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Faculty Guide


Meinders School of Business

The Meinders School of Business is conveniently located in the heart of Oklahoma City and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional development programs. Having earned AACSB accreditation, we stand among the top 4.5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs. At the Meinders School of Business, our world-class faculty train future business leaders through innovative teaching methods in a private school setting providing students a firm foundation for a lifelong career. Mission

The Meinders School of Business prepares students to be socially responsible leaders in a global economy through teaching excellence and faculty scholarship in business practice and the disciplines. Faculty and students engage with the business community, local government, and regulatory agencies as part of the teaching-learning process. Degrees The Meinders School of Business offers the degrees of Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Energy Management, and Master of Science in Energy Legal Studies. All programs are fully accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Faculty The faculty at the Meinders School of Business are teaching scholars dedicated to learning through the study and practice of business. They are accomplished writers and consultants with extensive experience in the business community. Ninety percent of the faculty hold doctorate degrees or the equivalent and regularly publish articles in professional journals. Professors are accessible and their expertise covers the spectrum of the business and economic disciplines.


A Message from the Dean

It is a distinct privilege for me to serve as Dean of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. As a part of a larger liberal arts university, the Meinders School of Business and its faculty focus on teaching, academic and applied research, and community service.

Our primary undergraduate academic degrees include a Bachelor of Business Administration, with specific disciplines or specializations (majors) in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and business administration. We also have an undergraduate degree in software engineering.

Our graduate degrees include a Master of Science in Accounting, a Master of Science in Software Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Energy Management, a Master of Science in Energy Legal Studies, and we offer, in conjunction with OCU School of Law, a joint JD/MBA program.

To facilitate rigorous instruction of this diverse set of educational programs requires an extraordinary faculty. This Meinders School of Business Faculty Guide is designed to provide insight into the academic backgrounds, areas of expertise, professional and research interests of our distinguished faculty. This guide also provides important contact information for each faculty member in the event you might desire to communicate with them regarding independent consulting or research. I hope you find this guide to be a useful tool in learning more about the high-quality faculty we have here in the Meinders School of Business. Should you wish to speak with me about any member of our faculty, or any of our academic programs, you may contact me at Warmest Regards,

Steven C. Agee, Ph.D. Dean and Professor of Economics Meinders School of Business Oklahoma City University


Table of Contents Accounting Evan Shough, Chair..................4 Beth Stetson..................5 Randy Murray..................6

Technology and Software Engineering John Johnson, Director of Creativity Cluster..................7 Robert Greve, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Assurance of Learning, Director of the Busey Institute for Enterprise and Leadership, Associate Professor of Information Technology..................8 Hyacinthe Aboudja..................9 Ken Carlton..................10 Andy Khader..................11 Noh Jin Park..................12 Chandrika Satyavolu..................13

Economics & Finance Ronnie Shaw, Chair..................14 Aixin (James) Ma..................15 Steven Agee, Dean..................16 Russell Evans, Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Policy Analysis Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics..................17 Kyle Dean, Director of the Center for Native American and Urban Studies Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics..................18 Jacob Dearmon, Director of the Center for Data Analytics Associate Professor of Economics..................19 Jonathan Willner..................20 Management, Marketing, & International Business Michael Williams, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs..................22 Jason Flores..................23 James Guzak..................24 Carol Howard..................25 Mahmood Shandiz..................26 J. Alexander Smith..................27 Justin Wareham..................28

Masters Programs in Energy Management & Energy Legal Studies Meredith Wegener, Director of Graduate Energy Programs..................29 Sue Ann Arnall, Executive in Residence..................30 Buddy Behrens..................31 Debbie Fleming..................32 Mitchell Gray..................33 Andrea Martin..................34 Kim Parrish..................35 Jacque Pearsall..................36 Jennifer Prilliman..................37 Bobby Wegener..................38


