The Marquette online business faculty

The same stellar Marquette faculty who teach our on-campus students in the Graduate School of Management bring their expertise to our online MBA and Master in Management courses.

Our business faculty comprises industry veterans with years of management experience at major organizations and long-standing, well-published academics whose research advances our understanding of management strategy and practice. They are innovators, leaders, creative thinkers, but most of all, dedicated educators committed to helping you grow into your best professional self.

Learn more about some of the faculty members who will guide you through our dynamic online MBA and MiM programs.

The Marquette faculty promise

Our online business program faculty know that their openness and accessibility are key to ensuring each of our students develops into a professionally in-demand graduate. While faculty typically hold posted virtual office hours, they also strive to be available for individual consultations and assistance on a flexible basis, to help meet the needs of the working professionals who study online at Marquette.

Gary Adams

Professor of Management
Online Master in Management

Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Central Michigan University, 1995
M.S., Industrial and organizational Psychology, Illinois State University, 1991
B.S., Industrial and organizational Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 1989

Dr. Gary A. Adams is a professor of management in the College of Business at Marquette University. He received his Ph.D. from Central Michigan University. Dr. Adams has taught a variety of courses including those in the areas of organizational behavior and human resources management as well as research methods, multivariate statistics and occupational stress. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Adams also enjoys conducting research and consulting to business organizations. His research interests include older workers and occupational health. He has made professional presentations at national conferences such as those sponsored by the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Academy of Management. He has published two books, several book chapters and a number of articles in journals such as Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior and American Psychologist. Dr. Adams has served as a consultant with a variety of private organizations such as the Eaton Corporation, Affinity Health Systems, Kimberly Clark and Alto Dairy, and public sector organizations such as the Department of Defense and the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Academy of Management.

Michael Browne

Adjunct Instructor, Accounting and Business Day 1
Online MBA

M.S., Business Administration, Accounting, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, 1976
B.B.A., Business Administration, Accounting, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, 1972

Michael Browne joined Marquette University in 2004 on a part time basis. His prior experience includes successfully completing hundreds of engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Latin America. He has served as chief financial officer for a manufacturing company and was partner In charge of consulting for one of the largest CPA and consulting firms in the United States. His entrepreneurial experience includes founding an accounting and consulting firm and growing it to a top 15 ranking in the Milwaukee marketplace. He has assisted clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies.

Mr. Browne’s current areas of interest are costing and performance management, lean continuous improvement, strategic and profit planning, financial planning and analysis, budgetary control, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, and exit strategy planning. He has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs including courses in advanced accounting, managerial accounting, accounting for Managerial decisions and executing strategy using the balanced scorecard.

Wendy Butler

Instructor of Practice
Online MiM

Master of Science in Human Resources, Marquette University
B.A. in Liberal Arts - Organizational Behavior emphasis, University of Wisconsin Green Bay

Wendy Butler is an instructor of practice in the Department of Management and the director of organizational development at Marquette University. Wendy teaches graduate-level courses in the area of organizational development as well as professional and executive education in the topics of leading change, team building and leadership development. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with organizations such as Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and Saint Luke’s Medical Center. She has also partnered with not-for-profit organizations such as Next Door. Her passion is in helping organizations in the areas of employee engagement, leveraging organizational culture, and the design, delivery and evaluation of programs that facilitate the professional development and continuous learning within organizations. Wendy is a certified Everything DiSC Trainer and Change Management Practitioner. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and a Master of Science in Human Resources from Marquette University. Outside of work, Wendy has volunteered in the community as a tutor for Schools of Hope and a speaking coach for the United Way.

Jay Caulfield

Assistant Professor of Management
Online MBA

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Marquette University, 2001
MBA, Marquette University, 1993
B.S., Nursing, Alverno College, 1986

Dr. Jay Caulfield joined the Department of Management in 2014, previously serving as academic administrator and faculty member for Marquette’s graduate leadership studies and public service programs for 10 years. Prior to changing career paths in 2004, she worked in health care administration for over 20 years, where she served in various administrative roles, including president and CEO, vice president, and board chair for a state health care association. She teaches leadership and ethics, organizational behavior, negotiation, and leadership decision-making. She is a recognized expert in the field of blended teaching and learning, having won recognition for teaching, research and consulting in this area.

Read Leadership as an Art: A Q&A With Dr. Jay L. Caulfield.

