A new crop of professors has arrived this fall, commending the culture of inclusion, diversity and collaboration on campus and eager to work with Goizueta’s friendly students and the collegial, highly esteemed faculty. We welcome them to the Goizueta family.

Allison Kays, assistant professor in the practice of accounting

Allison Kays holds a BS and an MS in accounting from the University of Florida, as well as a PhD in accounting from the University of Southern California (2018). Prior to earning her PhD, Professor Kays worked as a tax accountant for Ernst & Young in Atlanta. She remains an active CPA in Georgia. Professor Kays’ primary research interests are the efficiency and effectiveness of tax authority policies as well as the effects of such policies on business decisions.

Omar Rodriguez-Vila 12PhD, associate professor in the practice of marketing

Prior to joining Goizueta, Omar Rodriguez-Vila was a faculty member at the Scheller College of Business of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Rodriguez-Vila’s primary scholarly focus is on two areas transforming the practice of marketing. First, he is studying how firms are evolving their marketing capabilities in order to compete in technology-led market environments. Second, he studies how environmental and social sustainability considerations are changing the nature of marketing activities. Prior to his career in academia, Professor Rodriguez-Vila held leadership positions in marketing at The Coca-Cola Company.

Justin Short, assistant professor of accounting

Justin Short completed his PhD in accounting at the University of Tennessee in 2018. As a licensed CPA in Tennessee, Professor Short held positions at Ernst & Young in its Nashville office prior to joining the Emory faculty. He primarily focuses his scholarship on corporate governance and auditing.

Kendra Taylor, adjunct assistant professor of information systems & operations management

Kendra Taylor holds a PhD in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech and has held positions at AECOM, CH2M Hill and Booz Allen Hamilton. Most recently, Professor Taylor worked as president and CEO of KEYfficiencies Inc., a consulting firm that guides its clients to increased efficiency in operations and decision strategy using key principles of industrial and systems engineering. Her primary scholarly focus is in the area of community-based operations research.