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KOGOD School of Business Faculty

Human Rights-Related Faculty Profiles


Heather Elms:  Professor Elms teaches undergraduate and graduate international business strategy and critical thinking courses. Her research focuses on the relationship between corporate and stakeholder responsibility in the global context, including the role of professionals in those responsibilities. She has investigated that relationship and role in different industries (e.g., health care, security) and in different regions of the world (e.g., Central and Eastern Europe). 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. She is an associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, and on the Editorial Boards of Business & Society and International Journal of Emerging Markets.  She is a regular participant in the Business & Human Rights Roundtable, a forum designed to enable multinational businesses and human rights organizations to discuss issues of common concern in a mutually respectful, trusting and confidential atmosphere.  Prior to coming to AU, she was the Founding Academic Director of the Center for Business & Society at the Central European University Business School, Budapest, Hungary, where she also taught Business Ethics and Corporate Governance courses.
Courses Taught:  IBUS 244 International Management Practices; IBUS 596 Peace Through Commerce Practicum; KSB 610 Strategic Thinking.

Jennifer Oetzel: Professor Oetzel's research focuses on how businesses can address the political and economic challenges they face in their foreign and domestic operations. More specifically, she is interested in how firms can manage and perhaps reduce risks to business, risks such as major disasters (e.g., terrorism, natural and technological disasters) and violent conflict, and contribute to economic and social development in the countries where they operate. Dr. Oetzel’s work has appeared in a wide variety of academic outlets including the Strategic Management Journal (forthcoming), Journal of Business Ethics, Long Range Planning, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, American Business Law Journal, and Policy Sciences and Development Policy Review, among others. Prof. Oetzel teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on strategic management in emerging markets and business and development. In 2006 she was selected by BusinessWeek magazine in their 2006 profile of undergraduate business programs as one of the top three "Prominent Faculty" members in the Kogod School of Business at American University. She also serves on the Editorial Board of Business & Society.
Courses Taught:  IBUS 300 Fundamentals of International Business; IBUS 496 Global Emerging Markets.

Robert Sicina: Professor Sicina has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions at Citibank, American Express and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked for thirteen years in Latin America for Citibank, where he served as Country Manager of Colombia and Division Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He became CFO of Citibank's entire International Consumer Group and later, of Citibank's US credit card business. Professor Sicina joined American Express in 1992 and went on to become President of American Express Bank Ltd. and a member of its Board of Directors. Subsequently, he was named President of the Latin American Division for the corporation. Professor Sicina has since worked in executive positions of several entrepreneurial endeavors and remains active as a consultant. He conducts Executive Education programs for Chinese executives and is a regular traveler to China and Latin America. He also leads student teams that help entrepreneurs in conflict regions create business plans and find funding for their ventures.
Courses Taught:  IBUS 300 Fundamentals of International Business; IBUS 303 Global Enterprise Failure; IBUS 596 Peace Through Commerce Practicum.


Wendy Boland: Professor Boland joined the Marketing Department at Kogod in the fall of 2008 after receiving her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on consumer decision making, behavioral choice, information processing, and marketing and public policy issues dealing with children and adolescent consumers. Some of her work, demonstrating that despite industry claims that ads aim only to entice smokers to switch brands, these ads do prompt some adolescents to start smoking, was used by antismoking advocates in Britain to successfully push for a ban on point-of-sale tobacco advertising in the U.K.  Professor Boland’s teaching interests include consumer behavior, principles of marketing, marketing research, and marketing policy. In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor to the Graduate Marketing Club. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Professor Boland worked as an auditor for a large public accounting firm. 
Courses Taught:  MKTG 612 Marketing Management.

Sonya Grier: Professor Grier conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Her current research investigates the relationship between marketing activities, and consumer health, with a focus on obesity. She has published her research in leading marketing, psychology and health journals. Professor Grier has policy experience based on two years at the Federal Trade Commission, and also has practical industry experience in Market Research, Brand Management and Marketing consulting. She serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, and the Advisory Boards for Transformative Consumer Research and the Villanova Center for Marketing and Public Policy. She also serves as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Marketing.
Courses Taught: MKTG 411 Advertising and Marketing Communications Management; MKTG 496 Marketing for Social Change.


Kathleen Getz:  Professor Getz is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Kogod. She leads several key initiatives at the school, including assurance of learning, faculty development, and program review. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of corporate responsibility and development, with an emphasis on corruption policy and peace through commerce. Her speaking engagements have included the Washington Board of Trade, the State Department International Visitors Program, and the American Psychological Association. She is associate editor of Business & Society and both past president and fellow of the International Association for Business and Society. In 1997, she received a Citation of Excellence from Anbar Electronic Intelligence Service for authoring one of the year’s top 50 scholarly papers in business. 
Prof. Getz is not currently teaching classes due to her administrative role.

Daniel Jacobs:  Professor Jacobs teaches courses in business strategies for environmental sustainability and global corporate citizenship. He joined Kogod following a distinguished career in the federal government. As an award-winning Trial Attorney at the Justice Department, he was lead counsel in high-profile environmental and civil rights cases. As a Senior Negotiator and Office Director in the State Department's Economic, Energy, and Business Bureau, he led major initiatives to promote and protect American business interests abroad. While serving in the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser, he won an award for his work in international arbitration. He has taught at George Washington University, Middlebury College, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He began his professional career as a law clerk to a U.S. Court of Appeals judge.
Courses Taught: MGMT 201 Global Corporate Citizenship; MGMT 396 Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability; MGMT 685 Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability.

Jay Pope: Professor Pope is an Executive-in-Residence in the Management Department of Kogod, where he teaches Global Corporate Citizenship. He also advises the JD/MBA Club. His past teaching experience includes one year as a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor and six years as a part-time Associate Adjunct Professor at Loyola College in Maryland, where he taught courses in the legal environment of business, international business law, and ethics, moral and social responsibility. Professor Pope has been a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Jay C. Pope since 2002. In addition to practicing law, he compiled over twenty years of corporate management, financial and technical experience with organizations of varying size, culture and specialization.
Courses Taught: MGMT 201 Global Corporate Citizenship; MGMT 360: Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship.

Michelle Westermann-Behaylo:  Professor Westermann-Behaylo teaches Global Corporate Citizenship, which examines business law, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Her research focuses on global corporate responsibility and stakeholder management and she has investigated the role of business in building sustainable peace and promoting human rights. Before earning her Ph.D., Professor Westermann gained a variety of experiences in the public and private sector as an international trade attorney and merchant banker.
Courses Taught: MGMT 201 Global Corporate Citizenship.