John Cotton

Professor of Management
Online Master in Management

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Iowa, 1979
M.A., Psychology, University of Iowa, 1976
B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin, 1974

Dr. John L. Cotton is a professor of management and director of the Executive MBA Program in the College of Business Administration at Marquette University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and he has taught at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Purdue University and Marquette. Dr. Cotton's primary interests are in organizational behavior, specifically employee involvement, leadership, the sociology of academic knowledge and the mentoring of employees. He has published numerous articles, chapters and a book on these topics. In addition, Dr. Cotton has conducted training and executive development with General Motors, the United Auto Workers, General Electric, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Farm Bureau. He has consulted with the Veterans Administration, General Electric, AT&T and other organizations. Dr. Cotton is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Society and the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists.

Christine Ferris

Instructor of Practice, Finance
Online MBA

John Golden

Instructor of Practice, Supply Chain Management
Online MBA

M.S., Management of Technology, University of Miami, Coral Gables
B.S., Business Administration, Northwood University
A.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johnson University

John Golden joined Marquette University in 2018 as an instructor of business and supply chain, teaching courses in innovation and creativity, business essentials, and operations and supply chain management. He holds an M.S. from the University of Miami and a B.S. from Northwood University. He also has experience teaching a variety of supply chain courses, including additive manufacturing, industry 4.0 and transportation.

John has over 30 years of medical device and aerospace experience. He has held positions in product management and service marketing with Marquette Electronics, Inc. and has held several operations positions including sourcing leader, supply chain leader and productivity project manager with General Electric Healthcare. Prior to retiring from the corporate world in 2015, John was a service assurance manager at B/E Aerospace and IT project leader with Genpact. John is Six Sigma certified and experienced in implementing lean manufacturing systems.

Michael Grubich

Instructor of Practice
Online MiM

Master of Business Administration, Lake Forest University
B.S. in Enterprise Business Management, Northern Illinois University

Michael Grubich joined Marquette University in 2018 and is also president and managing partner at LAK Group, a consulting firm that works with leaders to transform business goals into human strategies. Michael teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of management, leadership, and strategic human capital management. He is a seasoned human resources executive with more than 25 years of global business experience including thought and operational leadership roles at Aurora Healthcare, CNH Industrial, Kohler Company and Jockey International. During this time, he led a variety of human resources functions, including talent management, leadership development, talent acquisition, succession management, learning and development, assessment, change management, strategic planning and engagement practices. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Lake Forest Graduate School of Business. Outside of work, Michael serves as the incoming board chair of the board of directors for Special Olympics in Wisconsin.

Kalin Kolev

Assistant Professor of Management
Online MBA

Ph.D., Strategic Management, Michigan State University, 2012
MBA, University of Tulsa, 2006
B.A, International Business, University of National and World Economy Sofia, Bulgaria, 2003

Dr. Kalin Kolev joined the management department at Marquette University in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Michigan State University, his MBA from The University of Tulsa, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dr. Kolev’s research focuses on strategic decision making and risk taking under uncertainty. In particular, he examines the antecedents and consequences of major restructuring activities, such as mergers and acquisitions, diversification, and divestitures. Furthermore, Dr. Kolev studies how the complex relationships between firm executives and boards of directors shape executive compensation, the risk profile of the firm and organizational performance. Kalin’s research has been published in a number of top-tier journals and book chapters, including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning and Strategic Organization.

Laurna Prantil

Adjunct Instructor, Economics
Online MBA

Laurna Prantil joined Marquette as full-time adjunct instructor in 2017. Prior to Marquette she was an economist at the Institute for Defense Analyses, a Washington, D.C. Federally Funded Research and Development Center for the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. She directed a research program which supported the Defense Information Systems Agency and other Federal Government agencies during the U.S. telecommunications deregulation and the deployment of the internet. Her economic work spans topics in defense economics, telecommunications economics, economics of regulated (and deregulated) industries, transfer pricing, and operational efficiency. She was active with the Center for Research of Regulated Industries, the National Information Infrastructure Testbed Consortium and MILCOM organizations. Ms. Prantil is a consultant and grant writer for several local nonprofit organizations.

In addition to her career, Laurna is blessed with a wonderful husband, two teenagers and a dog. She loves to travel, hike, garden and volunteer in the community.

