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AMAF Awards Four Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research Grants

CHICAGO, IL – June 3, 2015 — For newly minted faculty, the first two years in a tenure track position are critical to the successful launch of an academic career.  Through a partnership with the PhD Project and the Sheth Foundation, The American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) is making this transition easier by offering new faculty research grants to new, underrepresented faculty in business schools.  The Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research Grant, supported by funds from the Sheth Foundation and AMAF, provides research support to underrepresented faculty in business schools, assisting them with this challenging period in their career. 

In the inaugural year of the program, AMAF awarded four grants of $3,000 each to a diverse and distinguished group of PhD Project alumni.  The award recipients were: Dr. Monique L. Bell, Assistant professor of Marketing, California State University, Fresno; Dr. Julian K. Saint Clair, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Loyola Marymount University; Dr. Cinthia B. Satornino, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Northeastern University in Boston; and Dr. Gema Vinuales, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Towson University. 

Jerome D. Williams, Rutgers Business School Distinguished Professor and Chair of the AMAF Diversity Subcommittee, says he is “extremely delighted to recognize these four new faculty members who submitted outstanding proposals which are indicative of research that should make significant contributions to the field of marketing.  Both AMAF and the Sheth Foundation are extremely proud to identify these four scholars as the initial recipients of the Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research grants.”  All award recipients will be given access to their grant funds in the beginning of Summer 2015 and will be recognized at the upcoming 2015 AMA Summer Educators' Conference in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Monique L. Bell teaches Marketing Concepts, Consumer Behavior and Integrated Marketing Communications at California State University, Fresno.  She received her doctoral degree from Drexel University, her master’s degree from University of Baltimore, and her undergraduate degree from Morgan State University.  Dr. Bell’s research interests include marketing communications and marketing strategy.  She also examines facets of multicultural marketing, including language and identity.  Dr. Bell has been published in the Journal of Advertising and the Journal of Marketing Communications and Psychology & Marketing, and she is a recipient of the 2014-15 Provost’s Award for Promising New Faculty.

Dr. Julian K. Saint Clair earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University in 2007, his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 2009, and his doctoral degree in Marketing with a concentration in Consumer Psychology from the University of Washington in 2013.  Dr. Saint Clair’s research interests include consumer self-concept and information processing as drivers of branding and advertising response, judgment, and decision making.  An American Marketing Association (AMA) - Sheth Consortium Fellow in 2011, he has been recognized by the PhD Project, AMAF, and National Black MBA Association for academic excellence.

Dr. Cinthia B. Satornino earned her doctoral degree from Florida State University and her master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.  Her research focuses on the effects of social networks structures on innovation, creativity, and sales performance, as well as exploring the antecedents to powerful network positions.  Prior to academia, Dr. Satornino spent twelve years in various leadership positions in institutional and corporate settings, and she is a founding partner of Arete Applied Research and Consulting, LLC.  While focused on publishing high-quality work in the premier marketing and management journals, Dr. Satornino continues to work as a strategy consultant, ensuring her research is cutting edge, managerially relevant, and timely.

Dr. Gema Vinuales’ research interests lie at the intersection of digital marketing and branding.  More specifically, she is interested in visual communication in online networks and its impact on brand management.  Dr. Vinuales has presented her work at the AMA Winter and Summer Marketing Educators’ Conferences, Association for Consumer Research, and European ACR.  She holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza (Spain).

Among several other eligibility requirements, applicants for this award must be from one of the following underrepresented populations on the faculty in business schools: African American, Hispanic American, or Native American.  AMAF supports the career development and research efforts of these populations through multiple Valuing Diversity programs, including this grant and another scholarship opportunity that distributes funds for underrepresented doctoral students in the marketing profession.