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Meet MBA Faculty

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.

 

  • Heidi Connole
    Heidi Connole
    Assistant Professor of Management
    Longview
    Phone: 360.353.3377

    Heidi Connole received her PhD in management from Washington State University.

  • Arezoo Davari
    Arezoo Davari
    Assistant Professor of Marketing
    SEWC 337
    Phone: 509.828.1243
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Arezoo Davari has a PhD in Marketing with a Merchandising minor.

  • Arsen Djatej
    Arsen Djatej
    Professional Accounting Department Chair
    668 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Rm 350, Spokane, WA 99202
    Phone: 509.828.1250
    Fax: 509.828.1275
    Arsen Djatej received his interdisciplinary PhD from Ohio University.
  • Lei Dong, Ph.D.
    Lei Dong, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Accounting
    Phone: 509.828.1234
    Fax: 509.828.1275
    Academic Background

    • B.S. - Dalian University of Technology
    • M.S. - Washington State University
    • Ph.D. - Washington State University

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 560 - Decision Making and Accounting Information
    • Advanced Financial Accounting
    • Intermediate Accounting I-III
    • Accounting for Non-Profit Entities

    Areas of Competence

    • Accounting

    Experience:
    Teaching

    • Assistant Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Instructor - Washington State University
    • Graduate Assistant - Washington State University

  • Rajeev Dwivedi
    Rajeev Dwivedi
    Visiting Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
    SEWC 354
    Phone: (509) 828.1238
    Fax: (509) 828.1275

    Dr. Rajeev Dwivedi earned his PhD in E-Business from I.I.T. Delhi.

  • 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

  • George Kenyon, Ph.D.
    George Kenyon, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Management
    SEWC 323
    Phone: 509.828.1214
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Academic Background

    • B.S. in Engineering Technology - University of Houston
    • M.S. in Management Science - Florida Institute of Technology 
    • Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management (Statistics Minor) - Texas Tech University

    Teaching Area

    • BADM 555 - Strategic Operations Management
    • BADM 539 Global Supply Chain Management
    • Operations Management
    • Operational Analytics
    • Supply Chain Management

    Areas of Competence

    • Strategic Operations
    • Global Supply Chain Management
    • Production Management

    Experience

    Teaching

    • Assistant Professor - Eastern Washington University
    • Associate Professor - Lamar University
    • Assistant Professor - Lamar University
    • Adjunct Professor - University of Houston
    • Teaching Assistant - Texas Tech University

    Professional

    • Business Planning Manager - Hewlett Packard Company
    • Manufacturing Project Engineer - The Boeing Company
    • ECLSS Desgin Engineer - The Boeing Company
    • Mechanical Systems Design, Lead Engineer - The Dee Howard Company
    • Environment Controls and Life Support Systems Test Engineer - Rockwell International, Inc
    • Manufacturing Supervisor - Texas Instruments
    • Building Inpector - City of Houston
  • Dean Kiefer, Ph.D.
    Dean Kiefer, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Finance
    SEWC 324
    Phone: 509.828.1206
    Fax: 509.828.1275
    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

  • William Martin
    William Martin
    Assistant Professor of Marketing and Interim Chair, Finance and Marketing Department
    SEWC 357
    Phone: 509.828.1255
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    William Martin received his PhD in marketing from Mississippi State University.

  • 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, Ph.D.
    Abrahim Soleimani, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Management
    Phone: 509.828.1227
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    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

     

  • 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 520 - 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
  • Duanning Zhou, Ph.D.
    Duanning Zhou, Ph.D.
    Professor, Management Information Systems
    Phone: 509.828.1203
    Fax: 509.828.1275
    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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