I've had the honor of sharing some tremendous D'Amore-McKim outcomes over the past six months in my Dean's Corner posts, but as 2021 comes to an end, I would be remiss if I didn't give the nod to my faculty colleagues and their impressive individual and collective accomplishments in the research area. I am proud to be a member of the Northeastern faculty and the achievements of our faculty in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business.

I have shared a lot about our faculty's hard work and innovation as we navigated the challenges and disruption that started with COVID in March of 2020. This ongoing work has presented additional challenges for faculty who are also advancing our research mission. Despite the pandemic challenges that require more time spent on teaching and the significant COVID-related challenges many faculty members face outside of Northeastern, they have maintained an impressive level of research productivity. During the 2020 calendar year, our faculty published 171 peer-reviewed journal articles, 67 of which were in the very top business journals. Several were in journals that inform business practice. Additionally, our faculty published nine new books, 39 book chapters, and eight business cases. This level of productivity is on par with the prior calendar year, and maintaining that level during a pandemic is commendable.

In addition to publishing use-inspired research in both top academic and practitioner outlets, our faculty have also been attracting more external research funding. Examples include Shawn Bhimani's NSF award for his research on disrupting agricultural sector labor trafficking and Tucker Marion's NSF award for his research focused on automated methods for augmented designer performance. Gary Young received CDC awards for work around health coverage and healthcare outcomes. In addition, several faculty members received Tier 1 awards to support interdisciplinary research, including Jamie Ladge, Zhenyu Liao, Sheila Puffer, and Gary Young. Also, Barbara Larson received a corporate gift to support her research on employee engagement and retention in the post-COVID age of remote and hybrid work.

Professional activities are another indicator of our research productivity and impact. Our faculty continue to increase their professional presence through editorial appointments at top business journals and other professional appointments. Examples include Mary Kate Dodgson serving on the editorial board of Contemporary Accounting Research, Mary Steffel serving on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Marketing Research, Nicole Boyson serving on the board of directors of the Eastern Finance Association, Cynthia Lee joining the Academy of Management Fellows Group, and Tim Rupert serving on the Board of Directors of the American Accounting Association (AAA) as the director focusing on segments.

Our faculty also continue to lead various internal initiatives related to our research reputation and impact on the world. Examples include the DATA Initiative led by Koen Pauwels and Yakov Bart, the Center for Emerging Markets directed by Ravi Ramamurti, and the Fintech Initiative led by several members of the Finance Group.

Teaching and serving our students is paramount to our mission. Our faculty and staff continue to work hard and innovate on this front, but let's not forget the importance of our research mission as we strive to be a leading business school within a major research university. Our faculty have worked very hard to maintain our research presence and impact despite COVID disruptions, and we are well-positioned to execute on future research growth. A heartfelt thank you to the whole faculty community for their dedication to research and professional presence during a trying time.

To quote Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘it will be happier.'” While 2021 was a challenging year, it was also an admirable one, considering how we collectively responded to the challenges. I'm excited about what 2022 has in store for D'Amore-McKim and am confident it will be even happier. It will be a particularly special year as we ramp up our efforts to celebrate 100 years of experience-powered learning and high-impact research. We also have the exciting prospect of finding and welcoming a new Dunton Family Dean. I'm confident we will all have a part in making it a good year.

Wishing everyone a joyful holiday break and a happy new year! Looking forward to spring semester 2022.


Emery Trahan
Interim Dean
D'Amore-McKim School of Business