabeth.mullen@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-7883

Dr. Elizabeth Mullen researches the roles that people’s emotions, values, and moral convictions play in shaping their perceptions of fairness and reactions to transgressions. In addition, she investigates how individuals regulate and evaluate their own and others’ ethical behavior.  Her work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and has been funded by the National Science Foundation. She was formerly an Associate Editor for Social Justice Research and currently serves on the editorial boards at Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, and Social Justice Research. Prior to joining SJSU, she held faculty positions at George Washington University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Craig NathansonCraig Nathanson, Lecturer
Email: craig.nathanson@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-6203
Website: https://drcraignathanson.com

Dr. Craig Nathanson is an Educator, Author, speaker, and coach for mid-life development. Dr. Nathanson has been an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University since 2020. Dr. Nathanson has been teaching online graduate and undergraduate programs since 2001 at several universities in North America and Europe. He is also a visiting lecturer in Vietnam in partnership with Solvay Brussels School of Economics, Brussels, Belgium. Additionally, Dr. Nathanson is an adjunct faculty for the University Of San Francisco, Johnson and Wales University, San Francisco State University, and coordinator for the HR certificate program at Sonoma State University

Yeonji No

Yeonji No, Lecturer
Office: BT 656
Email: yeonji.no@sjsu.edu

Dr. Yeonji No received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include innovation, patenting, science and engineering workforce, innovation policy and international business. Her research has been published in Nature Biotechnology and Journal of Business Research. She teaches Strategic Management, Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior and Global Dimensions of Business.

Mariah Norell, Lecturer
Office: BT 656
Email: mariah.norell@sjsu.edu
Website: https://mariahnorell.com

Mariah Norell is a scientist-practitioner in the People Analytics space with over 5 years of consulting and data science experience at companies like Aon (Radford), Amazon Web Services, and Atlassian. She received her MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from San Jose State University and her BA in Psychology from CSU, Sacramento where she graduated with honors.

Ash PadwallAsh Padwal, Lecturer
Office: BT 555
Email: ashit.padwal@sjsu.edu



Ash has 25+ years of experience in the fields of law, regulatory affairs, compliance, corporate governance and risk management. Over the course of his career, he has held a variety of positions in the high tech industry ranging from CEO to CRO to COO of multinational companies. He advises executives on information privacy and cybersecurity issues.

At various times, he has served on the boards of Aerospace Industries Association, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, American Electronics Association, Technet, US-ASEAN Business Council and UC Merced Foundation. 

Ash is a graduate of the law school at Santa Clara University, and also has an undergraduate degree in Electronics & Telecom Engineering.

Rolanda PollardRolanda Pollard, Lecturer
Office: BT 664
Email: rolanda.pollard@sjsu.edu

Dr. Rolanda P. Farrington Pollard, holds graduate degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Organizational Psychology (MA and Ph.D.) and has over 20 years of teaching and consulting experience. She teaches a wide range of Organizational Theory and Management courses, in three departments, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a consultant, she has facilitated strategic planning, team-building, and leadership development processes for companies such as The Gap, Sun Microsystems, 3COM, Via Rehabilitation, San Jose State University, and the American Red Cross. Research areas include policy work for the City of San Jose, organizational communication, online teaching pedagogy, women entrepreneurs, organizational culture, organizational change, the innovation-leadership relationship, family business, and succession planning.

Gary RadineGary D. Radine, Lecturer
Office: BT 652
Email: gary.radine@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3554

Gary D. Radine joined SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business after 37 years in Chief Executive Officer roles with Delta Dental, a dental insurance enterprise. He built a mid-Atlantic operation from $6 million in annual revenue to $500 million, merged that entity to create a 15-state operation headquartered in California and brought that entity from $3 billion in annual revenue to $8 billion in “zero sum game” markets. With 97% renewal rates, the entity grew to cover 35 million enrollees across 25,000 purchasers plus started a new company in Mexico, covering 1 million there. He spearheaded a multi-vendor technology turnover without loss of market position. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from San José State University and his Master’s degree from CSU-Dominguez Hills.

Sumita Raghuram, Professor
Office: BT 652
Email: sumita.raghuram@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3567

Dr. Sumita Raghuram is the Alan and Lori Kessler Endowed Professor in Human Resource Management and joined the vibrant SJSU community in 2018. 

