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“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
- 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 has expanded its Bachelor of Science Business Administration Degree to include four areas of concentration:
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 grad 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, also 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.
|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."
Awards and Publications:
Dr. Miles joined Chowan in 2010. 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. 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.
Gladys A. DeJesus
"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."
Gladys A. DeJesus received her B. A. degree in Economics from National University in the Dominican Republic. She received her M. A. degree and her Ph.D. degree in Economics from The Ohio State University. Gladys A. DeJesus came to work at Chowan in 1993.
- Managerial Economics
- International 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
Patsy W. Taylor
"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."
Patsy W. Taylor received her B.S. degree in Clothing and Textiles Merchandising with a concentration in Business, her Masters of Arts in Education Degree in Business and Marketing Education, and her Certificate of Advanced Study in Marketing Education from East Carolina University. Patsy W. Taylor came to work at Chowan in 1991.
- Advertising and Sales Promotion
- Consumer Behavior
- Retail Merchandising
- Freshman Seminar
Who's Who Among America's Teachers - 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1994
|Audrey S. Griffin
Assistant Professor of Information Systems
“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.”
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
- Basic Computer Applications
- Business Information Systems
- Data & Algorithms
- Introduction to Computer Science
- Marketing Research
Griffin and Brandyberry (2010). System Development Methodology Usage in Industry: A Review and Analysis. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, 3 (19). http://jisar.org/3/19/. ISSN: 1946-1836.
Bollinger, A. and Smith, R. (2001). “Managing Organizational Knowledge as a Strategic Asset”. Journal of Knowledge Management. 5(1), pp. 8 - 18.
Griffin, Audrey (2011). “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Large-Scale Managerial Decisions.” INFORMS 2011 Annual Meeting. Charlotte, North Carolina.
Griffin, Audrey and Brandyberry, Alan (2008). “System Development Methodology Usage in Industry: A Review and Analysis.” 2008 Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR), Refereed, Presenter. Phoenix, Arizona.
Bollinger, A., Krebs, K., and Mitrovic, M. “Issues in Choosing CASE Tools - A Global Perspective (2001).” Managing Information in a Global Economy: 2001 IRMA International Conference, pp. 750 - 752. Refereed, Presenter. Toronto, Ontario.
Bollinger, A. and Troutt, M. (2001). “Web Usage Data for Decision Support: Technologies, Applications, and Issues.” 2001 Annual Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute. Table Topic, refereed.
Bollinger, Audrey S. and Madey, Gregory R.(2000), "An Analysis of Electronic Auctions as a Mechanism for Supply Chain Management." AMCIS 2000 Proceedings. Paper 172. http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2000/172
|Shannon T. Williams
Assistant Professor of Accounting
“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.”
Shannon Williams earned her Bachelors of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Accounting and her Masters of Business Administration Degree from Campbell University. Shannon Williams came to work with Chowan University in 2007.
- Principles of Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Finance
- Business Communications
- Basic Computer Applications
|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.”
Thomas I. Eisenmenger received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from UNC-Greensboro. He also did additional graduate study work towards a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from East Carolina University. Thomas I. Eisenmenger came to work at Chowan in 2000.
- 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
|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.”
"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.
|Andrea E. Eason
Professor Emeritus of Business
"Chowan provides the kind of learning environment for students who would not feel comfortable in a system with thousands of students. We seek students who desire to reach a new level of academic success as they move into a college setting. Our students will find they can develop a close interaction with faculty and achieve academic excellence in a personalized, responsive environment."
Andrea Eason received her Associates Degree from Independence Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She earned her Masters of Education in Business Education and her Educational Doctorate in Vocational-Technology Education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. She did additional graduate study with Memphis State University, University of South Alabama, Old Dominion University, Widener University, University of Tennessee, Central State University, and East Carolina University. Andre Eason came to work at Chowan University in 1969.
- Database Design and Management
- Physical Design and Implementation with DBMS
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Decision Support Systems
- Project Management and Practice
|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!”