Suzanne L’Amoureux, MBA

Suzanne L’Amoureux, MBA

Suzanne L’Amoureux is the faculty director for the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. L’Amoureux graduated in 1992 from Smith College with an bachelor’s in East Asian Studies. She continued her education in 2013 at the University of Maryland, where she earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy - Environmental & Energy Policy. L’Amoureux was previously the associate director of Student Affairs and chief spokesperson for the online MBA at the University of North Carolina, where she developed strategic program strategy for over 900 online students worldwide. From 2013 to 2015, L’Amoureux served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Career Services for the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. As assistant director, L’Amoureux blended her knowledge of Fortune 100 companies and student affairs to develop a leadership and talent program for students, which resulted in the most job offers extended to any business school in the country for two consecutive years. L’Amoureux has been awarded the Press’ Choice Award, Leadership Under Fire individual speaking award. She is fluent in Japanese, with more than four years of global experience in Japan, and also speaks advanced French.
Jesus Bravo

Jesus Bravo, PH.D.

Dr. Jesus Bravo is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Management, IS and Entrepreneurship, where he teaches Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Managerial Effectiveness Through Diversity. In addition to his teaching role at WSU, he is also the faculty coordinator for the mentorship program. He completed his baccalaureate and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago in business administration. He conducts research on careers, mentoring relationships, fairness perceptions in the workplace and organizational change. Dr. Bravo has received the Emerald Group Publishing Citations Excellence award honoring the best and most highly cited research from the past 15 years, was a recipient of the Best Accepted Papers award for the ONE Division of the Academy of Management Conference, the Outstanding Reviewer Award given by the OB Division of the Academy of Management, Best Applied Paper Award, and the Best Symposium in the Careers Division of the Academy of Management Annual Meetings. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Agricultural Management, Personnel Psychology, The Journal of Career Assessment, World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management, and Sustainable Development, International Journal of Global Management Studies Quarterly and Career Development International.

Stergios B. Fotopoulos, Ph.D.

Dr. Stergios B. Fotopoulos, a professor for the WSU Carson College of Business' Department of Finance and Management Science, received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in mathematical statistics and applied stochastic processes from the University of Liverpool (U.K.). He has served in research and teaching capacities at Birkbeck College, University of London, Simon Fraser University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Patras and University of Ioannina. He has been a research specialist for the Agricultural Bank of Greece. His graduate and undergraduate teaching experience is primarily in business statistics, regression analysis, ANOVA, and applied stochastic processes. Dr. Fotopoulos has served as editor for Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry and continues as an associate editor for the same journal. He is also an associate editor for the International Journal of Statistics and Systems and Technometrics (American Statistical Association) in the book section. Dr. Fotopoulos’ research interests have been in the theoretical and applied fields of stochastic processes, applied probability, stable processes, probability and statistics under dependence structures, and change-point analysis. He has more than 55 referred articles and more than 20 proceedings. He has been an invited speaker for more than 30 major conferences during the past 15 years. His research has been published in numerous journals including the Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of Applied Probability, Journal of Time Series Analysis, Annals of Statistics, Biometrika, and Environmetrics.

Rodrigo Hernandez, Ph.D.

Dr. Rodrigo Hernandez is a professor in the WSU Carson College of Business, where he teaches finance courses at the undergraduate and MBA level. In addition to his role at WSU, he is an associate professor of finance at Radford University. Dr. Hernandez completed his Ph.D. in finance at the University of Arkansas in 2007 and holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Arkansas, M.A. in economics and public policies from Instituto Torcuato Di Tella – InterAmerican Development Bank, specialization in taxation and specialization in tax law from the Universidad de Belgrano, and public accountant from Universidad Católica de Córdoba. Dr. Hernandez conducts research on financial engineering, particularly structured products, market anomalies, and corporate finance. His research has been published in Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Review of Futures Markets, Managerial Finance, Banking & Finance Review, International Journal of Financial Markets and Derivatives, and other journals.

Jianli Hu, Ph.D.

Dr. Jianli Hu received her Ph.D. in operations management with a minor in operations research from WSU. She also holds an M.A. in apparel merchandising and a B.S. in clothing engineering. Her general research areas of interest involve supply chain management, e-commerce, logistics management, and inventory theory. Dr. Hu has published in peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Interfaces, and the International Journal of Procurement Management. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a consultant for private companies, including Alibaba Online and EDI China.

Kalvin Joshi, Ph.D.

