Like many of her colleagues, Lalin Anik is looking forward to getting back in front of a classroom this fall after more than a year of intermittent in-person instruction.

But like nearly 180 others teaching in business schools this year, when Anik opens her first class of the 2021-2022 school year, it will be on a new campus, in a new MBA program. That’s almost the identical number who started new jobs in the fall of 2020.

Many are new to the classroom. Anik is not. She earned her doctorate in marketing from Harvard Business School in 2011 and began her career as a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University, after which came a hugely successful six years teaching at Virginia’s Darden School of Business. This fall she’s teaching at Columbia Business School in New York City, on a new faculty and a new campus with new students — and “October can’t come soon enough!” she tells Poets&Quants.

“I am very excited to meet my students at Columbia, get to know them and start a new journey, shoulder-to-shoulder, heart-to-heart to tackle big, interesting, and important business problems together,” Anik says. “When I imagine being with them, delving into the unknown and uncertainty with curiosity and resilience, I get goosebumps.”


Columbia Business School marketing professor Lalin Anik

Lalin Anik is one of 183 new and visiting professors at the top 25 business schools in the United States this fall, a list that includes dozens of noteworthy scholars and several academic celebrities. Columbia, where Anik will teach the Marketing core to MBA students beginning next month, welcomed four other new hires; Harvard Business School, her alma mater, led all schools with 30 new faculty.

How does 2021 compare to recent years? Last fall, when most classes were virtual, 181 professors, instructors, lecturers, and other new faces joined the 25 highest-ranked U.S. B-schools. But that means the last two years have actually been a minor slump in faculty hiring at B-schools: In 2016, Poets&Quants counted 143 new profs — from full professors to guest lecturers — at the top 20 schools. In 2017, that number grew to 198 at 24 schools. The next year, in 2018, looking at the top 27 schools — including P&Q’s top 25 — there were 277. Among them were 168 whose full-time teaching jobs were the first in their career, or 65%, up from 57% of the previous year’s total. And in 2019, there were 198 total new professors at the top 25 schools, including 135 for whom the new job was also their first job teaching MBAs. That’s 68% of the total — more than two-thirds.

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Last year, of the 181 new hires, 62% were new to the classroom, whether newly minted Ph.D.s or hailing from the corporate/startup world. Sixty-nine total professors had previous MBA teaching experience. Compare that to this year: 117 of the new hires, or 64%, are in their first teaching position; 66 are familiar with the rigors of the classroom.

After HBS, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business was next on the list of most new hires with 21, followed by USC Marshall School of Business with 16, and Stanford Graduate School of Business with 15. One school, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, had no new hires this year. By far the discipline most represented was management, with 32 faculty in the field, followed by finance (26), marketing (19), accounting (17), operations (17), strategy (14), entrepreneurship (11), and economics (nine). Among the stars: one of Forbes‘ “Most Influential CMOs in the World,” David Edelman, teaching a marketing course at Harvard; and George Osborne, Britain’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer, teaching “High-Stakes Decision Making” at Stanford. See all the names and details on pages 2-4; see pages 3-4 for some of the most interesting names at the front of MBA classrooms this year.


Lalin Anik may not be a luminary in the same way as George Osborne or David Edelman. But she is the only former Poets&Quants Professor of the Year to change schools this fall. And compared to most of her peers and colleagues switching employers, for Anik, the change is nothing compared to what she’s already experienced.

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Anik left home at 17 with the support of parents who recognized that she would never be able to achieve her full potential in her home country. “They really pushed me to move,” she told P&Q in 2019. “They said, ‘Turkey is not going to do well in the next 15 to 20 years. Go and do other things in the world.’”

In 2002, Anik came to the U.S. as a teenager study at Brandeis University. Two years later, she was a research lab assistant for a marketing professor at London Business School. After graduating from Brandeis magna cum laude with a degree in psychology, Anik landed in the doctorate program at Harvard Business School, where she brought her social science skills to the field of marketing. After earning her Ph.D. from HBS in 2011, with a dissertation on experiments in social networks, she moved to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business as a postdoctoral fellow, working closely with Dan Ariely at The Center for Advanced Hindsight until 2015 when she was hired by Virginia Darden.

