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Recruitment drive launched to strengthen learning and teaching environment

11 Feb 2014

The University of Sydney Business School has launched a major recruitment drive which will ultimately see around 40 new appointments to "strategically significant" positions across a number of key disciplines.

Up to nine of the appointments will be at professor level.

The new staff will strengthen the Business School's teaching capacity in accounting, finance, digital transformation, strategy and organisational behaviour.

"We are appointing high quality recruits who will greatly enhance our program delivery and strengthen our international standard research," said Co-Dean Professor David Grant. "This is essential if we are to remain a cutting edge provider of business education and scholarship."

After existing vacancies are filled, Professor Grant says the new recruits would boost overall permanent staff numbers to over 200.

New staff members recruited so far include:

  • Dr Shumi Akhtar who joins as a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Finance. Shumi was previously a senior lecturer in finance at the Australian National University.
  • Associate Professor Jamie Alcock in the Discipline of Finance. Jamie joins from the University of Cambridge where he specialised in real estate finance.
  • Dr Amy Kwan joins as a lecturer in the Discipline of Finance. Amy was previously an associate lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
  • Sean Foley< has been appointed as a lecturer in the Discipline of Finance. Sean recently completed his PhD at the University of Sydney.
  • Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia joins the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies. Behnam was previously the Director of the Supply Chain Management program at the University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Dr Sebastian Boell joins as a lecturer in the Discipline of Business Information Systems. Sebastian was previously a Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Canberra.
  • Dr Anya Johnson who will join the Business School's Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies as a lecturer. Dr Johnson has been recruited from the University of New South Wales.

"We fully expect that these talented people will make an exceptional contribution to the Business School this year and beyond," concluded Co-Dean Professor Tyrone Carlin. "We also believe that they will further enhance our capacity to contribute value to business, government and the community."

There are currently more than 6,700 students enrolled in the various Business School programs, including a Master of Management course ranked in the world's top 50 by the Financial Times and a Global Executive MBA considered the best of its kind in Australia by the AFR's BOSS Magazine.