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The faculty/instructors of the Center for Executive and Professional Development programs represent the Spears School of Business. These individuals include authors, sought-after consultants and practitioners, caring teachers, and noted scholars. Many of the faculty have received outstanding teaching awards and been recognized for innovative instruction. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their publications and leadership positions in professional academic associations.
Raj Basu, Ph.D., is on the Management faculty in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Prior to returning to faculty, Dr. Basu spent fifteen years as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs for OSU-Tulsa. Dr. Basu researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, team building, and change management. He also speaks nationally and internationally to firms in the aerospace, energy, financial services, technology, manufacturing, government, and non-profit sectors.
Dr. Basu’s research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Engineering & Technology Management, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Employee Assistance Research, R&D Innovator, and International Journal of Stress Management. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association. Basu is a three-time recipient of the Chandler-Frates & Reitz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the MBA Program (2000, 2001, and 2007) and the Greiner Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (1996) and the Richard Poole Award for Excellence in Outreach (2012). Dr. Basu received his MBA from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. Dr. Basu has served on the Boards of Tulsa CARES, Leadership Oklahoma, Metro Tulsa Urban League, Greenwood Cultural Center, DREAM Institute, Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance, and the community advisory board of the Junior League of Tulsa. He is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, class XVIII. Dr. Basu is an avid mountain climber and in December 2004 climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,350 feet), the highest peak in Africa.
- Creating and Developing High Performance Teams
- Enhancing Employee Motivation through Coaching
- Leading Employees Virtually
- Supervisory Program: Leadership, Mentoring, and Coaching for Outstanding Performance
- The Manager as the Conflict Resolver
Matthew Bowler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has worked with and given talks to companies including Anadarko Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy, ONEOK, ConocoPhillips, CREC, Guardian Security (CSG), Lexmark, SMC Corporation, PharmaFab, Sleep Centers of Oklahoma, and PointBank. Dr. Bowler focuses his research on leadership, change, social networks, compensation, influence and citizenship behaviors in organizations. He teaches management topics, including leading change, building social capital, leadership, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and management skills. He has received multiple teaching awards from the OSU MBA Student Association. Dr. Bowler earned an MBA at Missouri State University, where he also acquired a BS in management. He earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Kentucky and was on the faculty at the University of North Texas for four years. Before entering academia, he spent time in Guatemala managing a relief organization that provides surgical and construction services to rural Mayan villages. Dr. Bowler lives in Jenks, OK with his wife and two children. He enjoys time with family, competing in endurance events including triathlons and marathons, any outdoor activity, and traveling.
- Evidence-Based Management: Better Decision Making
- Leadership by Question
- Leading Change/Change Management
- Strengthening Your Network: Enhancing Professional Relationships
- Supervisory Program: Leadership, Mentoring, and Coaching for Outstanding Performance
- vLeadership Simulation
James Burkman, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science and Information Systems. Dr. Burkman is a Veteran with distinguished service in teaching and mentoring in the OSU Veterans Entrepreneurship Program for many years. His most current completed research includes in the industries of electronics, consumer behavior, and information security with the majority of his research being funded by Best Buy Inc. He has also served as the Faculty Advisor for the OSU Information Security and Assurance Club since 2008. Dr. Burkman has given presentations on management and employee empowerment, visual analogies, and knowledge in information systems. He received his Ph.D. and Masters of Business degree in Management Information Systems with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior from Indiana University and received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Western State College in Business Administration with a supporting area of Finance.
- Information Assurance for Front-Line Employees
- Information Assurance for Managers
David Carter, Ph.D., is the Greg Massey Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business where he teaches corporate finance with an emphasis on Excel spreadsheet applications, entrepreneurial finance, and commercial bank management. Dave has won several awards for his teaching, including the Regent’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching award given by OSU. He is active in a variety of professional organizations and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Finance Association.
Dave has published extensively in academic finance journals and has presented his research at leading academic conferences around the world. His research focuses on risk management and hedging in the airline and banking industries, corporate governance, and commercial bank management. Dave has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University, an M.B.A. from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Prior to entering academia, Dave worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Questar Pipeline Company.
