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Management Department

Faculty & Staff

We draw on faculty expertise in leadership, human resource management, entrepreneurship, law, communications, strategic management, and organizational behavior and their professional experiences in business to advance the education of our students and develop business knowledge to benefit of our alumni and other partners.

Tina Alvarado has extensive experience in career services and academic counseling, and she currently serves as the Academic Advisor for the department. Prior to joining Northern Illinois University, she has held positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and has also held the position of corporate trainer.

Terrence R. Bishop earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (1987). Dr. Bishop's expertise and interest are in human resource management. He coordinates the HR program in the department and teaches courses in human resource planning and staffing, training and development course in the undergraduate program and corporate social responsibility and management in the evening and Executive MBA programs. As faculty advisor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), he has led the NIU SHRM chapter to numerous awards over the last decade. In 2000, Dr. Bishop was recognized as the SHRM National Advisor of the Year. He also was awarded the Ideal Industries Award in the Spring of 1995. This award honors teachers whom students feel effectively blend teaching theory with "real-world" business experience. His research has been published in journals, such as Public Personnel Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Labor Law Journal, among others.

Jon P. Briscoe received his Doctorate in Business Administration from Boston University in 1998. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Utah from 1998-1999. While at NIU he has developed courses in Leadership and Leading Change in addition to teaching courses in Organizational Behavior. He has received teaching awards in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the College of Business including the "Golden Apple" Award in the EMBA and PMBA programs. His key research concerns career management and cultural differences in careers across countries. In addition he studies leadership, leadership development, and values in organizations. He publishes regularly in scholarly journals such as Journal of Vocational Behavior, Organizational Dynamics, and Personnel Psychology.

Dennis Barsema earned his B.S. Management degree at Northern Illinois University (1977). He has held executive positions in five major corporations including President and CEO of Redback Network and Onetta, Inc. He is currently on the Board of Directors for five for-profit and non-profit organizations including Restaurant.com, Community Collaboration, Inc., Oportunidad Microfinanzas, Mexico of Opportunity International, Carpenter's Place and Nest. His primary teaching responsibilities at NIU are in social entrepreneurship.

James P. Burton earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington (2002). Dr. Burton's research interests are centered around the interaction of personality and perceptions of fairness in a person's decision to engage in a variety of workplace behaviors. He also conducts research on the topics of abusive supervision, negotiation effectiveness, and employee retention. His research has been published in a variety of outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Journal of Managerial Issues. Dr. Burton has been recognized on several occasions for excellence in teaching and research. He has also served as a consultant or seminar leader to a variety of organizations including Boeing and Verizon. Dr. Burton is affiliated with the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.

Kenneth Elliott graduated with an Ed.D. in Business Education from Northern Illinois University (1997). Prior to joining the Department of Management in 1993, he served a twenty year career as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. During that career, he served two tours of duty as an ROTC Instructor, one at Morehead State University (three years) and one at Northern Illinois University (five years), where he taught Juniors and Seniors to become officers in the Army. Since joining the College of Business, he has taught Principles of Management, Strategic Management; and Business Core Applications Seminars.

Angie Euhus has served as Assistant to the Chair in the Management Department since 1989, and has served in other administrative roles in the university. Prior to joining NIU, she attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Biology. She has served on the college's Strategic Planning Council, Staff Council, Dean Search Committee, and multiple new building committees. She is currently a member of the college's Facilities and Technology Committee.

Amanda Ferguson earned her Ph.D. in Organisational Behaviour at London Business School (2012). Her research focuses on the effectiveness of small groups, specifically how their external communication patterns and internal group dynamics affect task performance and group member satisfaction. Her work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Human Resource Management Review. Prior to studying at London Business School, Dr. Ferguson worked as a Senior Sales Representative at Eli Lilly and Company in St. Louis and earned her B.S./M.B.A. degrees at Missouri State University.

Charles R. Gowen III earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1981). Dr. Gowen's expertise and research interests are in health care management. Dr. Gowen is the coordinator for the undergraduate cross-functional principles course. He also has teaching responsibilities in the strategic management area in the M.B.A. program. His research has been published in Journal of Operations Management, Journal of High Technology Management Research, and Journal of Business Ethics, among others.

