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Among Nation's Elite

NIU's MBA program continues to rank among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. This is the second consecutive year that NIU's program has made the list. rankings >

MBA Faculty

Faculty members are selected primarily for their teaching ability and their proven ability to relate to experienced managers. Selection to teach in the MBA Program is considered a mark of distinction. Tenure and rank are not considered. The faculty includes, but is not limited to:

Tim Aurand, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University; associate professor; frequent seminar speaker on various marketing topics; presenter at Marketing Management Association conference, conducted in-house marketing research and workshops for various corporations; winner of Golden Apple Award*; teaches marketing management.


Brian Bender, MBA, Northern Illinois University; expertise in the areas of strategic planning, tactical implementation and business process management; business experience in creating complete IT departments, LAN/WAN infrastructures; teaches information systems technology.


Terrence R. Bishop, Ph.D., University of Iowa; associate professor of management; consultant to Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; presented seminars on goal-setting and total quality management; author of numerous articles relating to human resource management and business ethics; teaches introductory management module.


Jon Briscoe, D.B.A., Boston University; consultant to Manus Associates and Orbis Learning Corporation; presented at conferences nationally and internationally; author of numerous articles on organizational behavior; research in organizational leadership, careers, and ethical behavior; teaches leadership development, and organizational behavior.


James P. Burton, Ph.D., University of Washington; served as consultant to organizations including Boeing and Verizon; recognized on several occasions for excellence in teaching and research; published in numerous journals and recently interviewed for feature in SmartBusiness-Chicago; teaches negotiation and conflict management.


B. Douglas Clinton, C.P.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington; professor; numerous articles in various areas of accounting, frequent speaker at professional conferences, serves on not-for-profit boards; consultant with the Missouri Department of Corrections; teaches cost accounting.


Geoffrey Gordon, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, chair of the Department of Marketing; OTA/Off The Record Research Professor of Investment Research; numerous articles and conference proceedings; research interest in product development; teaches marketing principles.


Jim Hill, M.B.A., University of Michigan; accomplished corporate finance executive with broad experience in financial planning and analysis for companies; experience in developing accounting policies and procedures for technology organizations; services as faculty mentor; teaches economics.


Gerald R. Jensen, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; professor of finance; author of many articles in finance; published proceedings on investment; presenter at professional meetings; teaches financial management.


James M. Johnson, Ph.D., Ohio State University; professor of finance; consultant to business and industry specializing in corporate finance, and lease finance; conducts numerous workshops for industry organizations and private firms; published over 50 articles and books; advised numerous firms, including AT&T, Amoco, Coca Cola Financial, GE Capital, IBM Credit, and U.S. Department of Defense; winner of several Golden Apple Awards*; teaches financial analysis and capstone case study.


Sarah J. Marsh, Ph.D., University of North Carolina; associate professor of management; presenter at the Academy of Management annual meetings and Strategic Management International Conferences; consultant in the area of international development; teaches strategic management and policy and capstone case study.


Brad McDonald, J.D., University of Illinois, Law; attorney assisting with creating business organizations, contract law, and various legal matters; teaches NIU CPA review course; reviewer of law modules for Wiley CPA Examination; teaches business law.


Jens Mueller, J.D., Ph.D., Canterbury University (in completion); 20-plus years chairman, CEO, co-founder in global firms; extensive refereed publications; ongoing global research projects in entrepreneurship, action learning, sustainable entrepreneurship and corporate governance; editor, Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability; winner of several Golden Apple Awards; teaches international management.


Vijaykumar Krishnan Palghat, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; assistant professor of marketing; industrial experience with Tata Steel, Shaw Wallace, J. Walter Thompson and Bennett & Coleman Company, publishers of the leading daily, The Times of India; primary research is sonic branding and multi-sensory information processing; presenter at national conferences including AMA, the Haring Conference, and the Society for Consumer Psychology; teaches marketing management.


Charles Petersen II, Ph.D., Indiana University; associate professor of operations management and information systems; author of publications in the area of production management; presented papers before the Decision Sciences Institute; taught quantitative and logistics management seminars in Finland and Egypt; professional experience with McDonnell Douglas Corporation; teaches operations analysis.


Paul Prabhaker, Ph.D., University of Rochester; associate dean; academic concentrations and teaching interests include marketing principles and strategies; AACSB Reviewer; over 20 years experience in academia and business; guest lecturer.


Pamela Smith, C.P.A., Ph.D., University of North Texas; associate professor of accountancy; winner of the Department of Accountancy's Outstanding Educator of the Year; corporate accounting experience; author of numerous articles on financial reporting/accounting standard setting; teaches introductory accounting; winner of several Golden Apple Awards*.


John Wonak, C.P.A., M.B.A, Northern Illinois University; CEO and Founder of Sea Level Advisory Group, LLC, a diversified consulting firm featuring advisory board services for small to middle market companies; co-founded OPEX Communications, a national telecommunications firm; twenty years in public accounting; serves as mentor to student entrepreneurs; co-teaches in the Consulting Alliance Experience.


Tim West, C.P.A., Ph.D., University of Tennessee; associate professor of accountancy; research focus on cost prediction and performance measurement in health care and manufacturing; works with U.S. Army Medical Command to assess the operations efficiency of Army medicine; won numerous teaching awards; work featured in the New York Times, USA Today and BusinessWeek; teaches managerial accounting.


*Golden Apple Award--An annual award presented to the two faculty members whom each graduating class considers the outstanding first- and second-year professors.