College of Business Welcome New Faculty

Sep 25 2014


Dr. Bellah

Dr. Jeremy Bellah, assistant professor of computer information systems, Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Bellah’s primary teaching and research areas include project management, web application development, management information systems, and database management. His research includes publications in the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change, and Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research.  He is a member of the Project Management Institute.  Dr. Bellah served as the director of U.S. Operations for CompuConcepts Inc. for three years before pursuing a doctorate degree.


Dr. Barry

Dr. Alison Berry, assistant professor of business communication, Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Berry’s primary teaching and research areas include conflict resolution & negotiation, business communication, and intercultural communication. Her research includes publication in the Journal of Business and Leadership.  She serves as the co-advisor to SHRM and is a member of the College of Business Research & Teaching Symposium Committee.  Her service to civic organizations includes volunteering to the Family Readiness Group supporting the U.S. Army.  Dr. Berry is a member of the National Communication Association.


Dr. Fan

Dr. Shaokun Fan, assistant professor of computer information systems, Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  Dr. Fan’s primary teaching and research areas include management information systems, system analysis & design, database, and programming.  His work includes publications in Decision Support Systems, Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory, Computer Engineering and Design, International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, and Application Research of Computers.  Dr. Fan serves as associate editor for the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research and is a reviewer for IEEE Transaction on Service Computing and Decision Support System Journal.


Ms. Finchum

Andrea Finchum, instructor of management and marketing, M.B.A. from the University of Oregon.  Ms. Finchum teaches Introduction to Management, Introduction to Marketing, Sales Management, and Recruitment & Selection.  She has worked in private sector business roles for the last 22 years in various sales, marketing, and accounting roles.  Her favorite positions involved building management systems and system implementation campaigns, in general.  She has long recognized the value of good information in business and has a passion for reporting and for leveraging systems to maximize the availability of good business management information.  Prior to working in the private sector, Professor Finchum worked with Dr. Jennifer Freyd at the University of Oregon in her work with visual cognition.


Dr. Hammer

Dr. Emily Hammer, clinical assistant professor of management, Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Hammer’s primary teaching and research areas include business ethics, human resource management, principles of management, and training & development.  Her work includes publications in Journal of Philosophy and History of Education and Research & Teaching in Development Education.  Dr. Hammer’s research interests include student success, performance management, human resource management and talent development.  She holds memberships in American Marketing Association (AMA), Society for Human Resource Management, American Educational Research Association, and the Academy of Management.  She serves as the co-advisor to SHRM and is a member of the College of Business Global and Ethical Awareness Mission Coordination Committee.  Her corporate professional work experience includes positions with Rodan & Fields, Dillard’s, and AT&T.


Dr. Mattson

Dr. Ryan Mattson, assistant professor of economics, Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Mattson’s primary teaching and research areas include money & banking, macroeconomic theory, international finance, and international economics. His research includes publication in the Open Economics Review.  As a Research Associate for the Center for Financial Stability and a member of the Society for Economic Measurement, Dr. Mattson advocates the use of theoretically consistent, transparent, and rigorous economic measures and data.  Dr. Mattsons’s research interests include Divisia monetary aggregates, monetary policy, US and Latin American economic aggregates, economic development, and exchange rates.  He serve as the co-advisor to the Economics Club and is a member of the College of Business Research & Teaching Symposium Committee.


Dr. McCauley

Dr. Kelly McCauley, assistant professor of management, M.S. from Clemson University and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.  Dr. McCauley’s primary teaching and research areas include organizational behavior, leadership, team leadership, and business ethics.  Dr. McCauley’s research interest areas include authentic leadership, charismatic leadership, emotional labor, and social psychological theories of the self.  Her work includes publications in Leadership Quarterly and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.  She is a member of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology.  She was recognized in 2013 and 2014 with an Outstanding Reviewer Award by the Organizational Behavior Division at the Academy of Management annual meeting.


Dr. Strachan

Dr. Ian Strachan, assistant professor of economics, Ph.D. from Colorado State University.  Dr. Strachan’s primary teaching and research areas include international economics and industrial organization.   Dr. Strachan’s research interests include entrepreneurship in the music industry, cultural economics and digitization, political economy, institutional economic theory, and the history of economic thought & methodology.  His research includes publication of “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The Resilience of the Rock Group as an Organizational Form for Creating Music” in the Journal of Cultural Economics.


