Faculty and Staff


Frances Amatucci

Phone: 724.738.4310 Office: ECB 105 Email: frances.amatucci@sru.edu
Dr. Frances M. Amatucci is an associate professor in the School of Business at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Dr. Amatucci is a strong advocate of field-based and experiential learning in business education. She teaches courses related to strategic management, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. She was the Chair of the United Nations Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative at Slippery Rock University and is a member of the PRME Working Group on Gender Equality. She has been a participant in the Business of Humanity® project at the University of Pittsburgh since 2009 (www.boh.pitt.edu). Based on her field research in Russia funded by the project, she wrote the case study Alcoa Russia. Her research interests include gender and diversity issues in business, sustainability and entrepreneurship. She has published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Venture Capital, Journal of Small Business Strategy, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. She earned an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in strategic planning and policy from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her academic career, she was employed for over sixteen years in the health care sector.

Melanie Anderson

Phone: 724.738.4375 Office: ECB 313-G Email: melanie.anderson@sru.edu
Dr. Melanie Anderson teaches managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, and auditing. Dr. Anderson’s research interests include ethics, fraud, forensic accounting, cosmopolitan and local orientations, and volunteer fire company’s financial fitness. Dr. Anderson earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska, an MBA from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business (accounting major) from Clarion University. She was an auditor, accounting systems manager, and business analyst for 15 years for Quaker State Corporation and Werner Co. prior to beginning her teaching career. Dr. Anderson previously taught business courses for 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville.

Edward Book

Phone: 724-738-4865 Office: ECB 105 Email: edward.book@sru.edu

Thuy Bui

Phone: 724.738.2576 Office: ECB 113-F Email: thuy.bui@sru.edu
Dr. Bui’s research interests include corporate finance, governance, blockholders, and capital structure. Dr. Bui received her Ph.D. in finance from University of Pittsburgh, an MBA and a bachelor degree in finance and strategic management from Ohio University.

John Buttermore

Phone: 724.738.4865 Office: ECB 105 Email: john.buttermore@sru.edu

Anindya Chatterjee

Phone: 724.738.2970 Office: ECB 313-D Email: anindya.chatterjee@sru.edu
Anindya Chatterjee is a Professor of Marketing at Slippery Rock University’s School of Business. Professor Chatterjee earned his Master’s degree in Business at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Marketing at Temple University, Philadelphia in 1997. His research interests are in the areas of consumer psychology and cross-cultural consumer behavior. His research has been widely published in various journals and proceedings including the Psychological Reports, Advances in Consumer Research, Perceptual & Motor Skills and the Singapore Marketing Review. His work experience in Marketing includes executive positions at British Oxygen Corporation (BOC) and the Indian Oil Corporation.

Rhonda Clark

Phone: 724.738.2480 Office: ECB 315 Email: rhonda.clark@sru.edu

Natalie Dick

Phone: 724.738.4770 Office: ECB 113-A Email: natalie.dick@sru.edu

Jeffrey Forrest

Phone: 724.738.2510 Office: ECB 208-A Email: jeffrey.forrest@sru.edu
Dr. Forrest’s research covers a wide range of areas, including economics, finance, management, marketing, mathematics, science, philosophy, etc. As of the end of 2016, he has published nearly 400 research papers and more than 40 books and special topic volumes. Dr. Forrest joined Slippery Rock University in 1988 and has lectured worldwide on various topics.

Diane Galbraith

Phone: 724.738.4918 Office: ECB 313-H Email: diane.galbraith@sru.edu
"Dr. Galbraith’s background includes almost 20 years in the business world, most recently as a Director of a Business Unit at a private, $11 billion company and Regional/Cluster Manager for AT&T Wireless. She has a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Marketing; a M.S. in Management and HRM; and a doctorate in Administration and Leadership Studies. Research has focused on adult learning, cross-cultural studies, emotional intelligence, ethics, academic integrity, teamwork, business principles, leadership, etc. Dr. Galbraith is active in the community as a Board Member for the Valley Points YMCA, as a coach, Band Booster and committee chair, business consultant, etc., and she contributes to many university, strategic and business committees on campus."

John Golden

Phone: 724.738.4352 Office: ECB 315 Email: john.golden@sru.edu
Dr. John Golden teaches Law and Global Business in the School of Business at Slippery Rock University where he also serves as the university’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Chair of the President’s Commission on Sustainability. He is the managing director of the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA) at Slippery Rock, which assists new start-ups and existing businesses with sustainable growth opportunities. Dr. Golden serves on several boards of directors, profit and non-profit. He is the owner of Golden Intergroup, Inc. a private sustainable business consulting firm. He also practices law in the USA and internationally, specializing in commercial law.