- Finance for Managers I
- Finance for Managers II
- Finance for the Nonfinancial Manager
- Financial Analysis and Modeling using Excel
Goutam Chakraborty, Ph.D., has a B.Tech (Honors) in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a PGCGM from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, an M.S. in statistics and a Ph. D. in marketing from the University of Iowa. He has held managerial positions with a subsidiary of Union Carbide, USA and with a subsidiary of British American Tobacco, UK. He is a professor of marketing at Oklahoma State University, where he has taught digital business strategy, web-business strategy, electronic commerce, and interactive marketing and product and pricing management, data mining and CRM applications for the past 20+ years. Goutam has presented numerous programs and workshops to executives, educators, and research professionals in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and India. He has won many teaching awards including Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, Richard. W. Poole Faculty Outreach Excellence Award, Kenneth D. and Leitner Greiner Teaching Award and Wendell H. Bailey Faculty Excellence Award at OSU; Outstanding Direct Marketing Educator Award, from the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation, New York; Professor of the Year Award at CIMBA Italy; Great Executive MBA Instructor Award at the University of Iowa, Iowa City; Outstanding Marketing Teacher Award, from the Academy of Marketing Science, Coral Gables, Florida; Goutam’s research has been published in many scholarly journals such as Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Business Research, and Industrial Marketing Management. In addition, Goutam has served on the editorial review board of Journal of Business Research and Journal of Academy of Marketing Science. Goutam has also consulted extensively on issues related to developing digital business strategy, building and managing customer relationships, product development, and management and creation of e- business models with companies such as Aetna, Mercruiser, Thrifty Rent-A-Car, Berendsen Fluid Power, Globe Life Insurance, Vanguard Realtors, Hilti, Love’s Travel Stops, etc. He is the founder of the SAS and OSU Data Mining Certificate program.
- Business Analytics and Big Data: The “Evidence” of Evidence-Based Management
- Building Your Business Acumen: Strategic Business Management Simulation
Abbey Davis is currently the Director of the Eastin Center for Career Readiness and an adjunct management instructor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Before joining OSU, Abbey worked as a fulltime corporate HR professional specializing in the areas of talent development, organizational development, performance management and compensation. She has supported internal business clients with these specializations in both energy and manufacturing industries. Abbey received her bachelor’s degree in human resources and MBA from OSU. In 2016, Abbey was recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumni for the Spears School of Business. Outside of the Eastin Center and teaching, Abbey also stays connected with students through the Spears mentoring program and serving on the OSU MBA Advisory Board.
- Harvey Who and #MeToo: Where Do We Go From Here?
- Gender Roles: We’re doing it wrong, what’s changed and what your company needs to know
Dursun Delen, Ph.D., is the William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Delen worked in the industry for over 10 years managing projects that developed and delivered business analytics solutions to companies and federal agencies. In addition to his academic endeavors, he provides consultancy services to businesses in assessing their information systems needs and developing state-of-the-art business analytics capabilities.
Dr. Delen is an internationally known expert in business analytics. He is often invited to national and international conferences to deliver keynote presentations on business analytics and related topics. Dr. Delen recently co-authored four books on business analytics, data mining, text mining and decision support systems. He served as the general co-chair for the 4th International Conference on Network Computing and Advanced Information Management, and regularly chairs tracks and mini-tracks for several reputable national and international conferences. Dr. Delen’s research has appeared in major journals including Decision Support Systems, Communications of the ACM, Computers and Operations Research, Computers in Industry, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Production Operations Management, International Journal of Forecasting, Expert Systems with Applications, and IEEE Wireless Communication, among others. Dr. Delen serves on several technical journal editorial boards as associate editor-in-chief, associate editor and editorial board member. His current research and teaching interests are in business analytics, decision support systems, data/text mining, knowledge management, business intelligence and enterprise modeling.
- Business Analytics and Big Data: The “Evidence” of Evidence-Based Management
Kyle Eastham is a faculty member in Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship. He has a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and a Master’s in Public Administration. Prior to teaching at OSU Kyle served as a law enforcement officer and as the training director for a state agency. He also ran his own speaking and training business for 10 years. Kyle has also practiced martial arts for 30 years and sings in a local barbershop ensemble.
- Accountability at Work – How to Eliminate Mediocrity and Increase Productivity
- Better Workplace Habits Equals Better Business!
