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Current and Formers Ph.D. Students

Current PhD Students




Min Geiger joined the Management PhD program (Organizational Behavior; OB) in Fall 2017. Min’s program of research focuses on stigmatized individuals’ psychological experience at work and creating an inclusive workplace. Her work has been published in Group & Organization Management and presented in several premier management and industrial and organizational psychology annual meetings. Min received the 2020 Management Department PhD Student Research Award


  • PhD Candidate, Management, West Virginia University
  • MPA, Public Administration, University of Kansas
  • BA, Public Administration (minor: Sociology), Magna Cum Laude , Ewha Womans University


Geiger, M., Lee, J., & Geiger, M. K . (2019). The power of negative disposition: An examination of trait and state negative affect with OCBI and OCBO, Group & Organization Management, 44 (6): 1136-1172

Conference Papers/Proceedings

Geiger, M. K., Oxarart, R. A., & Houghton, J. D. (November 2019). What school are you from? Stereotype threat due to institutional prestige. Southern Management Association Annual Meeting. Norfolk, VA.

Field, J. G., Geiger, M. K., Bosco, F., Uggreslev, K., & Kraichy, D. (April 2019). Global effect benchmarks: Assessing culture, region, and country differences. The Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). National Harbor, MD.

Geiger, M. K. & Geiger, M. (August 2018). Gender, justice, and trust in supervisor: A moderated mediation model predicting OCB. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.


  • MANG 422 Individual & Organization
  • MANG 434 Business Research Methods




Alanna Hirshman joined the PhD Program in Management in Fall 2015. Her specialization is in Strategic Management. Alanna’s research focuses on perceptions of firm behavior and how firms manage these perceptions through interactions with key stakeholders. The phenomena Alanna studies include organizational crisis management, social evaluations (e.g., social approval, reputation, organizational stigma, and firm celebrity), corporate social responsibility, and the role of media (e.g., press releases, social media, and traditional news publications). Alanna’s research is primarily anchored in sensemaking and sensegiving, signaling theory, and stakeholder theory.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Strategic Management, John Chambers College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University
  • B.S., Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management, Frostburg State University
  • B.S., Economics with a concentration in Business Administration, Frostburg State University

Conference Presentations

Hirshman, A. M., Dawley, D. D., & Zachary, M. A. 2018. A Strategic Perspective to Crisis Management: How Stakeholder Sensegiving Influences Firm Sensemaking and Crisis Response. Strategic Management Society’s 38th Annual Conference; Paris, France.

Hirshman, A. M., Bowers, L., & Houghton, J. 2018. Is Blood Thicker Than Water? How Crisis Type and Severity Influence Organizational Commitment and Turnover Intention. Western Academy of Management; Salt Lake City, Utah.


Alanna enjoys teaching Strategic Management, Business Ethics, and International Business. Currently, Alanna is teaching her third section of Contemporary Business Strategy (BCOR 460) to college seniors. Her class sizes typically range from 30 to 45 students. Average student evaluations of Alanna’s teaching range from 4.61 to 4.81 out of 5.00.




Luke Langlinais joined the PhD Program in Management in Fall 2017. His research specialization is in Organizational Behavior. He received his MBA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and spent the last decade working in healthcare administration. His experiences in management inspired him to explore how social influence functions within the organization. Luke presently researches the antecedents and consequences of social networks in organizations, and his main research interests lie in leader-member exchange and interpersonal trust development and repair. When he is not on campus, Luke can be found adventuring with his wife and four children.


  • Ph.D. Student, Business Administration, Management (OB), West Virginia University
  • M.B.A., Healthcare Administration, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, May 2012
  • B.S., Business Administration, Marketing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, May 2007

Conference Presentations

Field, J., Geiger, M. K., Langlinais, L., List, S., & Bosco, F. (2018). A metaBUS analysis of gender differences in common I-O topics over the last 35 years. The 33rd Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Chicago, IL.

Tomlinson, E., Nelson, C., Langlinais, L. (2018). Causal Attributions and Justice Perceptions: A Cognitive Process Model of Trust Repair. 10th Annual Conference of the First International Network on Trust. St. Gallen, Switzerland.


Luke currently teaches a 400-level Organizational Behavior class at the individual level of analysis.




Richard Oxarart joined the PhD program in Management in Fall 2018. His research interests lie in the area of Organizational Behavior / Human Resources. Specifically, he studies how to motivate employees in training and development contexts. He is interested in employee motivation pre-training, within training, and post-training. Currently, he is researching the effects of the level of firm specificity of training content on training motivation and participation as mediated by the concept of motivation-to-learn. Richard is also interested in the creation and validation of personnel selection methods.

