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Professional MBA Faculty

Below is a sampling of the Kogod faculty members who teach core courses in our MBA programs.

Jill Klein

Jill Klein, Founding Director of the PMBA Program

Jill Klein brings more than 25 years of IT and banking management experience to the classroom and currently serves as an Information Technology Executive in Residence at the Kogod School of Business. She teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level, and enjoys developing courses that provide students with “live client” projects and resources. She co-chairs the Kogod Information Technology Executive Council, comprised of 20 corporate and government CIOs. Prior to joining Kogod, Professor Klein worked at JP Morgan, IBM, Riggs Bank, The Advisory Board and managed her own IT consulting firm. Read Full Bio

Augustine Duru, Professor

Professor Duru teaches management accounting to undergraduate and graduate students with emphasis on how organizations use accounting information to create value in a dynamic business environment. His main research interest focuses on the use and implication of accounting information in corporate governance and firm valuation. Professor Duru received the American University Professor of the Year: Excellence in Teaching award in April 2001. Read Full Bio


Anusree Mitra, Associate Professor

Professor Mitra teaches marketing management, consumer behavior, and marketing research. Her research focuses on consumer perceptions of marketing information such as advertising, nutritional labeling, and other mandatory disclosures, and their public policy implications. Read Full Bio

H. Kent Baker, Professor

Professor Baker teaches finance and served as Chair of the Department of Finance and Real Estate for 11 years. He also has extensive industry experience and has provided consulting and training services to more than 100 organizations. He has authored or edited eight books and has published more than 200 articles. Outside of the academic realm, he is a professional musician, who has toured and recorded. Read Full Bio

Sheila Bedford

Sheila Bedford, Executive-in-Residence

Sheila Bedford teaches accounting at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has extensive industry accounting experience in the real estate business, and served in senior financial management roles with Marriott International and as the controller for The Golf Academy LLC. Read Full Bio

Heather Elms

Strategic Thinking

Heather Elms is Chair of the International Business Department and Kogod Research Professor and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Her research focuses on the relationship between corporate and stakeholder responsibility in the global context, including the role of professionals in those responsibilities.

Professor Elms has published her work in outlets including Academy of Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Organizational Research Methods, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization.

  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
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Alex Mislin

Alexandra Mislin


Alexandra Mislin’s research focuses on how aspects of social exchange such as trust formation, emotions, and the tracking of social obligations influence negotiations. Her current work examines how these social factors interrelate and how they affect negotiated agreements, contract implementation, and behavior after the agreement.

Professor Mislin’s research has been published in leading academic journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Economic Psychology. Her research has also been featured in public press outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company and The Globe and Mail.

  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S.B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A., Kenyon College
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Timothy J. Timura

Management Economics

Timothy Timura joined the American University Kogod faculty after 30 years as a professional institutional investment manager. He has held senior investment management positions with Federated Investors, Principal Financial, Newbolds Asset Management, and the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio. Prior to Kogod, Professor Timura taught finance and economics at The Ohio State University, Lehigh University, the Pennsylvania Bankers School (at Bucknell University), and the University of Pennsylvania and served as a Research Fellow at the Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

  • BA Dickinson College (Economics)
  • MS University of Pennsylvania (Learning Theory, Philosophy)
  • MBA University of Wisconsin-Madison (Finance, Applied Security Analysis Program)
  • EdD University of Pennsylvania (Experiential Learning Theory, Financial Literacy)
  • DM Case Western Reserve University (Management, Behavioral Finance)
  • Postdoc University of Florida-Gainesville (Finance, Alternative Assets)

Ed Wasil

Edward Wasil


Edward Wasil specializes in network optimization and applications of decision-aiding methods. He has published more than 100 technical articles in a wide variety of academic outlets including Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.

In 2005, Professor Wasil and four co-authors received the INFORMS Computing Society Prize for research excellence in the interface between operations research and computer science. In 2002 and 2005, Professor Wasil received the Kogod Graduate Business Association award for Distinguished Professor of the Year. In 2006, he was named the American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year.


B.S., Fairfield University; M.B.A. and Ph.D., University of Maryland

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Itir Karaesmen Aydin

Itir Karaesmen Aydin

Production and Operations Management

Itir Karaesmen Aydın is an Associate Professor at Kogod. Her research interests involve pricing optimization, revenue management, and supply chain management of perishable products; Professor Aydin’s research has appeared in leading academic journals, including Management Science and Operations Research. She was an Associate Editor of the leading journals in her field such as Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management. Prior to joining the Kogod School in 2010, Professor Aydin was a faculty member at University of Maryland, College Park, and Carnegie Mellon University.


B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey; M.Phil. and PhD in Management Science, Columbia University, New York, USA.

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