Dr. Debra Kerby, Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Accounting, is an alumna of Truman State University. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in business education at the University. She also earned a Master of Accounting Science degree from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Kerby holds CMA and CPA certifications. She began teaching undergraduate and graduate accounting courses at Truman in 1982. Dr. Kerby is an advocate of the case method, particularly for upper-level and graduate classes. Her research interests include student learning and assessment, cost management, and practice management. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, walking, and swimming.
Dr. Jason (Jia-Yuan) Lin, Professor and Chair, Department of Business Administration, received his Ph.D. in Economics and did his post-doctoral study in finance at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Nabil Alghalith received his B.S. degree from Northeast Missouri State University, his M.B.A. from Saint Louis University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri - Rolla. He has been at Truman since 1988. His teaching and research interests are in the area of Management Information Systems. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and watching soccer.
Dr. Stephen Allen, Professor of Business Administration, completed his undergraduate electrical engineering degree in 1978 at Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla) graduating Cum Laude. He then worked eight years both domestically and internationally for Schlumberger Ltd. In 1989 he earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Management with an emphasis on operations management and quality control from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has been teaching operations management, project management, and survey of business classes at Truman since 1989. He has authored seven refereed journal articles, eighteen refereed proceedings articles, two books, edited two conference proceedings, and has co-authored two major grant applications. Two of the proceedings articles won best paper of the conference award. While at Truman he has three times been nominated by students for the Truman Educator-of-the-Year award. Since 1978, he has lived in and/or visited the following countries: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Dubai, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Khafji, Mexico, the Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Wales, and the former West Germany.
Dr. Michael Blum, Professor of Business Administration, obtained his bachelors degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Dr. Blum's graduate studies led to a Masters in Industrial Relations from Iowa State University and Ph.D. in Business Administration from The University of Missouri-Columbia. He teaches management courses, predominantly human resources management, labor management relations and organizational behavior. Dr. Blum has conducted research in the areas of conflict resolution, job search behaviors and others. He and his wife Julie have four children. Much of his time away from work is spent with family members attending a local church, in physical activities at the YMCA and in coaching his children's athletic teams.
Mr. Charles Boughton, Instructor, B.S. Business Administration University of Colorado (1980), M.A. Sociology University of Colorado (1984), M.S. Accounting Truman (Northeast Missouri State)(1986), additional graduate work: Truman State and Drury Universities. This is his second tour at Truman; this Fall begins the 6th year. "When I left Truman the first time, it was to go to work full-time for my favorite consulting client. The reason I came back to Truman was to teach. I love the interaction with students and the challenge of staying current with courses in which the topics are always changing. Interaction with students is my favorite aspect of my job." He and his wife Debi have two daughters and one son. His hobby is anything with an internal combustion engine attached: boats, airplanes, Harleys and Corvettes in particular.
Dr. Debra (Debi) Cartwright, Professor of Business Administration, earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from New Mexico State University; a master's degree in Business Administration (Marketing and Management) from York University in Toronto, Ontario; and the Ph.D. in Business Administration (Strategy with a minor concentration in Marketing) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Between degrees she worked a total of 10 years in industry and has experience in the areas of retail, human resources, internal marketing, entertainment management, event planning and sales. She joined the Truman faculty in 1988 and normally teaches Brand Management and Strategic Marketing, Strategic Management, Integrated Marketing Communications and Principles of Marketing. Her research interests include strategic responses to external environmental pressures, competitive business strategies, assessment of student learning, brand development and marketing communications. She has an adult son and two small dogs.
Professor Damron-Martinez earned both her Ph.D. in Business Administration/Marketing and M.A. in Economics from New Mexico State University; she also earned an MBA. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Martinez worked both internationally and in the U.S. in marketing for over 12 years. Dr. Martinez teaches principles of marketing, marketing research, sales, and retail management; her classes are active in service-learning projects, working with small local businesses as well as the Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center and the Truman ROTC. Dr. Martinez serves on the Advisory Board for the Student Success Center and the Truman Institute. She is a two-time recipient of the Golden Apple award for teaching, and a two-time finalist for Educator of the Year. Recent publications are the International Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications, Journal of Sports Administration and Supervision, and Journal of Teaching in International Business; new research was recently accepted in the Journal of Education for Business. Dr. Martinez is faculty advisor for the Truman Chapter of the American Marketing Association and Women’s Club Volleyball. She is married to Arthur Martinez, executive with CenturyLink; they have two daughters.
