College of Business Administration Welcomes New Faculty Members

Kent, OH – The Kent State College of Business Administration welcomed two new faculty members at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Casey Boyd-Swan, Ph.D. joined the Department of Economics as an assistant professor and Rui-Zhong (R.Z.) Zhang, Ph.D. joined the Department of Accounting as an assistant professor.

“The Kent State College of Business Administration is pleased to welcome these outstanding new faculty members to the Department of Accounting and the Department of Economics,” said College of Business Administration Dean Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D. “These faculty members bring unique research and teaching expertise to their respective disciplines, providing students with the opportunity to learn from leading experts in these fields.”

Dr. Boyd-Swan’s research focuses on public policy issues related to parental employment, early education labor markets and child and family well-being. She earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in public policy from Arizona State University. Her research has appeared in top economics journals including Labour Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and the Journal of Urban Economics.

“It is a privilege to join the Economics Department and the College of Business Administration,” Boyd-Swan said. “I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with my new colleagues, advance my research agenda and contribute to the economics program.”

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on conservatism, institutional cross-holding and dual ownership and executive compensation. He earned a Ph.D. in accounting from Tulane University, a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in applied economics from City University of Hong Kong. His research on minimum tick size and analyst coverage is forthcoming in the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting.

“I am extremely pleased to join the Kent State Department of Accounting, and I look forward to being a part of all the great things Kent State has to offer,” Zhang said.

Kent State College of Business Administration
Kent State University's College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting. The College boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 14 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program; master's degrees in accounting, business administration (MBA and EMBA), business analytics, and economics; as well as a Ph.D. program with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.


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POSTED: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 1:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 2:07pm