Sarah J. Marsh earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997). Dr. Marsh's expertise and interests are in strategic management, new product development, and knowledge management. She currently serves as Chair of the department and has teaching responsibilities in the area of strategic management and entrepreneurship in the undergraduate and Executive M.B.A. programs. Prior to joining NIU, Dr. Marsh worked in the software and financial services industries. Her research has been published in multiple outlets, including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Organization, among others.

Christine H. Mooney, the Bill and Paula LeRoy Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University (2005). Her research interests include strategic leadership, executive succession, and top executive decision-making. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in strategic management. Her research has been published in Academy of Management Learning and Education and Organization Dynamics.

Roman Nowacki earned his M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management (1998) and M.S.E.E. from Warsaw Technical University (Poland, 1974). Prior to joining NIU, Mr. Nowacki held management positions at Lucent Technologies in corporate strategy, process improvement, and customer satisfaction. From 1994 until 1996, Mr. Nowacki headed AT&T Communication Services Polska, a foreign subsidiary of AT&T Corp. and served on its Board of Directors. Prior to that Mr. Nowacki was International Market Manager for AT&T broadband products and held various positions in Bell Laboratories in areas, such as exploratory R&D management, project/program management, and M&A activities. His areas of interest are Strategic Scenario Planning and Entrepreneurship Management.

Keith Nyquist earned his M.A. from Northern Illinois University (1993). Before joining the Management Department, he taught in NIU's Department of English. He also worked for two years as a technical writer. In addition to teaching MGMT 346, Business Communication, he is part of the team that teaches the GMAT test prep course at NIU.

Devaki Rau earned her Ph.D. from University of Minnesota (2001). Her expertise and interests are in organizational learning, expertise, strategic decision-making, and top management teams. Prior to joining NIU, she worked in the Indian software industry. Dr. Rau's primary teaching responsibilities are in the area of strategic management. Her research has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Small Group Research, Group and Organization Management, and the Journal of Business Research.

Bart Sharp earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University (2009). Bart comes to academics by way of a background in aerospace engineering, which has informed his research interests in innovation, organizational learning, and entrepreneurship. His primary teaching responsibilities are in the strategic management area at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Stacey Short earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University (2002). Dr. Short has been teaching business communication as in the Department of Management since 1999, and has been teaching business and technical writing in a variety of venues to engineering, business, and science students since 1995. Her research areas include Interpersonal Communications and Business Etiquette.

Adam C. Stoverink earned his Ph.D. in Management from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University (2013). Dr. Stoverink's research interests are centered on organizational justice, status, impression management, and emotions in the workplace. His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, the SIOP Frontier Series, and Research on Managing Groups and Teams. He currently teaches courses in Leadership and Human Resource Management. Prior to studying at Texas A&M, Dr. Stoverink worked at the corporate offices of Edward Jones Investments, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and the AVALA Marketing Group, all located in St. Louis. Dr. Stoverink holds an MBA from Saint Louis University and a BSBA in Management from the University of Missouri.

Mahesh Subramony joined the Management Department of Northern Illinois University after serving as an Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology at the University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh. He received his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Central Michigan University and an M.A. degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Delhi, India. Prior to joining academics, he worked for two Fortune 500 companies in their human resources (HR) functions and brings this experience to bear in his human resource management (HRM) courses and applied research. Mahesh's research interests are in the emerging field of strategic HRM. Specifically, he is interested in examining the reasons why organizations make various types of human resource (HR) investments, and the processes though which these investments affect employee, customer, and financial outcomes. Mahesh has published several articles in top tier scholarly journals including Human Resource Management and the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Paul Vlajcic earned his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University in 1999. Dr. Vlajcic has been teaching business communication and fundamentals of management since 2000. He has also been an active consultant to various not-for-profit organizations in the Chicago area since 1994, specializing in communications and resource development.

David Wade earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa (1987). His expertise and interests are in employment law. Prior to joining NIU, he was a visiting professor at University of Iowa College of Law. His primary teaching responsibilities are in business law. His research has been published in various journals, including the Marquette Law Review, Labor Law Journal, among others.

Eric Wasowicz earned his B.S. Computer Science at Northern Illinois University (1980). He co-founded Greenbrier & Russel and served as co-CEO until it was acquired by Fujitsu Consulting. He serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs and is on the Board of Executive Advisors at NIU's College of Business. He received Northern Illinois University's Distinguished Young Alumni award in 1999, College of Business' Honorary Alumnus Award in 2012, and is a 2001 inductee into the University of Illinois at Chicago's Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Eric teaches entrepreneurship in NIU's undergraduate program.