College of Business Administration & Staff
|Burke, Ms. Kathie
|B.S., Creighton University, 1970; M.B.A., (audited) University of Montana, 1998|
|Craig, Dr. Christopher
|Peters, Ms. Merry Ann
|Wheeling, Dr. Barbara
Business Administration Department Faculty & Staff
|Amundson, Mr. Gary
Adjunct Instructor, Business/Finance
|B.S. Business Education, Montana State University, 1973; M.S. Business Education, Montana State University, 1981|
|Adjunct Instructor Gary Amundson was honored for Excellence in Teaching in 2011-2012 and 2001-02 by the Associated Students at MSU Billings. He was awarded the Outstanding Non- Tenured Faculty Award in 2006-2007 and the Outstanding Teaching Award by COB Faculty in 2002-2003. The University of Arizona presented him with the 2008 Distinguished Service Award. He received Emeritus Status in 2004 by the University of Arizona Foundation for years of work on the Advisory Council. He developed and taught a course at the Montana Women’s Prison.
Gary Amundson has supervised over 400 internship students at businesses primarily in the Billings area.
|Boumediene, Dr. Salem
Assistant Professor, Accounting/Business
|B.S., University of Tunis, Tunisia, 1987; M.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1991; Ph.D., University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia, 2012.|
|Dr. Salem Boumediene has over 24 years of experience as a college Professor and an independent accounting and information systems consultant. He is a committee chair of a section of the American Accounting Association and the Director of Information Systems for the Western Decision Sciences Institute. He has published articles in several research journals and a book on the Statistical Properties of Accounting Information and the Fraud in financial statements. He has received several awards for his research.
Dr. Boumediene uses technology enhanced active learning and collaborative group work in his teaching as well as artificial intelligence technologies to ensure the motivation and engagement of the students.
|Butterfield, Dr. Scott
Associate Professor of Accounting
|B.A., Weber State University, 1992; M.S., San Diego State University, 1993; Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2002|
|Dr. Scott L. Butterfield has worked as a tax consultant for Coopers & Lybrand, performing consulting and compliance work for a variety of clients. Dr. Butterfield’s research interests include: Taxpayer Behavior, Taxes and Public Policy, Managerial and Cost Accounting. He has published articles in numerous journals.
Scott brings 20 years of practical business experience to the classroom to help students bridge the gap between academic theory and the business world.
|Campbell, Mr. Michael
Department Chair, Professor, Accounting, CPA
|B.S., Colorado State University, 1971; M.S., Colorado State University, 1975; C.P.A.|
|Professor Michael Campbell, MS, CPA, has experience as an auditor for a Big-4 accounting firm, as an accountant for a national manufacturing company, and as Controller and Chief Financial Officer for a large not-for-profit organization and a real estate development company. He is a specialist in accounting systems implementation.
Students in his Accounting Information Systems course learn a commercial accounting software system. They work in groups with the owner or manager of an area business to design an accounting system to meet the needs of the business using the accounting software package.
|Das, Dr. Sougata
Assistant Professor of Finance
|Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio, an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering.|
|Dr. Sougata Das teaches corporate finance, investments, and derivatives. His research focuses on corporate governance, security pricing, portfolio performance, and market microstructure. Dr. Das has years of industry experience in financial, consulting, and technology.
In their assignments and projects Finance majors use real market data and real life scenarios. They use tools such as spreadsheets and financial calculators to solve problems. Students visit various professional groups and corporate events for the purpose of networking and learning.
|Dockery, Ms. Brenda
Adjunct Instructor, Marketing
|B.S.B.A., MSU Billings, 2001; M.S., Eastern Michigan University, 2010.|
|Adjunct Instructor Brenda Dockery is a graduate of MSU Billings, where she won the award for Outstanding Senior in Marketing. Brenda was in advertising and media sales for over 25 years. Since her return to MSUB, she has won the Non-Tenure Faculty Excellence Award. In an effort to increase online electives, she has developed, programmed, and now teaches the online Sales & Sales Management and Social Media Marketing courses.
Mystery and fun are integral components to her teaching style and experiential exercises include Mystery Shops, Marketing Journals, Billboard Design, and Going Off Grid.
|Farsio, Dr. Farzad
Professor Emeritus, Economics, Finance
|B.A., Tehran University, 1976; M.B.A., Northrop University 1978; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School, 1989|
|Dr. Farzad Farsio is a primary author of the textbook Understanding Macroeconomics co-authored with Professor Edwin Dolan of Yale University. He has also published numerous articles in refereed journals, some of which have been coauthored with MSU Billings Finance students. His recent works have been published in Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, The Financier, Journal of Accounting and Finance Studies, and Indian Journal of Economics and Business. He was the recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award at MSU Billings, three years consecutively, the most recent one in 2007.|
|Gurney, Mr. Brian
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management
|B.S., University of Colorado, 1987; M.B.A., University of Colorado, 1989|
|Adjunct Assistant Professor Brian Gurney brings over twenty years of experience in the energy and mining sectors. His past clients include Montana-Dakota Utilities, Stillwater Mining Company, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has managed $2.4 million of energy research grants since joining MSUB.