#2 in the nation for Accounting and Finance Degrees

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance The Meinders School of Business was ranked number two in the country in the 30 Great Small Colleges for an Accounting and Finance Degree list by the Master of Finance Degrees website. The rank order among the top 30 schools – out of a pool of more than 500 – was determined by consensus of Master of Finance Degrees staff, “based solely on the presence of innovative and exceptional programs.” The organization noted OCU’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation and stated that “many accounting firms, including the so called ‘big four’ audit firms which are Deloitte, PwC, Ernst and Young, and KPMG recruit Oklahoma City University graduates.” Students at OCU receive a higher level of learning and engagement inside the classroom, offering a unique environment built around the success of each individual. Our professors help students gain a higher connectedness to their course of study by practicing critical thinking and applied learning in real business situations, along with theories and principles related to business. 3


Evan Shough

Chair and Assistant Professor of Accounting 405.208.5486

Education Ph.D., University of Oklahoma M.S., Oklahoma State University B.S., Oklahoma State University

Areas of Expertise Dr. Shough specializes in financial valuation of investments and companies. His other primary area of interest is internal control and security in information systems. His teaching includes Financial Accounting and Theory and Accounting Information Systems. His primary research interests are financial disclosure, valuation and pedagogical issues involving technology. Prior to his academic career, Shough worked in business software development. Before joining the faculty at Oklahoma City University, he spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Professional Activities Assistant Professor Shough is a member of the American Accounting Association and Financial Executives International and faculty sponsor for the accounting club.


Beth Stetson Associate Professor of Accounting 405.833.5308

Education Ph.D., Accounting, Minor Psychology, University of Oklahoma J.D., University of Oklahoma M.S., Tax, Golden Gate University B.B.A., Accounting, University of Oklahoma Areas of Expertise Dr. Stetson specializes in teaching taxation and accounting ethics, and research regarding tax compliance and tax procedure. Her empirical research has been published in The Tax Lawyer, Chapman Law Review, Journal of the American Taxation Association, The Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly, State Tax Notes, and Practical Tax Strategies. Before entering academia, Dr. Stetson practiced law for approximately 10 years as a Senior Trial Attorney and International Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service and a Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Professional Activities Associate Professor Stetson is an Income Tax Assistance volunteer. She is a member of the State Bars of California and Oklahoma.


Randy Murray

Adjunct Professor of Accounting 405-208-5158

Education Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Oklahoma State University Master of Accounting, Oklahoma City University

Areas of Expertise As a practicing certified public accountant for 25 years, Randy gained expertise in a variety of areas including financial and managerial accounting. In addition, he developed areas of interest in valuation of businesses and passed the certified valuation analysis exam. He provided litigation support in many court cases as an expert witness. During Randy’s years of public practice, he gained valuable experience as an auditor and management consultant. Professional Activities Randy is a Certified Public Accountant and has been an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA). He served for two years as the chair of the OSCPA Small Firms committee and has been an active member of the OSCPA’s Accounting Careers Committee for five years.


Software Engineering

John Johnson

Director of Creativity Cluster 405.639.8722

Education Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri B.S., Medical Technology M.S., Electrical Engineering

Areas of Expertise Dr. Johnson was employed by contractors at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. His initial work at NASA was in a problem analysis setting wherein probabilistic models were developed for interpreting Landsat satellite data. He then worked as Senior Lead Engineer for Spacelab Integration with responsibilities related to the evaluation and integration management of scientific projects to be flown on Space Shuttle Spacelab missions.

He has supervised the design and implementation of special projects for independent study including voice recognition, speech synthesis and other instrumentation provided for the disabled. He provided special studies in the development of programming techniques for robotics and other artificial intelligence applications. He won a SBIR contract with the U.S. Air Force for his automatic target recognition software. With the help of USAO students, his company SoftThought, Inc. designed two autonomous robotic vehicles for the DARPA Grand Challenge and the DARPA Urban Challenge.

Professional Activities Research interests include adaptive behavior, robotics, and ethological artificial intelligence applications. He is a member of IEEE, AAAI, and AUVSI professional organizations and Eta Kappa Nu. He is a DaVinci Fellow and is currently developing an artificial intelligence module for the defense department’s drones.


Robert Greve

Assistant Dean for Assessment and Assurance of Learning Director of the Busey Institute for Enterprise and Leadership Associate Professor of Information Technology 405.208.5437

Education Ph.D., Management Information Systems, Oklahoma State University M.B.A., University of Central Oklahoma B.B.A., University of Central Oklahoma

Areas of Expertise Dr. Greve’s research has focused on knowledge work, information overload, interruptions, multi-tasking, and e-mail processing strategies. He has presented at numerous conferences and published research concerning how best for organizations and individuals to process e-mail. His current research focuses on how the use of mobile technology can affect and enhance events.

