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MBA Program



GregC. Gregory Bereskin, Professor, Economics Department
PhD, University of Missouri

Dr. Bereskin has been on the faculty of St Ambrose University for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching area has been the advanced theory classes in the economics department and the economics and finance courses in the MBA program. Prior to joining St Ambrose, Professor Bereskin had his own consulting firm, worked for Chase Econometrics, Inc. and spent a decade as Economist and Manager of Economic and Financial Analysis for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company. While at the AT&SF, he did economic forecasting of general economic activity, regulatory analysis, and forecasting of energy prices. Dr. Bereskin has been active in a number of economics and transportation organizations including having been President of the Transportation Research Forum, a committee chair for the Transportation Research Board, and a nominee for the national board of directors of the National Association of Business Economists. He has consulted with several corporations and the US Departments of Transportation and Energy. He has also testified before the US Surface Transportation Board. As an accomplished researcher, he has had articles published in a number of transportation and economics journals.

MonicaMonica Forret
PhD, University of Missouri

Dr. Monica Forret served for 14 years as the Director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at St. Ambrose University. She is the recipient of the inaugural Doctoral Alumni Research Fellow award. Dr. Forret conducts research primarily in the areas of networking, mentoring, careers, job search processes, gender issues, and work attitudes. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Career Development International, Group & Organization Management, Organizational Dynamics, British Journal of Management, and Leadership & Organization Development Journal. Dr. Forret has presented numerous research papers, symposia, and professional development workshops at national meetings of the Academy of Management.

Dr. Forret teaches MBA and DBA courses on Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Research Methods, Leadership, Careers, Training & Development, and Organizational Culture. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Prior to her academic career, she was a CPA and worked in Minneapolis as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche. Dr. Forret has taught at Long Island University, Franklin College in Switzerland, the University of Cologne, and has been an invited speaker at multiple colleges and universities in India.

XiaoweiXiaowei Liu, Professor, Finance Department
PhD, Rutgers University

Dr. Xiaowei Liu teaches a variety of finance courses to undergraduate and MBA students at St. Ambrose University. His research interests include empirical asset pricing, corporate finance, and international finance. His work has been presented at a number of academic conferences such as Financial Management Association International, Eastern Finance Association, and Southern Finance Association. His research articles have been published in many referred journals. Dr. Liu earned his PhD in Management (Concentration: Finance) from Rutgers University, an MA in Economics, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, both from Beijing University in China. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) charter holder.

ImtiazM. Imtiaz Mazumder, Associate Professor, Finance Department
PhD, University of New Orleans

M. Imtiaz Mazumder received Bachelor and Masters in Economics from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Ph.D. in Financial Economics from University of New Orleans. Imtiaz had taught at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Bangladesh), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), and SUNY Polytechnic Institute before he joined at St. Ambrose University in fall 2011. Imtiaz has teaching interests in corporate finance, investment and portfolio analysis, financial institutions and markets. Imtiaz presented numerous papers in internationally recognized conferences such as Financial Management Association (including its top 10% paper session in 2006), Southern Finance Association, Mid-West Finance Association, Eastern Finance Association), Northern Finance Association, Australian Banking and Finance Conference, New Zealand Finance Colloquium etc. He also presented papers at Berry College, Auckland University of Technology, Missouri Western State University, Utah Valley University, Ohio Northern University, University of Alaska at Anchorage, Weber State University, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Otterbein University, St. Ambrose University and University of the Pacific. His research interests are in investment and portfolio management, market anomalies, and international finance. His research articles were published in many referred journals including Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of Index Investing, Financial Services Review, Managerial Finance, Studies in Economics and Finance, International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance among others. Besides his teaching experiences in three different continents, Imtiaz also has industry experiences from a commercial bank and a non-government organization that distributes micro-credit to poor women in Bangladesh.

Joe McCaffrey, Professor, Management Department
PhD, The University of St. Thomas Aquinas ('Angelicum'), Rome, Italy

Dr. Joseph McCaffrey has been associated with the MBA Program for over 40 years, teaching primarily in the areas of business ethics and leadership. Dr. McCaffrey earned his Ph.D. from The University of St. Thomas Aquinas (‘Angelicum') in Rome. While at St. Ambrose, he has served as the Academic Dean as well as the Dean of the College of Business. Dr. McCaffrey has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards at St. Ambrose as well as nationally.

Dr. McCaffrey served as the President of Palmer Junior College and later was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has served on multiple boards including the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners, Davenport School Board, Board of the Genesis Primary Care Residency Program, Board of Directors of Palmer College of Chiropractic, and the Eastern Iowa Community College Board. Dr. McCaffrey also served on the Ethics Committee and Institutional Review Committee at Genesis Hospital, and the Human Relations Commission and Civil Service Commission for the City of Davenport. His professional publications have centered on applied ethics. Dr. McCaffrey has spoken at numerous events and consulted for a wide range of organizations.

