Faculty — MBA Degree Online

Learn From Faculty With Years of Real-World Experience

Among online MBA schools, the University of Saint Mary MBA degree online program is proud to employ faculty who are committed to teaching you the most innovative, ethical business practices. Our faculty focus on whole-person education by emphasizing critical thinking skills that help you make good decisions. In the MBA degree online program, our professors bring a range of academic and professional expertise to the courses they teach, from contexts such as non-profits, elementary school classrooms, college athletic programs, and the region's highest-profile corporations.

By choosing to study with the esteemed faculty in the University of Saint Mary's MBA degree online program, you'll gain access to many advantages such as:

  • A commitment to teaching with high integrity
  • Low student-to-faculty ratios so you can benefit from individualized connections with instructors and peers
  • Mentorship from practitioners and professionals working in your field
  • Networking opportunities
  • Practical applications of key business concepts
  • Skill-building through a hands-on internship course if desired
  • An understanding that online students to be engaged similar to an in-person classroom

Faculty Spotlight

Mark Harvey

Dr. Mark Harvey, Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Business Programs

Dr. Mark Harvey has over 20 years of experience in teaching and administration, working at campuses in the U.S. and the U.K., including the University of Birmingham, London School of Economics, Duke University, and the University of Kansas. He also annually works with the U.S. Army on foreign policy simulations at the Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, KS.

Credentials

  • BA, Political Science/English/Philosophy, Washburn University (Honors), 1991
  • MA, Political Science, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1998
  • MA, International Relations, University of Wales, Swansea, UK (Distinction), 1998
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kansas, 2014

Awards and Distinctions

  • Over 24 years of teaching experience
  • 2011 Bob Campbell Outstanding Faculty Award

Publications and Research

  • Dr. Harvey has published articles on human rights, economic development, democratization, the politics of innovation in the music industry, the politics and business of sports, and virtual learning teams in the online classroom
  • Dr. Harvey's book, "Celebrity Influence" (University Press of Kansas), discusses the way celebrities and the entertainment industry have come to influence our political perceptions
  • A new book is forthcoming on the use of games and simulations in the classroom
  • Dr. Harvey has ongoing projects on celebrity and media coverage in the 2016 presidential campaign and the effect of music on perceptions of political candidates and issues
  • Dr. Harvey is a contributor to Trax on the Trail, a project that produces data, articles, and teaching resources about the creative use of music and sound in politics

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Lisa Parrott, Instructor in Business Administration

Dr. Lisa Parrott is an expert in talent strategies and diversity programs, bringing 20 years of relevant business experience to her classes in an engaging format. Dr. Parrott worked on five different teams at Amazon and Amazon Web Services, where she built diversity recruiting programs targeting women in technology and transitioning service members from the U.S. military.

Credentials

  • BA in Psychology, Denison University, 1999
  • MS in Management, Argosy University, 2011
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Argosy University, 2014

Awards and Distinctions

  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Received the 2008 Stan Arthur award for Logistics Team Excellence
  • Member of the team that received the GI Jobs No. 1 Military Employer for 2012 award
  • Selected by Civilian Jobs as 2013 Military Top 40 Under 40

Faculty Spotlight

Jim Johnson, CPA, Adjunct Professor

After attending the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Jim Johnson worked in public accounting and with Sprint. He is currently the controller for two non-profit organizations.

Credentials

  • BBA, General Business University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1976
  • MBA, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1979
  • Certified Public Accountant

Awards and Distinctions

  • Over 30 years of experience working in finance and accounting
  • Over 8 years of teaching experience

Faculty Spotlight

Jim Cox, Adjunct Instructor

As a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, Jim Cox brings over 40 years of experience in marketing and communications to the University of Saint Mary's MBA degree online program. He has worked at WDAF TV as a writer, at Hallmark as an account manager for their state-of-the-art video and film facilities, and at BBDO Worldwide as a senior account manager for Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge advertising accounts.

Credentials

  • BA, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • MA, University of Kansas
  • MBA, University of Saint Mary

Awards and Distinctions

  • Over 40 years of experience in marketing and communications
  • Over 15 years of teaching experience
  • Twice nominated for Agency Account Executive of the Year by K.C. Media Professionals

Faculty Spotlight

Dennis Hodges, Adjunct Instructor

Dennis is the founder/CEO of Creatalyst, a global marketing boutique that teaches executives, educators, students, and entrepreneurs how to unlock their creativity and drive innovation in their organizations and personal lives. Serving as a creative catalyst, he shares valuable strategies for reclaiming our innate gifts and turning ideas into action.

Credentials

  • MM in Marketing and Management Policy, Northwestern University
  • Ph.B. in Aesthetics and Humanities, Southwestern College

Awards and Distinctions

  • Over 30 years of experience leading marketing, sales, and customer engagement strategies for leading companies in the U.S. and Europe
  • Over 30 years of C-suite domestic and international business and marketing strategy
  • Award-winning photographer
  • Inducted in the Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame (2017)

Publications and Research

  • Dennis is the author of “11 ½ Ways to Ignite Your Creativity” (Spartan Press, 2018)
  • Dennis creates the video series “Creative Nibble”

Learn more about the expertise you'll gain from the MBA degree online program at the University of Saint Mary. Request more information or call us today at 877-307-4915.