Musa Ayar, Ph.D.
Musa Ayar, Ph.D. received his M.S and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Business at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County and the Chair of Department of Business and Economics at the UW-Colleges. Dr. Ayar’s main areas of expertise are market regulation and marketing. He is also interested in economic development and currently serving as a commissioner of Baraboo Economic Development Commission. Dr. Ayar also has done consulting in the areas of marketing, survey design, GIS, and economic impact analyses. As an active researcher, he regularly presents his work at international, national, and regional academic conferences. Dr. Ayar has taught Industrial Organization, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Government Policy, and Statistics for Business and Economics, and Econometrics in various delivery formats, including face-to-face, blended, and online. Additional information can be found at http://baraboo.uwc.edu/bio/musa-ayar
Sahar Bahmani, Ph.D.
Dr. Bahmani is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside and the Director of the Center for Economic Education (CEE). She received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UW-Madison in 2003, her M.A. in Economics in 2004 from UW-Milwaukee and her Ph.D. in Economics in 2007. She has taught previously at the business schools of UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, and Marquette University. She has taught courses on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Business Statistics, Environmental Economics, Financial Institutions and Markets, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, and Money and Banking. Professor Bahmani has published over 25 articles on money market dynamics in such journals as Empirical Economics, Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Developing Areas, Economics Bulletin, and Applied Economics. Additional information can be found at https://www.uwp.edu/learn/instructorprofiles/facultystaffdetail.cfm?uid=bahmani
Tom Bramorski, Ph.D.
Tom Bramorski, Ph.D. holds a B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Warsaw and an M.B.A and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Iowa. He has published books, academic and applied papers, and has presented papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Bramorski serves on the editorial boards and as a reviewer of several academic journals in the areas of operations, supply chain, operations strategy and quality management. Dr. Bramorski has consulted with clients in the areas of quality, operations and supply chain management strategy. He offers guest lectures at several Universities and training institutions in Europe and the Middle East and is a former Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Oman and in Poland. He holds Professor Emeritus status at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Currently, he works as a lecturer at the University of Georgia teaching courses in the areas of Management and Marketing. Additional information can be found at http://www.terry.uga.edu/directory/profile/bramorst/
Suresh Chalasani, Ph.D.
Suresh Chalasani is a professor in the Business department at UW-Parkside. Prior to joining UW-Parkside, he worked as an assistant professor at UW-Madison. He also served as a consultant for several companies in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. Dr. Chalasani’s educational background includes a PhD from the University of Southern California. Dr. Chalasani’s current research and teaching interests include management information systems, technologies for business supply chains, transforming business processes using technologies, sustainable management, healthcare management, and healthcare technologies. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). He has received numerous research and teaching grants from the National Science Foundation, University of Wisconsin System, and WiSys Technology Foundation. Dr. Chalasani has published an extensive number of research articles in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Communications, and Information Systems Frontiers. He has also presented papers at a number of IEEE- and AIS-sponsored academic conferences. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, where he co-edited a special issue on “Nanotechnology for Medical and Surgical Applications.” He also served as a guest editor for the IEEE System’s journal’s special issue on “RFID Technology: Opportunities and Challenges.” Additionally, Prof. Chalasani serves on the international program committees for several conferences. Additional information can be found at https://www.uwp.edu/learn/instructorprofiles/facultystaffdetail.cfm?uid=chalasan
Parag Dhumal, Ph.D.
Dr. Parag Dhumal is an Associate Professor of Operations Management and Quantitative Methods in the Department of Business at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, USA. Prior to joining UW-Parkside, he has worked at Angelo State University (TX, USA) and Winona State University (MN, USA). He has also provided consulting services to businesses. Dr. Dhumal received Ph.D. in Manufacturing Management & MS in Industrial Engineering from The University of Toledo, USA. He is CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) and CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) certified from APICS. He is an active researcher with his interests include Inventory Management, Healthcare Management, learning technologies and styles, Structural Equation Modeling, and Simulation. He has published papers and case studies in many reputed journals such as, but not limited to, Decision Science Journal of Innovative Education, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Health & Technology, International Journal of Inventory Management and Journal of Critical Incidences. He has conducted workshop in Structural Equation Modeling for faculties and doctoral students. He is recipients of many awards for his research papers at International level conferences worldwide. Dr. Dhumal has taught many courses at graduate (MBA) and undergraduate level. These courses include, but not limited to, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Forecasting, Project Management, and Simulation. He has taken extensive training to develop online courses and is recipient of grants to develop online Business Statistics and Supply Chain Management courses. He has participated in the IPad project to explore innovative ways of using mobile computing technology in classroom. Additional information can be found at https://www.uwp.edu/learn/instructorprofiles/facultystaffdetail.cfm?uid=dhumal
Joe W. Essuman, Ph.D.
