Meet Your Professors: New Milgard School of Business Faculty

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The new instructors in the Milgard School of Business come from varied backgrounds to inspire UW Tacoma students.

UW Tacoma’s more than 370 faculty members are crucial to the quality of education for its students. From environmental studies in the Puget Sound to effective leadership, these professors and lecturers inspire students to think, discover and create.

Throughout 2014-15, check the UW Tacoma news section for profiles of the 40 new faculty members on campus, beginning with the three new instructors in the Milgard School of Business. Margo Bergman, Shalini Jain and Gim Seow teach on topics from accounting to health economics to corporate social responsibility.


Margo Bergman | Photos by Shoshanna GlickmanMargo Bergman

Senior Lecturer, Milgard School of Business
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Houston
M.P.H. in Public Health Genetics, University of Washington

What did you do before you came to UW Tacoma?

Most recently, I was a post-doctoral fellow in biomedical informatics at the UW in Seattle. I have also been an assistant professor of economics at Penn State Worthington Scranton and a high school teacher in Houston, Texas.

What is your area of expertise or research? What interests you about it?

I study individual decision-making, especially in health care, with an interest in learning specifically how emotion affects our decisions. I am also interested in improving pedagogy in the field of economics.

What advice would you give students to help them make the most of their time at UW Tacoma?

Remember that you are here to learn valuable skills, make friends, and that this experience should change you – if it doesn’t, it has failed in its job.

When you’re not on campus, where will we find you?

(As I write this), I am at my son’s fencing class, but I also enjoy running in 5K races, crafting and baking. If you are lucky, I might even bring some to class!

What is something about you that most people may not know?

I have studied five different languages formally and three others informally. My goal is to travel to 100 countries in my life time. I’m at 24!


Shalini Sarin JainShalini Sarin Jain

Assistant Professor, Milgard School of Business
Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, University of Washington

What did you do before you came to UW Tacoma?

(I was in) graduate school from 2008 to 2013; before graduate school, I supervised a federal program that matched community service volunteers with social service agencies. In addition to grant writing and reporting, I helped increase volunteer registration and hours volunteered by 50%, generated consistent local media publicity acknowledging the program’s community contribution, and initiated new programs in support of child literacy and rehabilitation of ex-convicts.

Prior to that, I was a senior research associate at a think-tank providing consulting services to non-profit organizations, town, city, county and state governments in New York state in public sector management, human services analysis and social welfare research.

What brings you to UW Tacoma?

Being part of a growing urban university to whose vision I can contribute in a tangible manner.

What is your area of expertise or research? What interests you about it?

My areas of research are corporate social responsibility and sustainability. I am interested in measuring and evaluating corporate social and environmental responsibility talk, organizational change and reporting, especially in emerging economy contexts.

What advice would you give students to help them make the most of their time at UW Tacoma?

A famous philosopher has said, "Education is a uniquely human privilege." Recent research has shown that natural talent is not relevant to success. The key is painstaking effort (Geoffrey Colvin).

What is something about you that most people may not know?

I like my food spicy-hot!


​Gim SeowGim Seow

Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business
Ph.D., Accounting, University of Oregon
M.B.A., Dalhousie University
B.E. (Electrical), University of Singapore

What did you do before you came to UW Tacoma?

I was an accounting faculty member at the University of Connecticut (the other Husky school) for 23 years before I joined the Milgard School of Business in September 2014. Before becoming an academic, I worked for Texas Instruments as a process engineer.

What is your area of expertise or research? What interests you about it?

My areas of research are in derivatives, securitizations, hedging and risk management, and corporate governance. I enjoy working in these areas because they are highly complex (cutting across accounting, finance, economics and law, hence, challenging), are recent innovations in the corporate world (hence, interesting), and provide consulting opportunities (which permit me to observe business practices).

What brings you to UW Tacoma?

After 23 years on the East Coast, my wife and I decided to move to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to relatives in Vancouver, B.C. and friends in Oregon, and also to enjoy the Puget Sound's mild climate.

During my campus interview last December, I was very impressed by the diversity policy of the UW in general and UW Tacoma in particular. I agree with UW Tacoma’s role in attempting to meet the community's diverse educational needs, even though it will be very challenging for faculty and staff. I find my colleagues at Milgard to be very helpful and receptive to new ideas.

When youʼre not on campus, where will we find you?

Off-campus, I walk in various Tacoma public parks, sample local restaurants featuring different ethnic cuisines, and check out fiction from the Tacoma Public Library. When the weather gets warmer, my wife and I will go hiking and camping and visit relatives in Vancouver.

What is something about you that most people may not know?

That I can be a funny guy.

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Written by: 
Abby Rhinehart / December 10, 2014
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu