Kenneth D. Butterfield, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenneth D. Butterfield is an associate professor and chair of WSU Carson College of Business' Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship. He received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Butterfield has taught courses on managerial leadership and general management at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels. His current research focuses on the management of ethics, moral awareness, and restorative justice in the workplace. He has received various research grants, including one for work on the cleanup process at the nation’s nuclear weapons complexes, and has presented his work at a variety of national and international conferences. Dr. Butterfield has served on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Learning & Education and Business Ethics Quarterly, and his research has been published in several management, business ethics, and higher education journals. His research has also been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

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."

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.

David E. Sprott, Ph.D.

Dr. David E. Sprott is the WSU Carson College of Business senior associate dean responsible for overseeing faculty hiring and review processes, AACSB reporting, and leading the college's international initiatives. He is also the WSU Boeing/Scott and Linda Carson chaired professor of marketing. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from Kent State University in 1990 and his MBA from Kent in 1992. He earned a Ph.D. in marketing, with an emphasis on psychology and consumer decision-making, from the University of South Carolina in 1997.

Dr. Sprott’s research interests include various issues related to consumer decision-making, social influence, information provision, and marketing public policy.

His research has been published in the field’s top journals, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Retailing, Marketing Letters, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Psychology & Marketing, and Journal of Consumer Affairs. In addition, his research has been presented at a variety of national marketing, psychology, and public policy conferences. He has taught various courses in brand management, consumer behavior, public policy, and research methods at the undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. levels.

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.

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