Tell us a little bit about your history. Where are you from and how did you end up joining the faculty at the Gatton College?
The management department includes a collection of the top researchers in social network analysis in the world. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join this group. Being at UK has also allowed me to work with other top scholars interested in social networks who are in departments and colleges across campus, like the epidemiology department, sociology department, and the medical school.
What has this position allowed you to do that you wouldn’t have been able to otherwise?
No other university offers the same level of expertise in network analysis and organizations as the University of Kentucky. Our group also helps train others in network theory and methodology. For instance, we host a summer workshop on social network analysis that routinely attracts 150 participants from around the world.
Tell us about your research interests. What are you working on now?
I’m primarily interested in how managers can utilize social network analysis in their organizations to improve the work environment and better compete in the marketplace.
How do you feel your research makes you a better instructor?
I teach a course on business strategy so staying informed about current research on networks and organizations helps me keep my course relevant and valuable to our students.
What do you enjoy most about being a faculty member at the Gatton College?
Our facilities at the Gatton College are second to none, but it is the people and Gatton community of faculty, staff, and students that I enjoy the most.
What is something (personal or professional) that you're most looking forward to?
I always enjoy receiving updates from Gatton grads and learning about the great things they have accomplished in their early careers. Another highlight is watching Gatton students receive their diplomas and celebrate their accomplishments with their family and friends at UK graduation.