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Faculty & Staff

Faculty teaching MBA courses are nationally renowned scholars with strong ties to the local community. They stay current in their specialties by conducting research and writing textbooks and scholarly articles that contribute to new trends in business theory and practice.

MBA courses meet once a week in the evening. Classes are small, which means there is significant interaction between faculty and students.

 
  • Roberta Brooke, M.I.M
    Roberta Brooke, M.I.M
    MBA Director
    Phone: 509.828.1248
    Roberta Brooke is an experienced international business leader who joined EWU as the Director of the MBA Program in 2006. She came to EWU after six years as the Executive Director of the International Trade Alliance (ITA.)

     

    Prior to joining ITA, she worked with the World Monitor Nightly News, a subsidiary of the Christian Science Monitor newspaper. Roberta headed business and administrative operations in Boston for World Monitor and liaised with various bureaus around the world, including Tokyo, London, and Washington, D.C. Previously, she was the Director of Finance at KAYU-TV in Spokane.

    Roberta currently serves as Past President of the Board of Directors of Friends of KSPS-TV and serves on the EWU Budget Committee.

    Roberta holds a Master of International Management from the School of Global Commerce at Whitworth University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Washington University. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Trade Roots International Trade Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. and of the AACSB Bridge Program.

  • Nancy J. Birch, Ph.D.
    Nancy J. Birch, Ph.D.
    Professor, Decision Sciences
    Phone: 509.359.6647

     Academic Background

    • B.S. in Microbiology - University of Arizona
    • M.B.A. emphasis Qualitative Business Analysis - Arizona State University
    • Ph.D. in Applied Statistics - Arizona State University

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 520-Advanced Data Modeling for Business
    • Decision Sciences

    Areas of Competence

    • Statistics
    • Multivariate analysis
    • Research methods

    Special Interests

    • Applying statistical analysis and methods to joint research with faculty in other disciplines

    Experience:

    Teaching

    • Professor - Eastern Washington University, Spokane
    • Assistant Professor - Arizona State University, Tempe

    Professional

    • Crew Leader, US Bureau of Census
    • Analyst, Bolin Laboratory
    • Consultant, Eastern Washington University
    • Consultant, City of Spokane
  • Justin Bucciferro, Ph.D.
    Justin Bucciferro, Ph.D.
    Professor of Economics
    Phone: 509.828.1259
    Academic Background

    • B.S. in International Business (B.A. in Latin American Studies) - SUNY Plattsburgh
    • M.B.A in Supply Chain Management - Clarkson University
    • M.A. & Ph. D. in Economics - University of Colorado at Boulder

    Teaching Area

    • ECON 515 - Managerial Economics

    Areas of Competence

    • Economic History
    • Development Economics
    • International Political Economy

    Research Interests

    • Microfinance
    • Fair Trade and Sustainability
    • Historical Demography
    • Poverty and Inequality

    Experience
     Teaching

    • Assistant Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Instructor - University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Instructor - Front Range Community College (Westminster, CO)
    • Instructor - Adirondack Community College (Queensbury, NY)

    Professional

    • Owner & Manager - Silver Spell Jewelry
    • Professional Accountant - IBM
    • Managing & Lead Consultant - Clarkson Consulting Group
    • Systems Manager - Capital Risk Associates

  • Kelley Cullen, Ph.D.
    Kelley Cullen, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Economics
    Phone: 509.359.2430
    Academic Background

    • A.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences - Washtenaw Community College
    • B.S. in Economics - Eastern Michigan University
    • Ph.D. in Economics - Washington State University

    Teaching Area

    • ECON 515 - Managerial Economics

    Areas of Competence

    • Econometrics
    • Labor Economics
    • Health Economics
    • Sports Economics

    Research Interests

    • Applied Microeconomics
    • Education Economics
    • Sports Economics
    • Labor Economics
    • Health Economics

    Experience
    Teaching

    • Assistant Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Lecturer - Lewis-Clark State College
    • Lecturer - Washington State University
    • Instructor - Ann Arbor Academy
    • Lecturer - Eastern Michigan University
    • Lecturer - Washtenaw Community College

    Professional

    • Associate Director, Special Events, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Branch Management, Society Bank/KeyCorp, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Planning Intern, Washtenaw County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Bookkeeper, Karle & Associates Accounting Services, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • David Gorton, CPA, MBA
    David Gorton, CPA, MBA
    Senior Lecturer
    Phone: 509.828.1259
    Academic Background

    • A.A. - Wenatchee Valley College
    • B.A. - Western Washington University
    • M.B.A. - Eastern Washington University

