Dean's Update June 2012

Thought leaders: Marquette Business faculty share their expertise

Marquette Business faculty regularly appear in print and on radio and television to share their expertise with local, regional and national media outlets. From high profile labor disputes to consumer spending to the European financial crisis, our professors have taken their research and classroom discussions to the masses, helping journalists tell meaningful business stories.

“The media are important drivers of public opinion,” says Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics and one of Marquette’s most sought-after experts. “For that reason they need credible, reliable and responsive sources. Academics possess expertise in certain areas and are generally viewed to be credible by the general public. By sharing their expertise, academics can help to ensure that an informed and balanced voice is included in a debate that involves public interest.”

Each month, we feature a few “Faculty in the News” items. Here are just some of the highlights from the past year.

  • College news
  • Faculty in the news
  • Research Spotlight
  • Featured alumni

Economics professor Daniels earns second Fulbright award

Joseph Daniels, professor of economics, will be the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Governance and Public Policy in the political science department at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. This is Daniels’ second Fulbright award – his first was in the International Relations Program at the University of Toronto. Over the next academic year, he will study U.S. and Canadian residents’ attitudes toward trade, immigration and foreign direct investment policies post-9/11.

Marquette Business congratulates retiring faculty members

The close of the 2011-12 academic year brought the retirements of four Marquette Business faculty members. We extend our congratulations to each of them on their academic careers and their long service (125 years combined) to Marquette University and the College of Business Administration.







Abdur Chowdhury, professor and chair of economics, discussed the Greek election results, which may determine whether Greece will stay within the European Union.

Mark Eppli, professor and Bell Chair in Real Estate, discussed commercial development trends and said new apartment construction remains the strongest product segment within the industry.

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, commented on the top issue in Wisconsin’s historic recall election: the final job numbers released by the government.

David Clark, professor of economics, spoke about the increase in home sales from 2011 to 2012. "It's still certainly a buyer's market, but with that said, to be able to have volume up at that sustained pace for the full five months of the year, I think, is a good sign," he said.



The FDI Effect

Economics professor Grace Wang examines the effects of foreign direct investment on host countries.

Read the full research profile online.





MBA alumnus McDowell named CFO of The Washington Group of Northwestern Mutual

Matthew McDowell, a 2011 alumnus of Marquette Business’ Graduate School of Management, has been named CFO of The Washington Group of Northwestern Mutual, based in McLean, Va.

Most recently, McDowell served in a full-time position as a regional financial consultant to Northwestern Mutual at its corporate headquarters in Milwaukee. In this role, he worked with Northwestern Mutual managing partners across the country on early productivity, financial management and operations.

The Washington Post profiled McDowell on June 12, 2012.