Faculty

COBE Graduate Faculty Directory, Fall 2012 (updated August 31, 2012)

Photo Name/email/phone Rank/department Bio

Brubaker, Kenneth kbrubake@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Ken Brubaker, originally from Buffalo, New York, joined Ashland University in 2003 as a Graduate Assistant and adjunct instructor for the sport sciences department. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Canisius College, a M.Ed. in sport education from Ashland University, and an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at Ashland University. While he was a student in the M.Ed. program, Ken was recognized as Major of the Year in Sport Education. Dr. Brubaker is currently an Assistant Professor of Sport Management.

Bryant, Charles (Chuck)
cbryant@ashland.edu

Professional Instructor of Finance

Professor Chuck Bryant received his Masters of Business Administration degree at Ashland University, with primary study in Finance and International Business. Upon graduating, he received the inaugural MBA Hall of Fame Award. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, strategic planning, and corporate valuation. Chuck has written several academic research articles and been a presenter at multiple international conferences. Prior to joining Ashland University, Chuck spent 15 years in the industry working and consulting with world leading corporations. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, strategic planning, and corporate valuation. He is on track to complete his doctoral work in Finance at Cleveland State University in 2013.

Colburn, Michael mcolburn@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. Michael Colburn, Assistant Professor of Management, joined Ashland University in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Adult Education, all from the Ohio State University. Dr. Colburn teaches strategic management and operations management at the undergraduate level and teaches organization development and operations management in Ashland's MBA program. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Citation by the College of Engineering of the Ohio State University in 2004.

Fox, Daniel dfox1@ashland.edu

Chair of Marketing/ Hospitality Management Department, Associate Professor of Marketing

Dr. Dan Fox currently serves as the Chair of the Marketing/ Hospitality Management Department. Dr. Fox is an Associate Professor, teaching both undergraduate and graduate business courses. He is an Ohio Licensed Attorney and Certified Public Accountant. Dr. Fox joined the University in 2004 and has served in various positions including Associate Dean and Director of Entrepreneurship for the Dauch College of Business and Economics. Dan received the degree of Jurist Doctor from the Ohio Northern School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and political science from Ohio Northern University. Prior to joining Ashland University, he consulted for the world's largest oil company, Saudi Aramco, in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Fox also worked for the "Big Eight" accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and the law firm of Emens, Hurd, Kegler & Ritter, where he practiced business and tax law. Dr. Fox founded and operated a manufacturing company and continues to consult with startup and entrepreneurial companies providing legal, accounting, and operational advice.

Harpool, Jack jharpool@ashland.edu

Professional Instructor of Management

Dr. Jack D. Harpool, Professional Instructor of Management, joined the Ashland University in 2008. He is an accomplished author in the area of Information Systems and Design, having written numerous college level textbooks used nationally and internationally. He has served as a consultant both to the Federal Government and to commercial business. He has worked as a Plans and Operations Information Technology Consultant to the Pentagon, working for the Undersecretary of the US Army, Department of Defense. As a Senior Project Manager to a Fortune 500 company, Jack was responsible for implementing Hospital and Long Term Care Management Information Systems. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and is lead professor for the MBA Project Management Specialization.

Hashemi, Ali
ahashemi@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Ali Hashemi joined Ashland University in 2012. He earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology, a M.A. in Information Technology Management from Allame Tabatabaei University, and both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic University. His research interests include economic development, health economics, and Middle East economics.

Jacobs, Raymond rjacobs@ashland.edu

Associate Dean, Chair of the MBA Program, Professor of Management

Dr. Raymond Jacobs, Associate Dean, Chair of the MBA program, and Professor of Management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1990. Dr. Jacobs is currently Assessment Coordinator for the college. He has published articles in several journals, including Management Science, Decision Sciences, and Production and Operations Management, and has made numerous presentations at national and regional conferences. He teaches the Operations Management core course. Earlier in his career, Ray worked for the Burroughs Corporation as a Territory Manager, Business Management Systems. Dr. Jacobs received a M.S. in Operations Research and Systems Analysis and a Ph.D. in Business Administration, in the area of Operations Management, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics/Computer Science from the College of William and Mary.

Kalamas, Joan jkalamas@ashland.edu

Professional Instructor of Management

Joan Berry Kalamas, SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009 as a Professional Instructor of Management. She teaches all courses in the MBA Human Resource (HR) Management specialization. Joan also teaches several undergraduate management courses and serves as faculty advisor to the HR student chapter. She has spent 25 years serving as a senior Human Resources professional in the childcare, long term care, telecommunications, educational, and non-profit arenas. Joan received her Bachelor's degree from Ashland University in Education and her Master's degree from The Ohio State University in Professional Development and Adult Education. She is the founder and owner of her own HR consulting company and is the past Director for the Ohio SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) State Council.

Kaltenbaugh, Lance
lkaltenb@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh, assistant professor of Sport Management, joined Ashland University in 2000. His areas of expertise include campus recreation and therapeutic recreation. He received the Academic Mentor Award in 2006 and has been nominated as the Outstanding Male Faculty Member in 2007. Dr. Kaltenbaugh serves as the internship coordinator for the sport management major. Lance has a bachelor of education and master of education degrees in therapeutic recreation and recreation management from The University of Toledo and a Ed.D. in educational leadership from The University of Akron.

Kaskey, Victoria vkaskey@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Victoria Kaskey, Assistant Professor of Accounting, joined Ashland University in 2008. Dr. Kaskey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College, a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Management from Capella University. She is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner with specializations in managerial accounting, fraud examinations, and auditing.

Li, Bo
bli@ashland.edu

Professional Instructor of Supply Chain Management

Bo Li joined the Ashland University faculty in 2012. He received a B.S. from the South China University of Technology and a M.S. from the University of Toledo, and anticipates completing both his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo in 2012. He is Certified in Production and Inventory Management by APICS, and completed the Future Supply Chain Leader training program through APICS. He worked as a supply chain coordinator and purchasing assistant for Libbey Glass

Lifer, David dlifer@ashland.edu

Professor of Information Systems

Dr. David Lifer, Professor of Information Systems, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1983.  He holds degrees from Ashland University (B.S. and MBA) and The Ohio State University (A.A.S and Ph.D.) Dr.  Liferês teaching and research interests are in the areas of technologically mediated social networks, online learning environments, and curriculum development.

Margot, Gary gmargot@ashland.edu

Professor of Information Systems

Dr. Gary Margot, Professor of Information Systems, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1984. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in CIS from Ohio State University, his Master's Degree in Business from Central Michigan University, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. His areas of teaching include Information Technology, Systems Analysis, and the MBA Management of Information Systems course.

Milton, Paul pmilton@ashland.edu

Chair of Sport Management Department, Associate Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Paul Milton joined Ashland University in 2006. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Davis; an M.A., from Michigan State University; and a Ph.D. from Kent State University. Paul served as Director, Dept. of Recreational Services at Kent State University for fifteen years. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences, and has published papers in a variety of academic journals. Dr. Milton also has been the editor of the Recreational Sports Journal since 2005.

Nadler, Mark mnadler@ashland.edu

Chair of Economics/ Finance, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Mark A. Nadler is the A.L. Garber Family Chair in Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance in the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University.  He has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Ph.D. in economics. Dr. Nadler has many publications in the area of economic and financial education and is a monthly columnist for Employee Benefit News where he writes on 401(k) issues and investment education.  Dr. Nadler teaches undergraduate theory courses and managerial economics at the MBA level.

Neslund, Kristofer
kneslund@ashland.edu

Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Kris Neslund, Associate Professor of Accounting, joined Ashland University in 2011. He earned a BSBA from Bowling Green State University, a J.D. from Lewis & Clark College, a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University, and a DBA in Decision Science and Economics from Kent State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), in Ohio. He has numerous publications and presentations related to tax laws and accounting issues, and was a Partner in a law firm in Salem, Oregon for eight years.

Parsons, Jennifer jparsons@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Jennifer Parsons, Assistant Professor of Sport Sciences, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University, double majoring in Biology and Physical Education; a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University, with a specialization in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Health Promotion; and an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies from Ashland University. Prior to holding a faculty position, she spent seven years at Ashland University as the Assistant Volleyball Coach.