In Mr. Gurney’s Project Management class, students define a project and create the necessary budget and schedule to execute it in MS Project.
|Harris, Dr. R. Scott
Associate Professor, Economics
|B.A., University of California-Davis, 1971; M.A., U.C.L.A., 1975; Ph.D., U.C.L.A., 1985 (1988)|
|Dr. R. Scott Harris is currently in his 28th year on the faculty at Montana State University Billings. He is the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. He specializes in the areas of microeconomic theory, organizations, and applied quantitative methods. He was recognized in 2015 by the Associated Students of MSUB as the outstanding faculty member in the College of Business. His concern for impelling students into international cultural experiences led him to organize and lead several study abroad trips. He is recognized as a leader in innovative teaching and pedagogy, one of the few professors nationwide to incorporate sophisticated simulation and decision-making modelling software in undergraduate course assignments. His current research involves simulating entrepreneurial decision-making, and understanding institutional incentives in structuring and controlling organizations. He has consulted extensively in forensic and antitrust economics, and was instrumental in assisting the U.S. Senate in settling an Indian Tribe compensation claim that arose from a wrong inflicted over a century ago
Dr. Harris is recognized for bringing energy, enthusiasm, and clarity to the classroom; his use of diverse examples and scenarios brings the outside world into the classroom every day.
|Heiat, Dr. Abbas
Professor, Information Systems
|B.A., Tehran Business College, 1971; M.B.A., Oklahoma City University, 1975; Ph.D., Portland State University, 1987|
|Dr. Abbas Heiat has been the Director of Information Systems for Western Decision Sciences Institute for 15 years and is published in the International Journal of Global Business and Economics, International Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Academy of Business and Economics, European Journal of Management, Journal of Systems and Software, The Journal of Information and Software Technology , Journal of Information Systems Education, and specializes in systems analysis & design, data mining, business intelligence, decision support systems, simulation, programming and networking.|
|Heiat, Dr. Nafisseh
Professor, Information Systems
|B.A., Tehran Business College, 1971; M.B.A., Oklahoma City University, 1975; Ph.D., Portland State University, 1988|
|Dr. Nafi Heiat is currently the Conference Chair for the Western Decision Science Institute. She is published in the International Journal of Global Business and Economics, International Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Academy of Business and Economics, and specializes in database management, data warehousing, geographic information systems, and programming.|
|Hill, Dr. Joshua
Assistant Professor, Economics
|B.A., Whitworth University, 1999; M.A., George Mason University, 2007; PhD, George Mason University, 2010|
|Dr. Joshua Hill was awarded the COB Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching for 2013-2014 by the Associated Students of MSUB. While born and raised in Montana, he brings an international perspective to the classroom, having studied in the Netherlands, worked in Togo, Iraq, and travelled widely. He focuses his teaching efforts on students gaining mastery of a set of practical analytical tools for understanding the world around them. His research focuses on the interface between economic growth, political economy, and industrial organization, always with the aim of understanding the conditions necessary for greater social cooperation and human flourishing.
Dr. Hill ensures that every student gets regular practice using the course material at the board in front of the class throughout the term.
|Johnson, Dr. Debra
Associate Professor, Accounting/Business Law, CPA
|B.B.A., Grand Valley State University, 1981; M.B.A., Marquette University, 1998; J.D., Marquette University, 2003|
|Dr. Debra Johnson, MBA, JD, LLM, brings 21 years of tax, legal and accounting experience, having worked for large multinational corporations, including General Electric. Dr. Johnson has her CPA and attorney licenses. She has published her research in the most prestigious practitioner journal in the accounting field. Dr. Johnson has worked with the Montana Department of Transportation. She leads the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in the Billings area, providing income tax preparation services to low income families.
Debra teaches tax in a flipped classroom format in the TEIL (technology enhanced interactive learning) classroom, where students are active in the learning process to increase their skills in preparing for permanent jobs in accounting and tax.
|Kinghorn, Dr. Brent
Assistant Professor, Management
|B.S. Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1994; M.B.A, Southern Methodist University, 2001; Ph.D., New Mexico State University, 2008|
|Dr. Brent Kinghorn teaches the Capstone course. He brings years of real world experience having worked for two small companies that were sold to large multinational organizations. His research interests include the investigation of entrepreneurial strategy or the process of recognizing opportunities and then finding the means to turn those opportunities into action. Dr. Kinghorn has published research in several journals and conference proceedings. He serves as the Treasurer of the Southwest Academy of Management.
