Whitman welcomes five new faculty and staff members


The Whitman School is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members and two new staff: Alejandro Amezcua, Denis Gregoire, Major Coleman, Theresa Jenkins and Jacqueline Popkess.

Alejandro Amezcua has joined Whitman as an assistant professor in entrepreneurship. In his research, Amezcua examines the microeconomic effect of government policies on new ventures and small businesses. He recently completed the first National Census of Business Incubators and their Tenants, a longitudinal database that tracks the performance of more than 19,000 incubated businesses in the United States. Previously, Amezcua worked for the National Council of Nonprofit Associations as associate director for communications and outreach, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Amezcua holds a PhD and an MPA in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He is also a former Jane Addams Fellow in philanthropy and studied nonprofit management and fundraising at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and comparative studies in race and ethnicity from Stanford University.

Major Coleman IV has joined Whitman as an assistant professor in finance. His main areas of research are asset pricing, behavioral finance, and real estate capital markets. His current research focuses on new ways to measure potential bias in investors' expectations of the stock and housing markets. His prior research about subprime lending and the housing bubble received national media coverage, and has been frequently cited in scholarly work. Coleman was previously an analyst in the Fixed-Income, Currency, and Commodities division at Goldman Sachs. Major earned a BA in economics from Stanford University and a PhD in finance from the University of California, Irvine.

Denis A. Grégoire has joined Whitman as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship. Grégoire’s research examines the cognitive processes that support entrepreneurship and strategic decision-making. Grégoire’s research has appeared in The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science, The Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and The Academy of Management Learning and Education. Building on his research and prior work with graduate students, Grégoire will teach MBA courses in creativity and opportunity identification, and will join the Whitman team teaching the capstone course on new venture development. Previously, Grégoire was an assistant professor of managerial sciences at Georgia State University (Atlanta). A native of Canada, he earned a BS in architecture from McGill University and a MS in management from HEC Montréal. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Colorado - Boulder.

Theresa A. Jenkins has joined Whitman as an academic advisor for the undergraduate office. Jenkins has been a part of the Syracuse University family for the past 10 years, having worked for several departments including the Carrier Dome, the registrar's office and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Most recently, she was a financial aid specialist with the Say Yes to Education program, in which she assisted students and their parents with the financial aid process. Jenkins was the 2011 chairperson for the SU Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and a former chair of the Seminar Committee. She received her bachelor's degree in human development and her master's degree in special education, both from SU. A New York Yankees fan, she is originally from the Bronx, New York.

Jackie Popkess has joined Whitman as a career development coordinator. She will be working in the Whitman Career Center to create and implement career education programs for undergraduate and master's students, as well as offering career counseling. Prior to joining SU, Popkess was a school counselor at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational High School in Upton, Mass., where she managed a caseload of 200 students in grades 9-12. Prior to that, she was the coordinator of career assessment, planning and placement at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, Mass.A native of Camillus, Popkess holds a bachelor's degree in communications and public relations from Marist College, and an Ed.M. in counseling from Boston University. She has held progressive positions in counseling and student affairs, and looks forward to engaging with Whitman students.