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Faculty Profiles

MBA Online Faculty


Dr. Casey Abington

Dr. Casey Abington

Associate Professor

"It is a good feeling knowing that I can make a difference by providing students with tools that will help make them more knowledgeable and productive citizens."

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Dr. Benjamin Blackford

Dr. Benjamin Blackford

Associate Professor

"I wanted to provide students the same opportunities the professors I had provided me, as well as share my experiences so others could also benefit from my experiences."

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Dr. Tolina Fufa

Dr. Tolina Fufa

Assistant Professor

"Teaching is learning! It's my preferred career."

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Dr. Douglas Hawley

Dr. Douglas Hawley

Associate Professor and Director

"Truly take advantage of your courses. Try to learn as much as you can along the way."

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Dr. Claudia Hernández Gonzalez

Dr. Claudia Hernández Gonzalez

Assistant Professor

"I teach because I want to help shape the new generations, and I am a firm believer that education can make the change."

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Dr. Chi Lo Lim

Dr. Chi Lo Lim

Professor

"I expect students to polish their critical thinking and apply knowledge gained in MBA courses."

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Dr. Stephen Ludwig

Dr. Stephen Ludwig

Assistant Professor

"I enjoy interacting with students and seeing them gain confidence in their decision-making ability."

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Dr. Renee Oyotode-Adebile

Dr. Renee Oyotode-Adebile

Assistant Professor of Finance

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity. Make sure that you set up a scheduled time to study."

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Dr. Adrienne A. Reynolds

Dr. Adrienne A. Reynolds

Assistant Professor

"Stay organized! You are balancing a lot of learning, very fast, with everything else you do each day."

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Dr. Tiebing Shi

Dr. Tiebing Shi

Associate Professor

"The instructor's role is to be an administrator and facilitator for student learning; to provide a semi-structured situation, to build bridges and linkages from other courses, from case to case, and to add perspectives by Socratic questioning."

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Dr. Deborah Toomey

Dr. Deborah Toomey

Assistant Professor

"Working with college students has been my passion for the last 13 years. What began as an interesting job opportunity has turned into a lifetime commitment."

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Dr. Jim Walker

Dr. Jim Walker

Professor

Dr. Walker teaches the Strategic Marketing course in the online MBA programs. He wants students to understand what "customer-focused" really means after taking this course.

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Dr. Tekle Wanorie

Dr. Tekle Wanorie

Associate Professor

"I have a passion for the field and the opportunity it offers to make a positive impact on others."

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Education Online Faculty


Dr. Jennee Barnes-Gregory

Dr. Jennee Barnes-Gregory

Director

"Approach learning as learning, not an activity or an item on a checklist to acquire a grade."

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Dr. Johannah D. Baugher

Dr. Johannah D. Baugher

Assistant Professor & Graduate Reading Program Coordinator

"Reach out if you have questions or concerns. Remain diligent in your planning to complete assignments and other tasks timely."

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Dr. Shantel Farnan

Dr. Tekle Wanorie

Assistant Professor

"Communicate often with both classmates and the professor. Dig deep into their learning and teaching–as in the online environment, we learn a lot from one another."

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Dr. Nissa Ingraham

Dr. Nissa Ingraham

Associate Professor

"Always look ahead to what is expected in the week. Don't leave the learning, assignments and work to the last minute."

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Dr. David Kiene

Dr. David Kiene

Assistant Professor

"Like any educator, one has to be energized and inspired by helping students synthesize information into new knowledge. Value in teaching comes when students achieve more than they thought they possibly could."

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Tamara Lynn

Tamara Lynn

Instructor

"The knowledge and skills that you are going to take away from our coursework will make an impact on your students and the many adults you collaborate with on a daily basis in ways that you may never know!"

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Dr. Cynthia Schairer-Kessler

Dr. Cynthia Schairer-Kessler

Assistant Professor

"I wanted students to be better and more thoughtful people through developing their understanding of literature and their ability to express themselves through writing."

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Dr. Victoria Seeger

Dr. Victoria Seeger

Assistant Professor

"Getting to know students is important to me, so I work at building a community of learners in online courses."

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Dr. Sandra H. Seipel

Dr. Sandra H. Seipel

Assistant Professor

"A successful early childhood educator is passionate about young children and creates a safe and trusting environment where children and explore, experiment and take risks."

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Dr. Sara Taylor

Dr. Sara Taylor

Assistant Professor

"My advice for online students is to intentionally schedule reading and writing time for each of your courses."

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Dr. Sue Wood

Dr. Sue Wood

Assistant Professor

"I have always enjoyed learning and have always enjoyed helping others to achieve their maximum potential. I love that moment when I see that a student 'gets it', and I feel challenged to be sure that all students are engaged and achieving."