Darden Professor Lalin Anik

Darden Professor Lalin Anik

A superstar in the classroom, Professor Lalin Anik poses for a photo with MBA students in her core marketing class at Darden. Anik will teach at Columbia this fall. John Byrne photo


Anik’s time at Darden ended with the coronavirus pandemic still raging. Though the virus has by no means been subdued, she’s eager to get back into the classroom.

In that way, particularly, she echoes her many peers who are teaching this fall — whether in new surroundings or familiar.

“There are two states of being that make me feel particularly alive and in flow: being in water (after having been a swimmer for almost two decades) and being in the classroom,” Anik tells P&Q. “So, teaching online initially felt daunting, as if I didn’t know where I would find my oxygen.

“With the online classes, you take away most of the physical cues and the eye-contact. So, my students and I learned a new language that translated some of those experiences to Zoom. We learned to share our voices even on mute, to slow down and listen in a way we can sense each other through the camera. Research shows that scarcity enhances creativity. We found ways to color our classroom when our brushes were taken away, so to say.

“Now, I am thrilled to go back in the classroom at Columbia (of course, as long as it is safe to do so), to feel in the flow and alive again! I look forward to feeling the room pulsate, rise, fall, hold its breath and rise again. As the ideas, questions, wonderings and analyses transform into learning, the experience is contagious. I have missed that and can’t wait to jump back in with Columbia students!”


At Columbia, Anik will teach the Marketing Core to first-year MBAs this fall. “I think what is interesting about this course is that students from very different backgrounds will ask and try to find answers to intriguing questions about how to create value and good in the world,” she says. “Many students have preconceived ideas about what marketing is and I really enjoy when we can challenge those assumptions and prior beliefs. Through the art and science of marketing, we will design practical solutions and end up at unexpected places!

She will miss Darden, where she taught for six years. “I will fondly remember the times I shared with my students and friends – among which I can count playing sports and competing with my students, sponsoring student initiatives such as the Darden Stories and the Resilience Initiative, both of which, during my time, grew from a concept to an inviting and inclusive space for the community to be, and to empower each other. I have to also mention my colleague Luca Cian, who has been a lovely friend and confidant on this journey. …

“More generally, here is what I am looking forward to at Columbia: Finding a new home through deep, meaningful connections and collaborations with my colleagues and students — for example, starting interesting research projects, learning about my colleagues and students and working with them on DEI and resilience-building initiatives. I believe one must work hard and play hard, so I am also looking forward to playing sports, enjoying arts and literature, and storytelling in my new community.”

See the next pages for complete list of the new faculty at the top 25 U.S. business schools, as well as their disciplines and their previous school taught at/Ph.D. earned from.

Emily Garbinsky of Cornell

Emily Garbinsky is one of the experienced professors who found a new home this fall. After six years teaching undergraduate and MBA students at Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business, Garbinsky begins a new phase of her career in Ithaca, New York, as an associate professor of marketing at Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. She is teaching the MBA marketing core course this fall.

Garbinsky, who earned her PhD in marketing from Stanford in 2015, spent much of the summer familiarizing herself with her new home — the hiking trails, lakes, and wineries of upstate New York — while also saying goodbye to her first higher-education teaching job.

“I feel very fortunate to have started my career at Notre Dame for a few reasons,” Garbinsky tells P&Q. “I think given the Catholic nature of the institution, it had a really big emphasis on community. And not just community as in the faculty, but as in the entire university. And I can say that even though I don’t have a degree from the university or institution, I very much have adopted the pride and the spirit of the school.

“I think my favorite thing about the university was the students and interacting with the students. Something that I’m really thankful for is that Notre Dame had sort of an open door policy to establish connections and friendships with the students. And I became very close with some people that I had in class. I think it is something that’s really special. Hands down the thing I’ll miss is the students, because they were fabulous.”


Garbinsky was drawn to Cornell Johnson for a few reasons. The interdisciplinary nature of the work was a big one.