Abel Gyan

Phone: 724-738-2137 Office: ECB 108 Email: abel.gyan@sru.edu

Frank Hulick

Phone: 724.738.2144 Office: ATS 256 Email: frank.hulick@sru.edu

Abdou Jallow

Phone: 724.738.2317 Office: ECB 120-C Email: abdou.jallow@sru.edu
"Abdou Karim Jallow, PhD. Dr. Jallow is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the School of Business. He received his PhD in MIS with focus on Information Management and Integrated Enterprise Systems from Loughborough University, UK. He also holds a Master of Science (MSc) in IT for Product Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science with Honors (BSc-Hons) in Information Systems Management both from Cranfield University, UK. Before joining Slippery Rock University, Dr. Jallow was a faculty and Program Coordinator of the Information Sciences and Technology Program at Pennsylvania State University New Kensington. He has also served as a faculty member of MIS both at Smeal College of Business, Penn State and Rohrer College of Business, Rowan University, USA. He has worked as a research assistant at Loughborough University on a knowledge management project, and as a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Penn State University on the $129 million DoE project on Energy Efficiency. Dr. Jallow’s research and teaching combines interdisciplinary elements of computer science, information systems and technology, management systems engineering and project management. His industry experience include work as a business process analyst at Komatsu UK Ltd. Dr. Jallow has strong research interest in blockchain, data analytics, e-government, cloud computing & SOA, business process management, enterprise architecture and systems, information & knowledge management, requirements management, supply chain integration, and risk & change management. He has taught systems analysis and design, database management systems, security, business information systems, information systems strategy, systems integration, web development and data analytics among others. He has produced several publications based on his work in renowned journals and international conference proceedings. Dr. Jallow has reviewed papers for various journals and conferences. He is a recipient of several academic and scholarship awards."

Benjamas Jirasakuldech

Phone: 724.738.4370 Office: ECB 113-C Email: b.jirasakuldech@sru.edu
Dr. Jirasakuldech joined Slippery Rock University in 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002 and Master of Science in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1995. She has taught many courses in finance including Managerial Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, Intermediate Corporate Finance, Investment, Finance Seminar, and International Finance. Her areas of research are speculative markets, behavioral finance, international finance, and real estate markets. Her research has been published in Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Managerial Finance Journal, Journal of Investing, Review of Futures Markets, Applied Finance Economics, and Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management. She was also awarded Chartered Financial Analyst in 2001.

Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo

Phone: 724-738-4351 Office: ECB 101D Email: baek.joo@sru.edu
Dr. Joo joined Slippery Rock University in 2018. He received his MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at Carlson School of Management and a PhD in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He teaches organizational behavior and human resource management (HRM) courses. He has nearly 14 years of experience as an internal and external HR/OD consultant in industry and in consultancy. His current research interests include leadership, coaching, career satisfaction, organizational learning, employee engagement and well-being, and international human resources management. He has published research papers in journals such as Career Development International, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Leadership and Organization Development Journal, and Personnel Review.

David Jordan

Phone: 724.738.4514 Office: ECB 113-B Email: david.jordan@sru.edu
David W. Jordan, PhD, is a Professor of Healthcare Administration and Management in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business. His research interests include health care benefit design, health care management and administrative processes, individual and population health behaviors and factors of health care utilization. Dr. Jordan received his PhD. from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in Health Services Research - Health Administration, an MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a Regional Vice President and served 22+ years in the insurance and Managed Care industries prior to joining Slippery Rock University.

Paul Lamping

Phone: 724.738.2411 Office: ECB 308 Email: paul.lamping@sru.edu

Stephen Larson

Phone: 724.738.4528 Office: ECB 120-B Email: stephen.larson@sru.edu

Yi Li

Phone: 724.738.4365 Office: ECB 105 Email: yi.li@sru.edu
Dr. Li’s research interests mainly lie on Behavioral and Experimental Economics, individual decision making under risk and uncertainty and Game Theory. Dr. Li received her Ph.D. degree in Economics from Georgia State University, bachelor degrees in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics as well as Economics from Renmin University of China.