MBA, Human Resource Management Focus, Illinois State University, 2014 – 2016

B.S., Psychology & Management, Illinois State University, 2013 – 2016

A.A., General Studies, Heartland Community College, 2011 – 2013

Teaching interests

Richard is interested in teaching undergraduate or graduate-level courses in topics such as, organizational behavior, human resource management, and strategic management.




Chris joined the Ph.D. Program in Management in the Fall of 2019. His research interests include: leader selection, affect, labor relations in higher education, and workplace spirituality. He is currently exploring mindfulness as a component of workplace spirituality and the implications for organization behavior.


M.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, John Chambers College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University

M.B.A., John Chambers College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University B.A., Christian Studies, Alderson Broaddus College


Carnes, A., Houghton, J. D., Ellison, C. N. “What Matters Most in Leader Selection? The Role of Personality and Implicit Leadership Theories,” Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, 2015, 36:4, 360-379.

Krishnakumar, S., Houghton, J. D., Neck, C. P., Ellison, C.N., “The ‘Good’ and the ‘Bad’ of Spiritual Leadership: Toward a Spiritual Contingency Model,” Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 2014, 12:1, 1-21.

Houghton, J. D., Carnes, A., Ellison, C. N. “A Cross-Cultural Examination of Self-Leadership: Testing for Measurement Invariance across Four Cultures,” Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, November 2014, 21, 414-430.

Bucklew, N., Ellison, C. N., Houghton, J. D. “Shared Governance and Academic Collective Bargaining in American Higher Education: A Potential Model for U.S. Participation in the Global Experience of Works Councils and Codetermination,” Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy, 2013, 4, 1-13.

Bucklew, N., Houghton, J. D., Ellison, C. N., “Faculty Union and Faculty Senate Co Existence: A Review of the Impact of Academic Collective Bargaining on Traditional Academic Governance,” Labor Studies Journal, December 2012, 37, 373-390.


Chris’s teaching interests include: Business Math, Accounting 1, Business Law, Personal Development, Spreadsheet Applications (Microsoft Excel), Human Relations, and Intro to Computer Applications (Microsoft Office). He is teaching BCOR 370 Managing Individuals and Teams for Fall 2019.




Anja Fessmann joined the PhD program in Strategic Management in Fall 2019. Her research interests lie in the area of International Strategic Management and Corporate Social Activism (CSA). Currently, she is researching cross-fertilization between CSA, CSR, Social Marketing & PIC (Public Interest Communication). She has two children and still loves to read in her free time. as opportunity for Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility


  • Master of Business Administration (1999 – 2003)
    • University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Germany
    • Master’s Thesis: Tools of Risk Management as Part of a Global Expansion Strategy – A Siemens Power Generation Services Case Study; Chair: Prof. Dr. Rainer Voss
  • Studies in German & International Law (1997 – 1999)
    • Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • Studies in Literature & History of Science (1995 – 1997)
    • Technical University Berlin, Germany

Conference Presentations/Posters

  • Fessmann, J., Fessmann, A. & Griffin, L. (2019). The spiral model of public interest communications. Proceedings of the 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference 2019 “Communication Beyond Boundaries”, Washington, DC.
  • Fessmann, J., & Fessmann, A. (2019, March). The country expansion checklist as a risk management tool in strategic global MNC expansion. Proceedings of the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference 2019, Orlando, FL.
  • Fessmann, J., & Fessmann, A. (2019, March). Don’t force Germans to smile - Crisis communications lessons from Walmart’s failed expansion into Europe. Proceedings of the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference 2019, Orlando, FL.

Guest Lectures

International Marketing

  • Ø 2019, March. In MANG 360 (001) - International Business
    (Margrit Blakely), John Chambers College of Business & Economics,
    West Virginia University , Morgantown, WV
  • Ø 2019, March. In MANG 360 (002) - International Business
    (Margrit Blakely), John Chambers College of Busin ess & Economics,
    West Virginia University , Morgantown, WV
  • Ø 2018, April. In ADV4400 International and Cross-Cultural Advertising
    (Aqsa Bashir), College of Journalism and Communications,
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Integrated Communications and Global Structures

  • 2019, February. In STCM 215 Intro to Strategic Communications
    ( Dr. Jasper Fessmann), Reed College of Media,
    West Virginia University , Morgantown, WV
  • 2018, February. In PUR 4800 Public Relations Campaigns
    (Jasper Fessmann), College of Journalism and Communications,
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Integrated Global Logistics

  • 2011, Summer. NI 3015 International Logistics and Distribution Channels
    ( J asper Fessmann), Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) & Technical University of Berlin Summer Program




Oleksandr Tsaruk joined the PhD program in Management in Fall 2019. His research interests lie in the area of Strategic Management. Peculiarly, he studies the phenomenon of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in regards to digital platforms and connected business models and Innovation Management. He is interested in distribution-channel strategies and agile pricing in the pharmaceutical digital e-health platforms. In the same time, he is willing to learn more about Behavioral Economics and Bayesian methods. Currently, he is learning contemporary theories and methods of scientific research in the field of Strategic Management, and eager to adapt the new method of strategic pathfinding, for businesses which face digital transformation, within the paradigm of logical positivism.