“One thing about Notre Dame is, I often felt very siloed within the business school,” she says, “and not even within the business school, I felt siloed within my own department. But Cornell is much more collaborative. And it’s collaborative within the Johnson School and even across schools, and I think that’s something that the merger of the Johnson School with the other schools has facilitated. I’m talking to people over in the Dyson School and I’m talking to people in the Hotel School and we’re serving on committees together and we’re getting to know one another and we’re talking. And it’s leading to research projects and potential collaborations and just the resources available at Cornell are astounding.”

The resources she can tap into at an Ivy League school are a huge plus, too.

“They have a statistical consulting unit where you can book an appointment and get advice on a statistical technique that you’re not familiar with,” Garbinsky says. “They have an amazing lab manager, they have several lab spaces on campus, I have an admin that can help me with my course. And these are all things that I had to do myself while I was at Notre Dame.

“Just the resources available for research are astounding. I’m team-teaching the marketing core with two other faculty members that have taught it before, and so it’s really nice to be able to bounce ideas off of them and see how they approach teaching.”


Notre Dame Mendoza conducted much of the 2020-2021 school year in-person, so Garbinsky hasn’t been starved for student contact like many other B-school professors. But it was stressful to teach in a room full of mask-wearers, where proximity is always a concern — something she knows she will still have to contend with at Cornell.

“Notre Dame was pretty adamant about having in-person classes and remaining open, and so I taught in-person in the fall 2020 semester, in a mask of course, and all the students wearing masks,” Garbinsky says. “It was an interesting time, and it was a slightly stressful time, just because at any moment I felt that we could transition online so I had to design a course that could be taught in-person and also remote.

“It was quite stressful, but I think the students were really appreciative of being able to come back to campus and take classes in person. We made it through.”

She says in-person teaching is immeasurably better for the students.

“It was definitely stressful, but I think that it was the best thing the university could have done,” she says. “I think the students definitely learned more being on the campus in the classroom than they would have being remote.”

A new lineup of professors is welcoming MBA students across the top 25 campuses in the United States this fall — and Harvard hired more than any other elite school


David Edelman, Harvard Business School: A sought-after advisor on digital transformation and marketing strategy, David developed foundational business concepts such as ‘The Customer Decision Journey,’ and ‘Segment-of-One Marketing.’ Most recently, he guided Aetna (now part of CVS Health) through becoming a digitally-oriented, customer-centric enterprise. David has been repeatedly recognized by Forbes as one of the ‘Most Influential CMOs in the World,’ and by AdWeek as one of the ‘Top 20 Marketing and Technology Executives.’ His writing and work has attracted over 1.1 million followers to his LinkedIn blog, and he has delivered dozens of keynote presentations at conferences around the world.

David Edelman

Diane Gherson, HBS: In December 2020, Diane retired as an officer of IBM after serving seven years as Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for the people and culture of IBM’s global workforce of 360,000. Ranked #3 on Forbes World’s Best Employer list, IBM is also ranked #3 Best Managed Company by the WSJ/Drucker Institute. During her tenure as CHRO, Diane redesigned all aspects of the company’s people agenda and management systems to support a massive shift in the business portfolio, shaping a culture of continuous learning, innovation and agility. She championed the company’s global adoption of design thinking and agile methods at scale, as examples, driving a company-wide, co-created overhaul of performance management and for designing return to the workplace. Diane infused AI and automation across all HR offerings, resulting in hundreds of millions of annual net benefits, better employee experience and world-class employee engagement. She also achieved record industry-leading diversity results by pioneering non-degree hiring and apprenticeships for software programmers.

George Osborne, Stanford GSB: Osborne served as Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016. During that time, Osborne was a member of the National Security Council, and from 2015 to 2016, he also served as Britain’s First Secretary of State. He is currently the Editor of the Evening Standard, London’s daily newspaper. He is also the Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a not- for-profit organization he created that promotes economic development in the North of England. He is the Kissinger Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and an honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester in the UK. Osborne previously taught at the GSB where he held the role of Dean’s Fellow, and he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2020. Osborne teaches GSBGEN 595, High-Stakes Decision Making.

