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Chaifetz School Welcomes Three New Professors

The Chaifetz School of Business welcomed three new distinguished professors to the faculty this fall. Each brings a unique business specialty to Saint Louis University that will enhance the diversity of curriculum available to Chaifetz School students and grow the impact of the Chaifetz School's research on industry and business practice.

Patricio Duran, Ph.D. Meet Patricio Duran, Ph.D., assistant professor of international business

Duran joins SLU from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, School of Business where he taught courses in strategic management. He has research published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and more. Duran earned his Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in international business from the University of South Carolina and holds a bachelor's in business administration and commercial engineering from the University of Chile.

Q: What is your motto in teaching?
A: I frequently say to my students: “In business there are no right or wrong answers, but strong or weak arguments to support your answers.

Q: What has been your best accomplishment?
A: What makes me happiest is being with my family. They are my best accomplishment.

Q: What research are you currently working on or have conducted previously?
A: My research is at the intersection of comparative global strategy, global corporate governance and institutions with a strong focus on emerging markets, family firms and state-owned enterprises. I explore the underlying conditions leading to prevalence, patterns of strategic actions and economic performance of family firms and state-owned enterprises across contexts. In addition to these topics, I am starting to explore topics like diversity in corporate governance, political risk and political ideologies, among others.

Marc Painter, Ph.D. Meet Marc Painter, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance

Painter joins SLU from the University of Kentucky where he taught Introduction to Corporate Finance. He has research published in Journal of Financial Economics. Painter earned his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Kentucky and holds a bachelor's in finance and banking from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Q & A with Dr. Painter 

Q: What is your motto in teaching?
A: Be prepared, be fair and have fun.

Q: What has been your best accomplishment?
A: Landing a job at SLU obviously!

Q: What research are you currently working on or have conducted previously?
A: I am interested in how external forces shape capital markets. Factors including technological progress, climate change and psychological biases all affect markets in important ways, and my research examines these relationships.

Noni Zaharia, Ph.D. Meet Noni Zaharia, Ph.D., assistant professor of sports business

Zaharia joins SLU from Flagler College located in St. Augustine, Florida, where he taught courses in sports business. He has published research in Modern Applied Science, International Journal of Marketing Studies, International Journal of Business and Management, Journal of Sport Management and more. Zaharia earned his Ph.D. in Sport Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and holds a master's in business administration from Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece and a bachelor's in management and marketing from American University in Romania.

Q & A with Dr. Zaharia

Q: What is your motto in teaching?
A: "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, Involve me and I learn," – Confucius.

Q: What has been your best accomplishment?
A: My biggest accomplishment has been helping my students succeed in what they want to accomplish in life.

Q: What research are you currently working on or have conducted previously?
A: In my scholarship, I undertake international sport management research, consumer and organizational behavior studies and "big picture" studies, such as how to bridge the research gap between the sport industry and the sport management academia.