Robert F. Scherer (Ph.D., University Mississippi; M.A., University of Redlands; and B.A., Miami University) has served as a professor of management and as an academic administrator for over twenty-five years. Bob’s career in higher education has included assignments as business school dean and interim dean in both private liberal arts universities and comprehensive public universities.
Bob’s portfolio of more than 200 intellectual contributions includes research in the areas of international management, organizational performance, occupational stress, safety management, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurship, research methodology, gender issues in the workplace, and business education. His journal articles have appeared in Academy of Management Executive, Journal of World Business, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of International Management, International Business Review, and, Journal of Management Education among others. For the over ten years he has served as an Executive Editor for the Journal of Social Psychology and has served on a number of editorial boards of academic journals over the years. He has received awards for his research from academic and professional organizations.
In the area of international business education, Bob has directed graduate business programs in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He was principal editor for two editions of the book, A Field Guide to Internationalizing Business Education. Bob has received funding from the Fulbright Commission three times for his work in Chile (Fulbright Senior Scholar, Fulbright Legacy Grant, Fulbright Senior Specialist). He has developed undergraduate, master, and doctoral degree programs in global business in the U.S. and abroad.
Prior to entering an academic career, Bob held managerial positions in the insurance and consumer magazine publishing industries. He has served on the governing boards of more than fifteen organizations in the public (e.g., Greene County Metropolitan Housing Authority) and non-profit (e.g., Professional Examination Service, Cuyahoga Community Land Trust, Human Resource Certification Institute) sectors and has consulted with more than fifty organizations on a variety of performance and strategic issues. Bob is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Assistant to the Dean
I began my professional life as a CPA with one of the Big Four firms (KPMG), shortly after graduating from Texas Tech. I also later practiced law with the San Antonio office of Fulbright & Jaworski. I am proud of both affiliations, and the quality of practice of both firms is exceptional, but I was drawn back to teaching (which I had been doing intermittently since graduating from Texas Tech). I have been a part of the Trinity community since 1988.
Although I have mainly taught in the areas of accounting and auditing, I have had the opportunity to develop several courses on subjects about which I have been rather passionate: ethics, environmental accounting and auditing, and corporate social responsibility. I currently teach a course on the economy of communion, a model of corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. I developed the course several years ago and teach it once a year. My research has centered on auditing, professional practice, accounting education, and corporate social responsibility.
My professional career began as an auditor in public accounting for one of the large international firms. It was an incredibly valuable learning experience that sparked mydesire to educate myself further regarding the complexities of the financial accounting world. While in graduate school, I had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate auditing course. That experience would prove to shape the trajectory of my professional career. I have been teaching for over 20 years, and still look forward to the new faces, as well as the challenges that each semester brings.
(On leave Fall 2017)
Bringing structure out of chaos, both in terms of teaching and my research, is a cornerstone of what I do as an academician. I encourage students to embrace the notion of inquiry as that is the foundation of learning. Having a sound base and structure allows us to think and be constructively creative.
Before joining Trinity in 1984, Robertson was a senior lecturer in Marketing at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His research interests center upon consumer behavior, international marketing, and branding. His publications appear in journals such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Psychology and Marketing, International Marketing Review, and the International Journal of Advertising.
Robertson has served as a marketing consultant to a variety of organizations in the areas of marketing planning and strategy, promotion and marketing research. He has also served as an expert witness in federal and state courts providing testimony regarding trademark and trade dress infringement, likelihood of consumer confusion, unfair competition, and other marketing issues.
Jorge Colazo is an associate professor in Trinity's department of Finance and Decision Sciences. He earned a Ph.D. at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he worked in managerial positions for companies such as Toyota and Unilever and is a sought-after consultant in the areas of lean manufacturing and the Toyota Production System (TPS).
His teaching experience includes undergraduate, graduate and executive education in operations management, supply chain management and quantitative decision methods.
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