Parsons, Kristine kparsons@ashland.edu

Chair of Accounting/ Information Systems Department, Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Kristine Parsons is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Department of Accounting and IS in the Dauch College of Business and Economics. She holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from Kent State University. Dr. Parsonsê current research interests include Curriculum Development, Improving Online Learning, and Social Networking. She serves on the Board of Regents for the Institute of Certified Management Accountants and has held various leadership positions with the Institute of Management Accountants. She serves as the faculty advisor for the student IMA Accounting Club

Paugh, Ron
rpaugh@ashland.edu

Associate Professor of Marketing

Dr. Ronald Paugh, Associate Professor of Marketing, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986.  His areas of expertise include marketing management, services marketing, and advertising and promotion strategy.  Ron earned his Ph.D. in Mass Media and Marketing from Michigan State University, his Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Akron, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Akron. He has been an annual paper presenter at the Marketing Management Association conference for over fifteen years.

Piper, Beverly bpiper@ashland.edu

Associate Professor of Accounting

Beverly J. Piper, Associate Professor of Accounting and IS, joined Ashland University in 1979.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an active license to practice accounting from the State of Ohio.  In addition, she holds a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certificate which indicates achievement of proficiency in cost and managerial accounting, finance, economics, information systems, and business policy. She teaches financial accounting, managerial accounting, and cost management, and has taught the MBA Foundations course in Accounting.  She earned her Master's of Science in Accounting from the University of Toledo and her Bachelor's of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University.

Pittenger, Khushwant kpitten@ashland.edu

Professor of Management

Dr. Khush Pittenger, Professor of Management, joined Ashland University in 1987.  She earned her B.A. (honors) and Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade from Punjab University    India ;  MBA (Management) from Miami University, and Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Cincinnati.  In the past she has served as Faculty Senate President and Interim Dean of College of Business and Economics.  She has served on numerous committees and consulted with area companies on issues related to management.  She has presented over two dozen papers at regional, national and international conferences and has published articles in refereed journals and local newspapers.  Her case on leadership annually sells over 1,000 copies internationally. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2012.

Pool, Steven spool@ashland.edu

Chair of Management/ International Business/ Entrepreneurship/ Supply Chain Management Department, Professor of Management

Dr. Steve Pool, Professor of Management and Chair of the Management/International Business/Entrepreneurship/Supply Chain Management Department, joined Ashland University in 1986. He teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs, specializing in Strategic Planning, Labor Relations, and Organizational Behavior studies. He has published numerous articles in management journals. His consulting firm, SWP Management Consulting, LLC, has worked with both manufacturing and service industries in Ohio. He has a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administrations from Ashland College. He received his Ph. D. in education from The University of Akron.

Rogers, Robert
rrogers1@ashland.edu

Professor of Economics

Dr. Bob Rogers, Associate Professor of Economics, has been a faculty member at Ashland University since 1993. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from The George Washington University, his M.A. in Economics from the University of Maine and his B.A. in History from Colby College. He has published papers in numerous academic journals, and is a regular presenter at conferences. His book, An Economic History of the American Steel Industry, was published in 2009.

Rumker, Terry trumker@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Finance

Terry Rumker, Assistant Professor of Finance, joined the faculty in 1989.  He is a CFPÂ (Certified Financial Planner) and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Ashland University.  Teaching areas include personal finance, investments, and corporate finance.   In addition, he is a partner and sole proprietor of two companies that work with organizations nationally in the area of financial literacy and life skills.  He is a co-author of two books as well as a developer of interactive financial and life skills software.  Prior to joining the university faculty, he worked for Fidelity Investments and was a general manager for Bob Evans restaurants.

Russell, Jeffrey jrussell@ashland.edu

Dean, Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Jeff Russell joined Ashland University's Dauch College of Business and Economics faculty in 2000. He accepted the position of Dean of the Dauch College in 2010. Dr. Russell has taught courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Game Theory, and Money and Banking. Research interests include teaching with simulations, Game Theory and Behavioral Economics, as well as economic development in areas with a manufacturing tradition. Dr. Russell grew up in Northern California and earned a BS degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. A college course in tractor driving helped him obtain his first post-college job as a tour guide at Rodaleês Organic Farm in Allentown, PA. Dr. Russell returned to Northwesternês Kellogg Graduate School of Management to earn an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. He then worked for twelve years in commercial banking for a variety of banks in Chicago, Sacramento, and South Bend, Indiana, prior to returning to school in 1995 to pursue his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon.

Savage, Constance
csavage@ashland.edu

Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Constance Savage, Associate Professor of Management, joined Ashland University in 2001. Her areas of expertise include organizational development, organizational behavior, management and leadership development which she teaches at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. She currently holds the Burton D. Morgan Chair of Free Enterprise. Dr. Savage has a B.A. in Philosophy from Ursuline College, a Masterês degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado, and earned her doctorate in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve Universityês Weatherhead School of Management.

