MBA Faculty

All MBA Faculty:

  • Are full-time academically qualified.
  • Hold a terminal doctoral degree in their discipline.
  • Have professional experience or are actively providing consulting services to business and industry.
  • Meet stringent research and other standards above those required for undergraduate instruction.
  • Are fully dedicated to teaching; make class preparation and instruction a priority; they want their students to succeed.
  • Are published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and proceedings related to their academic disciplines.
  • Have office hours established to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students and are willing to consult with students whenever necessary.


Dr. Faridah Awang

Dr. Faridah Awang

Professor of Corporate Communication and Technology
Office: BTC 263
Phone: 859-622-2416
mail: Faridah.Awang@eku.edu
website: http://www.idaawang.net/

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - Education; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2002)
  • MSc - Education; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1998)
  • BSc - Workforce Education and Development; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1996)
Teaching Interests:
  • Business Communication
  • Computer Applications
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Web Design
Research Interests:
  • Communication Technology
  • Distance Learning
  • Ethical Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • Workplace Skills
Awards/Recognitions:
  • Jack L. Dyer Teaching Award (2011)
  • Nominee for Jack L. Dyer Teaching Award (2004)
  • Delta Pi Epsilon Outstanding Research Award (2002)
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Business Education (2002)
  • Outstanding Master's Thesis Award (1998)
  • Illinois Writer's Hall of Fame (2000, 2002)

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Dr. Lana Carnes

Dr. Lana Carnes

Professor of Corporate Communication and Technology
Office: BTC 160
Phone: 859-622-8005
mail: Lana.Carnes@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • EdD - Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation; University of Kentucky (1996)
  • MS - Business Education; Eastern Kentucky University (1985)
  • BS - Business Education; Eastern Kentucky University (1975)
Teaching Interests:
  • Business Communication
  • Corporate Communication
  • International Communication
  • Research and Report Writing
Research Interests:
  • Applied Research to Improve Teaching and Classroom Effectiveness
  • Assessment Methods to Enhance Student Learning
  • Communication in the Workplace
  • International Business Communication
Awards/Recognitions:
  • Jack L. Dyer Teaching Award (2006)
  • EKU National Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence (2006)

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Dr. Burke Christensen

Dr. Burke Christensen

Morgan Chair, Insurance and Risk Management
Office: BTC 173
Phone: 859-622-1120
mail: Burke.Christensen@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • JD - Law; University of Utah (1975)
  • BS - History; Utah State University-Logan (1972)
Teaching Interests:
  • Life Insurance and Estate Planning
  • Principles of Risk and Insurance
  • Legal/Ethical Environment of Business

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Dr. Allen Engle

Dr. Allen Engle

Professor of Management
Office: BTC 120
Phone: 859-622-6549
mail: Allen.Engle@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • DBA - Management; University of Kentucky (1990)
  • MBA - Management; Eastern Kentucky University (1980)
  • BBA - General Business; Eastern Kentucky University (1978)
Teaching Interests:
  • Administrative Analysis in Organizations
  • Compensation Management
  • Organizational Theory
  • Human Resource Management and Development
Research Interests:
  • Ethics
  • International Management
  • Human Resource Management
Awards/Recognitions:
  • EKU Foundation Professor (2013-15)
  • EKU National Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence (2004)

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Dr. Zek Eser

Dr. Zek Eser

Assistant Professor of Finance
Office: BTC 021
Phone: 859-622-6156
mail: Zekeriya.Eser@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - Finance; University of Kentucky (2007)
  • PhD - Candidate in Economics; Boston College (1994)
  • MA - Economics; Boston College (1994)
  • BBA - Economics; Bosphorus University-Istanbul (1987)
Teaching Interests:
  • Business Statistics
  • Business Finance
  • Financial Analysis and Valuation
Research Interests:
  • Agency Problems in Mutual Fund Management
  • Corporate Governance and Market Timing
  • International Banking

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Dr. Mary Beth Holbrook

Dr. Mary Beth Holbrook

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Office: BTC 126
Phone: 859-622-1092
mail: MaryBeth.Holbrook@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - Business Administration, Emphasis in Accounting; University of Kentucky (2011)
  • MS - Accountancy; University of Kentucky (1996)
  • BA - Accounting; Alice Lloyd College (1995)
  • BA - Psychology; Harvard University (1987)
Teaching Assignments:
  • ACC 301 - Intermediate Accounting
  • ACC 425 - Accounting Theory
  • ACC 490 - Special Problems in Accounting

