Business School Adds Six Full-Time Professors – Old Gold & Black


Professors will teach on topics such as organizational behavior and analytics

Courtesy of Wake Forest

“Each brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will enrich our students’ learning experiences and contribute to our reputation as a leading business school,” said Dean Annette Ranft.

The School of Business welcomed six new full-time professors this year.

Professors will teach a variety of business-related topics like organizational behavior, analytics, management information systems, finance, and economics.

“Each brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will enrich our students’ learning experiences and contribute to our reputation as a leading business school,” said School of Business Dean Annette Ranft.

Shannon McKeen, one of the teachers who reached full-time status, has been teaching as an adjunct teacher at Wake Forest since 2017. Prior to becoming an educator, he worked for 25 years as a consultant in various sales and marketing roles.

Having previously taught at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Dartmouth, McKeen will teach graduate candidates in business analytics through an internship.

“For the internship, we have teams of students who are paired with an external organization trying to solve an external challenge with data,” McKeen said. “I find clients or my content around the product and skills management team and consulting executives.”

Organizations vary from healthcare startups to retail to sports teams. McKeen describes the internship as being “as close to the real world as possible”. During his tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill, McKeen has conducted research on experiential learning and internship, and he hopes to continue that at Wake Forest.

Stacie Petter is also a new professor at the School of Business. Previously at Baylor University, Petter taught Management Information Systems and will continue in this discipline teaching a course on Data Management and Data Analytics and Society to graduate students at Wake Forest.

“Information systems as a discipline or as a field examines how individuals and organizations interact with technology,” Petter said. “So how they use it, the positive benefits of it, the negative impacts that occur, and how we manage and use this technology effectively and efficiently in our lives and organizations.”

Amy Wallis is another teacher who has been brought in full-time. Wallis previously taught full-time at the Business School, but stepped back to teach as an adjunct professor at the end of the spring 2021 semester.

Prior to joining the School of Business in 2012, Wallis worked in organizational development with topics including human resources and leadership development. At Wake Forest, Wallis teaches similar classes.

“I teach business ethics, team development, change management and leadership,” Wallis said. “Topics that are on the human side of business and critical thinking and decision-making around business issues.”

One of the main lessons Wallis hopes students learn from her classes is the ability to think critically.

“It’s the kind of analysis you can’t Google,” Wallis said. “Where you really need to identify what the problem is, what the potential solutions are, what the implications of those potential solutions are, and how to implement the solutions.”

Similar to Wallis, McKeen also hopes students gain the ability to work under uncertainty and manage ambiguity to ensure positive outcomes.


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