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Faculty Profiles

Courses in the Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Business Administration are taught by renowned faculty with extensive experience in the subject matter they are teaching. Faculty and staff profiles are provided in an effort to acquaint you with the team of professionals dedicated to the program.

Mystica Alexander

Mystica Alexander is an Assistant Professor in the Law, Taxation, and Financial Planning Department at Bentley University. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a corporate and tax attorney. Mystica teaches undergraduate and graduate Business Law and Ethics as well as Multijurisdictional Taxation and the Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders in the Masters in Taxation program. In addition to her role in the classroom, she has been involved with curriculum development. Mystica’s research interests include the ethical and social responsibility of business, tax policy issues, state and local taxation, and the role of the tax law in encouraging and supporting the social responsibility of business.  

 


Jeffrey Allen

Jeffrey Allen is an Assistant Professor at Bentley University. He earned a B.A. in economics from UC-Riverside and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research investigates the impacts of poverty and inequality on a wide range of macroeconomic outcomes like economic growth, aggregate health, and population dynamics. Jeffrey teaches courses dealing with macroeconomic theory and economic development. In his free time he enjoys running and backpacking. Jeffrey also enjoys watching sports of all kinds, specifically the Padres, 49ers, and Liverpool.

 


David Carhart

David Carhart is a professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department and has just completed his 35th year at Bentley University. While formally trained in operations research at the George Washington University, his current research efforts have concentrated on the applications of mathematical models and statistics in quantitative corporate situations, notably those which require economic and/or financial analysis. Among his consulting clients are the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Smithsonian Institute. Other research interests include the use of discontinuous models and multi-disciplinary projects for calculus applications. He earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill majoring in Chemistry, and an MBA and DBA from George Washington University. David and his wife maintain a horse farm and are both animal lovers and environmental activists.  


Daniel L. Everett

Dan Everett is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University. He holds a ScD in Linguistics from the Universidade Estadual in Campinas, where he served as professor of linguistics. He has held appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Manchester, UK, and Illinois State University. Dan has lived in the Amazonian jungle for nearly eight out of the last thirty years, studying more than a dozen Amazonian languages. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and eight books, including Don't sleep there are snakes: Life and language in the Amazonian Jungle and Language: The Cultural Tool. He is currently working on Dark Matter of the Mind for the University of Chicago Press and How Language Began, for W.W. Norton. A documentary about his life and work, The Grammar of Happiness, was released in 2012.


Dorothy Feldmann

Dorothy Feldmann is the Associate Dean of Business Programs and an Associate Professor of Accountancy at Bentley University. She joined Bentley in 1992 and served as Chair for the Accountancy Department from 2000 to 2005. Her teaching interests include introductory accounting, advanced financial accounting and performance measurement. Recent research has focused on corporate governance, auditing, and pedagogy. Dorothy earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Boston University, a Master of Science in Accounting from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Biology from the University of Virginia. She worked as an auditor at the Boston office of KPMG before entering academia. Dorothy enjoys spending her free time at a lake in New Hampshire, where she reads novels, kayaks, and tries to play golf.
 


Juliet Gainsborough

Juliet Gainsborough is the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University. She is also an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Global Studies Department and teaches courses on state and local politics, public policy, and urban politics. Her current research interests include urban and regional politics, suburban political behavior, and the politics of social policy. Juliet is the author of Scandalous Politics: Child Welfare Policy in the States (Georgetown University Press 2010), which explores the way scandals affect child welfare policymaking at the state and national level. She is also the author of Fenced Off: The Suburbanization of American Politics (Georgetown University Press 2001) which looks at how population movement to the suburbs has shaped and continues to shape national politics. Juliet received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She lived in England until the age of 12 when she moved with her parents to California. In addition to England, California, and Massachusetts, she also lived in Florida and frequently visits family in Texas and Washington.

 


Michael Leen

Michael Leen is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Bentley University. He has extensive academic and commercial experience. Michael spent eleven years at OR Concepts Applied (ORCA), a commercial software development company specializing in military aircraft mission planning. While at ORCA he led several unmanned vehicle projects for Navy and Air Force clients and his responsibilities included program leadership and business development. Before his extended sabbatical in the commercial world, Michael was an associate professor of mathematics and department chair at Whittier College. His professional interests include statistics, operations research, and applications of mathematics to business and economics. Michael has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Economics from Boston College. Away from work, he pursues his hobbies of cycling and beer brewing, and volunteers as a PTO member at his daughter’s elementary school. But most of his personal time is spent on his two daughters’ athletic, academic, and social activities.


