Bringing the Best Faculty Members from Around the World to Enhance USD Students’ Global Awareness


The Ahlers Center welcomes numerous international short-term scholars and faculty members every year to teach at USD and enhance the global reputation of the School of Business, as well as strengthen the international exposure of our students. Such visitors contribute to the Ahlers Center’s vision of creating a dynamic and more globally robust environment in and out of the classroom by also collaborating with USD faculty in research projects and academic endeavors.

Below is a list of the international scholars we welcomed in the 2012-2013 academic year:

Visiting from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara Campus, Dr. Salvador Leetoy spent the fall semester at USD instructing undergraduate communication studies courses. His areas of research include cultural studies, theories of mass communication and models of citizenship.

Paolo Guerrieri is a professor of International Economics at the University of Rome, La Sapienza, as well as a senator in the Italian Republic and a member of the Senate´s Treasury, Programme and Budget Committee. At USD, he instructed an MBA course titled European Business Environment.

Julia Gaeckler is a Ph.D. candidate at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany and while at USD conducted research on the strategic topics of purchasing ambidexterity and decision-making pace.

Xiomara Vazquez, Ph.D., MSF, MBA, is both the Accounting and Finance Department Director (since 2007) and the Master in Finance Director (since 2012), respectively, at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. While on the USD campus, instructed undergraduate finance and accounting courses.

Arial Casarin (above, photo) holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Warwick Business School, a Masters in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick, and a Masters in Finance from CEMA University. At USD, Professor Casarin instructed a graduate level business course entitled Latin American Business Environment, which culminated in a five-day trip to Bogota, Colombia where students participated in company visits and guest lecturers.

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Mannsoo Shin, Ph.D., is a professor of International Business and is currently the Director of the Center for Asian Business at Korea University Business School. He has twice spent several months at USD conducting research on Asian business management, lectured on the Asian Environment of Business to participants of the GBS program and instructed the MBA course entitled “Business Environment of Asia and the Pacific Rim” this fall semester.

Mauricio Ramirez, Ph.D., is a professor at the Universidad de Guadalajara and his research focuses on economic growth, pollution and topics of Mexican consumption. He spent the Spring 2014 semester at USD instructing undergraduate economics courses.

Sebastian Kortmann, Ph.D., studied Industrial Engineering and Management at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. While receiving his Ph.D. in Münster, Germany, he was a visiting scholar at the University of San Diego. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Amsterdam Business School, Netherlands. A three-time visiting research scholar at USD, his the focus of his research is on strategy, technology and innovation management.

Carsten Gelhard is currently a Ph.D. student in Strategy and Innovation Management at the University of Münster, Germany, where he also has received his Master of Science in Business Chemistry. Carsten Gelhard and Sebastian Kortmann have collaborated with Professor Carsten Zimmermann in the field of strategic, technology and innovation management.

The Ahlers Center is also committed to promoting the internationalization of our own faculty. Below is a snap shot of the International Expertise of the School of Business Administration Faculty:


46% have participated in the Ahlers Center international faculty trip

58% have taught for USD or another university abroad

40% speak a language other than English

80% have lived, worked or studied outside of the US

Did you participate in a lecture or speaker event conducted by any of these great minds? If so, how did that contribute to enhancing your global business awareness ? Share your comments below!

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