Faculty - School of Business

Michelle L. Patrick, Ph.D.

Dean
School of Business

Michelle Patrick was named dean of the School of Business in 2016. Before coming to RMU, she was the dean of the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. At RMU, Dean Patrick has overseen a restructuring of the school’s traditional and M.B.A. programs and launched the new Massey Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Ph.D. in Marketing, Kent State University
M.B.A. in Marketing and Management, Youngstown State University
B.S.B.A. in Marketing and Economics, Youngstown State University

Michelle L. Patrick, Ph.D.
 

Department Heads

Jacob C. Peng, Ph.D., CISA - Associate Professor of Accounting
Jacob C. Peng, Ph.D., CISA

Associate Professor of Accounting
Specialties: Accounting information systems, XBRL, text analytics

 
Riza Emekter, Ph.D. - Professor of Finance
Riza Emekter, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance
Specialties: Asset allocation, portfolio performance, speculative bubbles

 
Daria Crawley, Ph.D.
Daria Crawley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management
Specialties: Organizational behavior, international business, gender wage gap

 
Jill K. Maher, Ph.D. - University Professor of Marketing
Jill Kurp (Maher), Ph.D.

University Professor of Marketing
Specialties: Children’s food packaging and branding, consumer behavior, surveys

 
David P. Synowka, Ph.D. - Professor of Sport Management
David P. Synowka, Ph.D.

Professor of Sport Management
Specialties: Career development, trends in sport and entertainment, event management

 

School Faculty

Ira A. Abdullah, Ph.D., CMA - Assistant Professor of Accounting
Ira A. Abdullah, Ph.D., CMA

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Accounting behavioral research, decision making, managerial accounting

Artemisia Apostolopoulou, Ph.D. - University Professor of Sport Management
Artemisia Apostolopoulou, Ph.D.

University Professor of Sport Management
Sport marketing, sponsorship, and licensing; international sport management

Robert G. Beaves, Ph.D. - Professor of Finance
Robert G. Beaves, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance
Investments, capital budgeting, financial planning

Scott E. Branvold, Ed.D. - Professor of Sport Management
Scott E. Branvold, Ed.D.

Professor of Sport Management
Sociology of sport and athletics, business ethics, sport public relations

Lois D. Bryan, D.Sc., CPA - University Professor of Accounting
Lois D. Bryan, D.Sc., CPA

University Professor of Accounting
Assurance of learning, individual income taxation, managerial accounting

Manmohan D. Chaubey, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Management
Manmohan D. Chaubey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management
Human resource management, international business, business strategy

Yun Chu, Ph.D.
Yun Chu, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing
International marketing, consumer behavior, cross-cultural negotiation

John S. Clark, Ph.D. - University Professor of Sport Management
John S. Clark, Ph.D.

University Professor of Sport Management
Sport strategy, sport sales, sport marketing

Steven R. Clinton, Ph.D. - Professor of Marketing
Steven R. Clinton, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing
International supply chain management, marketing management and strategy

Michele T. Cole, J.D., Ph.D. - University Professor of Human Resources Management
Michele T. Cole, J.D., Ph.D.

University Professor of Human Resources Management
E-learning, human resource management, nonprofit management

Zane A. Dennick-Ream, M.B.A.
Zane A. Dennick-Ream, M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Finance
Corporate finance, forecasting and modeling, financial institutions

Frank R. Flanegin, Ph.D. - University Professor of Finance
Frank R. Flanegin, Ph.D.

University Professor of Finance
Investments, financial analysis, finance technology

Eliada S. Griffin El, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Management
Eliada S. Griffin El, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management
Entrepreneurship, social innovation, global political economics

Jeff K. Guiler Ph.D. - Professor of Management
Jeff K. Guiler Ph.D.

Professor of Management
Labor relations, human resources

Mark H. Haney, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Management
Mark H. Haney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management
Business analytics, organizational control, operations management

David J. Hess, M.B.A., CPA - Assistant Professor of Accounting
David J. Hess, M.B.A., CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Taxation, not-for-profit accounting, auditing

Steven Z. Hodaszy, J.D., LL.M.
Steven Z. Hodaszy, J.D., LL.M.

Assistant Professor of Taxation
Business and individual income taxation, federal tax procedure

Albena I. Ivanova, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Management
Albena I. Ivanova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management
Quality assurance, operations and supply chain management

Cathleen S. Jones, D.Sc. - Associate Professor of Marketing
Cathleen S. Jones, D.Sc.

