Lead Faculty Team
Janet Duck, Ph.D.
Janet Duck, assistant professor of management at the School of Business Administration, Penn State Harrisburg, is the faculty director for the Penn State Online MBA program. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience at the graduate level, with 15 years of experience teaching in online environments. Dr. Duck teaches fully online courses in organizational development and intervention, facilitating groups and teams, human resource management, organizational change, corporate culture, and leadership communication. She served as the team adviser in the iMBA program for the past eight years, where she guided online team development for all virtual teams throughout the two-year MBA program.
Dr. Duck has received the Outstanding iMBA Faculty award eight times over the past 12 years. She has more than 15 years of industry experience in organizational change and development in both domestic and international markets. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and her doctoral degree from Penn State. Dr. Duck has been highlighted for her work in online teaching in the New York Times and Delta Sky Magazine. She focuses her research on team development in online environments, the impact of collaborative teaching models and integrated technology, and the influence of team formation models and team development.
Glen Kreiner, Ph.D.
Glen Kreiner is a professor and the Smeal Faculty Chair for the Penn State Online MBA program, and a John and Becky Surma Dean's Research Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University. He has published award-winning research in a wide variety of leading management journals. His research findings have also been reported on by the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and print and broadcast news organizations internationally. Professor Kreiner's research includes such topics as mindful leadership, workers with intellectual disabilities, work-family dynamics, professional identity, organizational identity, and stigmatized or "dirty" work. In the Smeal resident MBA, online MBA, and/or Executive MBA programs, Dr. Kreiner teaches courses in Team Process and Performance, Team Facilitation, and Leadership and Identity. He has led Executive MBA Global Immersion trips to South America and Europe. He also teaches a Ph.D. seminar on Qualitative Research Methods and has previously taught undergraduate and MBA courses on organizational behavior.
Instructors listed below represent the faculty for the redesigned Online MBA. If you are a current student or are beginning the program in fall 2016, view this list of faculty teaching iMBA fall 2016 and previous cohorts.
Nihal Bayraktar, Ph.D.
Nihal Bayraktar is an associate professor of economics and finance in the School of Business Administration, Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Bayraktar received her Ph.D. in Economics (with a specialization in macroeconomics and industrial organization) from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining Penn State Harrisburg in the fall of 2003 as an assistant professor, she worked at the World Bank as an economist, and she continues to be involved as a consultant in research activities at the World Bank. She has been teaching undergraduate and MBA courses in Money and Banking, International Capital Markets, Public Finance, Business Statistics, and Financial Markets and Economy. She has extensive experience with online and hybrid courses.
Dr. Bayraktar's basic research interest is in macroeconomics, microeconomic foundations of macroeconomics, public finance, and development economics. Her main research interest is in private and public fixed investment activities. She also works on problems related to inflation, economic development, poverty, the banking sector, tax policies, public expenditure policies, and financial markets in developed and developing countries. Her academic publications have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Macroeconomics, International Journal of Revenue Management, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Policy Modeling, Margin: Journal of Applied Economic Research, World Economy, and Bulletin of Economic Research.
Shawn Clark, Ph.D.
Shawn Clark is a Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and associate director of the Garber Venture Capital Center at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. Prior to that he served as a senior lecturer and professor of practice at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. Dr. Clark has several years of professional consulting experience in the areas of strategy, business process, and information technology. He teaches courses in business planning, corporate strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, enterprise architecture, project management, and professional services (management and IT consulting). He has also worked as an executive education professional at Penn State and elsewhere, providing training on IT governance, and the alignment of IT and business architectures.
Ashutosh Deshmukh, Ph.D.
Ashutosh Deshmukh is a professor of accounting and management information systems in the Black School of Business, Penn State Behrend. His research and teaching interests are in auditing, accounting information systems, and corporate information strategy. He has published more than 30 articles and presented his scholarly work at more than 50 conferences. Dr. Deshmukh holds certification in public accounting, information systems auditing, management accounting, and fraud examination, and has served as an expert witness in the U.S. House of Representatives, estimating the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of grant money awarded over a five-year period by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Performance Evaluation, and an author of the book Digital Accounting: The Effects of the Internet and ERP on Accounting. In his limited free time, he enjoys travel, reading science fiction, and playing chess.
James F. Fairbank, Ph.D.
James F. Fairbank is associate professor of management at the Black School of Business, Penn State Behrend. He teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Technological Innovation, and Organizational Management. He earned his Ph.D. in Management and Organization from Penn State, his Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. Dr. Fairbank's research focuses on the use of information technology for competitive advantage, and how organizations can become more effective and efficient at innovating. His research has been published in some of the leading journals in his field. He is also the recipient of several teaching awards, most recently the Penn State iMBA Outstanding Faculty Award. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Fairbank was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in various management positions in industry in the areas of marketing, business development, project management, and program administration.
Chelsea C. Hammond, Ph.D.