Dr. Joe W. Essuman is a Professor of Economics at UW-Waukesha where he has taught a variety of courses including Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Introduction to Economics, Money & Banking, International Economics, and Business & Economics Statistics. He earned his B.A (Honors) degree in Economics from the University of Cape Coast, and his M.A., M.S., & PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Essuman has taught graduate and undergraduate economics courses at Marquette University’s College of Professional Studies. He also previously taught International Finance and International Economics in the MBA program at Concordia University Wisconsin-Mequon and Applied Statistics in the Department of Africology at UW-Milwaukee. Previously, Dr. Essuman worked as an Economic Intelligence Officer in the Research Department of the Bank of Ghana. Besides having oversight over the Bank’s monthly, quarterly and annual reports, he was responsible for the Bank’s affiliations with the Association of African Central Banks, Economic Community of Western African States, and a founding delegate of the West African Bankers Association. Dr. Essuman has made presentations at international, national, and regional conferences and has co-authored two textbooks in principles of economics along with the corresponding study guides. He is a past recipient of the Arthur Kaplan Teaching award, and his research interests cover development economics with particular reference to the prospects and challenges to Africa’s economic development. Additional information can be found at http://waukesha.uwc.edu/bio/joe-essuman
Carl Gahala, M.S., CPA
Carl Gahala is an assistant professor of business at UW–Washington County. He completed a B.A. in Accounting from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2006 and an M.S. in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University in 2007. Carl is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and worked in public accounting prior to entering academia. Courses he has taught include: Introductory Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Personal Finance, and Introduction to Business. Additional information can be found at http://washington.uwc.edu/bio/carl-gahala
Sheronda Glass, MBA, PhD (ABD)
Sheronda Glass received her master’s degree in Human Resources from Cardinal Stritch University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Management and Human Resources from Capella University. She has taught Human Resource Management for UW-Extension. In addition to her work at UW-Extension, she has taught coursework in project management for UW-Parkside. She has over 20 years of human resource experience from a variety of industries, including healthcare, consumer products/manufacturing, and education. She has expertise in the areas of performance management, labor relations, and diversity management. She has also worked as a consultant for over six years, consulting in both for profit and non-profit organizations. Ms. Glass achieved the Professional in Human Resources certification awarded from the Society for Human Resources Management and the HR Certification Institute.
Jill Halverson, MBA, CMA
Jill Halverson is assistant professor of business at UW Fox Valley where she teaches a wide variety of courses, including Introduction to Business, Introduction to Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Business Communication, Career & Life Planning, and Special Topics courses, including a course regarding sustainability in business that is co-taught with a biology professor. In addition to face-to-face courses, Professor Halverson has taught accelerated hybrid and online courses as well. Prior to joining UW Fox Valley, she spent several years in management, marketing, marketing research, and managerial accounting for non-profit, financial services, and manufacturing companies. She holds a Master of Business Administration from UW Oshkosh and a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communication from Concordia University Wisconsin. A Certified Management Accountant, she is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the North American Management Society, and the North American Accounting Society. She has also held various board positions for Women in Management, Fox Cities Chapter, and is an active volunteer for Junior Achievement. A 2015 recipient of the Kaplan Award, she was also the 2014-2015 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and has completed several studies in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Additional information can be found at http://uwc.edu/bio/jill-halverson
Peter Knight, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter Knight is Chair of the AASCB accredited Business Department at UW Parkside and is a marketing generalist with broad corporate and SME experience and wide ranging interests in the field of Marketing. Knight has proven curriculum development skills in emerging areas, including Digital Marketing, Multi Cultural and Global Marketing, Sports and Event Marketing, Marketing in the Hi-Technology Sector, Sales, Flexible Learning Methods, Community-Based, Competency-Based and Online Learning and extensive experience with simulation learning including Stukent MIMIC, CAPSIM,Country Manager, Momentium, New Shoes and Marketplace.
