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School of Business

Gurkan Akalin

  • Financial Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Curriculum Development

Mark Bayer

  • Group emergent states, processes, and effectiveness
  • Group cognition (e.g., shared mental models, transactive memory, cross-understanding, etc.)
  • Group creativity and innovation

David Boggs

  • International Experience and Expatriates
  • Global Collaborative Strategies
  • Internationalization and Performance
  • Managing Ethics and Cultural Differences
  • Timing and Order-of-Entry Effects
  • Emerging and Developing Markets
  • ​Information Technology and Strategy

Chuck Chahyadi

  • Corporate Finance
  • Banking
  • Financial Education
  • Financial Capability
  • Financial Inclusion

Kesha Coker

  • Social Aspects of Consumer Behavior and Branding, with Related Areas of Pricing, Retailing, and Social Media Marketing

Ayse Costello

  • Property Rights
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Coordination and Control in Multinational Corporations
  • International Business
  • Franchising
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Corporate Governance Relationships in Publicly Held Corporations​

Thomas Costello

  • Property Rights
  • Globalization and Multinational Corporations
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Franchising
  • Corporate Governance

Michael Dobbs

  • Strategic Management
  • Small Business Strategy
  • Coopetition
  • Complementary Relationships
  • Sports Management

David Fleming

  • Sales
  • Sales Force Management
  • Sales Training and Education
  • Technology in Sales and Services
  • Technology in Employee Selection and Behavior

Richard Flight

  • Innovation Characteristics and Diffusion​
  • Branding
  • Compulsive Buying

Marko Grünhagen

  • Franchising
  • Retailing
  • International Marketing
  • Small Business Marketing

Abdou Illia

  • Information systems security
  • Information technology adoption and continuance
  • Information quality and organizational performance
  • eCommerce and mobile technology
  • ICT and socio economic development

Jason Kight

  • Social Media & Privacy
  • Legal Ethics
  • Business Ethics

Patrick Lach

  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Education
  • Financial Regulation
  • Forensic Economics
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Investment Management​
  • Personal Finance
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts

Menghistu (Stu) Sallehu

  • The role of financial reporting and disclosure in valuations
  • Effect of operational restructurings on subsequent performance
  • Audit service pricing
  • The relationship between product market competition and earnings informativeness
  • Cost behavior
  • Earnings misstatements

Jay Shinde

  • Stress in Public Accounting
  • Turnover in Public Accounting
  • Depression & Anxiety in Public Accounting, University Employees, and Students
  • Pressures during tax season
  • Techniques to alleviating the high levels of stress in CPAs
  • Worklife Balance for Public Accountants
  • Applying Nicomachean Ethics to Public Accounting

Jeffrey Snell

  • OB
  • HR
  • Strategy

Omer Topaloglu

  • Branding
  • Service Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing

Chao Wen

  • Service Quality: Measurement and influence of quality in different industries, quality management
  • Consumer Behavior: Consumer decision-making processes, factors affecting consumer behavior
  • Information Systems: Adoption of information systems, e-commerce/e-business, social network sites
  • Sustainable supply chain: green/closed-loop supply chain, triple bottom line analysis, life cycle assessment

Richard Whitaker

  • Agency Costs
  • Ethics
  • Costs of Financial Distress

Larry White

  • Quantitative analysis & modeling for business, healthcare, and public policy
  • Hierarchical production planning
  • Regulatory Effects on Business Processes
  • Regulatory effects on mortgage processing operations
  • Regulatory effects on foreclosure sales processes
  • Supply chain security and counterfeit good prevention
  • Supply Chain Metrics
  • Healthcare at all levels: basic research, clinical trials, system design and operation, and public policy
  • Ethics and Leadership


School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Axton Betz-Hamilton

  • Identity theft
  • Child identity theft
  • Elder financial exploitation
  • Financial abuse within the family system

Melanie Burns

  • Nutrition education throughout the life span
  • The roles of food during incarceration
  • Food science
  • Food insecurity and sustainability issues
  • National School Lunch Program
  • Family mealtimes
  • Sustainability issues within the foods laboratory environment

 Jaimee Hartensein

  • Divorce and child custody
  • Determination of custody arrangements among divorced or separated parents
  • Communication among parents who share physical custody after divorce or separation
  • Custody arrangement decisions among divorcing or separating parents
  • Involvement of adolescents in the custody arrangement decision
  • Involvement of mediators, judges, and outside resources in the custody arrangement decision
  • Student centered teaching

Lisa Moyer

  • Women’s use of intimate partner violence
  • Attachment theory and intimate partner violence
  • Motivations for intimate partner violence
  • Intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ community
  • Gambling among adolescents
  • Bullying in high school among women
  • Resources for non-traditional students on college campuses
  • Grief and social media
  • Aggressive consumer behaviors on Black Friday

Frances Murphy

  • Republic of Moldova, culture and family life;
  • South Africa, study abroad and international human services;
  • Issues of incarceration as they impact families;
  • Child guidance skills and issues; and
  • Developing a graduate internship which functions as a resource and support families for families/significant others facing incarceration in Coles County

