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Faculty in business and the arts and sciences collaborated to design the academic themes of the Bentley MBA program – and continue to work together in presenting the curriculum.

Click on each theme below for a sampling of faculty who teach in the program.


Andy B. Aylesworth

Andy Aylesworth joined the Bentley faculty in 1994 and serves as an associate professor of marketing. Before entering academia, he was an account executive at Saffer Advertising in Chicago.

The professor’s teaching centers on creativity, advertising, marketing communication and promotion, and marketing fundamentals. His research interests include enhancing creativity in business and the classroom and strategies to improve how marketing and business are taught.

In his own classroom, Aylesworth has enlisted improvisational comedy to help students boost their business skills. He has trained in the techniques himself and performed improv in the Boston area, and shares the relevant lessons in a graduate course called Enhancing Creativity.

Aylesworth has been published in the Journal of Marketing Education, Journal of Advertising and Journal of Business Research. He holds MBA and PhD degrees in marketing from Indiana University.

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William M. Gribbons

Bill Gribbons directs Bentley’s MS in Human Factors and Information Design – one of the largest and most respected programs of its kind in the country. He established the campus-based Design and Usability Center, which advises organizations on producing effective and intuitive technology products and services.

A noted authority on usability, information design, and the user experience, Gribbons consults to leading organizations worldwide. Clients include EMC Corp. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Monster, Staples, and the U.S. Navy. He has been widely quoted in national media such as the Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, the ABC newsmagazine 20/20, and the Financial Times.

His professional commitments include serving as an associate fellow of the Society for Technical Communication as well as membership in the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and Usability Professional Association. Gribbons holds a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Gesa E. Kirsch

Gesa Kirsch is a professor in the English and Media Studies Department and co-founder of the campus-based Women's Leadership Institute (now the Center for Women and Business). Her research and teaching focus on feminism and composition; qualitative research methodology; women's rhetorical education; and ethics, social responsibility and sustainability.

She is author, co-author or co-editor of many books, including Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process; Feminism and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook; and Ethical Dilemmas in Feminist Research. Her latest book, titled Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies and co-authored with Jacqueline Jones Royster, is slated for publication in 2012.

Kirsch is a sought-after speaker in national and international settings. One recent engagement was for the National Endowment of Humanities Summer Institute on Sustainability and the Humanities, serving as a visiting fellow for a seminar on the role of ethics and social responsibility in facing climate change and working toward a sustainable future. Kirsch earned a PhD at the University of California, San Diego and a BA at United States International University.

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William T. Schiano

Bill Schiano brings extensive corporate experience to his teaching and research. As president of thoughtbubble productions, for example, the associate professor of computer information systems helped secure investment funding for the New York-based new media company.

Much of Schiano’s work explores the role of technology in the retail and service industries. His research on this and related topics has informed articles and case studies for Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, The Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Business Horizons, and other academic publications. Schiano is a co-author of the book Cyberlaw: Text and Cases.

Companies such as Nokia, Volvo, and State Street have tapped Schiano to deliver customized management education programs and take on specific consulting projects. He shares his insights with fellow academics as well, in settings that include the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences and the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. Schiano holds a DBA from Harvard University Business School.

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O. David Gulley

Since joining the Bentley faculty in 1990, Professor of Economics David Gulley has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in financial markets, forecasting, and monetary economics, among others. Research topics to capture his interest include national and state lotteries, health care markets, monetary policy and interest rates. His work has been published in academic journals such as Economic Inquiry, National Tax Journal, Applied Economics and Economics Letters.

Gulley has presented papers at national and international conferences, including those for the Eastern Economics Association, Southern Economics Association, and Financial Management Association. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Kentucky.

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Roy A. “Chip” Wiggins

Chip Wiggins is Bentley’s dean of business and a 15-year member of the Finance Department faculty. His teaching and research focus on corporate governance, ownership and control. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in microfinance, corporate and financial strategy, and equity markets. His research delves into effectiveness among boards of directors; executive compensation; and corporate expansion strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and reverse takeovers.

He has designed and delivered executive education programs for Bentley and other schools; for companies such as Georgia Pacific, L.L. Bean and Arbella Insurance; and for professional and trade groups such as the Turnaround Management Association, Northeast Gas Association and National Investor Relations Institute.

Publications to feature his work include Liberal Education, Journal of Financial Research and Journal of Corporate Finance. Wiggins holds doctoral and master’s degrees in finance from Georgia State University and a BA in English from Florida State University.

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Mystica Alexander

Mystica Alexander is an assistant professor in the Law, Taxation, and Financial Planning Department. With specialties in mergers and acquisitions, exempt-organization issues, and tax planning, she practiced corporate and tax law for several years before moving into academia. Her teaching assignments at Bentley include business law and ethics as well as courses in the Master of Science in Taxation program.

As a researcher, she explores the ethical and social responsibility of business, tax policy issues, state and local taxation practices, and the role of tax law in encouraging and supporting social responsibility of business. Her articles for leading journals include “Representing the S Corp Client: Tools of the Trade and Appellate Judges” and “Philosophical Theories: Judicial Philosophy or Mere Coincidence?”

Alexander has presented papers at the 47th annual Combined Institute on Federal and State Taxation and the annual conference for the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, among others. She earned a JD at Harvard University Law School.