Dr. Knight has authored and co-authored nearly 50 peer reviewed journal and conference publications, including those in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Marketing Education,the Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, Leisure Studies(UK) , Higher Education Policy, the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Management and the Journal of Teaching in International Business, as well as Best Conference Paper at the Fall 2013 Marketing Management Association Conference at the Drake Hotel in Chicago and being the only North American Presenter at global conferences in Seoul and Dubai. Since 2009, under Dr. Knight’s leadership, UW-Parkside teams have garnered 30 individual and team awards in National Sales Competitions in a field that has virtually doubled in terms of participation during that period. Dr. Knight played a key role in guiding the UW-Parkside student team that won the National Title at the 2013 Team Selling Championship at Indiana University. Additional information can be found at https://www.uwp.edu/learn/instructorprofiles/facultystaffdetail.cfm?uid=knightp
Terry McGovern, D.M.
Terry McGovern received his Doctorate of Management from the University of Phoenix’s School of Advanced Studies, his M.H.S. from Providence University and his M.S. from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a doctoral candidate in the University of South Florida’s D.B.A. program with an expected graduation date of 2019. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Management and Business at the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the interim Program Manager of the University Learning Store. Dr. McGovern’s areas of expertise include strategy, operations, organizational behavior, and professional ethics. He is interested in case research and was recently awarded by the North American Case Research Association’s at its annual conference in October of 2017 for a case study he authored. Dr. McGovern also has done consulting in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, employee feedback systems, family business succession planning, and multi-generational workplaces. He is currently investigating the awareness of competency-based education by military educational advisors and completing a case study for publication concerning succession planning. Dr. McGovern has authored numerous articles, presented in a wide range of settings including academic and industry conferences. His doctoral dissertation examined executive development in the United States Air Force. He has taught Operations Management, Professional Ethics, Strategic Planning, Organizational Behavior, Global Business, and Leadership development courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, in various delivery formats, including face-to-face, blended, and online. Dr. McGovern served for 20 years as a U.S. Air Force officer in the areas of nuclear missile operations, satellite operations, and staff positions including speech writer, faculty member, and director of an enterprise-level research cell while stationed in the Pentagon.
Sunita Mehrotra, M.S.
Sunita Mehrotra has completed 21 additional credits in Fall 2016 from Marquette University and is currently enrolled in Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Sciences department to pursue a PhD in Math Education. She has earned her Master’s in Mathematics from Bhopal University in India. In addition to her work with UW-Extension, she is also a lecturer at the UW Colleges, Waukesha campus, where she has worked since 2007. She is an adjunct faculty at Waukesha County Technical College. Sunita is Wisconsin certified secondary school teacher as well and has taught mathematics to students at all school level. She currently trains students for College entrance ACT and SAT in addition to tutoring students of all age group in order to motivate them to pursue mathematics. She is very passionate about her job and is dedicated to build students self confidence in making sense of mathematics and be able to connect it to real life.
Hamid Milani, Ph.D.
Hamid Milani is a Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County. Dr. Milani holds a Ph.D. in Economics with a specialization in International Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Dr. Milani’s research interests are in the area of international trade and finance. Dr. Milani has significant record of research, publication, grant awards, and professional presentations at the national and regional level. In addition, he has held visiting summer research appointments at UW- Madison and as well as a Visiting Professor at UW-Steven’s Point. Dr. Milani served the UW-Colleges as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Department of Business and Economics. He has also served as the President and Vice-President of the Wisconsin Economics Association and the President of the UWMC Food Co-op. Dr. Milani received various awards such as the Professional Community Service Award, the Distinguished Faculty Fellowship and the UWMC Student Government Association’s Teacher of the Year in 2002 and 2008. Dr. Milani currently serves on the Board of Directors of the UW System University Insurance Association and the Board of Directors of the National Social Science Association. Dr. Milani has taught a variety of courses including Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics for Business and Economics, International Economics and Money and Banking. In addition to face-to-face courses, Professor Milani teaches Macroeconomics through the UW-Colleges Online. Additional information can be found at http://uwmc.uwc.edu/bio/hamid-milani
Henry L. Petersen, Ph.D.