Associate Professor of Marketing
Restaurant research, qualitative research, social media for marketing

Ersem Karadag, Ph.D., CPA - Professor of Hospitality and Tourism
Ersem Karadag, Ph.D., CPA

Professor of Hospitality and Tourism
Executive development, IT and financial management in hospitality

Gregory J. Krivacek, Ph.D., CPA - Assistant Professor of Accounting
Gregory J. Krivacek, Ph.D., CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Financial reporting research, financial and intermediate accounting

Denise C. Letterman, M.B.A.
Denise C. Letterman, M.B.A.

Associate Professor of Finance
Corporate finance, financial planning and education

Jasmin Lin, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Management
Jasmin Lin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management
Downsizing, HR practices, customer satisfaction

Jianyu Ma, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Finance
Jianyu Ma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Finance
Mergers and acquisitions, capital asset pricing, investment evaluation

Carol S. MacPhail - Assistant Professor of Accounting
Carol S. MacPhail

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Tax policy and social impact, financial planning, taxation

Dean R. Manna, Ph.D. - University Professor of Marketing
Dean R. Manna, Ph.D.

University Professor of Marketing
Sales strategy, emotional intelligence, sustainability

RMU Faculty Member
Gayle J. Marco, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing
Sustainability, consumer behavior, innovation in teaching

Richard J. Mills, Ph.D. - Professor of Hospitality and Tourism
Richard J. Mills, Ph.D.

Professor of Hospitality and Tourism
Food and cultural studies, hospitality marketing, convention management

Marcel C. Minutolo, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Management
Marcel C. Minutolo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management
Strategy, sustainability and governance, innovation and technology transfer

Kihyun Park, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Operations Management
Kihyun Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Operations Management
Supply chain risk management and resilience, operations strategy

Jodi A. Potter, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Management
Jodi A. Potter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management
Innovation in firm-based practices, strategic knowledge and development

Yasmin S. Purohit, Ph.D. - Professor of Human Resources Management
Yasmin S. Purohit, Ph.D.

Professor of Human Resources Management
Human resource management, diversity and inclusion, organizational behavior

Stanko Racic, Ph.D. - Professor of Finance
Stanko Racic, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance
International finance, investments, capital budgeting

Ronald R. Rubenfield, M.B.A. - Associate Professor of Accounting
Ronald R. Rubenfield, M.B.A.

Associate Professor of Accounting
Ethics, corporate governance, cost accounting

Denis P. Rudd, Ed.D., FMP - University Professor of Hospitality Management
Denis P. Rudd, Ed.D., FMP

University Professor of Hospitality Management
Hospitality, travel, tourism operations

Tapan Seth, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Management
Tapan Seth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management
Strategic management, entrepreneurship, human capital

Zhaoyun Shangguan, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Accounting
Zhaoyun Shangguan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting
Financial accounting and reporting, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions

James R. Shock, D.B.A. - Assistant Professor of Marketing
James R. Shock, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Marketing
Innovation, market pioneering, product management lifecycle

Alan D. Smith, Ph.D., CPGS - University Professor of Marketing
Alan D. Smith, Ph.D., CPGS

University Professor of Marketing
E-commerce, supply chain management, vendor relation management

John S. Stakeley, D.Sc. - Lecturer of Management 
John S. Stakeley, D.Sc.

Lecturer of Management 
Entrepreneurship, quantitative analysis, strategic management

Louis B. Swartz, J.D. - Professor of Legal Studies
Louis B. Swartz, J.D.

Professor of Legal Studies
Online teaching, business law, estate law

Yanbin Tu, Ph.D. - Professor of Marketing
Yanbin Tu, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing
E-commerce, database marketing, marketing analytics

Prasad Vemala, Ph.D - Associate Dean, Assistant Professor of Management
Prasad Vemala, Ph.D

Associate Dean
Assistant Professor of Management
International business, international finance, corporate governance

Joel A. Waldman, J.D.
Joel A. Waldman, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
Personal injury cases, criminal cases

Qin Yang, Ph.D. - Professor of Management
Qin Yang, Ph.D.

Professor of Management
International management, innovation strategies, corporate entrepreneurship

Qiongyao Zhang, Ph.D.
Qiongyao Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Financial accounting, information asymmetry research, executive compensation