HPU Welcomes New Faculty to School of Business

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 26, 2017 – High Point University welcomes seven new faculty members to the Earl N. Phillips School of Business.


Steve Alberts, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Business Communication

Alberts teaches Business Communications and Professional Development. This is a newly created position. He also coaches business students in preparing for their job search. He joins the faculty after teaching courses as an adjunct instructor in the business school as well as the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.

“I focus on creating a non-threatening, positive environment. My business communications classes are participatory and creative so that students think intentionally and address issues more clearly,” he says. “These classes will prepare students to inform and persuade a specific audience.”

Alberts is a former television anchor and reporter who worked for nearly two decades at media outlets in Arizona, Texas and North Carolina, including WFMY in Greensboro. He received the Best of Gannett award, as well as Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Best Reporter, Best Spot News Reporter and Best Feature Reporter. Alberts has coached executives of Fortune 500 companies as a communication consultant. His interactions with individuals of widely diverse backgrounds and his real-world perspective engage and energize his students. Alberts has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Arts in strategic communication from High Point University.


Dr. Larry Carter, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Carter teaches Consumer Behavior and Principles of Marketing. He also serves on the Curriculum Development Committee for the School of Business. Carter researches consumer behavior from an international perspective by comparing cultures to see how certain characteristics influence their purchasing decisions and rate of consumption.

“I want to show HPU students how psychology and sociocultural influences impact the way we shop and consume goods,” he says. “If they can understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ when it comes to making shopping decisions, it will help them become better consumers.”

Carter has been teaching college courses for 16 years. He’s also held management and sales positions for several companies in addition to running his own small business ventures. He was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Masters Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and has received fellowships and awards for his scholarship and teaching. He has a Bachelor of Science in marketing management and a Master of Science in business from Virginia Tech University, and a Ph.D. in business administration from Old Dominion University.


Troy Knauss, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship

Knauss teaches Innovation and Creativity, Modeling/Feasibility and Entrepreneurial Finance. He is a fifth-generation family business owner who has successfully started and exited companies in the food, metal buildings and e-commerce space. He also has a national reputation as an angel investor and board member on multiple early-stage investment funds. His academic experience includes serving as entrepreneur-in-residence and adjunct professor at Wake Forest University and as a Board of Trustee member and chair of the research committee for the Angel Resource Institute, a spinout of the Kauffman Foundation.

“Entrepreneurship opens up opportunities for students who are not interested in a nine-to-five corporate job to start, build and grow a company regardless of their industry or degree focus,” he says. “At the same time, entrepreneurship is a valuable skill corporations are demanding. Companies want new hires who can think outside the box and add value.”

Knauss has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Susquehanna University and a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and as chair of Launch Greensboro.



Mark Michael, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marketing

Michael teaches courses in the school’s marketing and sales department, including Sales in Dynamic Environments and Sales Leadership. He joins HPU after a distinguished professional career with Motorola/Motorola Solutions, where he was promoted eight times, starting out as a sales representative and rising to the level of senior consultant for strategy and business development.

Michael’s expertise is in global channel management, business development, market analytics and sales techniques. As an award-winning sales professional and manager, he is skilled at producing teams that meet and exceed their goals, and looks forward to producing those same results with students in his classes. He has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration with High Honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.



Kim Smith, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Business Communication

Smith teaches Business Communication. This is a newly created position. She comes to HPU with professional and teaching experience in sales, journalism, media studies, public relations, advertising, interpersonal communication, public speaking and communication law. She taught courses at Northern Arizona University and Weber State University and served as director of external relations at The Orme School in Arizona, managing editor at KNAZ/KPNX in Arizona, assignment desk manager/reporter at KSL in Utah, and director of sales at Snowbasin Resort in Utah.

“I enjoy finding ways to help students make the transition from higher education to a successful career and active civic life,” she says. “That may include research and presentations designed to connect students with current events happening within our community.”

Smith has bachelor’s degrees in advertising and journalism as well as a master’s degree in applied communication from Northern Arizona University. She graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She also was a recipient of the Pulliam Scholarship for Journalism and William A. Newton Scholarship for Advertising.


Dr. Oliver Stoutner, Assistant Professor of Management

Stoutner teaches Principles of Management/Organizational Behavior for undergraduate business students and a graduate class in Global Leadership. He also is engaged in research on the intersection of technology and human behavior in the workplace.

“I’m interested in how employees and organizations respond in the face of disruptive technological change,” he says. “One of my research projects looks at how employees in the radio industry have struggled to adapt to emerging technologies like streaming content services at home and in vehicles. I’m also particularly interested in the increasing automation of work and how it may influence how people feel about themselves and others.”

Stoutner moved to High Point from Dayton, Ohio, where he was an assistant professor of management and international business at Wright State University. Before becoming a professor, he served in managerial roles in the broadcasting industry. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resources from the University of Alabama, where he received awards for excellence in community engagement, graduate studies and research. 


Dr. James Tucker, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Finance

Tucker teaches Financial Management and Derivatives courses for undergraduate students as well as a Financial Markets course in the school’s Master of Business Administration program. He has experience working in various areas of the banking industry, including jobs as a risk analyst for GE Card Services and a quantitative analyst and financial engineer for BB&T.

“I employ practical, real-world projects to bring the topics in my classes to life,” he says. “For example, my undergraduate students build amortization tables in Excel, which enable them to calculate payments and remaining balances on auto and home loans.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

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