Robert McCartt

Phone: 724-738-4374 Office: ECB 116 Email: robert.mccartt@sru.edu

Sunita Mondal

Phone: 724.738.2973 Office: ECB 313-A Email: sunita.mondal@sru.edu
Dr. Mondal's research interests include empirical microeconomics, the labor market impact of public policies, and economics of education. Dr. Mondal received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Masters and bachelor’s degree in Economics from Jadavpur University in India. She is currently the President of the Pennsylvania Economic Association (PEA), and has served as the local arrangements chair for the 2016 PEA conference. Dr. Mondal has been awarded grant from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. She has taught courses at the graduate level MBA program, including managerial economics, and several undergraduate courses at Slippery Rock University.

Donald Mong

Phone: 724.738.4224 Office: ECB 010-C Email: donald.mong@sru.edu
Dr. Mong teaches Legal Environment of Business, Employment Law, and Healthcare Law. His research interests follow both the substantive topics of those courses and how to teach them. Dr. Mong graduated from Haverford College, Katz Graduate School of Business, and University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Before coming to Slippery Rock, he grew entrepreneurial businesses.

Madhu Motha

Phone: 724-738-4379 Office: ECB 116 Email: madhu.motha@sru.edu

Ernest Ngirimana

Phone: 724.738.4865 Office: ECB 208 Email: nshuti.ngirimana@sru.edu

Jeananne Nicholls

Phone: 724.738.4386 Office: ECB 010-A Email: jeananne.nicholls@sru.edu
Jeananne “Nan” Nicholls, DBA, MBA, became a faculty member at Slippery Rock University’s (SRU’s) School of Business in 2011 after spending over 20 years in the private and non-profit sectors. Nan’s work included senior positions in technology-based economic development in OH, WV and PA, and she has managed as much as $40million worth research grants and projects. She has a BS degree in business from Carlow University, an MBA from Duquesne University, and in 2012 earned a doctorate in business administration from Kennesaw State University in GA. Her research interests include working with student scholars in the areas of participation in student clubs/organizations, marketing education, service learning, ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and health care. Dr. Nicholls has been a co-adviser or adviser for SRU’s AMA student chapter since 2011 and has increased membership 200% as well as participation in regional, national, and international marketing competitions. She teaches marketing and management courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Her desire to help students succeed was recognized in 2015 when she received SRU’s President’s Award for Academic Advising. Nan was also named as the 2016 Distinguished Educator by her Pittsburgh AMA peers

Jennifer Nightingale

Phone: 724.738.2971 Office: ECB 120-A Email: jennifer.nightingale@sru.edu
Jennifer Paige Nightingale, associate professor of Information Systems, has taught in higher education since 2000. Before entering academia, she spent 15 years in industry with a focus in management, marketing and training. Her research expertise is in instructional technology, using technology as a teaching tool, and the impact of instructional technologies on student learning. She has earned numerous teaching and research honors and awards, holds an Ed.D. (instructional technology) and two M.S. degrees (information systems management and education) from Duquesne University, and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

J. Christian Ola

Phone: 724.738.4865 Office: ECB 105 Email: james.ola@sru.edu

Bruce Orvis

Phone: 724.738.2968 Office: ECB 319 Email: bruce.orvis@sru.edu
Bruce Orvis joined the Slippery Rock University School of Business faculty in 1995. Dr. Orvis earned his PhD (Business Administration in Marketing) and his MBA from the University of Oklahoma and a BS degree in Business Education from the University of Nebraska. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Dr. Orvis spent 10+ years in restaurant management and real estate sales in Nebraska, Colorado and Alaska. Research interests include retail management and international marketing.

Theresa Phipps

Phone: 724.738.2555 Office: ECB 313-K Email: theresa.phipps@sru.edu

Rajeeb Poudel

Phone: 724.738.4353 Office: ECB 113-E Email: rajeeb.poudel@sru.edu
Dr. Poudel's research areas of interest include corporate governance, agency theory, and asset pricing among others. Dr. Poudel received his PhD. from University of North Texas, an MBA from Marshall University, and a Bachelor of Business Management from Bangalore University, India. Prior to joining Slippery Rock University he was a visiting lecturer at Texas State University.

