New Faces: Schulich welcomes four faculty members

The Schulich School of Business at York University welcomes four new faculty members this fall: Professors Charles Cho, Avis Devine, Brent Lyons and Gregory D. Saxton.

“The Schulich School of Business is proud to welcome these leading management scholars and professors to join our world-renowned faculty,” said Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth.

Charles Cho

Charles Cho

Charles Cho joins Schulich as a professor of accounting and Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability. He holds a bachelor of science in accounting, a master of science in accounting, and a PhD in business administration (accounting track) from the University of Central Florida. He has also worked for KPMG LLP and other public accounting firms in auditing and taxation.

His research interests include social and environmental accounting; corporate social responsibility; and accounting and the public interest. He has published papers in leading academic journals, including Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Critical Perspectives on Accounting; European Accounting Review; and Journal of Business Ethics. He has also contributed chapters to several books. He has presented his work at national and international conferences, including the American Accounting Association’s Annual Meeting; the Canadian Academic Accounting Association; the European Accounting Association’s Annual Congress; and the International Congresses on Social and Environmental Accounting Research.

He currently serves as an accounting section co-editor for the Journal of Business Ethics and as an associate editor for Accounting and the Public Interest and Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards for 14 other academic journals. He is regularly invited as plenary keynote speaker at international conferences and is actively involved in the academic community as a Council member of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research and as Chair of the International Associates Committee.

He has taught financial and managerial accounting courses and has designed some CSR/sustainability and business ethics courses at the undergraduate and graduate (MBA, MSc, PhD) levels as well as for executive education programs for corporate managers.

Avis Devine

Avis Devine

Avis Devine is an associate professor of real estate with the new Brookfield Centre for Real Estate and Infrastructure at the Schulich School of Business. Previously, Devine was an assistant professor of real estate with University of Guelph’s College of Business and Economics. Prior to her academic career, she was the assistant vice-president in charge of commercial real estate underwriting and valuation for Dollar Bank, FSB in Pittsburgh, PA.

Devine has a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, where she majored in financial economics, business administration and music (piano); an MBA from Duquesne University with a concentration in management; and a PhD in finance from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include sustainable and energy-efficient real estate; commercial real estate; multi-family housing; institutions; and emerging markets.

She has earned several research awards, including the 2016 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award for Best Paper on Sustainability. Her doctoral dissertation was recognized with the 2014 Aareal Award of Excellence in Real Estate Research. Her sustainable real estate research has received much industry support, including consultative research funded by private investors and major corporations, and a grant from the European Public Real Estate Association. Her work has been featured in The Globe and Mail; Financial Post; Business Mirror; Commercial Property Executive; and Business in Vancouver. Her blend of industry experience and topical academic research makes her an in-demand executive educator, and she has been featured in The New York Times on the topic of real estate education.

Brent Lyons

Brent Lyons

Brent Lyons is an assistant professor of organization studies at the Schulich School of Business. Prior to joining York University, Lyons was an assistant professor of management and organization studies at Simon Fraser University.

He received his PhD in organizational psychology at Michigan State University in 2013. His research involves the study of stigma in organizations and how individuals with stigmatized social identities, such as disability, navigate their work and relationships to reduce consequences of stigma. Lyons has published his work in several top-tier journals, including Academy of Management Review; Journal of Applied Psychology; Journal of Management; and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

His research has been supported by multiple grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and he has received a number of research awards, most recently from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. He also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Gregory D. Saxton

Gregory Saxton

Gregory D. Saxton is an assistant professor of accounting at the Schulich School of Business. Previously, he was an associate professor of communication at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), and an associate professor of public administration at SUNY, College at Brockport, and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Singapore Institute of Management.

He has a PhD in political science from Claremont Graduate University (2000) as well as a PhD in accounting from York University (2016). He also has an MA in public policy from Claremont Graduate University, an MA in political science from McGill University, and a BA in political science from the University of Victoria. He has worked for the California state government and as a consultant to non-profit organizations.

Saxton’s research focuses on the role and effects of technology – especially big data and social media – on the flow of information to and from organizations, particularly nonprofit organizations. His research has been widely published in an array of highly ranked business and social science journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society; Journal of Business Ethics; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; Journal of Communication; Public Administration Review; Australian Accounting Review; Information Systems Management; British Journal of Political Science; and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

He also serves on the editorial board of both Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Voluntaristics Review and has won Best Paper Awards from the National Communication Association; the International Communication Association; the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action; and the American Review of Public Administration.