Four Questrom Faculty Promoted to Full Professor

 

Congratulations to Gordon Burtch, Tal Gross, Andrea Vedolin, and Rosemarie Ziedonis on their awards of promotion to Full Professor at Boston University Questrom School of Business.

 

Gordon Burtch is a member of the Information System department and the inaugural recipient of the Kelli Questrom Associate Professorship. Professor Burtch received his PhD from Temple University in 2013. He joined Questrom in 2021 from the University of Minnesota where he was Assistant Professor from 2013 to 2018, and Associate Professor from 2018 to 2021. Gordon was a McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota, a distinguished university-wide honor that recognizes and supports outstanding early-career faculty members.

Gordon is one of the most productive information systems researchers of his generation. His research on the effects of online platforms on offline markets and digital platform design with a focus on social interaction, content creation, and the behavior of online platform participants is of very high quality and diverse in terms of managerial topics and areas of demonstrated expertise. He has earned status as a well-known and well-respected scholar. He has received multiple prestigious awards for his work. He is a strong asset for Questrom in its quest to be a leading business school focusing on how digital technology changes business.

Gordon is an established teacher who delivers core curriculum and does not shy away from innovations in the classroom. As an example, he did not only step up to teach OMBA, but also helped to improve it. Despite his high research productivity, Gordon is a team player willing to help the School to build reputation in digital business.  

Tal Gross is a member of the Markets, Public Policy, and Law department. Professor Gross received his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2009 and joined the Questrom School of Business in 2017 after holding Assistant Professor Positions in Economics at the University of Miami from 2009 to 2010, and an Assistant Professor position at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University from 2010 to 2017. He received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2019.

Tal is an applied economist whose empirical work focuses on health economics and household finance. His recent research uses novel data sets and quasi-experimental research designs to identify causal effects in order to understand how budget constraints of households affect health care consumption. He is considered a strong scholar in health economics. His recent book on health economics shows his ability to communicate difficult concepts to a broad audience.

Tal is a scholar who deeply cares about pedagogy and learning. He made significant curriculum contributions to the first module of OMBA and developed a state-of-the-art elective in the Health Sector Management MBA that allowed him to develop the material for his recent textbook that will be used in many MBA programs.  

He served on the APT committee and on the OMBA and HSM PDC. Most recently, he also volunteered to serve on the BU GenAI taskforce.

Andrea Vedolin is a member of the Finance department. She got her PhD from the University of Lugano in 2010 and spent 7 years as Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics before joining the Questrom School of Business in 2017. She received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2019.

Andrea is a strong empirical asset pricing scholar. Her scholarly standing is reflected by her editorial positions in two of the three top finance journals. Her extensive editorial work did not reduce her research productivity.  Her most recent research focuses on empirical puzzles in international finance.  Her research provides new ways to explain the low volatility and counter-cyclicality of exchange rates, and the large premium on exchange rate forwards.  She also studies how trading frictions are reflected in exchange rates, or how monetary policy announcements impact interest rates, bond yields, and asset prices in general.  .

Andrea is an excellent instructor and has engaged significant course development efforts such as the risk module in OMBA. She successfully taught Undergraduate, MBA and PhD elective courses in Investment, Risk Management, and Capital markets.

At the School, Andrea is known as a team player and mentor to assistant professors. Despite her heavy editorial workload, she is also a mentor in the Humphrey Fellows program.

Rosemarie Ziedonis is a member of the Strategy & Innovation department. Professor Ziedonis started her academic career as an Assistant Professor at Wharton in 1999. She joined the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor in 2002 and moved to the University of Oregon in 2012 where she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Oregon upon hire. She joined Questrom as an Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. 

Rosemarie’s research explores the interplay of research, innovation, intellectual property rights, and strategy from multiple disciplinary angles. Her research was published in top-tier journals in strategy, finance, and accounting. It informs how firms strategically use patents, how patents can be pledged as collateral in financing new ventures, and how intellectual property policies affect corporations. Her research has relevance for everyone who wants to understand entrepreneurship and innovation.

The relevance of Professor Ziedonis’ teaching was acknowledged with three teaching awards selected by both faculty and students, and by an invitation to serve as Commencement Speaker at Questrom’s Graduate Convocation in 2019.

Rosemarie has made strong contributions to the APT and the MBA program committee. She also provided foundational work with Professor O’Mahoney for Innovate@BU.

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