Kenneth Eastman, Ph.D., is Dean of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, Norman & Suzanne Myers Endowed Chair for Excellence in Business Administration, and Richard W. Poole Professorship for Excellence. His research interests are mainly in the areas of leadership and organizational politics. He has published articles in such journals as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Applied Social Psychology. He has received the Chandler-Frates & Reitz (1994), Greiner (1995), Regents Distinguished Teaching (1995), University Outreach Faculty Excellence, the Richard W. Poole Faculty Outreach Excellence (2009), the OSU Faculty Outreach Excellence (2009), and the UCEA Great Plains Region Excellence in Teaching (2009) Awards. He has presented many seminars, workshops, and lectures in the areas of executive leadership and organizational politics.
- DiSCover Your Leadership Strengths
- From Traditionals to Millennials: Leading Generations at Work
- Good to Great: What a Leader to Do?
- Managing Business Relationships and Careers
- Myers-Briggs Step II: Exploring the Facets of Your Personality
- Performance Management
- Shifting Gears: From Managing to Leading
Kenneth Ede, Ph.D., CHMM, is the Associate Director for the Environmental Science Graduate Program for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and Adjunct Professor in Management in the OSU Spears School of Business. Previous to this position Dr. Ede served as the Assistant Dean of Engineering at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. He was the EH&S Manager, Radiation Safety Officer, Chemical Hygiene Safety Officer and manager of all nanotechnology research projects conducted at the Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center. Dr. Ede has taught graduate level Environmental Science & Engineering courses for Oklahoma State University since 1995. Courses developed and instructed include Fundamentals of Waste Water Management, Safety Aspects for Environmental Managers, Environmental Management Problems Analysis and Applied Standards for Environmental Managers among others. Since 1989, Dr. Ede has also served as the Non-Credit Curriculum Director for OSU’s Professional Development Office. Courses developed include Hazardous Waste Management, Environmental Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Real Estate Assessments, Environmental Audits, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act among others.
In addition to his academic contributions to Oklahoma State University Dr. Ede served 18 years as the EH&S Manager for American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering Center in Tulsa, OK. In this position he managed all EH&S components of the largest non-military plating operation in the US, along with Waste Minimization, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, Regulatory Analysis and Injection Well Regulatory Compliance issues for 5 facilities and over 8,400 employees.
- Environmental Chemistry for Non-Chemists
- Introduction to Hazardous Materials Management
- Management of Solid and Hazardous Waste (RCRA)
- Managing Your Environmental Liability
Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Research in the Eastin Center for Career Readiness, Joe Synar Chair and Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Edwards is an expert in the areas of human resources, performance management, communication, conflict resolution, organizational training and development, research methodology, and statistical methods. Dr. Edwards has consulted for numerous public and private organizations on such projects as (a) job analyses and test development for selection and training assessment, (b) online employee engagement and attitudes surveys, (c) organizational change and development programs aimed at improving employee relations, attitudes, performance, and customer service, (d) conflict resolution, and (e) group dynamics to foster inclusiveness in teams. Dr. Edwards earned his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Texas A&M University and is an active member of Academy of Management, Society for Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He was previously a member of the I/O groups at Tulane University and Auburn University. Dr. Edwards has published numerous articles in the leading management and I/O journals and sits on the Editorial Board of Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Business and Psychology. In addition, his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Material Handling Industry of America, Department of Defense, and other public and private agencies.
- Accessing and Engaging Employees
- Managing Confrontations
- Performance Management
- Succession Planning: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders
Lindsey Greco, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department of Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Her interests include counterproductive work behavior, social identity at work, and research methods; her research currently appears in the Journal of Applied Psychology and The Leadership Quarterly. Dr. Greco received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
- Leading with Fairness
Carol Johnson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Accounting, an Associate Dean of Strategic Management and Measurement and the Stinchcomb Family Professor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. She teaches Fraud Examination and Ethics. She reads extensively in the fraud area, has assisted in the investigation of fraud cases, and has several fraud-related publications in Fraud Magazine, Internal Auditor, and the Journal of Forensic Accounting. Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and has a B.S. and M.S. in accounting from Illinois State University. She has received three teaching awards at OSU – the Mortar Board Teaching Award in 2007, the Greiner Graduate Teaching Award in 2008, and the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has successfully passed the CPA exam. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (both nationally and in the Oklahoma City chapter) and the American Accounting Association.
