Heider Faculty are All Over the Map this Summer
Heider Faculty are All Over the Map this Summer

It’s an image more often associated with children: The last bell of the academic year rings, school doors bust open to disgorge ecstatic students, errant papers fluttering from flapping backpacks, faces painted with wide grins in anticipation of summer’s freedom from math calculations and essay writing.

But it also applies to Tim McMahon, PhD, associate professor of marketing practice. No sooner had the second semester ended did McMahon and his wife, Debbie, traveled to Jinan in China’s Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius. Shandong Jiaotong University invited McMahon to teach classes in marketing and leadership. Two of the university’s professors had spent residencies at Creighton, and Shandong Jiaotong University’s Frank Song had previously shadowed McMahon for two semesters. So when Professor Song invited McMahon to China, the Heider College of Business faculty member jumped at the chance to visit his Chinese colleague.

In addition to teaching classes to Shandong Jiaotong University students, McMahon conducted two faculty sessions, one on business curriculum and the other on qualitative research. The couple also visited the Great Wall, Tiannamen Square, Shanghai, Chengdu (home of the panda research center) and Forbidden City, shared meals in the homes of their new Chinese friends and sampled local cuisine in numerous authentic restaurants.

“As always, spending a month in a foreign country is very eye-opening,” says McMahon. “We traveled more than 5,000 miles in China.”

In September, the president of Shandong Jiaotong University will visit Creighton University, and next spring, McMahon hopes to return China, having been invited back for another teaching opportunity.

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As McMahon was leaving for the East, John Wingender, PhD, chair of the Economics and Finance Department, was just returning to campus after a semester-long sabbatical in French-speaking Namur, the capital of Wallonia, a southern state of Belgium. Wingender moved to Europe as a visiting professor at the University of Namur, a fellow Jesuit institution of higher learning. While there, he conducted research in his area of interest, the impact on firm value from starting loyalty programs. Additionally, he assisted his colleagues at the University of Namur with developing finance programs, with particular emphasis on graduate-level programming.

This July, Wingender returned to Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) in China. He taught at SUFE last summer and was invited back to once again teach an accelerated, two-week finance course.

While in China, Wingender met up with fellow Heider College of Business professor, TingTing Liu, PhD, assistant professor of finance. This summer, Liu spent two months in her native country, presenting papers and serving as discussant at multiple academic conferences. On May 25-26, she attended the 2017 FMA Asia/Pacific Conference in Taipei, where she presented her two papers: “Analyst Forecast Momentum” and “Vote Avoidance and Shareholder Voting in Mergers and Acquisitions.” She also served as a discussant for a mergers and acquisitions session.

Liu was also invited to give a seminar presentation at Zhejiang University on June 16, followed by participation in The China International Conference in Finance (CICF) hosted by both Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University in Hangzhou on July 12-15. Liu shared her papers, “The Dark Side of Transparency in Developing Countries: The Link between Financial Reporting Practices and Corruption” and, once again, “Vote Avoidance and Shareholder Voting in Mergers and Acquisitions.” In addition to her presentations, Liu was also a discussant for the paper “Shades of Gray: Director Classification Revisited.”

Though professors McMahon, Wingender and Liu have ventured far from Creighton this summer, they will be back at the Heider College of Business in August to welcome current business students and meet the class of 2021.