The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa is pleased to welcome 7 new professors for the start of the 2011-12 academic year. Among the group is Cheryl McWatters, the first holder of the Father Edgar Thivierge Chair in Business History, which was created in 2010 thanks to a $3.5 million anonymous donation.

Here are the profiles of the new professors:

Shujun Ding

Associate Professor
B.A. (Renmin University of China), M.A. (Renmin University of China), Ph.D. (U of Calgary)

Before joining the Telfer School of Management, Professor Shujun Ding worked as an assistant professor at York University in Toronto. Professor Ding teaches both management and financial accounting. His main research interests include judgment and decision-making in accounting contexts, corporate governance, and accounting and finance issues in small business.

Magda Donia

B.A. (McGill), M.Sc. (Concordia), Ph.D. (Concordia)

Dr. Donia's main research interests focus on individual and organizational giving exceeding formal role expectations. She is multilingual (fluent in English and Portuguese, and with working knowledge of Spanish and French) having lived in Brazil, Canada and Europe. Dr. Donia is also interested in international development and cooperation among developing and developed countries toward alleviating poverty and reducing social inequality.

Catherine Elliott

Replacement Professor
B.A./B.Phe (Queen's), M.A. (Queen's), M.B.A. (University of Ottawa), Ph.D. (University of Ottawa)

Professor Elliott's research interests are focused on improving organizational performance in three main areas: human resources, performance management, and women's entrepreneurship. Over the last 20 years, she has also worked as a human resource manager and management consultant.

Tiemei (Sarah) Li

Assistant Professor
B.A. (HuaZhong University of Science & Technology), M.A. (Central University of Finance and Economics), Ph.D. (Concordia)

Tiemei (Sarah) Li has worked in the Chinese financial industry before she started her academic career. Professor Li teaches both financial and managerial accounting courses at the undergraduate level. Her research interests include financial reporting quality, corporate governance, compensation, and effects of financial reporting quality on equity markets.

Cheryl McWatters

Father Edgar Thivierge Chair in Business History, Full Professor
B.A. (Hon.) (Queen's), M.B.A. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Queen's)

Dr. Cheryl Susan McWatters is active in a variety of professional and research organizations. Professor McWatters is associate editor of Accounting Perspectives and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Operations Management, Accounting History Review, and Accounting Historians Journal. Prior to joining the Telfer School, Dr. McWatters was a full professor at the University of Alberta and associate professor at McGill University. Her research focuses on the response of organizations to environmental cues in historical and contemporary settings.

Mehdi Zahaf

Associate Professor
B.Com. (University of Tunis), M.Sc. (HEC), Ph.D. (HEC)

During his career, Dr. Mehdi Zahaf  held positions at HEC Montreal, the GERAD, American University in the Middle East, and Lakehead University. His research interests include environmental and sustainable marketing, online marketing and environmental economics. He has been working on the organic products field for several years. He received 6 major grants by Community-University Research Alliances (CURA), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to conduct research studies related to organic food, food safety, and food security.