College of Business Administration & Staff


Beer, Dr. Richard
Interim Dean
  McD 300

Prevost, Ms. Morgan
Administrative Associate
  McD 300


Business Administration Department Faculty & Staff


Boumediene, Dr. Salem
Associate Professor, Accounting
  McD 352
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, Accounting
  McD 209
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
Professor, Accounting; CPA
  McD 353
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, Finance
  McD 207
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; Online & Internship Advising
  McD 113
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.

Gurney, Mr. Brian
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management
  McD 201
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.

Larsen, Dr. Don
Associate Professor, Management
  McD 200
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.

Mori, Dr. Patricio
Assistant Professor, Management
  McD 205
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
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
Dept. Chair; Professor, Economics/Finance
  McD 111/McD 304B
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.

Schoenfeld, Dr. Debra
Professor, Accounting/Business Law; CPA
  McD 253
B.B.A., Grand Valley State University, 1981; M.B.A., Marquette University, 1998; J.D., Marquette University, 2003, University of Denver, 2013; LLM
Dr. Debra Schoenfeld, MBA, JD, LLM, brings 21 years of tax, legal and accounting experience, having worked for large multinational corporations, including General Electric. Dr. Schoenfeld has her CPA and attorney licenses. She has published her research in the most prestigious practitioner journal in the accounting field. Dr. Schoenfeld 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.

Stewart, Ms. Roberta
Administrative Support
  McD 305


Talafuse, Dr. Anna
Assistant Professor, Marketing
  McD 104
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
Professor, Accounting
  McD 256
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!