Summer Business Institute Faculty

Summer Business Institute faculty members are among the best teachers in the Cox School's well-ranked MBA and BBA programs.

They have been selected for their specific subject area knowledge and their past success in teaching undergraduates. Each has a broad understanding of the business environment and is skilled in providing practical tools in an engaging manner.

Academic Director Dr. Hemang Desai shares his thoughts about the program:


Hemang Desai, Ph.D., is the Robert B. Cullum Professor of Accounting, and Academic Director of the Summer Business Institute. He teaches intermediate accounting to undergraduates and mergers and acquisitions to graduate business students. His teaching has been recognized with multiple awards in the undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs. He is also the recipient of SMU’s Golden Mustang Outstanding Faculty Award, which honors faculty members for excellence in both scholarship and teaching. Desai’s recent research examines issues related to quality of earnings and the behavior of short sellers. 

Ellen Allen – Dr. Allen is Lecturer in Information Technologies and Operations Management at SMU's Cox School of Business where she teaches operations management, Visual Basic programming and database management. She has taught operations research and computer science at SMU for more than 20 years. Her interests lie in the areas of optimization, mathematical modeling, and computer simulation.

Michael L. Davis, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer of economics and finance in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Davis has written articles focusing on finance and economic theory in the worlds of business, politics and law. Dr. Davis’ works have been published in Managerial and Decision Economics, Public Choice, and the Journal of Law Economics and Organization.

Judy Foxman – Ms. Foxman is Lecturer of Marketing at SMU's Cox School of Business where she teaches undergraduate courses in advertising, promotion, and the fundamentals of marketing. During her years at Cox, she has won several teaching awards and was selected to be included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Prior to joining SMU, she held brand management position in two large corporations.

Dennis Grindle – Mr. Grindle is Director of the Career Management Center at SMU's Cox School of Business. He has spent more than 15 years in MBA career counseling, having previously worked at UCLA, University of Texas at Austin, and Duke University. Earlier in his career he was a college recruiter in the financial industry.

Jerry White – Mr. White is Director of Caruth Institute Entrepreneurship Center at SMU's Cox School of Business where he has taught courses in entrepreneurship for some 30 years. He is chairman of Southwest Venture Forum and founder of Dallas 100 Awards. As a consultant, he specializes in growth-oriented, entrepreneurial businesses.