Dr. Henry L. Petersen joined the Department of Management at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 2012. He received his Ph.D. in Strategy and Sustainable Development from the University of Calgary, Canada in 2004 and he has worked with for-profit and not-for-profit entities in a number of industries including hospitality, construction, energy, waste management, clean technology, and microfinance. His research interests center on the blend of sustainability, marketing, and strategy and how perceptions correspond with decision-making and organizational performance. His research has involved institutional investors, corporate officers, mid-level managers and consumers, to name a few. Dr. Petersen has taught a variety of courses such as Strategic Policy and Planning, Sustainable Management, Small Business Management, Organizational Behavior, Cross Cultural Leadership in-class, as a hybrid and online. Additional information can be found at https://www.uwlax.edu/profile/hpetersen/
Matthew M. Piszczek, Ph.D.
Matthew M. Piszczek is an assistant professor of human resource management in the College of Business at UW Oshkosh, where his teaching focuses on employee relations and human resource management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He received his PhD in Industrial Relations and Human Resources as well as a masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. Dr. Piszczek’s research centers on cross-country comparisons of how companies can adapt to increasing diversity in work-family needs and workforce age, and has appeared in the journals Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, and Labor Studies Journal. Dr. Piszczek is a member of the Academy of Management, Labor and Employment Relations Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management and for the latter serves as the UW Oshkosh chapter’s faculty advisor. Additional information can be found at http://www.uwosh.edu/cob/directory/piszczem
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt, MAcc
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt is assistant professor of business at the University of Wisconsin – Barron County and UW Colleges Online. She holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2000. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin Colleges, Betsy worked for local, regional, and international public accounting firms in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Germany, predominantly as a tax specialist. Professor Schmidt teaches Introduction to Business, Personal Finance, Introduction to Financial Accounting, and Managerial Accounting. She teaches traditional face-to-face courses, blended face-to-face/online courses, accelerated/blended courses, and fully online courses. Additional information can be found at http://barron.uwc.edu/bio/elizabeth-schmidt
Patrick Spott, J.D.
Patrick Spott has practiced law for over 30 years and is a founder of the Spott Law Office. He is also an Adjunct faculty member of the College of St. Scholastica, teaching undergraduates and graduates in business law and ethics. Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota and his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Hamline University School of Law, where he served as a law review editor. After serving as a law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Sixth Judicial District, Mr. Spott began the active practice of law, which he continues to this day. Additionally, Patrick has developed and taught a variety of law related courses as a Senior Lecturer and Adjunct at the University of Wisconsin Superior, both live and online, and has worked as a Dale Carnegie Trainer for Norman & Associates out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His published works have appeared in the American Journal of Management and Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice. Additional information can be found at http://www.spottlaw.com/profiles/patrick-spott
Kirthi Premadasa, Ph.D.
Kirthi Premadasa obtained his MS and PhD from Purdue University and has over 22 years of undergraduate teaching experience in Sri Lanka and the US. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. He is a Wisconsin Teaching fellow and has been recognized with several state-wide awards for his teaching and curricular redesign initiatives. In 2012, Dr. Premadasa won the UW Colleges Chancellor’s Award for teaching excellence which is a single award covering all campuses. In 2013, he won the Alliant Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award, which is an award given by the UW Regents. In 2016 he won the Chancellor’s Award for excellence for his creation of a new pathway for developmental mathematics. In addition to that, he has won the Arthur M. Kaplan Award for service and teaching in 2011 and 2015. His research interests include: Instructional Technology, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Optimization. He has over 30 presentations in peer-reviewed conferences and nine publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is the chair-elect of the Mathematical Association of America’s Wisconsin Chapter and also serves as the Vice-Chair of the UW-Colleges department of Mathematics. Additional information an be found at: http://uwc.edu/bio/kirthi-premadasa.
Matt Raunio, MBA
Matt Raunio is Associate Professor of Business / Economics with the University of Wisconsin Colleges. He currently serves as Department Vice-Chair and has been employed by the Colleges since 1999. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BS and from UW-Oshkosh with an MBA. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. In the past he has served on the board of director’s of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants as Treasurer. He currently serves on the board of director’s of the Wisconsin Economics Association as Treasurer.