ACCREDITED BY ACBSP
Accreditation Council For Business Schools and Programs
School of Business
235 Scotland Road
Department Office: 215B
The faculty of the Department of Business and Economics bring both academic preparation and actual business experience to their teaching. Having earned advanced degrees at some of the most renowned universities, faculty members also have significant experience in the practice of marketing, accounting, finance, information technology, law, tax, investments, research, management, sales, and international business. This blend of scholarship and practice is complemented by a commitment to excellence in teaching and personal interest in students' success.
DEAN of SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Scott E. Miller, CPA, Esq.,DBA
Interim Dean, School of Business
Office Hours: By Appointment
Teaching Area: Accounting
Office: 110 Wiley
Dr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting, summa cum laude, from Gannon University, in Erie, Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Dr. Miller has over ten years of administrative experience in higher education, over fifteen years teaching experience in higher education and over twenty-five years of professional business experience advising individuals and businesses in various matters including taxation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and estate planning and probate. To continue to bring real-world experience into the classroom, Dr. Miller remains active as an attorney and CPA in with clients throughout the United States. Dr. Miller has given presentations throughout the country to professional and non-profit organizations on accounting, legal, and organizational efficiency issues. He is also frequently asked to conduct financial planning seminars throughout the country to members of non-profit organizations who face chronic medical and financial barriers. Dr. Miller is a licensed CPA and a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and Ohio with admissions to the United States Tax Court, Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and United States Supreme Court.
Dr. Miller has presented academic papers throughout the United States and at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. In addition, he has published peer-reviewed articles in U.S. and International journals. Additionally, he has been invited as a lecturer in the doctoral program at Anderson University where he serves on dissertation committees for doctoral students. His research interests are primarily in corporate governance. His research has also focused on the financial crises in the United States, accounting ethics and effective pedagogy in accounting education.
FACULTY FOR SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
W. Timothy Few, Ph.D.
Teaching Area: Management
Office: 215A Hendricks Hall
Dr. Few earned a doctorate degree in strategic management as well as a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Prior to earning his doctorate degree, Dr. Few was president and a member of the board of directors of Bill Few Associates, a Pittsburgh-based financial planning and investment management organization. Additionally, Dr. Few was a member of the faculty at Penn State University, Beaver Campus where he taught courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership, management, business communication and human resource management. Currently, his research in the areas of organizational identity, organizational identification, competitor identification, top management teams and social entrepreneurship, have led to publications in the Journal of Labor Research, International Journal of Business Environment, Competitiveness Review and the European Journal of International Management as well as presentations at the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society.
Michael Engdahl, JD, MS, CFP®
Assistant Department Chair
Teaching Areas: Financial Services, Business Law, Personal Economics
Office: 215C Hendricks Hall
Michael B. Engdahl is an Assistant Professor of Financial Services and Business Law at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Edinboro University's CFP Board Registered Program. He is also a "fee-only" CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner and an attorney, who focuses on representing individuals in their disputes with the financial services industry. Michael received his Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo Law School and his B.S. degree in Business/Pre-Law from Bowling Green State University. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Jamestown (NY) Bar Association, and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA). Michael has written many published articles on topics such as mutual fund fees and expenses, nonprofit organization retirement plans, determining a prudent systematic withdrawal strategy from retirement plans using probability analysis, and how to avoid becoming the victim of investment fraud.
Gerald Carnes, MBA, CPA, CFF, FCPA
Registered Investment Advisor
Teaching Areas: Accounting, Tax, Auditing & Forensic Accounting
Office: 212 Hendricks Hall
Gerald Carnes is a graduate of Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Operations Management, and a graduate of Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree In Business Administration. He also completed additional post graduate courses in accounting at Gannon. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of C.P.A.’s. He was among the first C.P.A.’s in
to register as an investment advisor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Pennsylvania Securities Commission. He continues to be a Registered Investment Advisor with the Pennsylvania Securities Commission and FINRA. He possesses a Certificate of Educational Achievement in Personal Financial Planning issued by the American Institute of C.P.A.’s. He is a member of the AICPA Forensic and Valuation Division and is a Certified Financial Forensic specialist (CFF), and he is also a member of the Society of Forensic CPA’s and is certified as a Forensic CPA (FCPA). He has a special interest in securities and financial statement fraud. Mr. Carnes is an auditing, forensic accounting, financial accounting and tax professor and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA. Pennsylvania
Mr. Carnes is active as an independent financial and investment advisor, and an accounting and tax consultant in western Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous professional development courses and related textbooks, and has been a frequent presenter and speaker throughout Pennsylvania and the United States on the topics of financial planning, identifying and solving investment problems, investment planning, investment research, and investment protection and security. He is a former member of the NASD Board of Arbitrators, and actively provides expert witness and litigation support in financial cases.