Dr. Kalvin N. Joshi Esq., J.D., has been a faculty member in the WSU Carson College of Business for 14 years. He is a clinical associate professor of business law and international law. He is a fellow of the International Business Institute. He is licensed to practice law and admitted to several bar memberships, both domestic and international. Dr. Joshi is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the Law Society of Alberta (Canada). He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and several ABA subsections including Business Law, International Law, Intellectual Property, and Global Anti-Corruption. He is a member of the International Practice sections and Corporate Counsel sections of both NYSBA and WSBA. He is a member of the World Jurist Association (WJA). Dr. Joshi lectures to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. He serves as faculty advisor and team coach for the Carson College of Business annual student team entry in the Consortium of Undergraduate International Business Educators (CUIBE) Global Case Competition, and his team placed first at the 2014 competition. His most recent article is titled "Social Media Law in the Workplace." Dr. Joshi was named a 2017-2018 OMBA Faculty of the Year recipient. This is in part due to the level of enthusiasm and care that he brings to the MBA capstone course, which has become an interactive, personal experience for his students. Professor Joshi was named a 2017-2018 EMBA Faculty of the Year recipient. She has a knack for making difficult subject matter easy to understand with her enthusiasm and wit during live classroom sessions.

Thomas Kokta, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Kokta has been a "numbers" person all his life. He was educated in economics, math and research methods and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Kokta taught at different universities in the United States, Canada, Hungary, and Romania for eight years, then worked for six years at Microsoft in a marketing research role, which entailed designing studies, relating data to business problems, and statistical modeling. Dr. Kokta now owns MRTinsights in Issaquah, Wash., a marketing research consultancy. The firm supports new product development and marketing.

Gene Lai, Ph.D.

Dr. Gene Lai earned his Ph.D. in risk management, insurance and finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently chair of the WSU Carson College of Business Department of Finance and Management Science as well as a Safeco Distinguished Professor of Insurance. Dr. Lai’s finance expertise is in the areas of market efficiency and corporate finance. He also has expertise in risk management and insurance. Dr. Lai is a member of the American Risk and Insurance Association, Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, Financial Management Association, Risk Theory Society, and Western Risk and Insurance Association. His primary research focuses on alternative risk financing, efficiency issues, underwriting cycles, stock repurchase, dividend policy, and corporate governance.

Babu Lourduraj John Mariadoss, Ph.D.

Dr. Babu Lourduraj John Mariadoss is associate professor and IBUS fellow in the Department of Marketing and International Business at WSU's Carson College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in business administration (marketing) from the University of Houston and teaches the undergraduate and graduate courses in international marketing and doctoral seminars in research methods and marketing strategy. Dr. Mariadoss’ primary research interests focus on various aspects of marketing strategy theory and practice, specifically business-to-business relationships, sales strategy, and branding strategy. His research has been published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Marketing Letters, Journal of International Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management. In 2008 he received the Mary Kay Dissertation Award from the Academy of Marketing Science and the AMA Sales SIG Doctoral Dissertation Award from the American Marketing Association’s Selling and Sales Management Special Interest Group. Dr. Mariadoss is on the editorial boards of Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, and Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management. He is the faculty advisor of the WSU Marketing Club and holds membership in the American Marketing Association; Academy of Marketing Science, Product Development and Management Association; Industrial Management & Purchasing Group; and the Institute for Supply Management.

Darrel D. Muehling, Ph.D., 2017 OMBA Faculty of the Year

Dr. Darrel D. Muehling is professor and chair of the WSU Carson College of Business Department of Marketing and International Business, where he has been a faculty member since 1985. He received his Ph.D. in business administration (emphasis in marketing) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985. His teaching responsibilities at WSU have been in the areas of promotion management and principles of marketing (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels). He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards since joining the faculty at WSU. Dr. Muehling’s primary research interests have focused on various dimensions of advertising/communications theory and practice, including nostalgia, comparative advertising, negative “attack” advertising, fine print, and involvement. His research has appeared in numerous journals, such as the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising, International Journal of Advertising, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Business Research, as well as in the proceedings of national conferences for the American Academy of Advertising, American Marketing Association and the Association for Consumer Research. He has served as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and promotion management textbooks and has held several leadership positions, including president of the American Academy of Advertising.

Donna L. Paul, Ph.D.

Dr. Donna L. Paul is an associate professor of finance at WSU Tri-Cities. She received a bachelor’s degree in management studies from the University of the West Indies, an MBA from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Dr. Paul teaches corporate finance courses at the undergraduate and MBA levels and conducts research on corporate restructuring, capital structure, dividend policy, and corporate governance. Her research has been published in academic journals, such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of International Business Studies, and Financial Management. Prior to joining the faculty at WSU, she was an assistant professor at Babson College from 2001-2004, and a financial analyst at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago from 1987-1995.

Alex Prera, Ph.D.

