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Academics: School of Business


School of Business

“The Business School has stimulating professors that offer students a huge advantage in their future. The professors strive to evaluate the minds of their individual students in order to inform and prepare them for the business
world ahead.”
- Jason Reddick

Our supportive faculty places a large emphasis on teaching excellence and uses a strong program of academic advisement to help students throughout their college careers. Founded in 1929, the School of Business at Chowan University is now among the largest programs on campus and enrolls a major portion of our student population because of this steadfast dedication.

Chowan’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree includes four areas of concentration:

The School of Business also offers seven minors, five of which are available to students with a major in business:

Chowan University's School of Business has a rich tradition of producing high quality business professionals that goes back almost 80 years. With great faculty and classes and several motivating organizations, awards and honors that can help boost a resume, it is easy to see why our School of Business is one of Chowan University's most popular programs.

Through small class sizes and personal attention, our expert faculty will prepare students with a quality education for either going straight into a career or attending a graduate school program. Students will develop a good knowledge of the broad functions of business and will be able to exhibit the skills essential to their individual areas of concentration. Students will also acquire effective communication skills, in both oral and written abilities, and will be able to demonstrate their technological competencies, especially in their hands-on internship experiences. These internship experiences will allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in real-life situations, while helping to build their resumes.

In October of each year, the business school hosts a seminar for area high school students interested in business. The Horizons in Business Seminar consists of a general conference and concurrent group sessions on specific topics that would appeal to high school juniors and seniors. Chowan has been offering this excellent opportunity to area students for almost 30 years

The School of Business Visiting Executive Program exists to expand the educational horizons of our students by providing the opportunity for interaction with upper level business executives from a variety of business fields. Each semester a different executive comes to campus to speak in classes, have a networking meal with School of Business faculty and a small group of students, and speak with at an assembly later in the day. Since its inception, participants have included a former vice president of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, partners in a large accounting firm, president and upper management of a hospital, vice president of an international agricultural corporation, vice president of a large commercial construction firm with contracts throughout the southern and eastern US, and a senior economic developer for the NC Department of Commerce.

Want to know more about The School of Business?
Check out the School of Business newsletter Update and
view previous issues here.


School of Business - Faculty

 

Linda Miles Linda L. Miles
Dean of the School of Business
Professor of Finance

"The School of Business is an exciting place, with knowledgeable and enthusiastic faculty dedicated to our students’ futures. Small class sizes allow individualized attention—we know our students. I’m glad to be a part of the School of Business as we plan for the future and continue to equip our students to reach their full potentials."

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, major in Finance, minor in Economics, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BSBA in Finance East Carolina University

Courses Taught:

  • Teaching at Chowan: Introduction to Finance, Leadership, Business Internship, Management, Personal Finance
  • At Prior Institutions: Financial Institutions Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Commercial Bank Management, Investments, Advanced Corporate Finance

Awards, Honors and Publications:

Dr. Miles joined Chowan in 2010. She is a member of the Financial Management Association, Phi Beta Lambda, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Her research has been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, the American Banker, and Progressive Measures. Dr. Miles has presented in many professional venues on finance, financial institutions, assessment and pedagogy, as well as presentations at Chowan University functions. Awards at prior institutions include the Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year, the Outstanding Teaching Award, honors fellowships, honors scholarships, and summa cum laude ECU graduate.

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Gladys A. DeJesus

Gladys A. DeJesus
Distinguished Professor of Economics
Coordinator of Social Sciences
Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

2010-2011 Faculty Advisor of the Year!

2002 & 2012 Excellence in Teachning Award!

"After many years and places of professional experience, I can honestly say my years at Chowan have been the happiest and most productive. Here at Chowan, there is an atmosphere of great expectations and warm camaraderie that makes teaching and learning truly exciting and rewarding."

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Economics, The Ohio State University
  • M.A. in Economics, The Ohio State University
  • B.A. in Economics, National University in the Dominican Republic

Courses Taught:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Global Environment of Business
  • Money and Banking
  • International Economics

Awards and Honors:

  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
  • Distinguished Alumna - National University, Dominican Republic
  • Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. DeJesus joined Chowan in 1993. 


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Patsy Taylor

Patsy W. Taylor
Associate Professor of Marketing

2001 & 2006 Aplha Chi Teacher of the Year Awards! 2000 Excellence in Teacher Award!

"I was born and raised just outside of Murfreesboro so Chowan has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember. I enjoy teaching here and working with such a fine group of faculty, staff and students."

Education:

  • M.A. in Education in Business and Marketing Education,
    East Carolina University
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Marketing Education,
    East Carolina University
  • B.S. in Clothing and Textiles Merchandising, with a concentration in Business, East Carolina University

Courses Taught:

  • Marketing
  • Advertising and Sales Promotion
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Selling
  • Retail Merchandising
  • Marketing Management
  • Foundations of Business
  • Business Communications
  • Freshman Seminar

Honors and Awards:

  • Faculty Marshall, 2012 North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda Advisor of the Year
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers - 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1994

Patsy W. Taylor joined Chowan in 1991. 



