Management Department Faculty
Chair & Associate Professor
Dr. Barrett Baebler received his B.S.B.A in Finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his M.A. in Finance from Webster University, and a Doctor of Management from Webster University. Dr. Baebler's areas of teaching include nonprofit revenue development, business plan development, entrepreneurial financial management, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit management. His areas of interest and research include entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. He currently serves as the Director of Nonprofit Management and Leadership for the Walker School.
Dr. James Brasfield has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University and his Master of Arts in Political Science from Saint Louis University. His areas of academic interest include health policy and local government management and he has written several conference papers on both health policy issues and local government as well as finance in St. Louis County. He also served as Mayor of the City of Crestwood from 1996 to 2002, and was on the Crestwood Board of Alderman for 18 years prior to his election as mayor. Dr. Brasfield is the author of several articles including the essay "The Politics of Ideas: Where Did the Public Option Come from and Where is it Going" published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law last June 2011. His book Health Policy: The Decade Ahead was also published in June 2011.
Dr. Dave Brennan earned his B.A. in Engineering (Mechanical) from Royal Military College in Canada, his B.A. in Applied Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto, Canada and his M.B.A., with a focus in International Management, from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Brennan's Ph.D., Marketing/International Business, was earned from Saint Louis University. His areas of teaching include marketing, international business and strategic management. His research is concentrated in the areas of countertrade industrial collaboration, market entry, modes and the aerospace industry.
Lee Bewley, Ph.D., FACHE
Dr. Bewley received a Ph.D. in Administration-Health Services (Strategy) from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, a MA in Health Administration from Baylor University and a BA in Economics and Business from Virginia Military Institute. Prior to joining the faculty at Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, he served on the Army-Baylor University MHA-MBA faculty from 2005-2014. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and he served three years as a Fellow in the Commission of the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. Dr. Bewley has published and presented academic knowledge in the national and international fields of healthcare management on topics including leadership development, health administration and strategic management. A U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Bewley retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2014.
Dr. Cummings holds a B.S.B.A. with a Concentration in Marketing from Washington University, a M.H.A with a Concentration in Finance from Washington University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D in Health Policy and Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Cumming's areas of teaching include graduate level Health Care Statistics.
Dr. Jeff Haldeman has a B.A. in Psychology from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from George Williams College in Downers Grove, IL and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Organization development and change, organizational behavior, and qualitative research methods make up Dr. Haldeman's areas of teaching. His research includes work in executive change leadership, the learning organization and brutality in organizations. His latest published work can be found in a number of areas including the proceedings of the International Industrial Relations and Human Resources Conference and the 5th Annual Conference of the American Institute of Higher Education.
Dr. Albert J. Marcella Jr. holds a B.A. with a dual major in Management Information Systems and Management from Bryant College, a M.B.A in Finance from The University of New Haven, and a Ph.D. in Management (emphasis in Information Technology) from Walden University. Dr. Marcella's areas of teaching include ITM security and information technology. Dr. Marcella has authored numerous articles to audit related publications and has authored and co-authored many audit related text books including such titles as: Auditing IBM's Customer Information Control System; Auditing Disaster Contingency Planning; EDI: Security, Control and Audit, Assessing Individual and Organizational Ethics: A Value-Added Audit, Outsourcing, Downsizing, and Reengineering: Internal Control Implications, and Electronic Commerce: Control Issues for Virtual Enterprises.
Dr. Doug O'Bannon has a B.S. in Management from Arizona State University, an M.B.A. with Emphasis in Economics and Finance from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland where his major was strategy and his minor was in human resource management. Dr. O'Bannon's areas of teaching include economics, management, HRM, labor relations, strategic HRM and strategic management. Doug's research interests include top management teams, expectancy-valence as a predictor of resource movement and real-time strategy. Doug has been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly and Business and Society and recently presented papers on dynamic strategy at the Academy of Management and Southern Academy of Management.
