Penn State Smeal welcomes 12 new faculty members

August 20, 2018

The Penn State Smeal College of Business welcomes 12 new members to its faculty this academic year.


Laura Wellman, assistant professor

  • Doctorate: Arizona State University
  • Master’s: Arizona State University
  • Bachelor’s: Arizona State University


Stefan Lewellen, visiting assistant professor

  • Doctorate: Yale University
  • Master’s: Yale University
  • Bachelor’s: University of Texas


Michelle Darnell, clinical assistant professor and director of honor and integrity

  • Doctorate: Purdue University
  • Master’s: Purdue University
  • Bachelor’s: University of San Diego

Jamey Darnell, clinical assistant professor

  • Doctorate: University of Florida
  • Master’s: Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Bachelor’s: Pepperdine University

Jeanette Miller, clinical assistant professor

  • Doctorate: Georgia State University
  • Master’s: Webster University (Austria)
  • Bachelor’s: University of Texas

Ozge Pala, instructor in management

  • Doctorate: Radboud University (The Netherlands)
  • Master’s: Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
  • Bachelor’s: Bogazici University (Hungary)


Stefan Wuyts, professor of marketing

  • Doctorate: Erasmus University (The Netherlands)
  • Master’s: University of Ghent (Belgium)
  • Bachelor’s: Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium)

Ning Zhong, assistant professor of marketing

  • Doctorate: Emory University
  • Master’s: Georgia Tech and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
  • Bachelor’s: Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Steven Putterman, professor of practice and faculty-in-charge of the Actuarial Science Program

  • Previous experience: Vice president of annuity product management at Sun Life Financial
  • Bachelor’s: Penn State


Rashmi Sharma, clinical assistant professor and managing director of Laboratory for Economics, Management and Auctions (LEMA)

  • Doctorate: Penn State University
  • Master’s: Indira Ghandi National Open University (India) and Penn State University
  • Bachelor’s: University of Rajasthan (India)

Mostafa Sabbaghi, visiting assistant professor

  • Doctorate: University at Buffalo
  • Master’s: Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology (Iran)
  • Bachelor’s: Iran University of Science and Technology (Iran)

Hossein Fateh, visiting assistant professor

  • Doctorate: George Mason University and West Virginia University
  • Master’s: George Washington University
  • Bachelor’s: Isfahan University (Iran)

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Last Updated August 20, 2018