Dr. Alejandro J. Prera is an assistant clinical professor in the WSU School of Economics Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in economics with a concentration in environmental and natural resources from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Prera has taught courses on microeconomics, macroeconomics, natural resource economics, environmental economics, econometrics, and personal finance at the undergraduate level. His current research focuses on forestry management in the southwestern United States, risk-management in the brewing industry, and urban water policy in Brazil. He has received research grants to study flea markets in Indianapolis and has presented his work at a variety of national conferences. Before earning his Ph.D., he worked as a financial assistant for World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank funded projects in Guatemala. He also worked as a risk analyst for a private bank in Guatemala.

Christina Chi

Dr. Christina G. Chi teaches hospitality revenue management/accounting (undergraduate and MBA) and tourism seminar (Ph.D.) at the School of Hospitality Business Management. Her area of research includes tourism marketing, travelers’ behaviors, and hospitality operation management. Her primary research focus is on tourist satisfaction, destination loyalty, residents’ attitude and wellbeing, as well as tourism sustainability issues. Her other research interests include generations/labor issues in the hospitality workplace, consumers’ wine consumption behaviors, customers’ complaint behaviors, and hotel sustainability. Dr. Chi is well published in top-tier tourism and hospitality journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Her research has been presented at many hospitality and tourism conferences. In addition, Dr. Chi’s research has high impact and is widely cited. She is regularly invited by universities around the world as visiting professor and guest lecturer to collaborate on research and teaching. Dr. Chi serves on the editorial boards for several hospitality and tourism journals and reviews papers regularly for industry publications. She also serves on the board of Greater Western Chapter of Travel and Tourism Research Association and on several committees of the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Education. At WSU, Dr. Chi serves as the faculty advisor for three major registered student organizations: Eta Sigma Delta Hospitality Honor Society, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, and Hong Kong Student Association. Dr. Chi received her MS and Ph.D. degree from the Oklahoma State University, and prior to joining the WSU, she was a faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Bernard Wong-On-Wing, Ph.D.

Dr. Bernard Wong-On-Wing earned his Ph.D. in accounting from Arizona State University. He is a professor in the Department of Accounting. Dr. Wong-On-Wing’s accounting expertise is in the areas of judgment and decision-making processes and managerial/cost accounting. He is a member of the American Accounting Association. He is a director of the faculty-led Business in China Program and an editorial board member of Advances in Accounting.

Byron Marlowe

Byron Marlowe, Ph.D., received his Doctorate in Philosophy with a concentration in Hospitality Management from Iowa State University. He is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University Tri-Cities. Dr. Marlowe’s teaching background is from Southern Oregon University where he was most recently senior instructor and hospitality and tourism coordinator in its School of Business. Dr. Marlowe is developing his own academic literature on wine hospitality and tourism as a researcher. Previous to working in academia, he was an executive in the tourism publishing business and began his career in food and beverage operations after graduating from the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University.

Steven Silverman

Steven Silverman is a marketing strategist and analyst with more than 30 years of consulting, business management, and teaching experience. As a consultant, he guides organizations on marketing and strategy issues across corporate roles and industries. Today, he works for Revel Consulting in Seattle. His clients are high-tech companies where he provides analysis and guidance to executives on current and future business opportunities. Silverman’s consulting experience crosses a range of industries including software, electronic components, chemical fibers, integrated circuits, pet food, personal care, life and health insurance, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, online retail, and not-for-profit organizations. He has consulted to Microsoft, Amazon, Bose, Mars, GM, Disney, Merck, John Hancock, Texas Instruments, Unilever, and others. Before joining Revel, he was an independent consultant for six years providing marketing, research, and strategy services. Before starting his own firm, Silverman worked in management at Microsoft for five years where he held management positions in online services product strategy, search product management, and market research. Before that, he spent a year in Wilmington, DE, as director of global marketing research at DuPont. Finally, he managed projects and consulted in marketing and business growth as a global consultant with Monitor Company in Cambridge, MA. Silverman also has extensive collegiate teaching experience. He was an assistant professor of marketing at the School of Business at Washington State University from 1996-2000. Recently, he taught marketing courses as an adjunct professor at Western Washington University and Claremont Graduate University. He holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA in marketing and a BA in psychology and communications, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Silverman also holds a Certificate in Online Teaching from the Online Learning Consortium.

Michael Petersen

Michael Petersen received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He did his undergraduate and master’s work in accounting at Brigham Young University. He has taught both undergraduates and master’s students at Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Utah State University, and North Dakota State University. His teaching emphasis is in financial and managerial accounting. He has taught introductory courses as well as advanced courses covering many topics, including financial accounting, managerial accounting, corporate financial reporting, and financial statement analysis. His research involves cost drivers, performance measures, and downstream revenue drivers. He has been married for 28 years and has five children ranging in age from 16 to 26.

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