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Faculty & Staff (College of Business)

Faculty & Staff (College of Business)

College of Business Faculty and Staff

The mission of the College of Business is to provide quality business education, enriched by scholarship, to ensure student success and to serve as a resource to the community.

Dr. Musa
Dr. Musa Essayyad
Professor of Finance.  He is the College Dean and Head of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Alabama. He held diverse academic, business and governmental positions in the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Russia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. He has held endowed chair professorships for 24 years, and taught courses in corporate finance, investment management, international finance, and oil and gas finance. He has worked for corporations and intergovernmental organizations including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Getty Oil Company, OPEC, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.


Dr. Mitchell Adrian
Professor of Management. He received his B.S. from McNeese,  M.B.A. from Midwestern State University, and D.B.A. from Mississippi State University.  He published extensively in various refereed business journals and proceedings.  He is active in building community relations and forming business alliances.  He served as department head and dean.  He holds the JP Morgan Chase Bank Endowed Professorship. He received the College awards in business community engagement and research leadership. 

Dr. Daryl Burckel
Professor of Accounting.  He received his B.S. and M.B.A. from McNeese State University; and his D.B.A. from Mississippi State University.  He is C.P.A. and C.V.A.  He has authored numerous refereed journal articles and commendable professional papers.  He is very active in economic development consulting.  He teaches  federal taxes and management decisions. He held many endowed professorships. 

Dr. Stephen Caples 
Professor of Finance.  He received his B.A. from Lake Superior State College; M.B.A. from Louisiana Tech University; and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He published numerous articles in refereed finance and real estate journals.  He is actively involved in consulting projects in forensic finance.  Dr. Caples teaches financial management policies and real estate finance. He holds the Louisiana Real Estate Commission Endowed Professorship. 

Dr. Jim Chen
Associate Professor of Management.  He received his B.I.T. from Soochow University in Taiwan; M.B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, and Ph.D. from the University of Memphis. His research interests include host country’s national commitment, the impact of international conflict on international management, and top management team.  He teaches leadership, diversity, global business, and organizational behavior. He received many endowed professorships in business at McNeese College of Business.  

Dr. Aadel Darrat
Assistant Professor of Marketing.  He received his B.S. in engineering, M.B.A, and D.B.A. in marketing from Louisiana Tech.  His teaching interests are: retailing, personal selling, buyer Behavior, sport marketing, advertising and international business. His research interests are: consumer behavior, sports marketing, persuasive communication, sustainability, sales management and consumer religiosity. 

Dr. William Galose
Instructor of Economics. He received his B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Youngstown State University, Ohio; J.D. from the University of Southern California, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon. He teaches undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and  international trade. His interdisciplinary research interests include environmental economics, consumer economics, and legal issues.

Dr. Jens

Dr. Bill Jens
Associate Professor of Accounting. He received his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Central Florida.  He has extensive business background as a former Fortune 500 Vice-President, CFO of a NASDAQ listed company, divisional president and board member. He has many publications and conference presentations from a diverse range of topics including banking, capital structure, and tax issues.  He teaches “Accounting Information for Decision Making” and “Corporate Reporting and Analysis”.  He received many endowed professorships at McNeese College of Business.  

Dr. Banamber Mishra
Professor of Finance and MBA Director.  He received his B.A. from Ravenshaw College, India; M.S. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; and M.A., and  Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.  He has published a number of articles in refereed economics, finance and business journals including presentations of scholarly papers in professional conferences.  He teaches corporate finance, investment management, and insurance.  He received the Teacher of the Year Award and many endowed professorships at McNeese College of Business. 

Dr. Mercy Palamuleni
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics. She received her B.S. from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. from Kansas State University. Her research and teaching interests are macroeconomics, economic development, applied econometrics, and labor economics. She received many meritorious scholarship and awards including the UN University World Institute for Development Economics Research.

Dr. Lonnie Phelps
Professor of Management and Department Head. He received his B.S.B.A. from  Henderson State College, M.B.A. from Arkansas State, and D.B.A. from Louisiana Tech.  His research interests include business ethics, corporate social responsibility and work-life balance issues.  He teaches management principles and business ethics/corporate social responsibility.  He has been Head of the Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration for more than fifteen years. 

