Ph D, Harvard University, Economics, 1978.
BA, Harvard College, Applied Mathematics, 1974.
GSM PL845 M1
Improving Your Decisions
My responsibilities in the first six months as Department Chair have been considerable. These come in three categories: 1. Course Planning and Staffing. In 2014/2015, the finance department had 108 sections to staff - by far the most of any department in the School. Because of continuing leaves of full-time faculty (Albuqurque, Bodie, Nowotny) and the continuing expansion of undergraduate finance sections, the numbers of sections needing staffing have been considerable: 4 sections on short notice in the Fall and 9 sections in the Spring. This meant working with Rob Dixon to lure full-time teaching faculty (Cornelia Newell) to teach finance, persuading Katherine Griner and David Griswold to teach extra finance sections, converting John Devoy to a full-time teaching appointment, hiring returning adjuncts (Hamid and Devine) and hiring 4 new adjunct instructors. This was a laborious process. For instance, in the quest for an instructor to teach FE 427 (International Financial Management), I contacted colleagues at four business schools and economics departments, and contacted or interviewed a half dozen candidates before finding a suitable instructor. I also undertook the unpleasant but necessary task of firing Mark Dietrich before the Spring semester because of his unacceptable teaching. Given the continuing need for hiring new adjuncts, I created a kind of "guide" for new instructors addressing: logistics (course packets, SMG Tools, what to expect and plan for during the semester), course related information (grading , giving exams, and so on), and implementing videocapture of their classes. 2. Math Finance Revision. The expansion and curriculum revision of the Math Finance Program presents an important opportunity for the School. I worked continually as a bridge between the revision plan conceived by Professors Rindisbacher and Detemple and one which would be economically feasible for the School. In this last respect, I worked closely with Deans Golden-Biddle and Freeman to move a balanced, comprehensive, and comprehensible revision plan forward. The current plan has been well-received by the Doctoral PDC, the Chair, and will go before the FPC and full faculty this Spring. I am now involved with the Dean’s Office in the necessary faculty appointments to man the expanded program starting in Fall 2015. 3. General: With the help of Jane McGillicuddy, I've kept a close eye on the limited departmental budget. By the way, Maria Anderson has been very helpful in adjusting Jane’s work hours to reflect the time she spent in the Fall taking on certain Math Finance administrative tasks. With course coordinator Ted Chadwick, I've monitored Yunjeen Kim’s first-time teaching of FE 323. Though her student numerical evaluations show room for improvement (basically students call for more class interaction), her sections performed exactly at the overall class average on the course exams. Among the most enjoyable activities was hosting the scholarship lunch in honor of Jack Aber. There have been many, many requests to vet finance offerings in international programs (mainly the UK, Italy, and Spain) for SMG students to take when studying abroad. I’ve worked with Bill Linseman to develop and vet an Entertainment Finance elective course in BU’s Los Angeles program. Though I and the Senior members of the Department spend time and effort on Rui Albuquerque’s promotion case, the disappointing outcome was that it lacked sufficient core letters to go forward.
Samuelson, W. F., Group Decision and Negotiation, Editorial Board Member, International, Standing Editorship (Edited Multiple Publications), Appointed, Academic. (January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2015).
As Game Theory editor, I review and make publication decisions for 6-10 submitted manuscripts per year.
Executive MBA Teaching Award. (1996).