Dr. John Orr holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, a B.J. in Journalism/News-Editorial from the University of Missouri, an M.B.A. from Midwestern State University, and a Ph.D. Organization Theory and Policy from the University of North Texas. His specific areas of teaching include strategic management, international management, and quantitative research methods. Dr. Orr's areas of research include strategic alliances in logistics, cross-cultural management, and structural changes in the golf industry. His published work includes articles in Journal of Business Strategy and, Learning and Education (AOM).
Faculty Advisor, SIFE
Julie (JP) Palmer received a B.S. in Animal Science and Chemistry from Colorado State University, MBA from the University of Nebraska and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Dr. Palmer's areas of teaching are human resource management and organizational behavior. Her areas of research include management education, recruitment and organizational reputation. Julie is the Walker School of Business' faculty advisor for Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). She has been published in Academy of Business Research Journal, Academy of Management Proceedings, and Midwest Academy of Management Proceedings.
Dr. Thomas Quirk holds a B.S. from John Carroll University, a M.B.A. from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His area of teaching is Statistics. Dr. Quirk's areas of expertise include ethics in business, time management and marketing. Tom's book Excel 2010 for Business Statistics: A Guide to Solving Practical Business Problems was published by Springer in August 2011.
Dr. Gary Renz has a B.S. from the University of Minnesota, a Juris Doctor from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His areas of teaching include human resources management, organizational behavior, leadership, and law. Dr. Renz' areas of research include leadership, emotions, motivation, staffing, compensation, and law.
Dr. Eric Rhiney holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Central Missouri, a M.B.A. from Webster University, and also a Ph.D. in International Business and Marketing from Saint Louis University. His areas of teaching include marketing research, marketing strategy, and survey design. His areas of research interests are international marketing (consumer ethnocentrism), consumer behavior and(cross-cultural identity), branding (heritage branding).
Dr. Chris Risker has a B.A. from Kansas University, a M.A. in Health Administration from Kansas University Health Science Center and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver. Dr. Risker's areas of teaching include health administration and management. His areas of research include uses of health information. Dr. Risker has been published in "Health Marketing Quarterly."
Dr. Joseph Roberts received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He teaches entrepreneurship and management courses and is the Director of Entrepreneurship Program at Walker School of Business and Technology. He also serves as the Program Coordinator of The Coleman Foundation Faculty Fellows Program, a nationwide initiative of the Coleman Foundation Inc. designed to infuse entrepreneurship across non-business disciplines. He is a winner of the 2012 Peter Drucker Challenge. His work includes presenting entrepreneurship workshops and seminars in China, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Estonia, Finland and India. He has authored books, articles and papers on entrepreneurship topics, and he won the Telly and Aegis Awards for a documentary that he produced entitled “Entrepreneurship, Then and Now.” Dr. Roberts is also a consultant for small/medium businesses and has extensive experience helping entrepreneurs procure start-up funding.
Dr. John Robinson received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, his M.A. in Marketing from Webster University and his Ph.D in Management from Webster University. Dr. Robinson's areas of teaching includes human resource management, and policy and strategic planning. His primary research interest is concerned with the strategic management process in not-for-profit organizations and smaller business enterprises.
Dr. Dustin Smith received his PhD from Washington State University with an emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Strategy. Dr. Smith's current research examines stakeholder reactions to social initiatives and country-level predictors of firm social performance. His other research interests include firm resource deployment, social value capture and social entrepreneurship. His work has been featured in the Academy of Management Proceedings and has won best paper from the Western Academy of Management. Professionally Dr. Smith has worked for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes division and for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington State.
Dr. Ece Tuncel holds a B.S. Business Administration and a M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, both from the Middle East Technical University. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Tuncel's research examines the effects of cognition, emotion, and personality on individual decision making, particularly in negotiation settings and has been published in Negotiation and Conflict Management Research Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, and Research on Managing Groups and Teams.Ece has taught courses in the areas of organizational behavior, negotiation, general management, and international management. She is a native of Turkey.
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