Chelsea C. Hammond is a clinical assistant professor of marketing in Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Science from the University of Connecticut. Currently, she is developing the Smeal College of Business Marketing Department's newest online Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics. Dr. Hammond has significant experience in the market research and consulting industry; she has worked with a variety of clients in such industries as adult beverage, HBA, technology, and media. Most recently, she was the director of Data Operations and Insights at Forrester Research, where she led the team responsible for the research design and operations of Forrester’s two largest syndicated data products. She continues to be actively involved in supporting organizations with data-driven insights and strategic application of analytics.
Barrie Litzky, Ph.D.
Barrie Litzky is an associate professor of management and organization at the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. Dr. Litzky teaches courses in Business, Ethics, and Society; Organizational Behavior; Sustainability; and Social Entrepreneurship and Community Leadership. One of her personal teaching goals is to continue to demonstrate to business students that they can do well by doing good, and she is a strong advocate for the triple bottom line (economic, environmental, social) approach to business decisions. Dr. Litzky began her teaching experience as a trainer in a corporate setting, and she found that teaching was something that she truly enjoyed. Later, when she taught undergraduate business students in 1991 at Towson University, her students confirmed that she had found her niche. Dr. Litzky’s primary career goal, to teach and conduct research in a university setting, provided the impetus to return to school for a doctoral degree. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Sciences and Psychology from Drexel University in 2002, and she was awarded tenure at Penn State in 2009.
David Morand, Ph.D.
David Morand is a professor of management at the School of Business Administration, Penn State Harrisburg, and has been affiliated with Penn State since 1991. His academic and professional expertise is in organizational behavior, human resource management, and labor-management relations. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Humanism and Cultural
Change from the University of Wisconsin, a Master's Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University.
Dr. Morand has conducted and published academic and applied research on topics such as power and influence in organizational interaction, formal versus informal social environments in organizations, cross-cultural communication issues in business contexts, face-to-face versus computer-mediated communication styles, and labor law. In addition to publishing in top scholarly journals, his research has been cited prominently in the media, including such business media as the Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, New York Times, Times of London, Chicago Tribune, Business Week Magazine, and Psychology Today. Dr. Morand has also been interviewed on national television and radio regarding his research, and he has presented papers at academic meetings throughout the world.
Simon Pak, Ph.D.
Simon Pak is an associate professor of finance at the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. He teaches courses in financial modeling, speculative markets, financial markets, and real options. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Pak taught economics and finance courses, including doctoral courses in financial economics and advanced macroeconomics, at New York University and Florida International University. Dr. Pak has been a consultant to federal government offices, NGOs, and business corporations in the areas of options trading analysis in several IRS tax cases, and analysis of international commodity trade mispricing.
Dr. Pak's current research focus is in the areas of international trade price analysis, transfer pricing, capital movements, and tax avoidance through over- and under-invoicing in international commodity trade. He has published articles in academic journals such as American Economic Review; Journal of Finance; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money; Real Estate Finance; Derivatives Use, Trading and Regulation; Journal of Investing; Applied Financial Economics; Journal of Financial Crime; Accounting Forum; Business Ethics Quarterly; International Trade Journal; Interfaces; Finance India; and Tax Management: Transfer Pricing Report. Dr. Pak earned his doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor's in Physics from Seoul National University in Korea.
Sagnika Sen, Ph.D.
Sagnika Sen is an associate professor of information systems at the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on process performance, metrics, and incentive design in organizations, mainly the design of effective decision-making frameworks and the use of data-driven decision models to obtain analytical insights on processes and performance measures. She has published in top academic journals in the field of information systems, such as Information Systems Research and Journal of Management Information Systems. Her work has also appeared in other prestigious academic outlets, such as Decision Support Systems, Information and Management, Communications of the ACM, Human Resource Management, Service Science, and Journal of Managerial Psychology. Dr. Sen teaches courses in Management Information Systems, Business Process Management, and Business Statistics.
Ray Venkataraman, Ph.D.
Ray Venkataraman is a professor and Chair of the Project and Supply Chain Management academic program at the Black School of Business, Penn State Behrend. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of both residential and online courses in Supply Chain Management, Business Statistics, and Project Management and has received an award for Excellence in Business Teaching. Dr. Venkataraman has several research publications in top-tier operations management journals, such as the International Journal of Production Research; Omega; Production and Operations Management (POMS) Journal; and Interfaces. He has also published books titled Cost and Value Management in Projects and Decision Making in Project Management. His textbook, Operations Management: Managing Global Supply Chains, is expected to be published in January 2017. His current research interests are in the area of sustainability issues in projects and supply chains. He has served on the editorial review board of Production and Operations Management (POMS) Journal and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.
Barbara Yener, Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara Yener is a CPA and faculty member in Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. Recently, she has been teaching Beginning and Intermediate Accounting, Auditing, and Individual Tax courses, and received the Shonto Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015 from Smeal. Her effectiveness in the classroom is enhanced by her experiences working with small businesses during her eight years in public accounting, as well as by the accounting and business finance seminars she developed for an audience of managers at a major international manufacturing firm. Prior to earning her Master of Science in Business with accounting specialization from Penn State, Dr. Yener also taught in the field of consumer sciences in public schools and at Utah State University and Purdue University (Ph.D., 1982).