Kathleen O’Rourke

  • Sexual assault: reporting, disclosure, and support-seeking behaviors of victimized college students
  • Intergenerational relationships between older adults with dementia and young children
  • Portrayal of older adults with dementia in children’s literature
  • Resilience and coping strategies in response to individual and/or family crisis

Deborah Reifsteck

  • Consumer behavior
  • Black Friday
  • Sororities
  • Conspicuous consumption
  • Marketing to children

Michelle Sherwood

  • Diversity and multicultural education
  • Sexuality and sexual education
  • Male teachers in early childhood education
  • Infant development
  • Death and grieving in the lives of children

Richard Wilkinson

  • Restaurant Manager Leadership Styles
  • Restaurant Manager Work Environment
  • Hospitality Student Work Aspect Preferences Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Boards


School of Technology

Austin Cheney

  • Industry-level technology roadmaps
  • Effectiveness of bio-gasification ash by-product as an additive in cement-based applications
  • Use of business marketing principles in higher education

Rendong Bai

  • Mobile wireless networks: scalable and efficient routing, performance evaluation, and system optimization
  • Network security and database technologies
  • Quality management, statistical process control
  • Green computing and sustainable technologies
  • Computer integrated manufacturing

Bruce Barnard

  • Applications of strength-based approaches to leadership, coaching, and supervision.
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based criminal justice and prisoner reentry programs to enhance public safety and reduce recidivism.
  • Implementation of employee training and development programs in government and social service organizations

Kelly Best

  • Instructional design
  • Training and development
  • Adult learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Career development
  • Competency development
  • Expertise development

Wutthigrai Boonsuk

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Manufacturing systems
  • User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design
  • Virtual reality
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

John Cabage

  • Concrete and bridge material studies
  • Engineering student enrichment studies
  • Computerized techniques to undergraduate education

Julie Chadd

  • Teaching methods
  • Active learning
  • Service learning
  • Integrated learning

Rigoberto Chinchilla

  • Cyber security
  • Biometrics
  • Data Telecommunications
  • Applied Statistics
  • System Simulation and Quality Design

Jerry Cloward

  • Biomass gasification
  • Pelletizing biomass

Karen Drage

  • Secondary business education curriculum
  • Out-of-field teaching
  • Perceptions of business education

Gabriel Grant

  • Impact of learning with dynamic graphics
  • Authentic learning pedagogy
  • Cross media development
  • Analytics and 1-to-1 Marketing strategies
  • Gaming, Animation, and Simulation

Thomas Hawkins

  • Leadership in Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Change in Organizations
  • Spirituality and Leadership

R. Lance Hogan

  • DACUM (Occupational Training)
  • Human  Performance Improvement
  • Occupational Analysis
  • Training Program Evaluation
  • Training Transfer
  • Statistics

Toqeer Israr

  • Software Engineering – Modeling and analyzing systems with various software paradigms such as UML, UCM, etc.
  • Modeling and analyzing the behaviour of a composite distributed system with several inputs and outputs
  • Analyzing the distributed systems to calculate the performance of a global collaboration in terms of the performance of its sub-collaborations
  • Developed a methodology to realize dependencies and measure delays between inputs and outputs of black-box systems
  • Analyzing Web Services for the use of traditional/deep web-crawlers
  • Developing methodologies for web crawling for Rich Internet Applications

Peter Ping Liu

  • Renewable Energy
  • Materials Recycling
  • Failure Analysis
  • Biomedical Materials and Devices
  • Enterprise Computer Systems
  • Database Development

James McKirahan

  • Nanotechnology
  • Biodegradable polymers
  • Polymer clay nanocomposites (PCN) development
  • Agile manufacturing
  • History of technological development
  • Philosophy of technology -  M. R. Smith, Leo Marx, Jacque Ellul, Martin Heidegger, Melvin Kranzberg, James Burke, Kevin Kelly

Aaron Melton

  • Sublimation printing
  • Plastisol heat transfer
  • 3D toy design and development

David Melton

  • History of technological development in yesteryear, today, and the future
  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing
  • Rapidprotytping
  • Manufacturing systems (including Lean, DFMA, System Simulation, etc.)
  • Quality and operations management with statistical process control

Sean Roberts

  • 3D Printing/Rapid prototyping
  • 3D scanning
  • Virtual and augmented reality with CAD 

Isaac Slaven

  • Strength degradation of life safety equipment and materials
  • Energy efficiency

Luke Steinke

  • Developing curriculum connected to the workplace
  • Occupational and job analysis
  • Mentoring instructors and teacher quality

Mori Toosi

  • Structural and pavers concrete
  • Utilizing biomass gasification ash as an admixture in concrete
  • Light weight concrete
  • Passive house: science and characteristics

Wafeek Wahby

  • Composites
  • Polymer concrete
  • Masonry
  • Precast/prestressed concrete
  • Ash concrete

Diana Wyatt

  • Career development
  • Career portfolios
  • Adult learning theories
  • Prior learning experience
  • Experiential learning
  • Professional development
  • Organizational development
  • Ethics
  • Workforce development
  • Training and development