All the new professors from America’s top business schools in 2022
For Sa-kiera TJ Hudson, Berkeley is where she was always meant to be – even if her first visit there didn’t exactly go as planned.
Hudson joined the faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley this fall; she will be teaching the school’s core course on diversity, equity and inclusion in the spring. But long before earning her doctorate in social psychology from Harvard in 2020, when she was an undergraduate at Williams College in 2010, she spent a formative summer at UC-Berkeley studying cultural psychology.
At least she was supposed study cultural psychology. The summer didn’t start well when his adviser left for China shortly after they met, never to return. But by chance, a graduate coordinator offered her literature on power dynamics that changed the course of her career.
“I happened to be reading about intergroup relations because I wanted to do a dissertation in psychology,” Hudson says. Poets&Quants. “Reading these two literatures together made me realize that when psychologists and other people talk about identity, they tend to talk about it almost from a cultural perspective. We can talk about stereotypes, different ways people see the world, etc. – but all the ways that people who have a marginalized identity think, behave and act are very similar to people who have low power. Which made me realize that identity is an example of power hierarchies. Race, gender and religion are examples of power hierarchies. And I wanted to study that for the rest of my life: the psychological processes involved in the formation, maintenance, and intersections of hierarchy.
“I never really stopped studying that.”
239 NEW FACULTIES IN THE TOP 26 OF AMERICAN B-SCHOOLS THIS FALL
Hudson is one of 239 professors and instructors teaching MBA courses at new schools this year, nearly 50 more than in 2021 and the most since 2018. For 147 of them – 61.5% – c t is the first time they have taught MBAs.
The number of faculty hired by top schools has fluctuated wildly over the years, seemingly unaffected by larger forces like pandemics and recessions. In 2016, Poets&Quants counted 143 new faculty – from full professors to guest lecturers – at the top 20 schools. In 2017, this number increased to 198 in 24 schools. The following year, 2018, there were an incredible 277 hires from the top 27 schools, including P&Qamong the top 25. Among them were 168 whose full-time teaching positions were the first of their careers, or 65%, compared to 57% of the total the previous year. In 2019, there were 198 new professors in total at the top 25 schools, including 135 – 68%, more than two-thirds – for whom the new job was also their first job teaching MBAs.
Then, in the fall of 2020, when most classes were virtual, 181 professors, instructors, lecturers and other new faces joined the 25 top-ranked U.S. B schools. At the height of the pandemic, of these 181 new hires, 62% were new to the classroom, whether new PhDs or from the corporate/startup world. Sixty-nine professors in total had previous MBA teaching experience.
Which brings us to last year. In 2021, as the world began to emerge from the pandemic mantle, 190 new visiting professors joined the top 26 business schools in the United States. One hundred and twenty new hires, or 63%, were in their first teaching position; 70 were more familiar with the rigors of the MBA classroom.
MANAGEMENT IS ONCE AGAIN THE N°1 DISCIPLINE FOR RECRUITMENT
In 2021, Harvard Business School led all B schools with 30 new hires; after HBS, Chicago Booth was next with 21, followed by USC Marshall School of Business with 16 and Stanford GSB with 15. No school this year is close to hiring as many as HBS in 2021. Stanford leads all schools with 21 hires, Booth is second with 18, USC again hired 16 new faculty, and Columbia Business School and HBS had 14 each. Overall this year, 11 schools in the top 26 reported double-digit faculty hires.
In 2021, only one school, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, reported no new hires; this year, every school has hired at least one new faculty member — and in the case of the Ross School, exactly one: Ruslan Momot, a technology and operations professor who earned his Ph.D. and MSc in Technology and Operations Management from INSEAD, and who came to Ross from Northwestern Kellogg.
The most represented discipline in 2021 was management, with 32 professors in the field, followed by finance (29), marketing (19), accounting (18), operations (18), strategy (15 ), entrepreneurship (11) and economics. (new). In 2022, there are 60 professors or instructors whose discipline includes some form or reference to management, 45 in finance, 35 in marketing, 27 in economics, 25 in operations, 18 in accounting and 17 in strategy. Twelve are in entrepreneurship and nine in organizational behavior.
“LET’S MAKE SURE THE AIR IS CLEAN FOR EVERYONE”
Sa-kiera Hudson, who works in the Haas School’s Organizations Management group, will teach the Berkeley Haas Basic DEI course in the spring. This is the second iteration of a DEI course at Berkeley; last year it was an intensive two-day workshop. “Now we’re expanding it to seven to eight weeks with the goal — at least that’s my goal — of making it a semester-long course,” Hudson said. P&Q.
The real goal, she adds, is to go beyond the buzzword “DEI”.
“We all know DEI, it’s a buzzword, everyone uses it,” she says. “But I’m not a hundred percent sure that everyone has the meat behind the word to then use it flexibly as a tool, rather than just, ‘Hey, I said DEI. That’s enough , is not it ?
“I hope the course leads people to recognize: the air around us, the air we breathe, which we assume to be the same everywhere, is not. People live in places where the air is polluted. And if you don’t live in that place, you never think about it. Because not only do you not think about the air, but your air is good too. So it’s really about getting people to have the tools to think that way so that, in their own organizations or in their own practices, they can start to take a more proactive approach: “Hey, let’s make sure the air is good for everyone.” ”
See the following pages for complete lists of the 239 new faculty from the top 26 business schools, including discipline area, where they last taught, and where they studied.