Karen Rinehart

Assistant Dean, Graduate School of Management
Online Master in Management
Online Master of Business Administration

Karen took on the role of Assistant Dean in early 2022. Previously, Karen served as the Business Career Center Director for the College of Business Administration. In this role, she oversees the College of Business Administration’s formal career and professional development programs including Business Career Center operations, the LEAD course sequence and career-related programs that connect students, employers and alumni including the Mentor Program and Office Visit Days. Karen collaborates with career-related offices across the Marquette University community and oversees Business Career Center Employer Advisory Board.

Each fall and spring semester, Karen teaches two sections of the LEAD 2000 career development course. Within the Business Career Center, she meets with students and alumni to discuss career decision making, develop internship and job search strategies, and support job seekers as they develop resumes, cover letters and interview skills. Karen supports employer relations in the areas of Accounting and International Business and manages internship data collection for the College. Prior to serving as Career Development Director, Karen was an Assistant Director in the Business Career Center (2010-2013) and a Faculty Advisor for the Business Career Center and Office of International Business Studies (2013-2015).

Prior to working in the College of Business Administration, Karen worked as a career counselor at Cardinal Stritch University, serving traditionally-aged college students, adult learners and alumni. Karen received her Master of Educational Leadership with emphasis in College Student Personnel from Marquette University. While pursuing this degree, she worked as a graduate assistant in the Marquette University Career Services Center.

Kristie Rogers

Assistant Professor of Management
Online Master in Management

Ph.D., Management, Arizona State University, 2012
MBA, University of New Mexico, 2007
B.A., Journalism, University of New Mexico, 2006

Dr. Kristie Rogers joined Marquette University in 2016 as an assistant professor. Her research focuses on the topics of respect, identity and stigma in organizations. Current and past research projects span contexts such as a prison, the Army’s Special Forces, an elite technology company, a small microbrewery and female board members of publicly traded firms. Kristie is passionate about field-based research and partners with small and large organizations to address important challenges. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and she worked as an assistant professor at the University of Kansas for three years prior to joining Marquette.

Douglas Smith

Assistant Professor of Practice
Online MBA

MBA, Marquette University, 2012
J.D., Marquette University Law School, 1983
B.A. in Economics and History, Marquette University, 1980

Douglas O. Smith has been a practicing business lawyer for more than 35 years. From 2007 to 2015 he served as associate general counsel at Marquette University. Previously, Professor Smith was a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate’s Corps and was with a law firm in Dallas, in both cases practicing government contracts law. After becoming group counsel at Johnson Controls in 1990, Professor Smith has served 25 years in a variety of in-house legal roles, including at the Medical College of Wisconsin, providing a wide variety of business-related legal services.

Professor Smith currently teaches BULA 3001, Legal Environment of Business; MBA 6200, Enterprise Risk Management; BULA 4001, Business Law; and BUAD 6931 and EXBU 6931, Business Law. He also serves in the Marquette University Law School as an adjunct professor of law. He previously taught economics and law, organizational behavior, and strategic management in the College of Business Administration. Professor Smith also served for five years as president of the Zeta of Wisconsin Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honorary academic fraternity society in the United States.

Bharatendu Srivatava

Associate Professor of Management
Online MBA

Ph. D., Decision Sciences, Washington State University, 1992
MBA, Washington State University, 1985
M.S., Washington State University, 1983
B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, 1979

Dr. Bharat Srivastava is an associate professor of operations and supply chain management at Marquette University. He is also the co-director of the M.S. in Engineering Management program. He teaches courses in operations management, supply chain management, manufacturing management, and decision modeling and analysis. His research has been published in journals such as Annals of Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Control, Journal of Operational Research Society, Discrete Applied Mathematics, International Journal of Production Economics, and Business Horizons.

Jennica Webster

Associate Professor of Management
Online Master in Management

Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2009
M.S., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 2006
B.A., Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 2004

Jennica Webster is the co-director of Marquette University’s Institute for Women’s Leadership and an associate professor in the Department of Management. She heads the human resource management major and teaches courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is a leading researcher in her field and her work has appeared in premier scholarly journals and books such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Harvard Business Review, Human Resource Management and Psychology of Women Quarterly. Dr. Webster’s work has been recognized and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is also a contributor to Forbes. In addition to her scholarship, she has consulted on applied projects related to diversity climate, the implementation of diversity initiatives and the evaluation of diversity initiatives on business outcomes. Dr. Webster is the recipient of Marquette University’s Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award, and the Responsible Research in Management award co-sponsored by the Academy of Management and the International Community for Responsible Research in Business.
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