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Northwest Missouri State University


Department Spotlight December 2012

Our December spotlight highlights on the Department of Business. This department focuses on student success and has several majors geared towards strengthening student academics.  The department currently houses 28 faculty members, all with a common goal – to operate as a productive group that serves students to the fullest potential. The recent department realignment has merged Marketing and Management with Accounting, Economics and Finance disciplines in Colden Hall. Merchandising, formerly a part of the Family and Consumer Sciences department, has been incorporated into the Department of Business as well.

The department is very enthusiastic about the new transformation. Department Chair Steve Ludwig claims the change will help strengthen student success. He feels this new alignment will allow students a smooth transition among different majors offered within the six disciplines. Faculty members are very excited about the opportunity to put aside their previous departmental “boundaries” and be able to cohesively decide what is best for students within each discipline.

To provide some background about the Department of Business, approximately 1,000 students at Northwest are currently pursuing a major and/or minor in this area. The department offers a rich portfolio of masters and undergraduate programs to suit students and executives at various stages of their careers, including:

  • B.S. Accounting
  • B.S. Business Management
  • B.S. Business Economics
  • B.S. Finance
  • B.S. International Business
  • B.S. Marketing
  • B.S. Merchandising
  • M. B. A.
  • M. B. A. with emphasis in Agricultural Economics
  • M. B. A. with emphasis in Information Technology Management

These programs offer several learning components for students. For instance, there are classroom lectures and laboratory experiences, which provide instruction that meets industry-validated standards.  Additionally, there are work-based learning opportunities that directly relate to classroom instruction in the form of internships, cooperative education, school-based enterprises and youth apprenticeship.

Additionally, a major advantage in this department is that many faculty members have significant experience in the business world they acquired before coming to Northwest. As a result, courses are structured to give an in-depth knowledge about business and practical experience in the classroom. Students then gain a competitive advantage in both academics and a future career after graduation due to the knowledge sharing that faculty implement.

Lastly, we would like to thank everyone in the department for their time and dedication to serving students and contributing to student retention Northwest.  A noteworthy accomplishment of the faculty listed below is that together, these employees make up a total of 362 years of service to the University.  Please take a minute to meet the faculty who work together across the six disciplines that make up the Department of Business. 

  • Casey Abington, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • John Baker, Associate Professor of Finance
  • Lisa Bishop, Instructor of Marketing
  • Ben Blackford, Assistant Professor of Management
  • Terry Coalter, Associate Professor of Management
  • Ben Collier, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Allison Hoffmann, Instructor of Management
  • David Johnson, Instructor of Finance
  • Brenda Jones, Instructor of Marketing
  • Alfred Kelly, Professor of Finance
  • Cindy Kenkel, Assistant Professor of Management
  • Chi Lo Lim, Associate Professor of Management
  • Stephen Ludwig, Assistant Professor of Accounting/Chair
  • Janet Marta, Professor of Marketing
  • Pat McLaughlin, Professor of Finance
  • Jean Memken, Assistant Professor of Merchandising
  • Doni Mollus, Instructor of Accounting
  • Michelle Nance, Instructor of Accounting
  • Jeff Nickerson, Instructor of Management
  • Michael Northup, Instructor of Accounting
  • Doug Russell, Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • Malinda Shanks, Instructor of Accounting
  • Tiebing Shi, Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • Tekle Wanorie, Associate Professor of Management
  • Deb Toomey, Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • James Walker, Professor of Marketing
  • Jason White, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Rahnl Wood, Associate Professor of Accounting

The department receives administrative assistance from the Colden Hall Secretarial Pool:

  • Donna Barman
  • Jeanne Crawford
  • Avis Curphey