Art Moreau, Professor, Finance Department
PhD, University of Iowa

Before becoming an academic, Dr. Moreau was a futures traders and then a full-time consultant on financial matters to companies. Since joining academic world in 1986, Dr. Moreau has held full-time appointments at McGill University in Canada and University of New South Wales before joining St. Ambrose in 2000. He has continued to consult with banks and regulators on the identification and management of risk, as well as managing a Family Office hedge fund.
Dr. Moreau's areas of expertise lie in arbitrage, hedging and risk management, international finance and complete markets. Dr. Moreau's work has appeared in publications such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Patrick O'Leary, Associate Professor, Management Department
PhD, University of Iowa

Dr. O'Leary was born in Ireland and has broad international work experience, including time in England, Japan, Dubai, and Belgium. He has led student tours to over a dozen countries in including Israel, Italy, Netherlands, China, Australia and Singapore. His research interests are in cross-cultural management and international dimensions of organizational behavior. He has been published in the International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Ivey Case Publishing, the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, the American Journal of Distance Education, and others. Dr. O'Leary has also been a visiting faculty at Vilnius University in Lithuania, Duy Tan University in Vietnam, Zagreb School of Economics in Croatia, and Kaiserslautern Technical University, Germany.

jie pengJie Peng, Associate Professor, Management Department
PhD, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Dr. Jie Peng has developed a wide array of undergraduate and graduate quantitative business courses to teach at St. Ambrose University. Her teaching and research expertise include Business Statistics, Quantitative Research and Decision Science. She is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), American Mathematical Society (AMS), Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA). As an accomplished researcher, she has recently authored and co-authored papers in Communications in Statistics-Theory and Methods, Journal of Statistical Simulation and Computation, Journal of Applied Statistical Science, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference and the ASA Proceeding.

rob Robert M. Rouwenhorst, Assistant Professor, Marketing Department
PhD, University of Iowa

Dr. Rouwenhorst teaches a wide variety of marketing classes, mostly at the graduate level. He is passionate about experiential learning and getting students involved in solving real-world problems. He and his students have consulted with companies such as ACT, General Motors, HON, John Deere and many others.

His research interests deal mostly with advertising effectiveness and teaching innovations at the higher education level. He has published in the Journal for Advancement of Marketing Education, Social Behavior and Personality, and cases in several textbooks. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal for Advancement of Marketing Education.

jasonJason Senjem, Assistant Professor, Management Department
PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Jason C. Senjem has taught for more than two decades including full time at Syracuse University and St. Norbert College before joining St. Ambrose. He has been involved in consulting for non-profits and small business and has worked with several local municipal initiatives on economic development and sustainability. His research is concerned with how organizations use innovative work practices to create economic, social, and environmental value. Dr. Senjem is published in Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Group and Organization Management and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research and presents papers at the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, British Academy of Management, and Babson-Kaufman Entrepreneurship conferences. He has presented in London, Berlin, Sweden, and Switzerland and teaches the Made in Italy study abroad program in Milan, Italy. Dr. Senjem is advisor for Circle K International and St. Ambrose Enactus and is a member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Society for Human Resource Management, and Strategic Management Society.

liangLiang Zhao, Assistant Professor, Marketing Department
PhD, University of Arizona

Dr. Zhao teaches both undergraduate and graduate marketing courses at St. Ambrose University since 2013. Her research interests include Innovation and New Product Strategy, Corporate Sustainability and Sustainable Consumption, Social Network and Social Interactions. She is the recipient of Highly Commended Award Winner at Emerald/EFMD outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Besides serving as reviewer, Dr. Zhao has also presented her research at a number of academic conferences such as AMA Summer Marketing Educator's Conference, AMA Winter Marketing Educator's Conference, and INFORMS Marketing Science Conference.

Dr. Zhao has more than seven years teaching experience in Principles of Marketing, International Marketing, Marketing Research, and Consumer Behavior at undergraduate level. She has also taught Marketing Management at graduate level. Dr. Zhao teaches both face-to-face and online courses. She has served on the MBA Director Search Committee, New Faculty Search Committee, and is currently serving on University Life Committee, International Committee and HLC Subcommittee.

Adjunct Faculty

James F. Graham, Adjunct Professor, Management Department
DBA, St. Ambrose University

Dr. Graham has completed more than three decades in leadership and managerial roles across several industries covering both military service and manufacturing. Since completing his doctorate he has undertaken teaching business courses at St. Ambrose and mathematics at Blackhawk College. He brings a wealth of experience to our efforts to integrate practitioner experience with academic theory. Along with his extensive manufacturing experience, his long career in the US Navy, including Commanding Officer, USS BillFish (SSN676), provides him with a unique leadership prospective and makes him a highly sought after instructor.