Professional Activities Professor Greve is the founder of,, and, both of which are innovative audience response systems for use in the classroom and business worlds. He has led multiple successful teams in creation of business plans for the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition.


Hyacinthe Aboudja Assistant Professor of Software Engineering 405.208.5481

Education Ph.D., Computer Engineering, University of Arkansas M.S., Computational Mathematics, University of Arkansas M.S., Computer Engineering, University of Louisiana B.S., Electronics, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Areas of Expertise Dr. Aboudja specializes in computer architecture, performance analysis, bioinformatics and theory of computing. He teaches courses in computer system architecture, operating systems, theory of computing, data structures, programming languages and discrete mathematics.

Professional Activities Visiting Assistant Professor Aboudja is a Professional member of IEEE, ACM and Toastmaster International.


Ken Carlton

Visiting Assistant Professor of Information Technology 405.208.5415

Education M.B.A., Business Administration, Illinois Institute of Technology B.A., Mathematics and Business Administration, Valparaiso University

Areas of Expertise Professor Carlton’s professional and academic focuses are on information technology project management, strategic planning, business process reengineering, vendor software package acquisition and implementation, business process modeling and long range planning. He has been a Professor of Information Technology at Oklahoma City for the last 15 years.

Professional Activities Professor Carlton has an extensive career in information technology. He has worked as a technology consultant, creating disaster-recovery plans, designing data communications networks and selected application software for many organizations. He was an information technology director for the Fleming Companies, as well as the information technology director for American Floral Services. Professor Carlton also has served on numerous advisory boards ranging from development of software products, data communications products, and computer hardware development. Two of these included projects in Boblingen, Germany and La Gaude France. Additionally, he has been published and quoted in numerous Information Technology trade journals.


Andy Khader

Visiting Assistant Professor of Information Technology 405.208.5169

Education M.B.A., Business Administration – IT, Oklahoma City University B.A., Mathematics and Statistics, Mu’tah University

Areas of Expertise Mr. Khader has more than 20 years’ experience in the Information Technology field. He is an independent consultant and manages a familyowned computer consulting business. Professional Activities Visiting Assistant Professor Khader participates in computer shows and seminars in the area of computing, telecommunications, and electronics. He publishes and presents papers in the area of e-mail management, accounting information systems, and Islamic banking. He holds several certificates in computers and application, and sales and marketing.


Noh-Jin Park Assistant Professor of Software Engineering 405.208.5105

Education Ph.D., Computer Science, Oklahoma State University M.A., Statistics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea B.A., Economics, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Areas of Expertise Dr. Park specializes in two main areas. One is Risk Analysis (modeling, analysis and forecasting) on financial informatics, and the other is Defect/ Fault Tolerance in semiconductor chip module (design, testing and diagnosis). Professional Activities Dr. Park currently serves as a reviewer of articles in Microprocessor and Microsystems, Elseviet, and in IEEE Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI. He has also served as a Session Chair in US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology.


Chandrika Satyavolu Visiting Assistant Professor 405.208.6052

Education Ph.D., University of Oklahoma M.S., Computer Science, San Jose State University B. S., Information and Communication Technology, Dhirubhai Ambani – Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT)

Areas of Expertise Dr. Satyavolu’s research is centered on wireless and mobile networks. Specifically, her work toward improving radio-frequency identification (RFID) protocol efficiencies earned her a Ph.D. Her past projects include calculation of red shift in galaxies (NASA Camcos Project), and developing algorithms for recommendation systems based on users’ media interests and viewer history (similar to Netflix). Dr. Satyavolu presented at the Globecom 2014 conference.

Professional Activities Satyavolu is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She has worked for Danger Inc. (acquired by Microsoft), Wind River Systems (makers of the operating system used in the NASA Mars Rover and tiny devices), and more recently for Institutional Shareholder Services in Norman, Okla., where she implemented software as a service model.