Shuang Feng, Ph.D.
Teaching Area: Finance, Economics
Office: 231 Hendricks Hall
Shuang Feng joined the Department of Business and Economics in Fall 2011, after finishing her doctoral work in Finance at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has also earned a Master of Social Sciences in Economics from the National University of Singapore, and a Bachelor of Economics from Peking University. Prior to joining Edinboro University, she has taught Corporate Finance and Financial Modeling at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her current research focuses on the performance, management and compensation structure of hedge funds.
Kosin Isariyawongse, Ph.D.
Teaching Area: Economics
Office: 207 Hendricks Hall
Dr. Kosin earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Oregon State University, and a Master of Science in Policy Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was also a travelling scholar at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Edinboro University's Department of Business and Economics, he was a lecturer at Oregon State University. His fields of interest are Industrial Organization, Applied Microeconomics, and Game Theory. Dr. Kosin has presented papers throughout the United States. He also has published articles in U.S. peer-reviewed journals. His recent research has focused on the economics of advertising, strategic interaction of firms in the framework of generic advertising and policy implications. His current research also extends to study a theoretical model in the case of a hybrid Cournot-Bertrand type competition. His selected honors include the D. Barton DeLoach Graduate Scholarship in Economics, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the Oscar Miller Award for Teaching Excellence. He is also listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America. Dr. Kosin has actively involved with the Pennsylvania Economic Association where he serves on the Board of Directors and also serves as a Vice President of the organization. He has served on the Editorial board of the Journal of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology. In addition, Dr. Kosin is the recipient of the "Advisor of the Year Award 2013".
Asri Jantan, Ph.D.
Teaching Area: Marketing
Office: 240 Hendricks Hall
Dr. Jantan joined the faculty of Edinboro University in the fall of 2008 as an Associate Professor of Marketing. Previously he has taught at SUNY Brockport, Savannah State University, and Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Jantan obtained his Ph.D. degree in Business Administration-Marketing from Old Dominion University, Virginia in 2000, and his M.S. in Marketing from the University Colorado at Denver in 1995. He teaches courses in Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, Professional Selling, Promotional Management, and Global Marketing. Dr Jantan's primary research interests are in the field of Global Sales Training and Ethnic Marketing/Selling. Dr. Jantan has published his research articles in the International Journal of Strategic Management, International Journal of Business Discipline, Industrial Marketing Management Journal, International Journal of Sales, Retailing and Marketing, Multinational Business Review, Services Marketing Quarterly and peer reviewed national/ international conference proceedings. Dr. Jantan is also the recipient of the "Best Scholar Award" for 2013.
Shaun Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Teaching Areas: Financial Services, Finance
Office: 217 Hendricks Hall
Shaun Pfeiffer joined the Department of Business and Economics in Fall 2012. He completed his Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University in August 2012. Teaching interests include: Financial Planning Courses, Investments, Financial Analysis, and Banking. Professor Pfeiffer has published investments and retirement planning papers in the Journal of Investing, Journal of Financial Planning, and Journal of Personal Finance. His hobbies include basketball, swimming, hiking, and watching football games.
Jingze Jiang, Ph.D.
Teaching area: Economics and Quantitative analysis
Office: 235 Hendricks Hall
Dr. Jingze Jiang joined the Department of Business and Economics in Fall 2013. She earned a Ph.D. in Economics and Master in Statistics from Washington State University in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Finance. Prior to joining Edinboro University, she had teaching experience in Fundamentals of Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Advanced Business Management Economics and Introduction to Farm and Ranch Management. Her research interests include: Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Econometrics and Industry Organization. Her recent research has focused on the plastics economics in terms of the sustainable development. Her hobbies include flute, hiking and cooking.
Michael Morrison, Ph.D.
Teaching Area: Economics
Office: 241 Hendricks Hall
Michael Morrison joined the Department of Business and Economics in Fall 2013. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of New Mexico in July 2013. He has also earned a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Montana State University. Prior to joining Edinboro University, he has taught Introduction to Macroeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics at the University of New Mexico. His current research focuses on the law of one price and using large scale video games in economic research.
Qiwei Gan, Ph.D.