Dr. Sumita Raghuram received her Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in Human Resource Management. She then was a faculty member at Fordham University, New York and at Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania. With over 30 years of teaching and research experience, she teaches in the Human Resource Management Program at SJSU. 

Her primary research area is remote work which she has examined in great depth since 1993. She has examined the impact of remote work on employee identity, work life balance, knowledge sharing, promotions and performance ratings. Her research also offers solutions to problems associated with remote work. In addition, she studies international human resource management and the worklife of tech workers. This research has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Organization Behavior. Sumita has also been a visiting faculty at international business schools such as Copenhagen Business School, Bologna Business School, and Indian School of Business.

Rao Alaka

Alaka Rao, Associate Professor
Office: BT 663
Email: alaka.rao@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3417

Dr. Alaka Rao’s research centers on the management of complex collaborations across geographical and cultural divides. Her past research focuses on how local and global pressures influence the performance of global outsourcing relationships. This research examines the critical role of national culture, employee cognition, and trust in the management of global collaborations. Dr. Rao has also conducted research on how managers exchange and build trust in countries lacking institutional support. Her recent work centers on understanding the micro-foundations of ambidexterity in multinational corporations and bridging the macro-micro divide between the organizational strategic mandate and individuals’ cognitive, emotional and behavioral responses. Her work has been published in management journals, such as Strategic Organization and the Journal of International Business Studies.

Simon Rodan

Simon Rodan, Professor
Office: BT 457
Email: simon.rodan@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3415

Dr. Simon Rodan has an MBA and a Ph.D. from INSEAD, France. Prior to joining the Lucas College in 2002, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University (1999-2002), worked as a research Associate at INSEAD (1991-1994), as a Systems Engineer (1982-1986) and as a Marketing Representative (1986-1989) at IBM(UK). His research has spanned topics including structural holes in social networks, social network metrics, high school course-taking patterns, knowledge exchange, organizational learning, perceptions of risk associated with Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the relative strength of industry vs. firm effects in firm financial performance. He has served on a wide range of  committees at all levels, has chaired the college Curriculum Committee, the campus General Education Advisory Committee, the campus Sabbatical Leaves Committee, and the Academic Affairs committee of the Statewide Academic Senate. 

Ron Roman

Ronald Roman, Lecturer
Office: BT 560
Email: ronald.roman@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-8051

Dr. Ronald M. Roman teaches and conducts research in the areas of corporate responsibility, sustainability, and business ethics. His research has received awards of excellence including ‘Best Case of the Year’ award given by the Case Research Journal. Ron is a member of the advisory board for SJSU’s Green Ninja Project, which educates young people about our changing climate. Additionally, he is an active impact investor who uses the power of the shareholder proposal to effect change in organizations. Ron received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Ron worked in corporate finance and also co-founded a computer education and consulting firm.

Neeraj SahejpalNeeraj Sahejpal, Lecturer
Office: BT 656
Email: neeraj.sahejpal@sjsu.edu


With 30+ years of experience, Neeraj Sahejpal has worked in startup and public companies in both business and engineering roles. With a proven track record in leadership roles with Energous, Broadcom, and PMC-Sierra, Neeraj possesses a depth of industry knowledge and experience that brings out the best in any team. Neeraj has earned his bachelor's degree in Electronics from NIT (India), MSCE, and MBA from Santa Clara University. Neeraj is a lifelong learner and has completed executive education at Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT Sloan.

Ginevra ScheriniGinevra Scherini, Lecturer
Office: BT 660
Email: ginevra.schenrini@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-5658


Ginevra Scherini has worked in Human Resources for Silicon Valley companies including Oracle, SAP, and Atlassian in disciplines spanning across People Analytics, Learning and Development, Workforce Planning, Survey Design, Employee Research, and Talent Management. She also has experience as a Member Education / Staff Development Representative at the California School Employees' Association union. She received her Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from San José State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles. She enjoys teaching Workforce Planning, Staffing, Retention, and Labor Relations in the School of Management, along with Statistics, Psychometrics, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology in the Psychology department at San José State University. 