Economics & Finance

Ronnie Shaw

Chair of Economics and Finance Professor of Finance 405.208.5283

Education Ph.D., Finance, University of Texas at Arlington M.S., Texas A&M University B.S., Texas A&M University

Areas of Expertise Dr. Shaw’s professional experience includes serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, corporate management positions, entrepreneurial activities in the real estate investment industry and restaurant industry. He has lectured in England, Malaysia, Singapore, People’s Republic of China, British Columbia, and the United States of America. Dr. Shaw has published work in the Journal of Real Estate Research, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Finance, Public Budgeting and Finance, Mustang Journal of Business and Ethics, International Journal of Business, Accounting, and Finance and various practitioner oriented publications. His areas of interest include teaching of financial theory, concepts, practices and research in the areas of corporate finance, derivative securities, and real estate. Professional Activities Dr. Shaw is a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking.


Aixin (James) Ma Associate Professor of Finance 405.208.5827

Education Ph.D., Finance, University of Massachusetts Amherst Candidate for MBA, Yale School of Management M.A., Political Science, University of New Orleans LL.B., Political Science, Beijing University Areas of Expertise Dr. Ma’s expertise is in the area of investments. Currently Dr. Ma’s research focuses on socially responsible investing. He studies the competitiveness of socially screened mutual funds vs. conventional mutual funds, as well as whether specific strategies such as green investing can generate competitive returns. Dr. Ma’s work has been presented at the Financial Management Association meetings, Eastern Finance Association annual meetings, Seoul International Derivatives Securities Conference, and various regional conferences. Dr. Ma has published in well-regarded academic journals including Financial Management and Journal of Applied Finance. His work on socially responsible investing has also been quoted by major business media such as, Bloomberg-BusinessWeek, and the Wealth Journal. Professional Activities: Dr. Ma joined OCU after earning his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. As a Ph.D. student, Dr. Ma was a winner of Lilly Teaching Assistantship, winner of University of Notre Dame “Ethical Dimensions in Business” Conference Scholarship, the Ph.D. representative on the School of Management Ph.D. Policy Committee and a resident manager of university family housing. Before pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Ma spent one year as an MBA student at the Yale School of Management with Yale Scholarship Grant and Frederick T. Holliday and Frederick T. Holliday Jr. Memorial Scholarship. He joined Worldco L.L.C., a Wall Street startup financial services firm, immediately after his summer internship at the firm. He worked at Worldco as an NASD (now FINRA) certified equity trader with Series 7, Series 55 and Series 24 licenses from 1998 to 2002.

Dr. Ma was a certified International Trade Representative at Henan Machinery Import and Export Corp. in China from 1990 to 1994. He led the company team to win the 1992 Provincial International Trade Knowledge Competition and was named Honor Employee for the achievement. He came to the United States to pursue graduate education in 1995.


Steven C. Agee Dean Professor of Economics 405.208.6111

Education Ph.D., Economics, University of Kansas M.S., Economics, University of Kansas B.B.A., Economics, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Expertise Dr. Agee is an economist specializing in energy policy, banking, monetary theory, and macroeconomic policy. Having served in the private sector for thirty years as President and COO of oil and natural gas exploration and production companies, Dr. Agee has the unique combination of academic and private industry experience to administer, teach, design and implement new programs and speaker’s series in the energy field. In addition, having served six years (2006-2011) on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch, the last three as its Chairman, Dr. Agee has enormous contacts and resources in the banking industry, and has taught Money & Banking at Oklahoma City University.

Professional Activities Dean Agee is President and COO of Agee Energy, LLC, a private oil and natural gas company in downtown Oklahoma City. Prior to forming his own company in 2006, Dr. Agee served as President and COO of XAE Corporation, a privately owned oil and gas company, from 1982 to 2005; and as President and COO of Lee & Agee, Inc., from 1988 to 2006. Dr. Agee joined the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in March 2006. He concluded a sixyear stint with the Fed in December 2011, having served the last three years as Chairman of the Oklahoma City Branch Board. He has served on the Board of Directors for the following organizations and additionally served as President of each Board: The Economic Club of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Society, Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB), the latter for which he served as Chairman for three years. Dr. Agee also served as Director and past Treasurer of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). Dean Agee is currently a member of the Oklahoma City Economic Roundtable and serves on the following Boards of Directors/Tr

Meinders School of Business Faculty Guide