JGSB professors accept prestigious roles beyond the hedges

Scott Sonenshein

Alex Butler

Two members of the Jones School faculty have recently accepted new roles in their respective disciplines. Scott Sonenshein, associate professor of management, will join the new editorial team for the Academy of Management Journal as an associate editor July 1. Alex Butler, associate professor of finance, was appointed to the Society for Financial Studies (SFS) Council, a board of directors for the society.

“Both Alex and Scott are outstanding academic researchers. Their prestigious appointments are a strong statement about their peers’ respect for their thought leadership. In each of these roles, they will have important impacts on their respective fields,” said Bill Glick, dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business and H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management.

The Academy of Management Journal (AMJ) is the flagship empirical journal in management, and has been indispensable reading for management scholars for more than five decades. Of his three-year term with the journal, Dr. Sonenshein said, “I am excited to take on this important responsibility that will help advance significant scholarly contributions in management.” Gerry Sanders, professor of strategic management, was a former associate editor of the AMJ, and Anthea Zhang, also professor of strategic management, currently serves as an associate editor. Several other Jones School faculty are on its editorial review board.

Dr. Sonenshein teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership and change management. His research focuses on strategies used by organizations and individuals in the management of change. Prior to joining the Jones School in 2007, he taught at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where he also received his Ph.D. in Management and Organizations.

Dr. Butler’s appointment on the nine-member SFS council will be a one-and-a-half year term initially. The SFS runs the Western Finance Association and SFS Cavalcade conferences and three of the finance field’s top journals: the Review of Financial Studies, the Review of Asset Pricing Studies and the Review of Corporate Finance Studies.

“I’m really looking forward to being an integral part of the organization that manages the top journals and conferences within our discipline,” Dr. Butler said. Council members are charged with control over the journals’ editorial appointments and publication of the journals, allocation of SFS funds, and decisions regarding the association’s conferences.

Dr. Butler holds the title Jones School Distinguished Associate Professor. His research is in empirical corporate finance, financial institutions, and financial markets, and focuses on external financing decisions of firms, governments, and individuals. Prior to joining the Jones School in 2009, he was on the faculties at University of Texas at Dallas, University of South Florida, and Louisiana State University. At the Jones School he teaches financial markets and corporate finance in the undergraduate, MBA, EMBA, and Ph.D. programs. He has a Ph.D. in finance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economic analysis from Rice University.