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 560- Decision Making and Accounting Information
    • Advanced Auditing
    • Accounting Systems
    • Accounting for Non-Profit Entities

    Areas of Competence

    • Accounting
    • Auditing
    • Entrepreneurship

    Certifications

    • Certified Public Accountant, CPA

    Experience
    Teaching

    • Senior Lecturer - Eastern Washington University

    Professional

    • Controller of US Insurance Operations- Western United Life Assurance Company
    • Controller/Director of Finance- NW Life Assurance Company
    • Senior Auditor- Coopers & Lybrand
    • President and Founder- Antares for Sports

  • Brian Grinder, Ph.D.
    Brian Grinder, Ph.D.
    Professor, Finance
    Phone: 509.359.4235
    Academic Background

    • B.A. in Biblical Studies - Big Sky Bible College
    • M.A. in History - Fort Hayes State University
    • M.B.A in Finance - Fort Hayes State University
    • Ph. D. in Finance - Washington State University

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 530- Corporate Finance
    • Financial Management
    • Investments
    • Portfolio Management

    Areas of Competence

    • Corporate Finance
    • Financial Management
    • Portfolio Management
    • Investments

    Experience
    Teaching

    • Associate Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Assistant Professor - Fort Hayes University
    • Graduate Assistant- Washington State University

    Professional

    • VP of Operations- Active Learning Technologies

  • Dean Kiefer, Ph.D.
    Dean Kiefer, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Finance
    Phone: 509.828.1206
    Academic Background


    • B.E. in Chemical Engineering - Stevens Institute of Technology
    • M.A. in Economics - University of Toledo
    • M.B.A. in Finance - University of Akron
    • Ph.D. in Financial Economics - University of New Orleans

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 530- Corporate Finance
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • International Investments
    • Investments

    Areas of Competence

    • Entrepreneurial Finance
    • International Investments
    • Capital Budgeting
    • Investments

    Certifications

    • Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA

    Experience
    Teaching

    • Associate Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Assistant Professor - Northern Kentucky University
    • Visiting Instructor - Southern Illinois University
    • Teaching/Research Assistant - University of New Orleans

    Professional

    • System Planning Analyst- Middle South Services
    • International Marketing Analyst- Babcock and Wilcox International
    • Supervisor of Revenue Budgets- Louisiana Power and Lights
    • Forecasting Analyst- Middle South Services
    • Accounting and Financial Analyst- Norton Company
    • Senior Specialist- Wisconsin Electric Power Company
    • Senior Economic Analyst/Refinery Engineer- Standard Oil Company of Ohio

  • Patricia Nemetz-Mills, Ph.D.
    Patricia Nemetz-Mills, Ph.D.
    Professor, Management
    Phone: 509.828.1235
    Academic Background

    • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Penn State University
    • M.B.A - Gonzaga University
    • Ph.D. in Operations and Strategic Management - University of Washington

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 590- Business Strategy and Policy Implementation
    • Operations Management

    Areas of Competence

    • Operations Management
    • Strategy
    • General Management

    Research Interests

    • Manufacturing Strategy
    • Multiculturalism
    • Strategy
    • Human Technology Interface

    Experience

    Teaching

    • Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Assistant Professor - University of Washington
    • Assistant Professor - Gonzaga University

    Professional

    • Project Engineer- Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
    • Consultant- Small Businesses

  • Vince Pascal, Ph.D.
    Vince Pascal, Ph.D.
    Professor, Marketing
    Phone: 509.828.1225
    Academic Background

    • B.S. in Engineering - United States Military Academy, West Point
    • M.B.A. - Gonzaga University
    • Ph.D. Marketing - Washington State University

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 540- Marketing Management
    • Buyer Behavior
    • Global Marketing Management
    • Entrepreneurial Marketing
    • Marketing Research

    Areas of Competence

    • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Marketing
    • Marketing Research
    • Marketing Management
    • Global Marketing,
    • Integrated Marketing Communications
    • Consumer Behavior

    Research Interests

    • Nostalgia and Consumerism
    • Entrepreneurship at the Marketing Interface
    • Entrepreneurship and Cluster Development

    Experience
    Teaching

    • Associate Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Graduate Assistant- Washington State University
    • Assistant Professor - Gonzaga University ROTC

    Professional

    • Personal Financial Advisor- American Express Financial Advisors
    • Information Systems Integration Officer- United States Army
    • Commissioned Officer- United States Army

  • Abrahim Soleimani
    Abrahim Soleimani
    Assistant Professor of Management
    Riverpoint 332
    Phone: 509.828.1227