Dr. Paul Fellows, Associate Professor, obtained his B.S. at the University of Michigan, and his M.A.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. He has been a professor at Truman since 1991
Dr. Neil Gilchrist, Professor, Business Administration. Dr. Gilchrist obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University, an M.B.A. from Idaho State University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Strategic Management and Business Policy) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been teaching at Truman since 1984. He teaches primarily Strategic Management, Business Strategy, and Entrepreneurship. Before coming to academia, he was a produce manager in the grocery business and a pharmaceutical sales rep (detail man). He is married (Dr. Lou Ann Gilchrist, Dean of Student Affairs) with two adult sons and two grandsons.
B.S. in Business, Francis Marion University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
(Finance and Banking)
Dr. Katherine Jackson is Associate Professor of Finance in the School of Business. Prior to her arrival in Kirksville, Dr. Jackson was in the School of Management at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Before moving to New York, Dr. Jackson was a faculty member in the
Dr. Jackson is the author of numerous articles as well as a finance textbook that incorporates collaborative learning techniques. She has given numerous presentations about how to use collaborative learning in business education. She has also given workshops on financial analysis to non-financial executives at several major mid-west corporations. She was previously a member of the board of directors of the Economics Club of Michiana and the Financial Executives’ Institute. Her research interests include mutual fund management and pedagogical issues. Dr. Jackson the faculty advisor for Alpha Kappa Psi. Dr. Jackson and her husband own a local retail store in Kirksville called Blink of an Eye.
Dr. Bryce Jones, Professor of Business Administration, obtained his B.A. from the University of Kansas, his J.D. and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin; he is also a member of the Missouri Bar Association. He has been at Truman since 1977 and teaches Legal Environment of Business, Commercial Law, CPA Review, and occasionally Ethics. His hobbies include computers, old radio shows, and sports. His wife teaches reading at Ray Miller Elementary School. His daughter, Carolyn has her Ph.D. and is a professional chemist. He has two sons: Gregory is in the physics graduate program and Bryce III, is an undergraduate at MU. His research interests include antitrust and commercial law.
Dr. Kyung-Chun (Andrew) Mun, Professor of Finance, earned his Ph.D. in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has been teaching finance classes including Investments, Derivatives & Risk Management, Advanced Financial Management, Corporate Finance, and Principles of Finance at Truman State University since 1991. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and Who's Who in Business Higher Education. His research interests include contagion in international stock and foreign exchange markets, international financial management, managing risks with derivatives, futures hedging, market efficiency, etc. He has articles recently published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Global Finance Journal, Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting, among others. He performed as an ad-hoc referee for a number of journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, International Review of Economics & Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, etc.
Dr. Yung-hwal Park, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, earned a Ph.D. in International Business and Marketing from Saint Louis University. Prior to this, Dr. Park earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis on Strategy and International Management from KDI School of Public Policy and Management. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Yonsei University.
Before joining the Ph.D. program, Dr. Park worked at Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., where he was in charge of container management in South Asian countries. Then he worked as a reinsurance accountant in the International Department at Dongbu Insurance Co., and he also worked at NeungYule Education Inc. as a brand manager, senior editor, and head of a business unit. Dr. Park has conducted research in areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate environmentalism, and foreign market entry strategy.
Dr. Adrien Presley, Professor of Business Administration, received B.S.A. and M.S. degrees in horticulture from the University of Arkansas. He earned M.S.I.E. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He has been teaching at Truman since 1997 in the areas of operations management and information systems. Journals in which he has published his research include the International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Cleaner Production, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Business Information Systems, and Journal of Teaching in International Business. Previously, he worked as a research engineer and business consultant for UTA and as a manufacturing systems engineer at General Dynamics Fort Worth (now Lockheed Martin).
Dr. Smith has been at Truman since 1986. He has a bachelor's in Economics from Eastern Illinois University, has completed the course work for a master's degree in economics at Auburn University, and holds a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches History of Economic Thought and the Economic History of the United States, as well as Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, the Legal Environment of Business, and Government Regulation of Business. He is a member of the State Bars of Missouri and Texas and has presented papers at professional conferences on the work of economists Friedrich Hayek and James Buchanan, as well as on various legal topics. His special interests are economic history, the history of economics, and the Austrian school of economists.
Dr. Lin Zhang, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, received her B.A. in English and B.S. in International Business at Dalian University of Technology (China), M.S. in Management at University of Bath (U.K.), and Ph.D. in Marketing at Mississippi State University. She joined the Truman Faculty in 2005 and teaches Principles of Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research, and International Business. Her research interests include brand management, international advertising, and unhealthy consumer behavior. She is married and has a baby son.