Mark SchwartzMark Schwartz, Lecturer
Office: BT 660
Email: mark.schwartz@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-5705

Dr. Mark Schwartz is a biotechnology executive, having been CEO of several private and public biotechnology companies. His experience ranges from private and public company financings, strategic planning and transactions, clinical and product development, regulatory affairs, business development, sales and marketing, and career development. He has worked in a wide range of life science businesses, including genomics, diagnostics, instrumentation, services, and drug development. Dr. Schwartz serves on the Board of Directors for Neolight and as an advisor to Kamou Therapeutics.  He is an adjunct professor in the LCoB and in the Masters of Biotechnology program at San Jose State since 2010 and has previously served on the board of the Biotechnology Industry Association. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Arizona State University.  Dr. Schwartz also is passionate about rock and roll music and currently plays in several bands around the Bay Area.

Tyler SheweyTyler Shewey, Lecturer
Office: BT 564
Email: tyler.shewey@sjsu.edu


Tyler A. Shewey is a Partner at Berliner Cohen LLP, specializing in tax and business matters. He advises on individual and business income tax planning, tax controversy matters, and business entity formation and governance. His clients range from startups to established companies in various industries. In addition to his practice, Mr. Shewey is a part-time lecturer at San Jose State University, teaching “Legal Environment of Business”.

Thomas Shirley

Thomas Shirley, Lecturer
Office: BT 656
Email: thomas.shirley@sjsu.edu

Dr. Thomas Shirley earned his Ph.D. at UC Davis and his Masters of Business Administration in International Business and a Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.  

Prior to his role at SJSU, he served as a mergers and acquisitions advisor and an executive with McKinsey, KPMG, and General Electric across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He is currently active as a consultant and a board member of a variety of multinational organizations.

Carlos SinghParker "Carlos" Singh, Lecturer
Office: BT 564
Email: carlos.singh@sjsu.edu


Carlos Singh is a Lecturer at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, teaching graduate and undergraduate business law and ethics courses; he also teaches in the Justice Studies Department.  On behalf of the University, he serves as a media expert on legal matters.   Carlos was educated at UCLA (BA), Georgetown University (JD), and the Harvard Business School (Corporate Executive Program on corporate governance and board leadership).  He is a former white-collar federal prosecutor, as well as a constitutional, appellate, and civil trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  He advised global high-tech, financial, and pharmaceutical companies on developing/enhancing their corporate compliance and ethics programs.  He served as Director of Compliance and Ethics and BSA/OFAC officer for a Silicon Valley financial services company, and later as an in-house senior global counsel for a technology firm.  Carlos has spoken at conferences and published articles on white-collar, compliance and ethics, and bribery/corruption matters.  He currently teaches law at Lincoln Law School of San Jose and is a guest instructor at Stanford Law School’s Trial Practice Program.  He is also the Executive Director for the East Side Education Foundation in San Jose which partners with the University in its Eastside Spartan Promise Program.

Janet TanJanet Tan, Lecturer
Office: BT 452
Email: janet.tan@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3123

Dr. Janet Tan earned her PhD in International Political Economy from National Chengchi University of Taiwan, her Masters of Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, and BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from San Jose State University. She holds a patent in Speech Input and Database System. She started a company marketing speech recognition dictation system in the medical industry partnering with Philips Electronics, and she has been coaching many entrepreneurs in their startup businesses. Dr. Tan is currently a member of Microeconomic of Competitiveness faculty network headed by Professor Michael Porter at Harvard Business School focusing on her research in strategy and competitiveness. She teaches strategic management, operations management, managing in the global economy, and quantitative analysis.

Terry ThompsonTerry Thompson, Lecturer
Office: BT 553
Email: terry.thompson@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-2615


Graduate of San Jose State University. I have worked in the Hospitality Industry for many years. Formerly, restaurant owner of local restaurants. General Manager for Doubletree Hotels and some independents. I have been teaching for over thirty years, Twelve years at SJSU.

Experienced in Executive Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Food and Beverage operations, and Hotel and Restaurant consulting. Practicing Martial Arts instructor for over forty years. Women’s Fast Pitch Softball coach, painter, and author of three books on Management on Amazon Kindle. Grandfather to two teen girls.