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Dr. Trish Isaacs

Dr. Trish Isaacs

Associate Professor of Accounting
Office: BTC 142
Phone: 859-622-1590
mail: Trish.Isaacs@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - Accounting; University of Kentucky (1994)
  • MBA - Accounting; Eastern Kentucky University (1981)
  • BBA - Accounting; Eastern Kentucky University (1980)
Teaching Assignments:
  • ACC 201 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACC 322 - Tax I

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Dr. Chang-Yang Lin

Dr. Chang-Yang Lin

Professor of Information Systems
Office: BTC 229
Phone: 859-622-1379
mail: CY.Lin@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - Economics; Arkansas (1983)
  • MS - Economics; Murray State University (1978)
  • BA - Economics; Soochow University-Taiwan (1974)
Teaching Interests:
  • Database Management
  • E-Business Technologies
  • IT Management
  • Web Information Systems
Research Interests:
  • Database Migration
  • Hypermedia
  • Project Management
Awards/Recognitions:
  • Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award (2007)

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Dr. Beth Polin

Dr. Beth Polin

Assistant Professor of Management
Office: BTC 118
Phone: 859-622-4970
mail: Beth.Polin@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - Labor and Human Resources; The Ohio State University (2013)
  • BA - Economics; DePauw University (2008)
Teaching Assignments:
  • GBU 891 - Thesis Research
  • MGT 300 - Principles of Management
  • MGT 301 - Principles of Management (Non-Business)
  • MGT 480 - Organization Behavior
  • MGT 850 - Leading/Managing Organizations

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Dr. Marcel Robles

Dr. Marcel Robles

Professor of Corporate Communication and Technology
Office: BTC 267
Phone: 859-622-1117
mail: Marcel.Robles@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - Teaching and Learning, Information Systems and Higher Education; University of North Dakota (1996)
  • MS - Business Education, Minor in Vocational Education; University of North Dakota (1991)
  • BBA - Information Management Systems and Business Management; University of North Dakota (1989)
Teaching Interests:
  • Business Communication
  • Business Research
  • Computer Applications
Research Interests:
  • Assessment
  • Business Communication
  • Educational Technology

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Dr. Qian Xiao

Dr. Qian Xiao

Assistant Professor of Management
Office: BTC 178
Phone: 859-622-7349
mail: Qian.Xiao@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - University of Alabama
Teaching Assignments:
  • GBU 480 - Business Strategy
  • MGT 300 - Principles of Management
  • MGT 301 - Principles of Management (Non-Business)
  • MGT 370 - Operations Management

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Dr. Zhe Zhang

Dr. Zhe Zhang

Associate Professor of Business Strategy
Office: BTC 026
Phone: 859-622-4973
mail: Zhe.Zhang@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • PhD - Strategic Management; University of Central Florida (2009)
  • MS - Management; Texas A&M University-Commerce (2003)
  • MBA - General Business; Texas A&M University-Commerce (2002)
Teaching Interests:
  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Management
Research Interests:
  • Effects of Strategic Management on Customers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Governance in China

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Dr. Weiling Zhuang

Dr. Weiling Zhuang

Associate Professor of Marketing
Office: BTC 167
Phone: 859-622-1363
mail: Weiling.Zhuang@eku.edu

Education/Credentials:
  • DBA - Marketing; Louisiana Tech University (2010)
  • MS - Mathematics and Statistics; Louisiana Tech University (2010)
  • MBA - Marketing; Southwest Jiao Tong University (2004)
  • BS - Investment Economics; Guangdong University of Business Studies (1997)
Teaching Assignments:
  • MGT 340 - Management Science
  • MKT 300 - Principles of Marketing
  • MKT 301 - Principles of Marketing (Non-Business)
  • MKT 350 - Consumer Behavior in Marketing
  • MKT 455 - Marketing Research and Analysis
  • MKT 457 - Experimental Design for Marketing
  • MKT 481 - Internship in Marketing
  • MKT 850 - Marketing Management

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