- Ethics for Accounting Professionals
- Proactive Fraud Detection
Toby Joplin, CPA, Ph.D., is the Director of Executive Doctoral programs and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Spears School of Business. He is the former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at R L Hudson & Company in Broken Arrow, OK. Toby is the founder of the TaxAlmanac website which was named one of the Top 50 Uses of the Web in 2005 by Bloomberg Business Week magazine and has been recognized by many other publications including Time, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and others. Toby has helped many organizations with their strategic planning, which includes R L Hudson & Company, Tax and Accounting Software Corporation, Union State Bank, and Dream Big, LLC. Oklahoma State University named Toby one of 50 distinguished MBA alumni of the last 50 years. He speaks frequently to professional and student groups and consults with organizations on a variety of management topics. His research interests include the effect of excessive entitlement attitudes on organizations, the morality of capitalism, and using capitalism to reduce poverty.
- Encouraging Employees to Take Ownership and Being Problem Solvers
- Strategic Planning
Jason F. Kirksey, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and the Chief Diversity Officer at Oklahoma State University. He also continues to hold the rank of Associate Professor of Political Science at OSU. Dr. Kirksey served as the Director of the OSU Center for Africana Studies from 2007-2011.
He holds a BA in both Political Science and Economics from Oklahoma State University (1989) and an MA in Political Science also from OSU (1991). He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans in 1997. Dr. Kirksey brings approximately 20 years of experience teaching, researching, and studying issues related to diversity and inclusion. His areas of specialization include minority politics (with an emphasis on African Americans, Native Americans, and women in the American political system), race, politics, and sports, voting and elections, and public policy. Dr. Kirksey’s research has been published in the National Political Science Review, Women and Politics, the Voting Rights Review, Focus on Law Review, and Oklahoma Politics. In addition to his publish articles, Dr. Kirksey has written several book chapters that have primarily focused on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He has also served as an expert witness in voting rights litigation. Dr. Kirksey serves on a number of diversity-related boards and councils and has given numerous presentations and workshops on the topic of diversity. He is a native of Denver, Colorado.
- Diversity: “The Logic and Common ₵ents of Diversity”
Lee Manzer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Marketing at Oklahoma State University. He has several years of practical experience as a chemist, sales representative, and marketing research assistant for Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Manzer is a nationally-recognized expert on service implementation. In addition, he has presented hundreds of seminars on topics such as attitude change, accountability, and creating a service culture, for a variety of national organizations and associations, including energy and petrochemical companies, manufacturing firms, financial institutions, and public service agencies. Specific companies Dr. Manzer has presented to include Arvest Bank Group, Chesapeake Energy, ConocoPhillips, Ditch Witch, Farm Credit Bank, Halliburton, Koch Industries, Phillips 66, and Williams. He has also presented to many non-profit organizations including the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Indian Health Service. He has made presentations to over 100,000 business professionals.
Dr. Manzer is multiple winner of the “University Teacher of the Year Award.” In total, he is the beneficiary of 14 undergraduate teaching awards: six voted by Spears School of Business students; four time recipient of the Spears School of Business Outstanding Teacher Award (peer review); four time recipient of the university-wide Instructor of the Year Award (peer review), and is the recipient of several Outreach Faculty Excellence Awards at the university level, and was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2010. He was also selected by the Spears School of Business as one of the top 50 MBA graduates and was recently selected as one of the 100 SSB graduates in honor of the 100th Anniversary Spears School of Business. Dr. Manzer is considered an excellent communicator and learning facilitator and has presented to organizations on such topics as storytelling as a leadership tool, relationships, enhancing attitudes and motivation, service quality, and goal setting.
- Create and Manage Customer Value for Business Success
- Creating Value Through Relationships
- Developing Effective Attitudes in the Workplace
- Enhancing Service: Creating a Practical Customer Focus
- Fish! Philosophy
- Increasing Effectiveness through Goal Setting
- Increasing Productivity through Accountability
- Stories from the Past − Managing the Future
- The Game is Played Away from the Ball
Kim McCrackin is the Coordinator of the Learning Services Center and an Instructor of Business Communications at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. She earned her B.S. in education and M.A. in English from Oklahoma State University. For the past fourteen years, Kim has been teaching writing at the university level and in private language institutions. She also spent two years in Mexico where she taught business communications courses to employees in multinational companies. In addition to her teaching experience, she has held administrative positions in educational institutions for eleven years.
