InPursuit Research Institute is proud to partner with Dr. Devin Lunt and Dr. Thomas Pittz from the University of Tampa. 


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Devin Lunt is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Tampa. Dr. Lunt brings 6 years of management experience in various non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of children.

Dr. Lunt is new to the Tampa area as he is a recent transplant from Dallas, Texas. His research focuses on customer decision-making, specifically those decision making processes that lead to suboptimal or biased decisions. Though most of his research takes place in the nonprofit domain and focuses on appeals for help, he also works in the areas of branding and advertising. His primary interest in researching in nonprofit domains comes from a background working with underprivileged children for over a decade and is reflected in his work that attempts to understand the mechanisms by which individual donors decide whether to give aid to a cause.

He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from University of Texas-Arlington and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s University.


Dr. Thom Pittz, Assistant Professor, Management

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Education: 2015 New Mexico State University, Ph.D. 
1998 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, MBA
1995 St. Olaf College, B.A.

Career Specialties: Thomas Pittz conducts research at the nexus of strategy and entrepreneurship and is interested in exploring how firms build and perpetuate a culture of innovation. He maintains a particular focus on collaboration across market sectors where diverse knowledge structures can coalesce to produce novel solutions and systemic change.

Professional and Community Activities: After 15 years of work in industry, Pittz received his doctoral degree from New Mexico State University and has focused his teaching and research in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship and project management. He has presented his work in various academic conferences including the Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association and the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He has published three book chapters and nine peer-reviewed journal articles in outlets such as Management Decision , theInternational Journal of Project Management and the Journal of Managerial Issues , to name a few.

Honors and Awards: 2015: Emerald/EMFD Publishers Outstanding Doctoral Research Award
2015: Best Paper In Track, Southern Management Association Annual Conference
2014: Fulton Outstanding Research Award in the COB
2014: Outstanding Doctoral Research Award @ NMSU