College of Business

College Directory

Room 300
McDonald Hall
Phone: 406.657.2812
Fax: 406.657.2327

College of Business Administration & Staff

 

Burke, Ms. Kathie
Administrative Associate
  McD 300
657-2326
kburke@msubillings.edu
B.S., Creighton University, 1970; M.B.A., (audited) University of Montana, 1998

Wheeling, Dr. Barbara
Dean
  McD 300
657-2326
barbara.wheeling@msubillings.edu

Business Administration Department Faculty & Staff

 

Amundson, Mr. Gary
Adjunct Instructor, Business/Finance
  McD 203
657-1610
gamundson@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 207
657-1605
salem.boumediene@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 208
657-1608
scott.butterfield1@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 304B
657-1651
mcampbell@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 207
657-1604
sougata.das@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 310
657-2212
bdockery@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 

ffarsio@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 201
657-2906
bgurney@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 258
896-5822
sharris@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 106
657-1627
aheiat@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 105
657-2224
nheiat@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 204
657-2926
joshua.hill5@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 253
657-1606
djohnson@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 209
657-1689
brent.kinghorn@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 202
657-2907
dlarsen@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 200
657-1650
mmcnally@msubillings.edu
 
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
  McD 205
657-2099
patricio.mori@msubillings.edu
 
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.
Professor, Marketing
  McD 255
657-1653
aotjen@msubillings.edu
 
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
Professor, Economics/Finance
  McD 111
657-1652
rsah@msubillings.edu
 
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
Administrative Support
  McD 305
657-2296
rstewart@msubillings.edu
 
 

Stone, Ms. Karen
Coordinator of Faculty, Student & Data Management Services
  McD 304
657-2812
kstone@msubillings.edu
 
B.S.B.A., Montana State University Billings, 1985
 

Talafuse, Dr. Anna
Adunct Assistant Professor, Marketing
  McD 104
657-1609
anna.talafuse@msubillings.edu
 
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
Assistant Professor, Accounting
  McD 256
657-2273
ywang@msubillings.edu
 
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 as a staff accountant for four years 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!