Annarita Meeker


Annarita Meeker is the Director of the Online Degree Completion Program at Bentley University. She earned a Masters in Taxation at Bentley University, aquired a Certified Public Accountant's license in Massachusetts, and completed a B.S. in Accounting/Finance from Northeastern University. Prior to joining Bentley University, she was the Director of the Graduate School of Professional Accounting at Northeastern University, and before entering academia, she was a tax accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Annarita was born and raised in Massachusetts and has traveled extensively. Most recently she visited Malta and Australia. Annarita is fluent in Italian and proficient in French. Her interests include cooking, reading, traveling, playing classical piano, and spending time with her family.    

 

 


David Missirian

David Missirian is a Senior Lecturer in the Law, Taxation, and Financial Planning Department. He has a broad academic and professional background, and has been teaching at Bentley University for over thirty years. David started his teaching career at Bentley University as a part-time adjunct faculty member. For the last seven years, he has been a full-time senior lecturer. While teaching, he has also maintained a general law practice, and is currently the GB 110 coordinator managing approximately ten faculty members who teach undergraduate business law. David has an interest in real estate law, contract law and business ethics. He obtained his B.A. from Brandeis University majoring in Ethics and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa specializing in oil and gas law. David enjoys repairing all things mechanical from cars to machines, sings in the praise choir and on Saturdays is a Junior Olympic Archery Development coach aiding in the development of future Olympic archery hopefuls.


Eric Oches

Eric (Rick) Oches is Professor of Geology and Environmental Sciences and Chair of the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at Bentley. He received his B.S. in Geology from Purdue University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Following graduate school, Rick spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Paleorecords of Global Change Research Group and the Institute for Rock Magnetism at the University of Minnesota, and he was an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Geological Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. Prior to joining the Bentley faculty in 2008, Rick was Associate Professor of Geology and Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at University of South Florida. His teaching and research interests have focused on Earth's recent climate history and human and environmental response to climate changes in the past, present, and future. Paleoenvironmental and geoarchaeological field research projects have taken Rick across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Argentina, Alaska, the Midwest and southeastern United States, and the highlands of southern Yemen. His research interests presently focus on environmental sustainability and business planning to foster a more sustainable future in the context of population growth, increasing natural resource consumption, environmental degradation, and global climate change. Rick's academic interests increasingly center on Earth and environmental science education for non-STEM students to foster improved science literacy.


Patrick Scholten

Patrick Scholten is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Economics. His teaching and research focus on applied microeconomics and applied econometrics. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in business statistics, econometrics, industrial organization, microeconomics and managerial economics. His research has focused on the organization and behavior of firms in online retail markets and has appeared in the Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Applied Economic Letters, and Advances in Applied Microeconomics. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.


David Szymanski

David Szymanski is an Associate Professor of Geology in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences. He has a broad academic and professional background in geology, forensics, and science policy, as well as college science teaching and learning for non-STEM majors. Before arriving at Bentley in 2009, David served as a Congressional Science Fellow and policy advisor for Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program. He now teaches and conducts research at the intersection of science, policy, and business, and focuses on science literacy and transdisciplinary sustainability curriculum for business students. David holds a Ph.D. in Geology, as well as Master’s degrees in Geology and Forensic Chemistry, from Michigan State University. He enjoys movies, live music and riding motorcycles. But as a lifelong LEGO and Star Wars fan, David spends even more of his free time on both with his three children.


Roy (Chip) Wiggins, III


Chip Wiggins is the Dean of Business and the Graduate School at Bentley University and the Director of the Bentley Microcredit Initiative. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the Department of Finance and held the Edward F. Gibbons Research Professorship in Finance. His teaching and research interests focus on microfinance, corporate governance, ownership and control. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate and financial strategy, equity markets and microfinance. His research interests include board of director effectiveness and compensation, executive compensation, and corporate expansions such as mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and reverse takeovers. Chip began teaching at Bentley in 1996 as an Assistant Professor. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and to Full Professor in 2007. Before moving to Boston, he taught at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University, both in Atlanta, Georgia. Chip holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science in Finance from Georgia State University. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Florida State University. Chip enjoys traveling and has done so extensively, most recently visiting South Africa, France, Greece, Brazil, South Korea, and Singapore. He also enjoys golf, cooking and anything related to a good beach.