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Anderson Schools Add Three Outstanding Professors to the Faculty

September 15, 1999

ALBUQUERQUE - The quality of the faculty is one of the best reflections of a University. According to Howard L. Smith, Dean of the Robert O. Anderson School and Graduate School of Management at the University of New Mexico, the campus has much to tout in its three new recruits.

"We have been working to bring outstanding researchers and teachers to this community, and are very proud of our new faculty," Smith said of Anderson's addition of Michele Chwastiak, Anne D. Smith, and L. Melissa Walters-York.

The research interests of the three new faculty are as diverse as the accounting and management programs in which they will be teaching. What is common ground to them, Smith said, is how they have been able to combine creative research with a commitment to teaching excellence.

Chwastiak, who received her PhD in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, has a forthcoming article in Critical Perspectives in Accounting titled "Accounting and the Cold War: The Transformation of Waste into Riches." A managerial accounting professor, she has particular expertise in accounting for defense contractors and has global teaching experience, serving on the faculty for both Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Australia's University of Wollongong.

With a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Smith has recently written a paper about how management strategy is handled in organizations facing deregulation. Titled "The Intervening Hand: Contemporary International Expansion Processes of the Regional Bell Operating Companies," it will be published by the Journal of Management Inquiry. Smith comes to UNM with exceptional teaching credentials, earning the Distinguished Teaching Award at Canada's McGill University in 1996.

Another managerial and cost accounting professor, Walters-York received her PhD from the University of Central Florida, blending studies in accounting and psychology. Her extensive publications, including articles in the journals Accounting Education: An International Journal and Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, demonstrate her unique research approach. She is currently investigating how metaphor can be applied to understand principles of accounting and organizational thought.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.