Kenneth Saban

Phone: 724-738-4358 Office: ECB 116 Email: kenneth.saban@sru.edu

Patrick Santavicca

Phone: 724-738-4865 Office: ECB 105 Email: patrick.santavicca@sru.edu

Kurt Schimmel

Phone: 724.738.2093 Office: ECB 105 Email: kurt.schimmel@sru.edu
Kurt Schimmel DBA MBA joined Slippery Rock University’s School of Business in 2011 as a Professor of Marketing and Dean of the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences. Kurt returned to faculty status in 2014. His doctorate in business administration is from Cleveland State University and his master’s in business administration is from Duquesne University. Currently, Kurt teaches in the areas of marketing and management at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is also active in student organizations. He is s a co-advisor to the AMA student chapter at SRU, helps with the Alpha Kappa Psi case competition team and is an advisor to the student mixed martial arts club. An active researcher with interests in decision making and pedagogy he has published over 75 peer reviewed manuscripts.

Edward Scott

Phone: 724.738.2550 Office: ECB 313-F Email: edward.scott@sru.edu
Ed teaches Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, and Business Analysis and Decision Making. His research interests include audit team performance, minority retention in professional service organizations, and college and career success for first generation college students. He earned a PhD in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, an MBA from Texas Christian University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Point Park University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and his professional experience includes 5 years as an auditor with Deloitte and 13 years in the transportation industry with BNSF Railway and the KCS Railway, where he held managerial and executive positions. His community involvement includes leading the Accounting Career Awareness Program that is an outreach initiative to minority high school students who attend a one-week summer camp to learn about opportunities for careers in accounting.

Roger Solano

Phone: 724.738.2590 Office: ECB 313-B Email: roger.solano@sru.edu
Dr. Solano has been a faculty member at SRU since 2009. He specializes in the science of making decisions based on mathematical or numerical models and techniques. He teaches Quantitative Analysis, Business Analytics, Operations Management and Supply Chain Management. His recent research includes interests include empirical and applied research in Intelligent Transportation System, the Analysis of Ag census data, and the application of new technologies to the learning process. Dr. Solano has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from NJIT and his undergraduate degree is from La Universidad del Zulia (Venezuela). He is a big promoter of diversity, equity and inclusion. He also champions Hispanic cultural programs on campus.

Pavani Tallapally

Phone: 724.738.4917 Office: ECB 313-E Email: pavani.tallapally@sru.edu
Dr. Pavani Tallapally is an Associate Professor of Accounting. She has taught many courses in accounting including Corporate Accounting for the MBA program, Accounting Information Systems, Auditing, Intermediate Accounting, Financial and Managerial Accounting. Dr. Tallapally earned her Doctor of Business Administration (Accounting Major) from Louisiana Tech University, an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Commerce from Osmania University. Her research interests include XBRL, Accounting Databases, Data Differences and Taxonomies.

Rick Tannery

Phone: 724.738.2579 Office: ECB 313-I Email: frederick.tannery@sru.edu
"Dr. Tannery earned a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 and has been a faculty member at Slippery Rock University since 1981. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Business and also a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Tannery’s research interests include labor economics, the economics of education and applied economics. He has published in the Journal of Human Resources, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review among others. Dr. Tannery has been awarded grants from the Alfred E. Sloan Foundation and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. He has also done contract work for the Employment Policies Institute and The State System of Higher Education. Dr. Tannery’s teaching responsibilities include Principles of Economics, Health Economics, Intermediate Economic Theory and Intermediate Statistics. "

Stacey Vaccaro

Phone: 724-738-4496 Office: ECB 208 Email: stacey.vaccaro@sru.edu

Jesus Valencia

Phone: 724.738.2577 Office: ECB 313-C Email: jesus.valencia@sru.edu
"Dr. Valencia’s research interests are primarily applied Economics. With specializations in Labor Economics and Econometrics. Dr. Valencia has been able to apply his skills in Statistics to collaborate with specialists in other areas of research besides Economics, among them: Library Science, Accounting, Communications, and Parks and Recreation. Dr. Valencia obtained his PhD, Masters, and baccalaureate degrees all in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He also served for 4 years as Chief of Planning for the Alfa Corporation, a multinational Corporation headquartered in Monterey, Mexico."

Theresa Wajda

Phone: 724.738.2553 Office: ECB 319 Email: theresa.wajda@sru.edu

Liang Xu

Phone: 724.738.4212 Office: ECB 308 Email: liang.xu@sru.edu

MBA Director and MACC Director

Eric Swift

Phone: 724.738.4879 Office: ECB 110 Email: eric.swift@sru.edu


Abel Gyan

Phone: 724.738.4965 Office: ECB 110 Email: abel.gyan@sru.edu


Brenda Best

Phone: 724.738.4358 Office: ECB 105 Email: brenda.best@sru.edu

Missy Orr

Phone: 724.738.4965 Office: ECB 110 Email: michele.orr@sru.edu