Faculty Affiliates

The Dingman Center's Faculty Affiliates consists of faculty across the Smith School who are committed to the teaching, research and practice of entrepreneurship. Faculty Affiliates work with the Center to link activities and programs to their curriculum and syllabi; mentor undergraduate research activity, serve as mentors to student entrepreneurs in the Center’s programs. Faculty help students navigate the Smith School’s entrepreneurial resources, refer them to relevant opportunities and provide coaching when developing a venture idea.

Management and Organization

Jonathan Aberman

Jonathan Aberman, Adjunct Faculty

Aberman teaches a broad range of classes in business formatting, strategy and family entrepreneurship. He has been an active policy maker and has served national, state and local governments in many advisory capacities.

Bob Baum

J. Robert Baum, Professor Emeritus

Baum taught MBA new venture courses, and he won five university teaching awards since 2000. His research interests are entrepreneurship, quantitative methods, and strategic decision-making. He has published in The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Business Venturing, The Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Science, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, and he has chapters in two books.

Protiti Dastidar

Protiti Dastidar, Tyser Teaching Fellow, Curriculum Director of Smith Minor Programs

Dastidar has successfully taught in MBA and undergraduate programs, having won several teaching awards. Her research areas include multinationality and performance, liability of foreignness, M&A performance and cross-border waves in M&A.

Waverly Ding

Waverly Ding, Associate Professor

Ding’s research focuses on high-tech entrepreneurship and strategy, knowledge transfer between universities and industrial firms, and the U.S. biotech industry. She has also conducted research relating to labor force in science and technology. Her work has been published in Science, American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, Journal of Industrial Economics, and Research Policy.

Anil Gupta

Anil K. Gupta, Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship

A recipient of many honors and awards, Gupta is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, globalization and entrepreneurship. His primary research areas include emerging markets (especially India and China), frugal innovation, global strategy and organization, and corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.

David Kirsch

David Kirsch, Associate Professor, Management and Entrepreneurship

Kirsch's research interests include industry emergence, technological choice, technological failure and the role of entrepreneurship in the emergence of new industries. Kirsch is also interested in methodological problems associated with historical scholarship in the digital age. With the support of grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Library of Congress, he is currently building a digital archive of the Dot Com Era that will preserve at-risk, born-digital content about business and culture during the late 1990s.

Oliver Schlake

Oliver Schlake, Clinical Professor

Schlake is a senior business consultant, entrepreneur and researcher. His publications and research on scenario-based strategic planning and innovation strategy have been featured in leading academic and practitioner journals worldwide.

Andrew Sherman

Andrew Sherman, Adjunct Professor

Sherman has taught courses on Business Planning and Strategy, New Venture Finance, Entrepreneurship and Business Growth in the MBA and EMBA programs at the Smith School since 1989. He has won the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence several times over his 40+ semesters of teaching.

Evan Starr

Evan Starr, Assistant Professor

Starr's current research examines issues at the intersection of human capital accumulation, employee mobility, entrepreneurship, and innovation. In a recent set of projects utilizing employee-employer matched data and survey data that he and coauthors developed, Starr examined the use and impacts of noncompete agreements and their enforceability on the provision of firm-sponsored training, employee mobility and earnings, and on the creation, growth, and survival of new ventures.

Mark Wellman

Mark Wellman, Clinical Professor, Director of the College Park Scholars Business, Society & Economy (BSE) Program

Wellman has successfully taught in executive development programs, part-time, corporate, and executive MBA programs, as well as undergraduate programs. His teaching is in the areas of organizational change, human capital, international business, leadership, and strategic management. Wellman is Faculty Director of the three largest short term global immersion programs at UMD. The global immersion programs involve traveling to the United Arab Emirates, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Joe Bailey

Joseph P. Bailey, Associate Research Professor & Executive Director

Joe Bailey's research and teaching interests span issues in telecommunications, economics, and public policy with an emphasis on the economics of the Internet. This area includes an identification of the existing public policies, technologies, and market opportunities that promote the benefits of interoperability. Bailey is currently studying issues related to the economics of electronic commerce and how the Internet changes competition and supply chain management.

Bailey is the executive director for the QUEST program at the University of Maryland. He is co-host of the Dingman Center's Bootstrapped podcast.