Siamack Shojai Appointed Dean of The Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University
Shojai is a respected economist, educator, and administrator with a specialty in global economics
Siamack Shojai, a respected economist, educator, and administrator with a specialty in global economics, has been named dean of the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. His appointment is effective July 1, 2014.
“Dr. Shojai brings a great deal of experience in academic program development, knowledge and success in achieving national accreditation for business programs, and energy and drive to help the College continue to move forward,” says Warren Sandmann, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to welcome Dean Shojai and look forward to his leadership.”
Shojai comes to William Paterson from Central Connecticut State University, where he has served as dean of the School of Business since 2007. As dean, Shojai led the successful effort to achieve initial Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for the school. Additionally, working with his faculty and staff, Shojai developed and implemented a strategic plan for the school, built enrollment in the academic programs, and improved the retention and academic qualifications of students in the school.
Previously, Shojai served as dean of the School of Business at Georgian Court University and dean of the School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He has also held administrative and teaching positions at Marist College and served as professor of economics and finance at Manhattan College.
A specialist in global economics, particularly the Middle East and Iran, Shojai has written several books and a large number of book chapters and scholarly journal articles, with a specialization in the field of global economics. His scholarly research and publications in the areas of finance and economics include major practical topics such as optimal oil production; global debt and budget deficits; effectiveness of economic sanctions; and corporate mergers and acquisitions. He also writes on higher education issues, including the impact of peer-mentoring and developmental relationships. Shojai is widely known for his presentations at scholarly seminars and forums, and provides regular commentary on economics and finance for the Voice of America of the United States Information Agency.
A graduate of the College of Insurance in Tehran, Iran, Shojai earned a master’s degree in business administration from Iona College and a doctorate in economics from Fordham University.
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