Teaching Area: M.I.S., Business
Office: 108 Hendricks Hall
Dr. Qiwei Gan earned his Ph.D. degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Texas Tech University, his master degree in Applied Linguistics, and his bachelor degree in Business English from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics of China. In addition, he was a doctoral candidate in Finance at the same university where he got his master degree. Prior to coming to US for his doctoral study in MIS, he served as a faculty member at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics of China for five years. Dr. Gan’s research interests focus on the organizational decision makings enabled by business intelligence. His current research interests include data mining, text mining, sentiment analysis, social media analysis, and their application in the business organizations. Dr. Gan presented his work in various prestigious national and international conferences, such as American Conference on Information Systems, and Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. His research work appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Decision Support Systems, and International Journal of Society Systems Science. Dr. Gan was also the recipient of SAS Student Ambassador (honorable mention) of 2008.
Doretha Christoph, MBA
Teaching Area: Accounting, Management, Finance
Office: 239 Hendricks Hall
Professor Christoph comes to us from the business community. She was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at The McClatchy Co.-NYSE (third-largest newspaper company in the United States), Sacramento, CA. Before that she was CFO at Intermet Corporation-NASDAQ, Troy, MI. She joined Intermet Corporation, the nation’s largest independent foundry company in 1995, and directed fiscal-year close in the face of a relocation of corporate headquarters, the sell-off of two businesses and the purchase of another – all during a hostile takeover fight. Earlier she was vice president and director of finance at LNP Engineering Plastics Inc. (subsidiary of Japan’s Kawasaki Steel), Exton, PA and director finance at a subsidiary of the British chemical giant Imperial Chemical Industries, PLC, Wilmington, DE. Other financial and accounting positions were at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Collegeville, PA; E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, DE; Johnson & Johnson Co., New Brunswick, NJ; Cummins Engine Co. (world’s largest producer of diesel engines), Columbus, IN; and A. G. Becker & Co. (Investment Bank), Chicago, IL.
She has considerable experience in mergers and acquisition work, international finance, accounting, and management. Ms. Christoph earned her B.S. in economics and MBA in Accounting and Finance with a minor in international economics from the University of Chicago. She received a National Science Foundation grant in Economics and was named as one of Detroit’s Most Influential Women by Crain’s Detroit Business magazine.
John Onorato, Esq., MBA
Teaching Area: Law, Business
Office: 109 Hendricks Hall
John A. Onorato joined our faculty in January 2012. Prior to joining our team he taught as an Assistant Professor of Management at Gannon University for 13 years. In May of 2011 he was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to be the Director of the Northwest Regional office of the Department of Community of Economic Development, (DCED). In this capacity he is responsible for fostering opportunities for businesses to grow and communities to succeed within a 14 county region of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining DCED, for almost five years he served as Vice President and General Counsel to the Manufacturer & Business Association. Before that he was the County Solicitor for the County of Erie, and a Vice President for PNC Capital Markets. He earned in BA and MBA from Gannon University and his JD from Penn State University/The Dickinson School of Law. He is also certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources.
Melisa Zimmerman, MBA
Teaching Areas: Management, Marketing
Office: 210 Hendricks Hall
Professor Melisa Zimmerman is a graduate of Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania with a degree in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration. Melisa is currently pursuing her PhD in Organization and Management, with a focus on Marketing. She actively teaches upper-level marketing courses as well as management courses, tying in real-world experiences and projects into her classroom.
Melisa is also an entrepreneur, having worked in advertising and marketing upon graduation from Gannon, she branched out on her own in 2006 with her own sponsorship marketing firm. Most recently she has been involved in the creation of a new online business that creates professional packaging for the photography industry. She enjoys the thrill of a new challenge!
Mrs. Zimmerman is also a member of the American Marketing Association, the American Management Association, volunteer faculty for the Delta Mu Delta organization and an advocate of the School of Business internship program.
Lawrence Abbondanza, Jr. MBA, CPA
Teaching Area: Accounting
Office: 120 Hendricks Hall
Mr. Abbondanza is a temporary faculty member in the Department teaching in the area of accounting and taxes. He is a graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, with a B.A. in Accounting, and a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, with a Masters of Business Administration in Systems Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Abbondanza has had extensive experience in both public accounting and private industry and is currently a principle with Coleman & Co PC Certified Public Accountants in Erie, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty at Edinboro he taught as an adjunct instructor at both Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania and at the Ashtabula campus of Kent State University in Ohio.
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