Welch Honored by Alumni Association

Sep 24 2014


James Welch

Amarillo native James Welch began his career with Yellow Transportation soon after earning an undergraduate degree from WT in 1976.  He rose through the ranks to serve as president and chief executive officer at Yellow Transportation from 2000-2007.  After 29 years with the company, Welch left to join Dynamex, Inc. as president and chief executive officer.  Today Welch leads YRC Worldwide and its various operating companies.  YRC Worldwide, a $5 billion transportation company, is a leading provider of LTL transportation services throughout North America.  He has more than 35 years of being involved in the transportation and logistics industry.  In addition to his work at YRC, Welch sits on the board of directors for SkyWest, Inc., a $4 billion regional airline based in St. George, Utah, and Erickson Air Crane, a $500 million manufacturer and operator of heavy lift helicopters based in Portland, Ore.  He has attended the Executive Development Program at Yale University and is a regular attendee at the Center for Service Leadership at Arizona State University.  WT College of Business students got an opportunity to learn from this nationally recognized business leader when Welch visited campus in the spring of 2013.  James Welch will receive the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from West Texas A&M University on June 7, 2014 at the Phoenix Banquet.

CIS Program Recieves ABET Accreditation

Nov 18 2013

ABETThe College of Business at West Texas A&M University is pleased to announce that its Bachelor of Business Administration degree program in computer information systems (CIS) has been granted accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, the most prominent accreditation body responsible for accrediting engineering, computing, applied science and engineering technology degree programs.  The College of Business announcement is particularly unique in that this accreditation is one of only 30 programs in the world to be accredited by both ABET and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“The accreditation is a culmination of years of careful program development according to international standards and a review process by ABET that took place during 2009 though 2012,” Dr. Amjad Abdullat, associate dean of undergraduate business programs and professor of CIS, said.  “This is a significant accomplishment and an important milestone for our college.  The College of Business at West Texas A&M University is committed to quality instruction, program assessment, and continuous improvement for all aspects  of our programs, which is externally confirmed in CIS by earning program approval by one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous accrediting agencies.”

Enactus Team Places in Top 20

Nov 17 2013

Enactus Team in Kansas City

Enactus Team in Kansas City

WTAMU Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) placed in the top 20 at the Enactus USA National Exposition May 22-23 in Kansas City, Mo.  The WTAMU team also was named one of the eight national finalist teams in the Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Project Partnership, a project focused on fighting community hunger.

Enactus projects focus on a triple bottom line—people, profits, and planet. Using the power of entrepreneurial action to empower people in need, Enactus teams work collaboratively to transform lives and build a better, more sustainable world.  Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, WTAMU Enactus projects focused on job skills training for single mothers, tutoring refugees, mentoring teenagers at the Youth Center of the High Plains, small business consulting, teaching entrepreneurship, hunger relief and encouraging youth to reach for their dreams through college and career training.  Through helping others achieve their dreams, Enactus team members improve their own marketability by learning leadership, teamwork and project management skills. More than 50 national companies who specifically target Enactus students in their hiring process gave team members seeking internships or employment the opportunity to be recruited at the Career Fair at the USA National Exposition.

Enactus Officers 2013-2014

Enactus Officers 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 Enactus officers are Mary Dittfurth (management major from Amarillo), Brittany Smith (M.B.A. student from Lubbock), Dayren Tolliver (finance major from Alabama), Kristen Le (communications major from Vietnam), Rudy Cantu (management major from Wellington), Elizabeth Castillo (accounting major from Wheeler), Greg Moreno (accounting major from Wellington), and Justin Lawlis (CIS major from Amarillo).  Faculty advisors are Jean Walker and Dr. Leigh Browning.  The fall 2013 Enactus Leadership Conference is at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California and the spring 2014 Enactus United States National Exposition is April 1-3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

WTAMU Enactus meets in CC 221 from 12:20 to 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday during the academic year.  Enactus is a student organization of the College of Business, but all majors of all classifications are invited to join

Charter Ceremony for SHRM

Nov 16 2013

Dr. Meagan Brock at SHRM Charter Ceremony

Dr. Meagan Brock at SHRM Charter Ceremony

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.  Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.  The SHRM vision statement is to be a globally recognized authority whose voice is heard on the most pressing people management issues of the day – now and in the future.

SHRM at West Texas A&M University has been active for over a year, culminating in the end of the probationary period with the official charter ceremony held on November 1, 2013.  The charter ceremony speakers welcoming the WT affiliate included Jody Holland with Cloud Interview and Nicole Shannon and Bradley Howard with Brown & Fortunato, P.C.

Dr. Meagan Brock, assistant professor of management, is the faculty advisor for the West Texas A&M University chapter of SHRM and student officers are Victoria Jones, Paige Reynolds, Magaly Driver, and Jordan Fabrizio.

COB Study Abroad in Europe

Nov 15 2013

Schoenbrunn Palace, Austria

Schoenbrunn Palace, Austria

Once again, the College of Business is sponsoring a European Study Abroad trip.  The destination this time is Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  The trip will be led by Dr. Neil Meredith and Ms. Karen Cooley and is scheduled during May intersession 2014.  It will focus on a comparison of the United States and European Union economic systems.  In addition to the academic aspect, ample time will be spent experiencing the unique cultures of these European countries.  Participants will initially fly to Frankfurt, Germany where they will visit Romerplatz City Square, the European Central Bank Headquarters and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  From there, they will head to Zurich, Switzerland, and among other things, visit Lenin’s Swiss home with a focus on the comparison of socialism, communism and Marxism.  Upon leaving Switzerland, the group will proceed to Munich, Germany by way of the historic Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Walt Disney’s fairy tale castle.  While in Munich, they will tour Marienplatz square, the Bavarian Parliament and BMW Welt and Museum.  They will also attend a lecture at Ludwig Maximilian University on free trade.  The trip will culminate in Austria with visits to the musical city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and Vienna for a lecture at the University of Vienna on public choice in the E.U.  Students will earn three hours credit for an advanced economics course – Comparative Economic Systems.