Dr. Charles Rader 
Associate Professor of Marketing.  He received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico; and D.B.A. from the University of Memphis. He has published numerous research papers.  He is a frequent presenter of his work at professional and academic conferences.  He teaches  marketing concepts and marketing management.   He held the 2012-13 McElveen Insurance Agency Endowed Professorship

Dr. Rahman

Dr. Matiur Rahman  
Professor of Finance. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Dhaka University; M.A. from Boston University; and M.A. and Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University.  He has published widely in reputed refereed  journals.  He was Deputy Director of Research at the Central Bank and worked as advisor to Japan External Trade Organization in Bangladesh. He worked at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund under the Ford Foundation Scholarship program. He teaches money and banking, international financial management, and portfolio management. For many years he has received the Research Leader of the Year Award,  and received many Endowed Professorships at McNeese College of Business

Dr. Jeffery Stevens
Assistant Professor of Management/Entrepreneurship. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio, M.A. in Management from Webster University, and Ph.D. in Human Development from Texas A&M University. He joined the University of Florida for Post Doctorate Bridge Program in Entrepreneurship. He teaches and conducts research in management and entrepreneurship. He received the College of Business Pinnacle Excellence Award and Professorship in Calcasieu Parish Economic Development. 

Dr. Totten

Dr. Jeffrey W. Totten
Associate Professor of Marketing.  He received B.S. and M.B.A. from Northwestern State University, and D.B.A. from Louisiana Tech University. He is a Professional Certified Marketer.  He has published extensively in several refereed professional business journals. He teaches marketing innovation, integrated communications, retail management, and personal selling. Dr. Totten was awarded the Pinnacle Award and Endowed Professorships at McNeese College of Business. 

Dr. Turpin

Dr. Lonnie Turpin
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods/Operations/Statistics.  Dr. Turpin received his industrial engineering doctorate from Lamar University and B.S. and MBA from McNeese. His research interests focus on logic-based mathematical modeling applications in operations research, and its integration with management analytics and operations management. He received the College of Business Teacher of the Year Award in 2014 and 2015.

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Ms. Olga Watts
Instructor of Accounting.She received her B.S. and M.B.A. from McNeese State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant. In additation to financial and managerial accounting, she taught fornesic accounting in the past. Now she teaches financial and managerial accounting, and Auditing.  She served as an Internal Auditor at McNeese in 1999.

Dr. Kay Zekany
Assistant Professor of Accounting.  She received her B.S., and M aster of Accountancy from Miami University, and Ph.D. in accounting from the  University of South Carolina. She teaches financial, managerial, and advanced accounting.  She received many awards including the professor challenge, capital market simulation, CapSim;  the 1st Place of being faculty mentor at Ohio Northern University.  

Dr. Teng Zhang
Assistant Professor of Management. He received his B.A. in English from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, his M.A. from the University of Maryland, and his Ph.D. in Business Adminsitration from the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business.  His teaching interests are: organizational behavior, ethics, negotiation, and cross-cultural organizational behavior.  His research interests are: moral judgment and ethical decision marking in organizations, negotiation, and power and status in organization. 

Part-Time Faculty: Visiting Lecturers

Heather L.  Budden, Management

Kerri L. CourvilleHuman Resource Management

Robert Gani, Accounting

Janell Johnson, Human Resource Management 

Dr. C. Martin Konou, Economics  

Dr. Elaine J. Labach, Management 

Dr. Mostafa Malki, Economics and Finance 

Dr. Rebecca H.B. Martin, Accounting 

Toni Lynn Petrofes, Legal Environment  

Ronald Premuroso, Accounting  

James E. Sudduth, III, Legal Environment  

Bradley J. Trevino, Commercial Law 

Tariq Danielle Tutson, Human Resource Management 

Small Business Development Center

Donna Little:Director, McNeese Small Business Development Center

Jessica Glodd: Administrative Manager and Training Coordinator at the McNeese Small Business Development Center

The H.C. Drew Center for Business & Economic Analysis

Chandrakala Satyal : Graduate Research Assistant, H.C. Drew Center for Business & Economic Analysis

Academic Excellence:
The College supports a dynamic educational environment that encourages and enhances faculty and student academic achievement and productivity.
Student Success:
 The College prepares a diverse student population to succeed in personal and professional endeavors in a global business environment.
Partner, Serve, and Interact with the Community:
 The College serves as a resource for education, research, economic development and community service.
Personal and Professional Integrity:
The College values integrity, ethical behavior, mutual respect and collegiality. These characteristics enrich interaction among constituents.