Webinar: Perspectives from Early Career International Business Faculty: Lessons Learned and Advice for Others

Perspectives from Early Career International Business Faculty: Lessons Learned and Advice for Others

Dr. Steven Liu, University of Leeds
Dr. Elizabeth Napier, The University of Toledo
Dr. Ayse Ozturk, University of South Carolina
Moderated By:
Sarah Ku, Georgia State University

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many junior faculty scholars struggle to adjust to new roles, keep up with research expectations, engage students online, maintain service requirements, juggle personal lives, and maintain mental health. Three early-career faculty discuss challenges, advice, expectations, tips, and opportunities based on their unique experiences.. They offer tips for managing time for research, teaching, service, and personal lives; share best practices; expectations vs. reality; and what they wish they had known before commencing their academic careers. Whether you are a doctoral student, a seasoned scholar, or anything in between, join us to gain new insights, receive helpful reminders, and stay bonded as a community.


Key takeaways:

  • Create structure to manage time, discipline, and motivation
  • Prioritize happiness and mental health
  • Be open to opportunities and don’t be afraid to ask for help


About the Speakers

Dr. Steven Y.H. Liu

Assistant Professor of International Business

University of Leeds


Steven Y.H. Liu is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Business at University of Leeds (CIBUL). His research interests focus on business-to-business (B2B) relationships such as business alliances, B2B marketing, and distribution channels in international settings. He has published in scholarly journals in marketing and international business, such as Journal of Business Research and International Business Review. He currently serves on the editorial review board of International Business Review.


Dr. Ayse Ozturk

Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing

University of South Carolina


Ayse Ozturk is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.  She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from Georgia State University. Her research interests include marketing strategy, international marketing, social media, and sustainability. Her publications appeared in journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, International Business Review and Thunderbird International Business Review as well as in book chapters and other creative products.


Dr. Elizabeth Napier

Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business

The University of Toledo


Elizabeth Napier is currently an Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business at The University of Toledo. Elizabeth received her PhD in Marketing with a specialization in International Business from Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the investigation of multinational firms and their interaction with local markets and their surrounding ecosystems.  Her publications have appeared in journals including International Business Review, Rutgers Business Review, and contributions to various book chapters.




The International Business Webinar Series is a project of the national CIBER Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Consortium, led by Georgia State University CIBER and sponsored by CIBERs at Florida International University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Loyola Marymount University, Michigan State University, Temple University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado-Denver, and the University of Maryland. This program is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education.



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