For more information please contact Dr. Neil Meredith at or Karen Cooley at

2013 COB Faculty, Staff, and Student Award Winners

Nov 14 2013

The winners of the 2013 College of Business faculty and staff awards are as follows:

Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. Jonathan Shaffer, assistant professor and Pickens Professor of Management
Research Excellence Award to Dr. Huabing Wang, associate professor finance and Edwards Professor of Banking
Service Excellence Award to Dr. Jeffry Babb, assistant professor of CIS and Terry Professor of Business
Staff Service Excellence Award to Shawna Simmons, administrative assistant in the Dean’s Office

Emilee McKnight and Angelica Pallares with Dean Terry

Emilee McKnight and Angelica Pallares with Dean Terry

The students selected as 2013 Outstanding COB Graduates are:

Accounting B.B.A. – Carrie Waldrip
Economics B.B.A. – John Baker
Finance B.B.A. – Sophie McBride
CIS B.B.A. – Sarah Anne Boorman
Management B.B.A. – Eric Freelen
Marketing B.B.A. – Brittany Stewart
General Business B.B.A. – Dee Leatherman
Outstanding Undergraduate Student – Emilee McKnight
Outstanding Graduate Student – Angelica Pallares

Congratulations to the faculty, staff, and student award winners.

Student-Managed Investment Fund

Nov 13 2013

SMIF LogoThrough the Student-Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), finance majors explore applied investing.  Students manage a portfolio of funds and decide on stocks to purchase and sell with a goal of long-term growth.  They learn investment fundamentals, valuation techniques, and technical analysis.  All finance majors explore one or more investment opportunities, which are forwarded to the student portfolio managers for consideration.  Portfolio managers attempt to meet the dual objectives of increasing the long-run value of the portfolio combined with the short-run objective of providing student scholarships.  Since 2001, the program has awarded over $100,000 in scholarship funds to business students.  The student portfolio has grown from an initial value of $100,000 to the current value of over $700,000.

The 2013 Student Portfolio Managers are Ethan Douglass, Manuel Garcia, Ashley Peterson, and Kolten Wilder.   The new stock purchases for 2013 includes Ford (F), Wendy’s (WEN), Altera (ALTR), EMC (EMC), Expeditors International (EXPD), and CA (CA).

The students selected to serve as the 2014 Student Portfolio Managers are Mohammad Alazzam, Gustavo Barraza, Wesley Bentley, William Glover, Leif Knippers, Karen Mendoza, Viridiana Pereda, Max Pierce, Brandy Roberts, Robert Snider, Taylor Tice, Linh Trieu, and Reid Winger.

CIS Student Recognized at Texas A&M University System Competition

Nov 12 2013

Randi Ferdian

Randi Ferdian

WT Computer Information Systems student, Randi Ferdian, took 3rd place honors at the Texas A&M University System 11th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium in Kingsville, TX on November 8th, 2013.  Randi’s research, “Physical Therapy Using a Motion Sensitive Camera” was funded in part by West Texas A&M University’s President’s Undergraduate Research Program in the summer of 2013.  Randi’s work concerns using Microsoft’s Kinect multi-sensor device, typically used for video games and entertainment, do track human motions for purposes of physical therapy.  Randi worked closely with his faculty mentor, Dr. Jeffry Babb, and his industry/practitioner mentor, Patrick Pitre (PT, NTC, CONT), to develop a software system which leverages inexpensive off-the-shelf commodity hardware.  Randi is a senior at WT and is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia.  He is a member of the Tech Club and Economics Club.

COB Adds Law & Economics Concentration to Curriculum

Nov 11 2013

Law & EconomicsLaw and economics is one of the fastest-growing areas of applied microeconomics.  Law schools are devoting increasing attention to understanding the economic analysis of law and the new concentration provides solid preparation.  Historically, over 35% of economics majors earning an undergraduate degree at West Texas A&M University pursue professional careers in law.  Recent economics graduates have earned law degrees from Texas Tech University, University of Texas, University of Colorado, and University of Wyoming.  The new concentration will better prepare students for professional studies in legal fields and focus on transactional law issues.  Undergraduate programs in Law & Economics are in many European business schools but are relatively unique in the United States.  The core courses for the program in Law and Economics at West Texas A&M University draw upon the expertise of faculty from economics, business law, and business communications.

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