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MBA Program Faculty

Tjai Nielsen

Dr. Tjai Nielsen

Director of MBA Program
Associate Professor of Management

Ross Roberts

Dr. Ross Roberts

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Organizations: Institute of Internal Auditors, American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accounts

Research:  Online Tools in Accounting Classes, Escalation of Commitment phenomenon in Capital Budgeting,  Creativity in Problem Solving for Cost Accountants

Personal Quote: “Give someone fish and feed them for a day; teach them how to fish and feed them for life.”

Shaun Davenport

Dr. Shaun (Wes) Davenport

Assistant Professor of Business Management

Organizations: Academy of Management, Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Research: Personality, generational work groups

Personal Quote: “My chief assets drive out the gate every day. My job is to make sure they come back.” -Jim Goodnight, SAS CEO



Dr. Paul Forshey

Assistant Professor of Management

Organizations: Academy of Management

Research: Strategic choice, firm performance issues, and organizational development

Personal Quote: “Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.” ~ Aristotle


Gerald Fox

Dr. Gerald T. Fox

Associate Professor of Economics

Organizations: Academy of Economics and Finance, Midwest Political Science Association

Research: Political macroeconomy, regional economics, economic impact analysis

Personal Quote: “Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.” -Gary Ryan Blair

Steven Lifland

Dr. Steven A. Lifland

Professor of Finance

Organizations: Financial Services Institute, Academy of Business Research, International Academy of Business and Economics, Financial Management Association

Personal Quote: “The search for Truth is more precious than its possession.”



Dr. David W. Little

Associate Professor of Management

Organizations: Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, Allied Academies

Research: Strategic business models, new product development decision making, and Hackman’s team management theories

Personal Quote: “I don’t believe in just being out there and just grinding away.  Let’s do it intelligently, let’s do it quickly, let’s get it done.  And then move on.”  Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays Manager

Michael McCully

Dr. Michael J. McCully

Associate Professor of Economics

Organizations: American Economic Association, Association for Social Economics, Missouri Valley Economic Association, and Association for Christian Economists

Research: Caribbean economic history; social capital and environmental behavior; economics of prisons

Personal Quote: “A day without graphs is like a day without sunshine.”

Dr. David Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Finance

Organizations: Member of Urban Land Institute, Member of National Assoc of Realtors – Managing Broker,
Member of Institute for Real Estate Management, Member of Chicago Creative Investors Association

Research: Policy implications on the securities market, examination of efficiency in the real estate market, examination of spatial price movement in real estate market

Personal Quote: “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”  — Henry Ford

Roy Suryadipta

Dr. Suradipta Roy

Assistant Professor of Economics

Organization: American Economic Association

Research: Institutions, International trade

Personal Quote: No time like the present!




Dr. Patricia Swafford

Associate Professor of Management

Organization: Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and The Academy of Management (AOM)

Research: Supply chain management, service operations strategy, empirical research methods, and effective teaching methods

Personal Quote: “There is little success where there is little laughter.” ~ Andrew Carnegie


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