Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Cesar Ayala, assistant professor, supply chain management

Cesar Ayala, Ph.D., is entering his third year as an assistant professor of management at the University of North Georgia.

Being the first in his family to attend college, Ayala completed his undergraduate degree in accounting at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico. He then moved to the United States to pursue an MBA in Management at Widener University.

Following graduate school, Ayala received two job offers, one from Lowe’s and one from IDS Sheer. IDS Sheer was his first choice because “honestly, they offered more money,” Ayala said.

However, the travel requirements at IDS Sheer were a major commitment, so he approached Lowe’s about a position. Ayala worked for Lowe’s in North Carolina for six years assigning best practices and supply planning. In 2011, he moved to Georgia to pursue his Ph.D. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Georgia Southern University. It was there that he had his first experience teaching.

“I always thought teaching would be something I would enjoy doing. Having done training in my previous jobs, teaching became a form of training in an academic setting rather than a corporate setting,” Ayala said.

At the University of North Georgia, Ayala has taught Operations Management and Statistics for Business at the undergraduate level and Operations Management with Management Science at the graduate level.

Ayala is in the process of leading the development of a new management concentration in Supply Chain Management, as it is one of the fastest growing industries in the region. To develop these classes, he has competitive data from universities with similar concentrations and has also spoken with companies in the area who are looking for supply chain and logistics knowledge.

“I’m very excited about developing these new programs,” Ayala said. “These courses meet the needs of our region and will better prepare students for graduation if they pursue a career in supply chain or logistics management.”

In addition to the course he teaches, Dr. Ayala also has spent the past two years conducting research on supply chain management and the bullwhip effect on availability and performance.

In his free time, Ayala likes to spend time with his family and play Frisbee and video games with his children.