Schloemer, Paul
pschloem@ashland.edu

Professor of Accounting

Dr. Paul Schloemer is a Professor of Accounting and IS in the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University. He earned his doctorate at Virginia Tech in 1991 and is a CPA in the State of Ohio. He specializes in the area of taxation and has published numerous articles in journals such as The Tax Advisor, The CPA Journal, Advances in Taxation and Practical Tax Strategies.

Sridhar, Karthik ksridhar@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Karthik Sridhar, Assistant Professor in Marketing, joined Ashland University in 2009 after completing his Ph.D. in Marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his undergraduate in Electronics Engineering from Anna University, India. His interest lies in empirical research in the field of Marketing. He applies economics and econometric tools in the marketing arena to provide more accurate and interesting insights to marketing managers which aids in the marketing decision process. Prior to joining the University, he served as an active member in the Customer Relationship Management group housed in SUNY at Buffalo offering marketing insights to a well-known western New York retail chain. He has published academic articles in Marketing Science and the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services.

Stoll, Robert
rstoll2@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. Bob Stoll joined Ashland University in 2012. He earned both B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western University, and a Ph.D. from Cleveland State University in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He has extensive industrial experience as an engineer, plant manager, general manager, and technical director. His recent research has focused on collaborative planning forecasting replenishment.

Sullivan, Daniel dsulliv1@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Dan Sullivan comes to Ashland University with a diversified business and academic background. Dan began his business career with General Motors as an hourly employee at the Fisher Body Pittsburgh Plant in 1976. After working jobs in material handling, maintenance, and production he joined the salaried ranks in September, 1977 as a financial analyst. In September of 1982, he transferred to the Mansfield Stamping Plant in Ohio as a General Supervisor of Finance. Since leaving the financial arena in 1987, he has worked as a Senior Industrial Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Production Superintendent, Quality Manager, and Shift Superintendent. In January 2004, Dan joined General Motors' Worldwide Facilities Group as a Facility Area Manager, specializing in the management of large capital projects. Dr. Sullivan holds a BA in Economics degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a JD from the University of Akron, and an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies from Ashland University.

Venkataramany, Sivakumar svenkata@ashland.edu

Professor of International Business

Dr. Sivakumar Venkataramany joined Ashland University in 1999. He received his MBA, MS and Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. His teaching specializations involve courses in international business, international finance and emerging markets. Sivakumarês research focuses on foreign direct investment in developing economies, international banking and micro-finance. He received an Ashland University Mentor award in 2005. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and has numerous publications in international business journals.

Walia, Nitin nwalia@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Dr. Nitin Walia, Assistant Professor in Accounting/Information Systems, joined Ashland University in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also holds M.S. degrees from Oakland University, MI and Pune University, India. Previously, he has worked as IT Analyst at 3M, USA and BayTalkitec in India. His research interests include healthcare delivery systems, virtual worlds, online marketplaces, web-design interface issues, and open source software adoption and development. He is also working on issues related to providing medical services through a virtual world. His work has been presented and published in several national and international conferences: AMCIS and ICIS. His areas of teaching include Information Technology, Database Management, e-Business, and in the Masters of Business Administration program.

Wang, Hongxia
hwang2@ashland.edu

Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr. Hongxia Wang, Assistant Professor of Finance, joined Ashland University in 2009. Her areas of expertise include corporate finance, corporate governance, CEO turnover, succession, and compensation. She completed her undergraduate study at Henan College of Education, Zhengshou, China; earned her M.B.A., from Indiana University South Bend; and her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Hongxia has published in academic journals, including Financial Management, the Journal of Empirical Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Finance.

Westerfelt, Debra dwesterf@ashland.edu

Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Debra Westerfelt is an Associate Professor of Management in the Dauch College of Business and Economics. Dr. Westerfelt earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Ashland University in 1975, a Master of Arts (1981) and a Ph.D. in Business Education from The Ohio State University in 1993. She has taught Organizational Behavior, Organizational Design, and Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis in the MBA Program. In the BSBA Program, she teaches Business Communications. She has presented at the OBTC Conference at Babson College, the Midwest Sciences Decisions Conference and several Lilly Conferences at Miami University. Her publications appear in the Organizational Leadership and Management Journal, the Business and Innovation Journal, and College and University Journal.