The College of Business is pleased to announce the following new participating faculty appointments:
Dr. Leigh Browning, professor of business communication and marketing. Dr. Browning earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at Kansas State before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Browning’s primary teaching areas include business communication, emerging media law, principles of marketing, and emerging media in advertising. Her research includes publications in Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, Academy of Marketing Studies Journal, Texas Speech Communication Journal, and Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice. Dr. Browning brings real world media experience to the classroom as she has worked in commercial radio as a News Director and Morning Show host, a television anchor and freelance reporter for CNN and Phillips Recordings Studios in Tokyo, Japan, and served on the production staff of television shows, commercials, documentaries and major motion pictures.
Dr. Sharon Burnett, associate professor of accounting. Dr. Burnett earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Her primary teaching and research areas include accounting information systems, cost accounting, and managerial accounting. Dr. Burnett’s research includes publications in Journal of Accountancy, CPA Journal, Southwestern Economic Review, and Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly. Dr. Burnett returned to West Texas A&M University in 2013 after previously serving the institution during the years 2000-2007.
David Clark, instructor of accounting and healthcare management. Mr. Clark received a B.B.A. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from WT in 1986, and a M.P.A. in Accounting & Finance from West Texas A&M University in 2013. Mr. Clark has held CFO and CEO positions in the health care industry, as well as being the managing partner of a regional health care consulting group. He is a Certified Public Accountant with audit and tax experience specializing in health care entities. His research includes the article “Utilizing Self-Insurance to Accumulate and Protect Cash Reserves” with Dr. Darlene Pulliam published in Today’s CPA. He teaches financial accounting, managerial accounting, personal financial planning, healthcare management, and healthcare finance.
Dr. Robin Clark, clinical instructor of business law. Dr. Clark received a B.B.A. in General Business from WT in 1983, and a J.D. with honors from The University of Texas in 1990. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1990. Since graduating from law school, Dr. Clark has practiced transactional law in Amarillo. Dr. Clark has over 20 years of experience in transactional law, which includes service as a partner with Gibson, Oschner & Adkins, LLP and in house counsel for Herring Bank. Her teaching areas include business law, employment law, and conflict resolution & negotiation. Dr. Clark’s research interests include applied issues in employment law, business law, and issues related to animal law.
Dr. Dmitriy Nesterkin, assistant professor of computer information systems. Dr. Nesterkin received B.B.A. and M.S. degrees in management information systems from the University of Memphis before completing his doctorate degree in computer information systems at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Nesterkin’s primary teaching and research areas include management information systems, web-based software development, mobile software development, and project management. His work includes publications in Journal of Management, Journal of Computer Information Systems, and Journal of Organizational Change Management.
Dr. Gary Sanders, clinical instructor of business law. Dr. Sanders earned a B.B.A. in accounting from WT and was a C.P.A. before earning a J.D. from Texas Tech University. He was responsible for implementing a Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program for a NYSE-listed company and was also in charge of its corporate secretary functions. He has represented numerous clients in the formation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, mergers, acquisitions, business combinations, dissolutions and other business transactions. Dr. Sanders has represented clients in public offerings and private placements of over $1 billion in debt and equity instruments. His current research includes the exploration into the evolution of corporate governance practices by public companies following the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act. The teaching areas for Dr. Sanders include business ethics, ethics in accounting, business law, and accounting law.
Dr. Viraj Varma, visiting assistant professor of management. Dr. Varma received a M.S. in Human Resource Management and Ph.D. in Management from Auburn University. Prior to that, he obtained an MBA from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India. He worked in the industry for over nine years and was involved in power plant operations, project management, software development, and change management consulting. Dr. Varma is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and an active member of the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and Society for Human Resource Management. His primary teaching and research areas include principles of management, human resource management, and strategic management. Dr. Varma’s research has appeared in the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering & Practice.
Mr. Kyle Williams, visiting instructor of economics. Mr. Williams joined the College of Business faculty in 2013. He received a B.S. in Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 and M.S. in Finance and Economics from West Texas A&M University in 2013. Before joining the COB faculty, Mr. Williams worked various positions in real estate, accounting, information technology, and management. Mr. Williams is teaching principles of macroeconomics and money & banking for the 2013-2014 academic year. He plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in economics in the fall of 2014.