Mac McCrory, Ed.D., spent 30 years at Oklahoma State University building and directing the nation’s first wellness center. The focus of the center’s programs was on quality customer service. He is an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Economics and Legal Studies in Business in the Spears School of Business. Dr. McCrory is former Vice President for Business and Industry Relations at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He currently teaches OSU graduate courses in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Dr. McCrory also serves as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Humane Society.
Dr. McCrory received his Doctor of Education degree in Health Science from Oklahoma State University. He graduated with honors and is a member and past president of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Scholastic Fraternity. He is a retired Lt. Col. in the United States Air Force and received the Air Force Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
He is co-founder and CEO of Development by Design, Inc. DbD focuses on helping individuals and teams reach their fullest potential. He coaches small and large teams to achieve their dreams. He also is a motivational speaker on a variety of topics, including Leadership and Team Building, Communication, Conflict Management, Quality Aging, Exercise Behavior, Care for the Caregiver, Time Care ™, and Stress Ease ™. He has spoken at over 250 state and national conferences.
Supporting text: Fight the Good Fight: A Practical Guide for Resolving Life’s Everyday Dispute. Mac McCrory. Tate Publishing, ISBN 978-1-61739-115-6
- Customer Relations Management
- Decision-Making: Fire or Strategy?
- Developing a Culturally Competent Organization
- Managing Difficult People in Difficult Situations: Working with You is Killing Me
- Productive Power of Quality Communications
- Resolving Team Issues
- Stress Management
- Time Care: Getting Control of Your Time and Your Life
- Wellness in the Workplace
James M. Pappas, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Head of the Management Department at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Pappas conducts research in the areas of middle management and social networks, including research in sales and health care management. With a background in economics, Dr. Pappas received MBA and MHA degrees from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.
- Developing the Strategic Middle Manager: The First Step Toward Organizational Renewal
- Strategic Management – Facilitation
Griffin Pivateau, J.D., is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has presented webinars on religious discrimination law for the employer, preventing retaliation in the workplace, prevention of bullying, and defensive drafting of employee handbooks. His research explores employment law and its impact on business environment. His work addresses issues of employee mobility, discrimination, and dispute resolution. Numerous legal treatises and journal articles, as well as state and federal courts, have cited his research. Dr. Pivateau received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Texas.
- Bullying and Beyond: Workplace Conflict
- Discrimination Law for the Employer: More Complicated than Ever
- Prevention of Sexual Harassment
- Winning the Battle and Losing the War: Retaliation in the Workplace
Jerry Rackley is Executive-in-Residence in the Marketing and International Business department at the Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University. His diverse marketing background includes 35 years of experience at some of the world’s largest companies, as well as many start-up organizations. He continues to serve as a marketing consultant, which enables him to bring a rich, current and practical marketing perspective into the classroom. Rackley is the author of Marketing Analytics Roadmap: Methods, Metrics, and Tools.
- Digital Marketing 101
James Stapp is a Lecturer in the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business. He has taught Business Communication courses since 2014.
James earned BAs in Strategic Communication and English and a MFA in English from Oklahoma State University.
For nearly a decade, James held multiple management positions in both the music and hospitality industries. His research interests include persuasive communication and the science of influence and decision making, and James enjoys presenting his findings and insight to fellow educators and practitioners.
James is passionate about helping current and future business leaders find their voice and master the communication skills necessary to overcome any challenge and meet any objective.
- Persuasive Communication: Skills for Navigating the Workplace
Betty J. Simkins, Ph.D., is the Williams Companies Chair of Business and Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. She received her B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, her M.B.A. from OSU, and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Simkins is very active professionally and serves on the editorial boards of ten academic journals, including the Journal of Commodity Markets (co-editor of this new journal being launched in 2015. She is past president of the Eastern Finance Association and also serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Conference Board of Canada’s Strategic Risk Council. She is active in energy industry associations, including the Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma (NGEAO), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). She has coauthored more than 70 journal articles and book chapters and has won a number of best paper awards at professional conferences. She loves teaching as evidenced by the five teaching awards received at OSU including the 2001 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2001-2002 Outstanding MBA Faculty Award. Prior to entering academia, she worked in the energy industry for Conoco (now ConocoPhillips) and Williams Companies. Dr. Simkins has published the following books: Enterprise Risk Management: Today’s Leading Research and Best Practices for Tomorrow’s Executives (2010), Energy Finance and Economics: Analysis and Valuation, Risk Management, and the Future of Energy published by Wiley (2013), and Implementing Enterprise Risk Management: Case Studies and Best Practices published by Wiley (2014). She has also conducted executive education courses for companies globally.