Donnie L. Ingram, Adjunct Faculty, Marketing Department
MA, Western Illinois University

Donnie Ingram has been in the Instructional Design field for over 12 years. His prior and current experience is a combination of distance education facilitation, face-to-face facilitation, several forms of multimedia capabilities, professional development duties, and social marketing efforts. He has conducted over 30 professional development workshops in his career spanning an assortment of concentrated areas. His Social Media Marketing course was designed from the ground up to accentuate the practical use of social media and provide a wide ranging synopsis of the fundamental and exemplary application of social media marketing on the web. As a result, his SAU marketing students have successfully consulted over 25 businesses in the Quad City area over a span of 4 years as his social marketing message resonates universally.

In addition to his current duties at SAU as an adjunct instructor for MKTG 359: Social Media Marketing, he also works full time for the School of Business at the University of Phoenix as an Instructional Designer where he partner's with Subject Matter Experts (SME's) to design, develop, deliver and sustain online courses specific to various business related disciplines.

Jessica Malcheff, Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
MA, University of Northern Iowa

Jessica Malcheff has more than 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit fundraising world. She has worked for social service and educational not-for-profit organizations during that time and has fostered relationships with hundreds of donors. In addition to her adjunct teaching position at SAU, she works full-time as the Executive Director of a community college foundation.

In 2015, she received her MA in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development from the University of Northern Iowa. Her master's level research paper explored generational characteristics of four different generations and the similarities and differences of each generation as we move forward in the workplace. Areas of expertise include communication, marketing, leadership development, fundraising, cultivation of donors, and strategic planning.

Chad Melloy, Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
MBA, St. Ambrose University

Chad Melloy is currently the Director of Talent Management for The Overture Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In that role, Chad focuses on assisting small and mid-market companies to find the right talent to meet their staffing demands. He has over 20 years of executive search, corporate recruiting, and Human Resources experience. He grew up in the Dubuque but had the opportunity to travel the world in the military.

He graduated from Roosevelt University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Resources and is a graduate of St. Ambrose University where he received his MBA. He is a national member of the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM), President Elect chair with the Iowa Senior Human Resources Association (ISHRA), and member of the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association (EIHRA).

Craig Shoemaker, Professor Emeritus, Marketing Department
PhD, University of Iowa

Dr. Shoemaker holds a BA in Economics from Mount Union College, an MBA in Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. Dr. Shoemaker's professional business experience spans twenty-five years. He was owner/president of Continental Marketing in Phoenix, Arizona, Director of OEM Sales & Marketing for Pirelli-Armstrong Tire Company in New Haven, Connecticut, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Servus Rubber Company in Rock Island, and Group Manager, OEM Sales for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Shoemaker has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, is Honorary President of the Swiss Business School in Zurich, Switzerland, published numerous academic articles, and teaches at universities in Arizona and in Europe.

Howard Swayne, Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
MS, Benedictine University

Howard Swayne has entered his 14th year as an innovative MBA Adjunct Instructor who draws from over 35 years of career and job experience at Deere & Company, both at the operational and corporate level in roles as an Information Technology department manager, researcher, educator and strategic leader. He is a highly sought after instructor who is committed to student learning success through critical thinking assignments while imparting real world job knowledge and lessons learned through his own on-the-job experience. He has presented various technology sessions as a guest speaker to business audiences in Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and South Africa. Areas of expertise include developing and instructing five courses, in both class room and online format including: 1) Integrative Business Systems including student competition via computer simulation, 2) business ethics and social responsibility, 3) human behavior in organizations, 4) human resource management and 5) strategic staffing and career development. His areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, change management and intervention, human resource recruiting, selection and succession planning, 360-degree and traditional performance management, core business mapping and process improvement, strategic planning and implementation, management principles and processes, situational and servant leadership, leadership self-assessment, organizational behavior and perception reframing, diversity and conflict management, mind mapping and systematic problem-solving.

Jim Van Speybroeck, Professor Emeritus, Economics Department
PhD, Illinois State University

Jim Van Speybroeck has been associated with St. Ambrose for over 50 years; first as a student, then as an active alumnus and faculty member. His business experience has been in banking where his responsibility was the installation if a computer systems for all phases of banking. In addition, he was also a statistician for the U.S. Army. He is the author of three books and over 250 articles for journals such the Association for Computing Machinery, Data Processing Digest and Datamation. He is a senior reviewer for Computing Reviews, the journal of the Association for Computing Machinery. In his first years of teaching, He was invited to present a paper on geometric construction at the first international conference of teachers of mathematics held in Lyon, France. Since joining the St. Ambrose Faculty, he has been voted teacher of the year twice and Graduate faculty of the year. His primary teaching responsibilities are the teaching of Statistics, and Quantitative Methods for graduate students in the online format. He has been involved in distance education at SAU since 1991.