MBA Faculty and Staff
Joseph Turek, PhD
Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Professor of Economics
Dr. Turek earned his PhD and MA in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany. He holds an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Syracuse University. His research interests include scenario planning, the economics of terrorism, risk assessment, and urban and regional economic development. He edited Income Inequality and Social Stratification: Causes and Consequences(2008), the latest addition to Lynchburg College's Symposium Readings collection. He is a previous director of the Westover Honors Program as well as of the Walter G. Mason Center for Business and Economic Research. Dr. Turek received the 2001-2002 Shirley Rosser Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2006-2007 Bock Award for Excellence in Citizenship.
Sara Bennett, PhD
Asssistant Professor Finance
Professor Bennett is currently completing her dissertation for her doctoral work at Kent State University. She taught finance courses at Kent and at Cleveland State University before coming to Lynchburg College. Her teaching and research interests include corporate finance, investments, and derivatives.
Atul Gupta, PhD
Professor of Management, Director of MBA Program
Dr. Gupta earned a B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delhi, India, an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Northern Iowa, and a D.BA with a major in Operations Management and a minor in Computer Information Systems from Cleveland State University. Prior to coming to Lynchburg College in 1997, Dr. Gupta taught at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Cleveland State University. His teaching activities include developing innovative and quality teaching materials that enhance the learning process. Dr. Gupta's scholarly productivity has been disseminated through publication in reputed academic journals and professional conference proceedings and presentations. Much of his research focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of manufacturing and service operations. He is the Editor of International Journal of Business & Economics and Oxford Journal. He is also the Program Chair for Global Conference on Business & Economics.
Alina Klein, PhD
Assistant Professor of Economics
Dr. Alina Klein earned a PhD in economics from West Virginia University, and a B.S. degree in economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, Romania. Her scholarly interests include international finance and asset pricing. Dr. Klein published and refereed for the Journal of Banking & Finance. As a teacher, she is a believer in the Aristotelian teaching philosophy, trying to create an interpersonal relationship with her students. She creates games and provides real life examples in the classroom, which enable their learning process. Outside the classroom, she enjoys running and playing badminton and tennis.
Eric Kyper, PhD
Associate Professor of Management (MIS)
Dr. Eric Kyper received his bachelor's and MBA from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He started his career as an information systems consultant specializing in database and systems design for custom business applications. While in his doctoral studies at the University of Rhode Island he shifted focus from database design to data mining and business intelligence applications. Along those lines Dr. Kyper has published articles on those topics and continues to consult in the areas of data mining, business intelligence, and quantitative analysis. He teaches in the areas of information systems and statistics.
David Murphy, PhD, CPA, CGFRM
Professor of Accounting and Economic Crime, Chair of Department of Accounting
Dr. Murphy received his PhD in Accounting from Washington State University in 1989. Prior to coming to Lynchburg College, he served as Department Head and taught accounting courses at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. He has also taught at Central Washington University, Oklahoma State University, California State University and the University of Idaho. His primary teaching interests are financial accounting, information systems and personal financial planning. His secondary teaching interests are international and managerial accounting. Dr. Murphy has developed and directed graduate programs in accounting in Bolivia, Peru, and the United States. He is the author of numerous papers which have been published in academic and professional journals in the United States, Europe and South America and is the co-author of an accounting textbook. Dr. Murphy also served for two years as the academic director of a U.S. AID-funded anti-corruption graduate program in Bolivia, and then as the accounting reform adviser to the Minister of Finance in Kyrgyzstan and then as Chief-of Party for the U.S. AID Accounting Reform Project in Uzbekistan and regional director of education. He spent a year in Peru as the senior anti-corruption adviser to the Controller General of Peru and most recently he has consulted as the anti-corruption adviser to the government of Bulgaria.
Maria Nathan, PhD
Professor of Management Business Administration
Dr. Maria Nathan received her PhD in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1992. Previous to joining Lynchburg College, she has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of California-Los Angeles. Currently, Dr. Nathan also teaches graduate classes in international business, management, global policy and strategy, and strategic human resource management in Europe and Asia. Dr. Nathan has received awards in recent years for her research, and has published in the Academyof Management Review and the Academyof Management Executive, among others. She is on five editorial review boards. Dr. Nathan is currently the coordinator for the School's Business Administration program.
Stefan Nicovich, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing, Chair of Marketing Program
Dr. Nicovich received his PhD in Marketing from The University of Memphis in 1999. He also received a Master's Degree in Marketing from Memphis State University. Prior to joining the Lynchburg College faculty, he taught at The University of New Hampshire and the University of Memphis. His main research interests concern the effect of new communication forms on consumers. He investigates the psychological impact of artificial environments on consumers in terms of their attitudinal responses and subsequent behaviors associated with their experiences. He has taught courses in Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Principles of Marketing and E-Commerce. He has a number of refereed publications in first, second, and third-tier journals, including the Journal of Business and Economic Studies, The Journal of Interactive Advertising, The Journal of Computer Mediated Communications, Information Resources Management Journal, and The Journal of Interactive Marketing. He has also received funding from Bethesda Corp for his work on Presence in Mediated Environments.
Joe M. Prinzinger, PhD
Professor of Economics, Chair of Economics and Finance Program
Dr. Prinzinger received his PhD in Economics from Georgia State University in 1974.His B.S. in Economics was granted in 1969 by Rider College. Before coming to Lynchburg College in 1988, he worked for South Carolina State Health and Human Services Finance Commission as the chief economist along with other positions. He taught at such schools as Clemson University, Old Dominion University, and California State University at Northbridge. Currently he has published over a dozen journal articles and presented papers at over three dozen professional association meetings. His primary academic interest is applied microeconomic theory. His teaching areas include microeconomic theory, economic history, managerial economics, and industrial organization.
Sally Selden, PhD
Professor of Management, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Dr. Selden earned her PhD from the University of Georgia, and her M.P.A. and BA from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to Lynchburg College in 2001, Dr. Selden taught at Syracuse University, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Georgia. She has also worked as program evaluator for the U.S. General Accounting Office. Dr. Selden was given the Leonard D. White Award for the most outstanding dissertation in the field of Public Administration from the American Political Science Association in 1996. She has taught courses in Perspectives on Business, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Nonprofit Management, and Statistics. Dr. Selden has published over 30 articles, book chapters, and books. She is one of the principal investigators for the Government Performance Project, which is funded by the Pew Center on the States. Much of her research seeks to better understand the relationship between management capacity and performance, and how to assess human resource management systems. Dr. Selden has three sons and enjoys running and biking.
Janice Quattlebaum, BS
Administrative assistant, Graduate Program