The Capstone course involves work with real clients from the community who are interested in improving an existing business or starting a new venture. Students develop a business plan for their client utilizing theories and concepts studied during class.
|Larsen, Dr. Don
Associate Professor, Management
|B.S., Bringham Young University, 1988; M.B.A., Utah State University, 1994; Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2001|
|Dr. Don Larsen brings experiential learning to his courses in management, leadership, and human resource management. He brings knowledge to the classroom from his experience as a senior auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense and as a consultant. He has published in journals such as SAM Advanced Management Journal and Journal of Business and Psychology.|
|McNally, Dr. Mary
Professor of Management
|B.S., Worcester State College, 1978; M.B.A., Indiana University, 1980; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1991|
|Dr. Mary McNally has been recognized by students for teaching excellence during her 28 years of teaching in the management discipline. In addition to general management, she teaches International Business, and Business and Environment, which introduces students to the critical interdependence of business and the natural environment and basic sustainability principles. Her academic activities include publications in sustainability, international business, and marketing. Mary has served as a Representative and now Senator from Billings in Montana’s citizen legislature.
Mary provides experiential learning opportunities for students, including working collaboratively with the City of Billings to implement Energy Star and increase public awareness about energy conservation.
Through her service in the Legislature, Mary is actively involved in shaping Montana tax and energy policies, and brings that experience back into the classroom.
|Mori, Dr. Patricio
Assistant Professor, Management
|B.S., Industrial Chemical Engineer, Universidad Catolica de Chile, 1991; M.B. A. Florida International University, 2006; Ph.D. Management and International Business, Florida International University, 2013.|
|Dr. Patricio Mori has 15 years of teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level. He has also 10 years of international industry experience both as a Product Development Engineer and an Entrepreneur in a family business. His area of research is on the drivers of innovation in family businesses. He is also interested in how new ventures internationalize and in how diversity of the founding team fosters or hinders strategic consensus. Dr. Mori has three publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been actively participating in paper presentations in major management conferences.
Patricio includes experiential learning in all of his classes with active problem solving exercises; activities aimed to build management skills that foster entrepreneurial spirit such as empathy, creativity, experimentation, reflection and play; and developing analytical tools through business model competitions.
|Otjen, Dr. A.J.
|B.A., University of Missouri, 1979; M.B.A., University of Colorado, 1984; Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2001|
|Dr. A.J. Otjen brings 25 years of industry experience and is published in several academic journals. Her students have won a total of 11 ADDY awards from the Montana Advertising Federation, the Public Service Award from the Montana Broadcaster’s Association, and five National Small Business Plan awards for the American Indian Business Leaders. She is co-winner of the 2007 MSU Billings Pippinger Award for innovation and excellence in teaching.
A.J. includes experiential learning in her classes with community clients such as Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, The Billings Depot, Downtown Miles City, and the Billings Wolves.
|Sah, Dr. Rakesh
|B.A., Allahabad University, India, 1982; M.A., Lucknow University, India, 1985; M.A., University of Alabama, 1997; Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1999|
|Dr. Rakesh Sah has graduate degrees in Economics and Finance. He has published in numerous international and national journals including the European Journal of Management, International Academy of Business and Economics and International Journal of Business Research. He was invited to speak on The Global Economic Crisis: Mitigating Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in December 2009. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Student Investment Club.|
|Stewart, Ms. Roberta
|Talafuse, Dr. Anna
Adunct Assistant Professor, Marketing
|B.S., Capella University, 2005; MBA, Regis University, 2007; Phd, Northcentral University, 2014|
|Dr. Anna Talafuse has taught courses in the COB and City College since 2010. She is a member of Delta Mu Delta, an International Honor Society in Business. Her background includes small business owner, website development, and management experience.
Anna works closely with students to ensure their educational growth and to bring real-world experiences into the classroom. Many of her classes include experiential learning with local businesses to provide students professional experience and develop relationships with business owners and managers, collaborations on various marketing projects, and multiple research projects.
|Wang, Dr. Ying
|B.A., Shandong University, 1995; MBA, Colorado State University, 2001; DBA, Louisiana Tech University, 2007|
|Dr. Ying Wang has done extensive research in financial accounting and reporting. She worked in a small firm before entering academics. Ying provides experiential learning experiences for students in the governmental accounting class in which students examine up to four state’s financial statements and make suggestions based on their findings.
Interested in knowing where your tax dollar went but do not understand the government report that is hundreds of pages long or never read one? Dr. Wang’s students will do in-depth analysis of your tax dollar!