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Dr. Nancy Zeliff

Dr. Nancy Zeliff

Professor

"I use a variety of authentic projects in all my classes. This allows me to see what each graduate student teaches, what their hobbies might be, and where they live and teach."

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Graduate Online Faculty


Joni Adkins

Joni Adkins

Associate Professor

"When possible, use examples from your current work situation in your classes."

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Dr. Ajay Bandi

Dr. Ajay Bandi

Associate Professor

"Stay focused, plan ahead and impose self-deadlines."

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Dr. Michelle Bateman

Dr. Michelle Bateman

Associate Professor

"Communication is key and also paying attention to due dates and asking questions."

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Dr. Shih-Hsien Chuang

Dr. Shih-Hsien Chuang

Associate Professor

"Stay connected and stay on top of the material. Do not fall behind. Ask if you need assistance."

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Dr. Alice K. Foose

Dr. Alice K. Foose

Associate Professor

"In addition to course specific outcomes, I want students to be aware of professional resources and the confidence and excitement on continued exploration of the field."

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Dr. Charles Hoot

Dr. Charles Hoot

Associate Professor

"My goal is to provide the context and fundamental ideas of the course material and use assignments to reinforce those basics."

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Dr. Terry Long

Dr. Terry Long

Director of Health Science and Wellness

"Set value-driven goals and action steps for achieving them, even down to weekly tasks of class. If you keep your values and associated goals in mind, it will help you get through difficult times and ensure you are spending your time on what's important."

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Dr. Matt Symonds

Dr. Matt Symonds

Professor

"Reach out to professors if you need help. Stay on top of coursework."

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Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps

Associate Professor

"Be diligent. Time moves fast so stay caught up. Make it a priority to block out time to complete the required tasks for each module weekly. Also, have fun. Learning and thinking is a valuable asset. Embrace it!"

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Dr. Cindy Zhiling Tu

Dr. Cindy Zhiling Tu

Assistant Professor

"Throughout the course, students are expected to participate in class with a positive attitude toward learning, a genuine desire to learn the subject matter and obvious efforts in that direction, punctuality, dependability, responsibility, appropriate contribution, and leadership as needed in individual and group work."

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Dr. Yi-Hwa Wu

Dr. Yi-Hwa Wu

Professor

"Manage time wisely."

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Nursing Online Faculty


Dr. Rachel Huston

Dr. Rachel Huston

Assistant Professor

"I want students to be able to critically think through situations, use the knowledge they have learned to apply it to their work environment and model leadership in their workplace."

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Dr. Brooke McAtee

Dr. Brooke McAtee

Director of Nursing

"I love helping students meet their goals and conquer their dreams. I like being their support system through their educational process."

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Dr. Machelle Skinner

Dr. Machelle Skinner

Assistant Professor

"With the BSN nurses are better equipped to work in our complex healthcare environment. The BSN allows access to promotion and leadership positions, and enhances their professional nursing practice."

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Undergraduate Online Faculty


Dr. Amy Underwood Barton

Dr. Amy Underwood Barton

Assistant Professor

"I hope my students develop an understanding and appreciation for (1) the physiological correlates of behavior and (2) the scientific rigor of behavioral science."

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Shandy Beck

Shandy Beck

Instructor

"I want you to feel comfortable and to understand that I started where you are many years ago. I got here by asking a lot of questions."

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Dr. Kimberly Lynn Casey

Dr. Kimberly Lynn Casey

Associate Professor

"Students should know why contentious activities occur and be able to identify the causal factors, events, outcomes and effects of major types of social movements and political revolutions."

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Dr. Jessica Cascio

Dr. Jessica Cascio

Assistant Professor

"In an online class, intentionally connecting with other students and your professor is important because you don't have those times to chat before class."

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Dr. Keely Cline

Dr. Keely Cline

Associate Professor

"I believe that valuing and building relationships with students is foundational as well as passion for the subject being taught."

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Dr. Bayo Joachim

Dr. Bayo Joachim

Professor & Assistant Director

"First, communication is foundational to all of human activities. Second, communication theories can help explain and enhance communication practices. Third, effective and appropriate communication significantly improves the quality of our personal and social relations."

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Dr. Jason McCain

Dr. Jason McCain

Assistant Director

"So much of psychology is really applicable, but most people only think of "clinical" applications when they think of psychology."

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Dr. Chase O'gwin

Dr. Chase O'gwin

Assistant Director

"Stay caught up, give yourself more time than you think you will need, reading academic texts will always take longer than you think it will."

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Jason Offutt

Jason Offutt

Senior Instructor

"1) Don’t procrastinate 2) Read the instructions 3) Don’t be afraid to ask the teacher a question—ever."

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Dr. Kasey Ragan

Dr. Kasey Ragan

Assistant Professor

"The most important things are to feel prepared for the work they’re doing, use innovation and evidence to improve the criminal justice system, and to have a better understanding of work with survivors of significant trauma."

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