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Professional MBA Faculty

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

Thomas Kohn

Thomas Kohn

Professional MBA Program Director

Tom Kohn is a digital media veteran, focused on creating new revenue streams and businesses for companies, big and small. At AU, he is a term professor/executive-in-residence, teaching business strategy, organizational behavior and CSR. He is also the Program Director for the PMBA. Prior to AU, Tom was a 2-time high-tech CEO, chief revenue officer for USATODAY.com and chief digital officer for a $65MM business-to-business media company. In 2013, Tom was inducted into the Media Industry News (MIN) Digital Hall of Fame.

Degrees:
  • MBA, Harvard
  • BA, Stanford
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Sally Fowler

Sally Fowler

Consulting

Sally Fowler is an Executive-in-Residence in the Management Department, and is the Kogod coordinator for the University Honors Program. Professor Fowler’s research in strategic management, strategic decision making, and virtual inter-organizational ties has been published in both academic and practitioner-oriented journals, including Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Technology and Engineering Management, Organization, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Harvard Business Review.

Degrees:
  • PhD in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MBA from The George Washington University
  • BA in Economics from Wellesley College
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Frank Dubois

International Economics

Frank DuBois is Associate Professor of International Business and Chair of the International Business Department. His research focus is in global supply chain management, customs facilitation, country of origin impacts and industrial cluster theory. Professor Dubois’ work has appeared in The Journal of International Business Studies, International Marketing Review, Journal of Global Information Management, the International Trade Journal, the Production and Inventory Management Journal and other publications. He is also author of the newly release Made in America Auto Index.

Degrees:
  • BS in Finance from Virginia Tech
  • MBA with specializations in Operations Management from Old Dominion University
  • Ph.D. in International Business from the University of South Carolina
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Anusree Mitra

Marketing

Anusree 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. Professor Mitra has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Consumer Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Marketing Letters and Journal of Business Research.

Degrees:
  • Ph.D. in business from the University of Florida
  • MBA from the Indian Institute of Management
  • BS in economics from the University of Calcutta
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Kent Baker

Financial Management

Kent Baker teaches finance and has 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. Professor Baker is one of the leading survey researchers in finance, and has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles in outlets such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Portfolio Management. Outside of the academic realm, Professor Baker is a professional musician, who has toured and recorded.

Degrees:
  • B.S.B.A. (management), Georgetown University
  • M.B.A., finance, M.Ed., educational administration, and D.B.A., finance, University of Maryland
  • M.S., quantitative methods, M.A., training and career development, Ph.D., educational administration and organization
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Parthiban David

Parthiban David

Strategic Management

Parthiban David’s primary research interests are on the impact of corporate governance on corporate strategy and firm performance. His research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, and Journal of Management. Professor David has taught at the University of Oklahoma, University of Notre Dame, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Prior to joining academia he worked several years as an engineer in the power plant equipment industry.

Degrees:
  • Ph.D. (Management), Texas A&M University
  • B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Roorkee
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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.

Degrees:
  • 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

Negotiations

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.

Degrees:
  • 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.

Degrees:
  • 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

Statistics

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.

Degrees:

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.

Degrees:

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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Gwanhoo Lee

Gwanhoo Lee

Project Management

Gwanhoo Lee teaches project management to MBA students and digital leadership/strategy and edge of IT to undergraduate students. His primary research areas include software project management, social media, open innovation, open government, business analytics and big data, technology adoption, and CIO leadership. Professor Lee has worked closely with IT executives from large U.S. organizations including 3M, American Red Cross, AMTRAK, Cargill, CSC, Deloitte, Freddie Mac, GAO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IBM, Marriott, Medtronic, Northwest Airlines, Pfizer, and World Bank. He is currently an adviser to Samsung Economic Research Institute (SERI).

Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Minnesota
  • B.S. and M.S., Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University
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