  • MBA in Innovation Management,
    École des Ponts Business School, ParisTech (Grande École), (Magna Cum Laude), 2017 – 2018
    University of Malta, Cybersecurity (10 ECTS), 2018
  • Candidate of Science in Statistics,
    Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
    Dissertation: Statistical Analysis and Estimation of Government Debt.
    (Summa Cum Laude), 2005 – 2008
  • MS in Accounting,
    Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
    (Summa Cum Laude), 2003 – 2005
  • BS in Accounting,
    Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
    (Summa Cum Laude), 1999 – 2003

Teaching interests

Philosophy of Research, Strategic Management

Teaching experience:

Teaching Assistant: Methodology of Scientific Research, Theory of Statistics. 2006 – 2009,

Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University




(graduation expected in August 2019)

Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University


Huaizhong joined the PhD Program in Management in Fall 2014 and is currently on the job market. She completed her Bachelor and Master degree in Applied Psychology in China and had research experience in Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship in Singapore. Huaizhong also had management consulting experience in Talent Management and Leadership Development for the multinational corporations in the manufacturing and insurance industries. Huaizhong's primary research interest focuses on how people’s agentic behavior impacts and is impacted by others embedded in the institutional context of organizations.


  • Ph.D. Candidate (Organizational Behavior), West Virginia University, the United States
  • Master Degree in Education (Applied Psychology), Shenyang Normal University, China
  • Bachelor Degree in Science (Applied Psychology), Shenyang University, China

Conference Papers/Proceedings

Knotts, K., Chen, H., & Houghton, J. (October, 2016). A meta-analytic study on self-leadership. Southern Management Association (SMA) Conference. Tampa, Florida, United States.

Chen, H. & Goodman, J. S. (August, 2015). Will proactive employees always engage in voice behaviors? The moderating roles of humble leadership and supervisory status. Academy of Management (AOM) Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Sun, S., Chen, H., & Song, Z. (April, 2013). Conscientiousness as a moderator of within-person level self-efficacy effects. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Conference. Houston, Texas, United States.


Sun, S. & Chen, H. (2017). Is political behavior a viable coping strategy to organizational politics? Unveiling the underlying resource dynamics. Journal of Applied Psychology , 102(10), 1471-1482.

Sun, S., Chen, H., & Song, Z. (2016). Cross-level moderating effects of conscientiousness on within-person relationships of self-efficacy to effort allocation. Human Performance , 29, 447-459.


Huaizhong's teaching interests include Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Introduction to Statistics. She has taught courses on Organizational Behavior (MANG 422) and Survey of Management (BUSA 320) at WVU. The class size ranges from 26 to 47. Huaizhong’s average teaching evaluations range from 4.60 to 4.85 out of 5.00.



Assistant Professor at Boise State University, ID

Karen graduated from the Management Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University in 2018. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Management at Boise State University. Her research interests focus on inter-firm networks, examining firms’ collections of alliances. Networks are examined for their role in the mobility of resources, including knowledge resources and social resources such as status. Karen has recently been selected to participate in a pilot for the Center for Transformative Research at Boise State University.


Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University, NC

Drew Carnes was B&E’s first-ever Ph.D. business management graduate (here pictured at December 21st 2015 graduation ceremony).


Workplace bullying, team learning, recruitment, work stress, leadership

See Dr. Carnes’s Google Scholar profile:



Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University, GA

Curtis graduated from the Management Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University in 2017. His areas of specialization include alliances and inter-organizational relationships, human capital, business plan and business planning.

Curtis has presented research at several conferences and won the Journal of Small Business Management Best Paper in Public Policy at the 2015 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His research has also been published in multiple outlets, including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

See Curtis R. Sproul’s profile at


Assistant Professor at Marshall University, WV

Kevin graduated from the Management Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University in 2018. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Management and Health Care Administration Division at the Lewis College of Business. He teaches topics such as human resource management, negotiations, and related topics in management. His research investigates individual motivation, specifically through the use of self-leadership strategies to better accomplish tasks, goals, etc. Kevin’s scholarly work has been published in a variety of academic journals, including Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal.

See Kevin Knotts’s profile at