- Advanced and Expert Strategies in Oil & Gas Finance
- Energy Finance and Economic Analysis
- Energy Value Chain
- Finance and Capital Investment Analysis for Project Managers and Technical Professionals
- How to Read Your Company’s Annual Report 10 Things to Know About the Oil & Gas Industry
Marc Tower, is an Adjunct Instructor for the Management Department in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He graduated from OSU with an M.S. in Electronic Engineering Technology and an MBA from the Spears School of Business.
From being a scout pilot for the US Army to spending the last nine years helping companies operate more effectively, Marc has always worked toward operating efficiently and effectively. Having worked in the military, engineering, commercial software, construction and financial services, he has a broad experience background that helps show others how to apply Business Process Improvement principles to any situation.
For the last nine years he has been a consultant. He has been president of First Accent Consulting for the last two years and has managed firms ranging in size from very small to more than 10,000 employees.
Andrew L. Urich, J.D., is an interesting and enthusiastic communicator who helps people get what they want. He is an Associate Professor of Management and Director of Student Development, Eastin Center for Talent Development Career Readiness in the Spears School Business at Oklahoma State University. In addition, he served as a member of the Executive MBA faculty of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from 2004 until 2012. Prior to joining the faculty of the Spears School of Business, Professor Urich received a law degree from Western Reserve University, completed post-doctoral studies at the London Institute of Comparative Law, and practiced law with a major corporate law firm. Professor Urich is a lecturer, researcher, and consultant in the areas of negotiation, consumer protection, and commercial law and is a recipient of the Greiner Outstanding Teacher Award, the University Outreach Faculty Excellence Award, the 1999 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, the Region V University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) 2005 Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2007 Richard W. Poole Faculty Outreach Excellence Award. Professor Urich is an effective and entertaining communicator with both practical and academic experience.
- Building Profitable Relationships: Networking and Selling Yourself
- Critical Thinking: Leading Innovation and Value Creation
- Dynamic Presentation Skills
- Ethics Awareness: Managing for an Ethical Workplace
- Networking and Building Profitable Relationships: The Primary Drivers of Success
- Professional Image: Position Yourself (Branding)
- The Power of Influence
- Tune Up Your Negotiation and Persuasion Skills
Alexis Washington, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of the Management Department in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Washington received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior at the A. B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. Her areas of expertise span workplace issues such gender, diversity and status, politics and influence, as well as the design and utility of health and safety training interventions. Currently, Dr. Washington’s research includes projects that examine the role of gender in the use and effectiveness of political skill, impression management, mentoring and emotional expression. Additionally, she is engaged in a research project focused on the roles of gender and status on the experience of senior level women in corporate America. Dr. Washington also examines workplace interventions to include traditionally underrepresented minority members in organizations. For example, she is currently a member of a team investigating the effectiveness of targeted minority recruitment efforts on multiple stakeholders.
In addition to over 5 years of experience conducting applied research in these areas, Dr. Washington has also consulted for a multi-firm legal services organization, wherein she designed and implemented surveys on female lawyers’ engagement, satisfaction and productivity. Through this project, we identified avenues for improving individual productivity and organizational methods for increasing worker empowerment. Additionally, Dr. Washington is currently consulting for Oklahoma’s GRDA to implement leadership training and succession planning procedures.
Dr. Washington’s experience and research interests have produced research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, the Academy of Management Perspectives, Research in Organizational Behavior, and the European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, and contributed to edited books such as the Handbook of Prejudice and Discrimination and the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Studies. In addition, Dr. Smith is a member of and has presented research at the Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association, the Gender, Work & Organizations Conference, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
- Achieving Inclusion
- Crafting Authentic Identities
- Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
- Men, Women, and Gender Roles at Work
- Navigating the Pipeline: Women in Business
- Unconscious Bias
- Understanding and Overcoming Microaggressions in the Workplace