Meg VirickMeg Virick, Associate Dean
Office: BT 950
Email: m.virick@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-3411

Wang Chunlei

Chunlei Wang, Associate Professor 
Office: BT 653 
Email: chunlei.wang@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-2775

Dr. Chunlei Wang teaches strategic management courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include social network analysis, knowledge networks, innovation generation and diffusion, and economic sociology. He published a paper with his collaborators on exploratory innovation in the Academy of Management Journal. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Peking University, a Master of Arts in Sociology from the Ohio State University, a Master of Arts in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. He is married and has a daughter. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and church family.

Pamela WellsPamela Wells, Lecturer
Office: BT 656 
Email: pamela.wells@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-8054

Pamela Wells received her M.S. from San Jose State in 2005. She is a Managing Partner of Critical Moments Safety Training, LLC. Her activities on campus include Faculty Advisor for the Burmese Myanmar Associated Students and Associate Director for CommUniverCity. Pamela also serves on the Critical Thinking Task Force for the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. She is a recipient of San Jose State University’s Master Teacher Award.

Robert Wood

Robert Wood, Professor
 Office: BT 664 
 Email: robert.wood@sjsu.edu
 Phone: 408-924-3573


Dr. Robert Chapman Wood studies large-scale innovation and creation of reliable, useful large technology systems. His research examines how leaders have overcome inertia and made innovation work, sometimes creating dramatic improvements for society. His research has appeared in Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Industrial and Corporate Change, Technology Review, and Strategy & Leadership. Wood teaches Strategic Management, Global Management, and Strategic Thinking.

Dr. Wood is a housing activist who is chairman of the Housing Committee of the California Faculty Association, San Jose State chapter. He believes government actions and political decisions have caused greater San Jose’s housing crisis and such actions must change. At the same time, he urges the city – which has a weak business tax base – to seek the same kind of state support that cities in other states get to enable them to permit housing.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Wood was a journalist for more than 20 years.  His work appeared in such publications as Forbes, the Financial Times of London, and the New York Times.  He is a former associate editor of Inc. magazine.  Much of Wood’s journalism dealt with Asia and with Asian-influenced management techniques. Before coming to San Jose, Wood was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Business School in the Program on Organizational Change. He completed his doctorate in Management Policy and Strategy at Boston University, where his thesis dealt with how companies begin innovating effectively.

James WuJeng-Dau "James" Wu, Lecturer
Office: BT 552
Email: jeng-dau.wu02@sjsu.edu


Dr. Wu earned his Doctor of Business Administration from the Golden Gate University, San Francisco.  He holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan.  He has more than 35 years of hands-on experience in finance and accounting, as well as international business development.  He is also the President of GRI Technology Capital, a venture capital investment management firm in San Francisco. He has been teaching in several institutions for 40 years.

Dr. Wu created a venture capital division at San Francisco-based GRI Group and took charge of the operation as President of GRI Technology Capital in 1995.  Ever since then, he has been able to expand funding management globally, particularly in Asia. In 2008-2009, Dr. Wu led his team to help one major life insurance group in Asia to manage the $1.5-billion funds in the United States. In the last decade, he continued to help some young entrepreneurs start-up enterprises with new technologies.

In Memoriam

Larry GeeLarry Gee was a former lecturer at San Jose State University. He received his Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from California State University, Chico, and a Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.  He also completed the advance project management program at Stanford University, and George Washington University. He was Certified as a Project Management Professional. Larry worked for a Fortune 50 Information Technology Services industry company for over 32 years. During which time he has held various positions in programming, line management, strategic management, business development, marketing, computing infrastructure services, information systems and technology, and as a certified executive project manager. He served as a consultant managing Information Systems and Information Technology health care strategic programs. 

Emeritus Faculty



George Whaley, Emeritus  
Office: BT 560
Email: george.whaley@sjsu.edu


Dr. George L. Whaley is an Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Management at San José State University. Over the past thirty years, he has authored numerous case studies, primarily in the high technology and biotechnology industries. Professor Whaley holds a B.S. in Engineering Mathematics, an M.B.A. from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Colorado. He has individual contributor and management experience in government and private industry and moved to teach and consult as a second career. Professor Whaley serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, is the former co‐editor of the Business Case Journal, and was appointed emeriti editor of the Society of Case Research journals. His research focuses on Strategic Human Resource Management, Sustainability, Leadership, Diversity, and Entrepreneurship. He teaches Organizational Behavior and Management part-time for the Masters of Biotechnology program in the College of Science and the Masters of Business Administration program in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San José State University.