    Academic Background

    • B.S. in Industrial Engineering - Amir Kabir University of Technology, Iran
    • M.B.A. - Sharif University of Technology, Iran
    • Ph.D. in International Business - Florida International University

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 552 - Leadership and Ethics
    • International business

    Research Interest Areas

    • International business
    • Corporate governance
    • Organization theory
    • Strategic management

    Experience:

    Teaching

    • Assistant Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Instructor - Florida International University

     

  • Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Ph.D.
    Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Ph.D.
    Professor, Management
    Phone: 509.828.1202
    Academic Background

    • M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management - University of Twente, Netherlands
    • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management; International Technology Transfer - University of Twente, Netherlands

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 555- Strategic Operations
    • BADM 580- International Business Environments
    • Operations Management

    Areas of Competence

    • Operations Management
    • Supply Chain Management
    • International Operations
    • Strategic Operations

    Research Interests

    • International Operations/Manufacturing
    • Technology Transfer

    Experience

    Teaching

    • Instructor- Eastern Washington University

  • Bruce Teague, Ph.D.
    Bruce Teague, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Management
    Phone: 509.828.1258
    Academic Background

    • B.A. in Marketing - Western Washington University
    • M.B.A. - Arizona State University
    • M.A. in Organizational Behavior and Theory - University of Pennsylvania
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Theory - University of Pennsylvania

    Certifications

    • Leadership and Negotiations - University of Georgia

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 552- Leadership and Ethics
    • Organization Theory and Behavior
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Senior Capstone

    Experience

    Teaching

    • Assistant Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Visiting Assistant Professor - University of South Florida
    • Visiting Assistant Professor - Western Washington University

    Professional

    • Consultant- Salt River Project
    • Human Resources- First Interstate Bank

  • Elizabeth Tipton, Ph.D.
    Elizabeth Tipton, Ph.D.
    Professor, Decision Sciences
    Phone: 509.828.1215
    Academic Background

    • B.S. in Mathematics - University of Texas
    • B.S. in Physics - University of Texas
    • Ph. D. in Business Statistics - University of Texas

    Teaching Area

    • BADM-Advanced Data Modeling for Business
    • Decision Sciences

    Areas of Competence

    • Statistics
    • Game Theory
    • Quantitative Communications

    Experience
    Teaching

    • Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Assistant Professor - Austin Community College
    • Research/Teaching Assistant- University of Texas

    Professional

    • Consultant- Olive Crest
    • Consultant- Dr. Ashley Ulmer
    • Consultant- Aslin-Finch

  • Lei Wang, A.B.D
    Lei Wang, A.B.D
    Assistant Professor, Accounting Information Systems
    Phone: 509-828-1233

    Acadenic Background

    • B.A in English (Education Track) - Henan University (China)
    • M.Acc. in Accounting - East Tennessee State University
    • A.B.D in Accounting - University of South Carolina

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 560 - Decision Making and Accounting Information (MBA)
    • Principles of Financial Accounting
    • Principles of Managerial Accounting

    Areas of Competence

    • Accounting
    • Business Evaluation
    • Fraud Examination
    • Behavioral Research

    Research Interests

    • Judgment and decision making in the accounting context

    Certifications

    • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
    • Accredited Business Valuation (ABV)
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Experience

    Teaching

    • Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University
    • Research and Teaching Assistant - University of South Carolina
    • Research and Teaching Assistant - East Tennessee State University

    Professional

    • Financial Analyst, ValuePoint Consulting Group (Merged with Pershing Yoakley and Associates), Knoxville, TN
    • Staff Accountant, McWilliams & Company (Merged with Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC), Knoxville, TN
  • Lorene Winters
    Lorene Winters
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 509.828.1232
  • Duanning Zhou, Ph.D.
    Duanning Zhou, Ph.D.
    Professor, Management Information Systems
    Phone: 509.828.1203
    Academic Background
    • B.S. in Computing Mathematics - Jiangxi University, China
    • M. Phil in Computer Science - Zhongshan University, China
    • Ph. D. in Information Systems - City University of Hong Kong, China
    Teaching Area
    • BADM 570-Information Technology and the Organization
    • E-Commerce
    • Information Systems Project Management
    Areas of Competence
    • E-commerce
    • Database systems
    • Project management
    • Programming
    • IT and the Organization
    Special Interests
    • Collaborative commerce
    • Data quality
    • Data mining
    • Decision support and knowledge management
    Experience
    Teaching
    • Professor-Eastern Washington University
    • Teaching Associate- City University of Hong Kong
    • Lecturer- Zhongshan University
    Professional
    • Software Engineer- Computing Institution of Jaingxi Province
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