Frank Ahimaz, MIT: Ahimaz has spent the past 30 years investing globally for some of the world’s leading financial institutions including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Chemical Venture Partners. Most recently he served as the CIO of the Museum of Modern Art and managed a complex portfolio of both long-only and alternative assets including private equity, venture capital, absolute return, credit and real assets along with creating thoughtful currency and interest rate hedging strategies He helped transform MoMA’s endowment into one of the most successful, sophisticated and exciting endowments relative to its $1 billion+ peers.

The former global head of diversity & belonging at Airbnb. Melissa Thomas-Hunt, returns to UVA Darden this year

Melissa Thomas-Hunt, UVA Darden: For Thomas-Hunt, this is a return trip to the Charlottesville, Va., campus. She had served as Global Chief Diversity Officer at Darden until 2017 hen she went to Vanderbilt University as vice provost for inclusive excellence. She rejoins Darden after a near two and one-half year stint as the global head of diversity and belonging at Airbnb. Thomas-Hunt has held Full, Associate and Assistant Professorial roles for over 20 years at schools such as Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, Cornell University, and Washington University in St Louis. Her research and teaching focused on organizational behavior and the factors that unleash, leverage and amplify the talents and contributions made by women and underrepresented individuals. She began her career at IBM as a marketing representative and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

, where she was focused on ensuring that the student community was seen, heard, valued and supported.

David A. Hirshleifer, USC Marshall: David A. Hirshleifer is a world-renowned financial economist and the most recent president of the American Finance Association. He has served as editor of two of the top three finance journals (Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies), has made seminal contributions to several areas in academic finance and economics, and is considered a world leader in social and behavioral finance. His academic record, with some 80 peer-reviewed articles garnering nearly 12,000 SSCI and nearly 50,000 Google scholar citations, places him in the highest echelons of the profession.

Hirshleifer earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UCLA, and his master’s and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He was most recently the Merage Chair in Business Growth and Distinguished Professor of Finance and Economics at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. Before joining UCI in 2006, Hirshleifer obtained tenure at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and held endowed-chaired positions at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.


Carolyn Miles, Virginia Darden: “Miles joins Darden as a Professor of Practice and will also serve in the role of senior adviser to the dean and executive fellow. In addition to teaching, in her role as advisor she will advance Darden partnerships with foundations, advise students and faculty on engagement with the social sector, and bring her executive experience to the community. In 2020, Miles retired as president and CEO of Save the Children, the world’s leading child-focused NGO, after nearly a decade in the role. In the position, she managed key facets of a complex, global humanitarian organization, led a staff of more than 1,700 and helped lead a successful capital campaign as part of the organization’s 100-year anniversary. In 2015, Miles was recognized by Fortune as one of the Top 50 global leaders in the world.”

Barbara Nobles Crawford, UNC Kenan-Flagler: “Dr. Nobles Crawford is an award-winning relationship, results-driven executive who has extensive corporate, entrepreneurial, higher education, healthcare, retail, high technology, government and leadership experience as a consultant and business leader in multinational corporations throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe. She is a highly respected executive coach, organization and leadership development consultant with an exemplary reputation as a business executive in achieving revenue and profit goals. Her strategic and operational experience spans decades across multiple industries and transformational initiatives.

“Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler, Dr. Nobles Crawford was an executive coach and senior organization development consultant in her most recent role at Harvard University, and was an associate adjunct professor in several university MBA/MPA programs. She previously served in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration as assistant secretary of human resources, where she led and managed six agency human resource directors and the executive office HR staff. As CEO of Nobles Crawford & Partners for almost a decade, she consulted with international and domestic Fortune 50 corporations, state and federal governments, entrepreneurs and professional associations on multifaceted initiatives including business operations management, organization development and restructuring, strategic planning, executive development and coaching, employee engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion, change and talent management.”

Brené Brown, Texas McCombs: “Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, and is the host of the weekly Spotify Original podcasts “Unlocking Us” and “Dare to Lead.” Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Her TED talk — “The Power of Vulnerability” — is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with over 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix: The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service in April 2019.

John Gallemore, a 2019 Poets&Quants 40-Under-40 selection, moved from Chicago Booth to UNC Kenan-Flagler. A triple Tar Heel — BSBA, MBAA, Ph.D. — he will be teaching MBA 736 Strategic Cost Analysis and Performance Management in the core.


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