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Andrew Babyak Andrew T. Babyak
Assistant Professor of Management

“I am looking forward to building into the lives of Chowan students as they develop the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of their lives.”

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Regent University
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Leadership, Regent University
  • M.A. General Theological Studies, Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of World Missions
  • B.A. Cross Cultural Studies, Toccoa Falls College

Courses Taught:

  • Foundations of Management Theory
  • Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Management
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Peoples of the World

Honors, Publications and Presentations:

  • "An Exploratory Investigation of Self-Directed Learning in Senegal, West Africa and its Implications for Human Resource Development." The Autonomous Learning World Caucus. University of Oxford, UK.
    March 12, 2012.
  • "An Unquenchable Thirst for Learning in the Desert: Senegal, West Africa." Conclave of Leadership Research and Analysis. Virginia Beach, VA.
    May 11, 2012.

Dr. Babyak joined Chowan in 2012. He is a member of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. His research has been published in Church Executive Magazine and Transform: Regent University Journal of Kingdom Business. He has presented at The Autonomous Learning World Caucus at the University of Oxford, UK, the Conclave of Leadership Research and Analysis in Virginia Beach, and the Murfreesboro, NC Rotary Club. 

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Audrey S. Griffin Audrey S. Griffin
Assistant Professor of Information Systems
and Management

“Chowan is a warm, welcoming campus that makes teaching here enjoyable. The small class sizes promote personal interaction between students and faculty, allowing us to really get to know one another. I find that Chowan truly values its students, and promotes academic success along with personal development. I feel privileged to be a part of my students’ journeys.”

Education:

  • Ph.D., Management Systems, Kent State University
  • Graduate Certificate, Statistical Quality, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, Clarion University of PA
  • B.S., Health Information Management, York College of PA

Courses Taught:

  • Analytical Computing for Business
  • Basic Computer Applications
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Strategy
  • Database Design and Management
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Web Application Development

Honors, Publications and Proceedings:

Dr. Griffin joined Chowan in 2011. She is a member of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Her research has appeared in Journal of Information Systems Applied Research and Journal of Knowledge Management. She has presented at INFORMS Annual Meeting, Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR), IRMA International Conference, Annual Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute and AMCIS.

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Shannon Williams

Shannon T. Williams
Assistant Professor of Accounting

2010 Faculty Advisor of the Year

“For me, Chowan is a perfect fit. Teaching involves not just knowing the material, but knowing the students you teach. Chowan’s small classes give me the opportunity to get to know the students and develop a relationship that will hopefully help them reach their full potential in and out of the classroom.”

Education:

  • M.B.A., Campbell University
  • B.S.B.A. with concentration in Accounting, Campbell University

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Basic Computer Applications
  • Business Communications
  • Financial Accounting
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Finance

Honors, Awards and Presentations:

Shannon T. Williams joined Chowan in 2007. She is a Certified Public Accountant, 2010 Chowan University Alumni Association Faculty Advisor of the Year, member of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She has presented at the Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposiums, New Faculty Luncheon meeting, and Horizons in Business.  


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Thomas I. Eisenmenger Thomas I. Eisenmenger
Instructor in Information Systems

“I have been called to challenge students to set their own goals high, to “think big”, and ultimately to achieve great things with their lives. For me, Chowan University has been an excellent place to pursue this calling. Sometimes my students ask, “Is this an Information Systems or Philosophy class?”, because I always strive to expand their intellectual vision and I don’t mind stepping out of the usual bounds of an IS class to do it. After all, building a strong worldview is critical for your future success.”

Education:

  • M.B.A. in Marketing, UNC-Greensboro
  • Additional graduate study in Computer Science, East Carolina University
  • B.A. in Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill  

Courses Taught:

  • Computer Hardware and System Software
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Business Information Systems
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Networking Technology
  • Project Management

Awards, Honors and Publications:

  • Author, “Superlicks” guitar education software,
    AOL Shareware of the Month (February 1996)
  • Libertarian candidate for NC Senate, 2002
  • Libertarian candidate for US House of Representatives,
    July 2004 Special Election
  • Professional Member, Association of Computing Machinery
  • CompTIA Certified A+ PC Technician
  • CompTIA-Certified Network+ Professional

Thomas I. Eisenmenger joined Chowan in 2000.



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Mary Ann Howell Mary Ann Howell
Visiting Instructor in Information Systems

“I am looking forward to working at Chowan University full time because of the family-oriented atmosphere. I was an adjunct at Chowan University for many years and it has always had a welcoming attitude for instructors and students. I want to help my students succeed throughout their life’s journey. I recognize that I am shaping the leaders of tomorrow and I find that an exciting experience!”

Education:

  • M.B.A., University of Phoenix
  • B.S. in Business Management, UNC-Wilmington

Courses Taught:

  • Basic Computer Applications

Mary Ann Howell joined Chowan in 2012. She has served as consultant to several local businesses. 

 




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