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Gary C. David

In both teaching and scholarship, Gary David focuses on workplace practices, ethnic identity and community, and intercultural communication. He conducts research primarily in workplace settings where intercultural and intergroup interaction takes place on a regular basis. For example, he has analyzed interactions between workers and customers in Arab-owned convenience stores in metropolitan Detroit. His extensive study of Arab–American communities explores issues such identity formation and media portrayals.

The professor’s current projects include examining the nature of collaborative activity in multicultural worksites, the impact of electronic medical records on health care, and the ways that co-workers use workplace practices to build collaborative relationships. Among the many publications to feature his work: Health Infomatics Journal, Knowledge and Process Management, and Ethnographic Studies. David holds a PhD from Wayne State University and MA and BS degrees from Central Michigan University.

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Michael Quinn

Michael Quinn holds a dual appointment at Bentley as associate professor of economics and associate director of Bentley PhD programs. His research centers on immigration, trade, and foreign direct investment. The professor’s teaching interests include economic development, macroeconomics, and economics of the European Union.

Quinn presents and publishes his work both nationally and abroad; recent examples are professional gatherings such as the International Atlantic Economic Society Conference and publications such as the International Journal of Applied Economics. He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also served on the faculty and received two teaching awards.

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Joni Seager

Joni Seager is professor and chair of the Global Studies Department. A widely respected expert in global environmental policy and the status of women worldwide, she consults regularly to numerous organizations with an international mandate. Her recent work with the United Nations, for example, includes projects for UNEP, DESA and UNESCO.

Another significant commitment is consulting to the government of Mozambique. The African country is developing a national strategic plan that would be the first in the world to address gender, environment and climate change. Seager also has advised the global nonprofit AIDS-Free World on the study, graphic representation, and data management of geographically based information.

Her publication credits include scores of journal articles and 10 books, notably, The State of Women in the World Atlas, Gender-Disaggregated Global Data on Water and Sanitation, and Gender, Poverty and the Environment. She earned PhD and MA degrees at Clark University.

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Cyrus R. Veeser

Associate Professor of History Cyrus Veeser teaches courses in the history of modernization, Caribbean and Latin American history, and the history of U.S. foreign relations. The years 1870 to 1945 provide the backdrop for much of his research, on topics such as colonial modernization and business and economic history in the United States.

In addition to numerous journal articles and book reviews, Veeser has written two books: A World Safe for Capitalism and Great Leaps Forward. His current work – Crash, Bang, Boom – examines how wars and economic depression before 1945 launched the postwar “American century.” He has received a Fulbright Fellowship as well as support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University. Veeser holds a PhD from Columbia University.

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Wiley C. Davi

Wiley Davi is an associate professor and chair of the English and Media Studies Department at Bentley. Her research and teaching center on service–learning, diversity, composition and gender studies.

Academic publications to feature Davi’s byline include Liberal Learning, The Journal of Basic Writing and The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Davi’s special expertise in issues related to diversity has inspired consulting assignments with Concord Academy, Bryant University, and other academic institutions. She routinely shares her work with colleagues in the United States and abroad, at gatherings such as the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations; the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference; and the Teaching Professor Conference.

Davi’s contributions in the classroom and beyond have earned wide recognition at Bentley, including the university’s Innovation in Teaching Award and Scholarship Award. She holds a PhD from Tufts University.

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Alan N. Hoffman

Alan Hoffman’s professional credentials run the gamut from professor to author to investment manager to consultant. He serves as professor of strategic management at Bentley and as a visiting professor at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

His publication credits include the co-authored best-selling textbook Strategic Management and Business Policy. He also wrote The Strategic Management Casebook and Skillbuilder and more than 20 cases focused on strategic management issues at companies such as Whole Foods Market, Wynn Resorts, Ben & Jerry’s, and Liz Claiborne. Publications to feature his work are the Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations and Journal of Business Research, among others.

Hoffman holds a PhD in business and MBA in finance, both from Indiana University. Since 1995, he has managed private equity portfolios as principal of an investment firm. His consulting commitments include the Democratic National Committee, Office of the Party Secretary.

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Jeffrey Moriarty

Associate Professor of Philosophy Jeffrey Moriarty pursues research in business ethics, political philosophy, and the intersection of those fields.

A focus on questions of just distribution within organizations and society has led him to study the allocation of power and money among executives and employees. He also has explored the relevance of “deservingness” in theories of justice. Publications to feature his work include Business and Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Philosophical Quarterly and Utilitas.

In courses, Moriarty examines issues in business ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. He is active in the American Philosophical Association and the Society for Business Ethics, and serves on the editorial board of Business Ethics Quarterly. Moriarty holds a PhD in philosophy from Rutgers University.

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Marcus M. Stewart

Marcus Stewart is an associate professor of management at Bentley and holds academic posts at several institutions overseas. He teaches courses in leadership, organizational behavior, human resource management, organizational change and diversity. His research, which focuses on leadership, cross-cultural skill development and social justice, has been featured in publications that include the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology.

With significant expertise in conducting assessments of employee attitudes and organizational culture, Stewart provides training in leadership and cross-cultural skills for numerous organizations. His clients include government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Fortune 100 firms such as IBM, and nonprofits such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Stewart serves on the editorial board of The Academy of Management Learning & Education journal, from which he earned the Outstanding Reviewer Award for 2011. He holds BS and MBA degrees from Bentley and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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