At Valparaiso University, you will learn from seasoned business professionals who are dedicated to your education and your career development.
Our faculty has worked around the world and in a wide variety of industries and positions. They combine their hands-on business experience with rigorous academic training to give you an education grounded in theory and deepened by practice.
Many of our faculty continue to serve as consultants to world-class organizations. These opportunities keep them well-connected around the globe, and provide them with case studies and cutting-edge knowledge to enrich your classroom experience.
Our faculty are known for interacting with students one-on-one: helping you prepare for business competitions, mentoring you though job searches, and working side-by-side with you on student-faculty research. They also have an “open door” policy for office hours, so you can get personalized help when you need it.
Elizabeth Gingerich, J.D.
Professor of Business Law
Louis S. and Mary L. Morgal Endowed Chair in Christian Business Ethics
Elizabeth Gingerich teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in business law, and is editor-in-chief of Valpo’s Journal of Values-Based Leadership. She brings nearly three decades of law experience into the classroom, most recently as a law partner with the Terrell & Thrall LLP. She has lectured at national and international conferences on intellectual property, and her work has been published in The Indiana Law Review, Res Gestae, and Employee Relations Law Journal. She is a member of both the Indiana and Virginia State Bar Associations and maintains a limited practice in corporate law.
B.A. – Indiana University, Bloomington
J.D. – Indiana University, Indianapolis
Donna Guydan, CPA, MPA, J.D. ’92, LLM
Lecturer in Accounting and Business Law
Donna Guydan brings to the classroom her experience in public accounting and as co-owner of a general law practice. She has been named several times among the Who’s Who of American Educators. She has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1992, and is licensed to practice law in Indiana and in U.S. District Court.
B.S. in Mathematics – University of Pittsburgh
MBA – University of Pittsburgh
J.D. – Valparaiso University
LLM in Taxation – DePaul University
Jiangxia (Renee) Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
Jiangxia (Renee) Liu was previously an assistant professor and director of the accounting program at Gannon University. She received her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas and recently received her Certified Management Accountant at the Institute of Management Accountants.
B.S. – Chongqing University
M.S. – The University of Texas at Dallas
Ph.D. – The University of Texas at Dallas
CMA – Institute of Management Accountants
Anton M. Lewis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Anton M. Lewis currently teaches as an assistant professor of accounting at Valpo. His taught courses consist of undergraduate financial and managerial accountancy as well as audit and accounting information systems.
B.A. – University of Wales, Bangor
Ph.D. – Leeds Metropolitan University
Zhenhu Jin, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Zhenhu Jin teaches financial management, investments, portfolio management, and international finance. His research interests include executive compensation, international markets, market volatility, stock repurchases, and stock splits. He has published more than two dozen articles in such reviewed journals as the Quarterly Review of Finance and Economics, the Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, and the Journal of Applied Business Research. Jin’s work on dividend initiation has been well recognized by the academic community and provided theoretical foundations for several doctoral dissertations at major research universities. His experience also includes service on the editorial review board of an academic journal, international consulting work for a major corporation in China, and arbitration of securities disputes. Jin has served on the board of Asia Network, a consortium of almost two hundred universities in North America that aims to promote research on Asia and improve cultural exchanges with Asian countries.
M.A. – University of Houston
MBA – University of Houston
Ph.D. – University of Houston
John Steele, MBA
Lecturer of Finance
John Steele has over 30 years of experience with domestic and international organizations ranging from start-up to Fortune 100. Previous titles include treasurer, CFO, corporate finance director, SVP finance, board member, board chair and consultant. His experience covers a broad range of environments, including business cycle (high growth, restructuring, bankruptcy, mature and start up) and ownership (family, private, public, foreign and private equity). Steele has taught at two other universities.
B.A. – Indiana University
MBA – Indiana University
Harlaxton Manor, Grantham, England
University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Assistant Professor of Information & Decision Sciences
Sanjeev Jha earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 and had been an assistant professor of decision sciences at the University of New Hampshire prior to coming to Valpo. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of business analytics and data mining. Professor Jha also holds an MBA from the International Management Institute in India.
B.S. – Bhagalpur College of Engineering, India
MBA – International Management Institute, New Delhi
Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Chicago
Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information and Decision Science
Sanjay Kumar served as assistant professor of management at Pennsylvania State University-Erie beginning in 2009, the same year he received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. His past work experience includes analysis of risk management strategies and consulting at Logistics Plus.
B.S. – MBM Engineering College, India
Master of Technology – Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
M.S. – University of Texas at Dallas
Ph.D. – University of Texas at Dallas
Ceyhun Ozgur, Ph.D.
Professor of Information and Decision Science
Ceyhun Ozgur, CPIM, teaches information and decision sciences. He co-wrote the first edition of Introduction to Management Science with Spreadsheets, published by McGraw-Hill Irwin. He has written study guides, testbanks and instructor’s manuals for business statistics, operations management, and management science textbooks. He has also presented papers at the Decision Sciences Institute for more than 20 years and has served its Midwest division (MWDSI) in almost every leadership position, including president.
B.S. – University of Akron
M.S. – University of Akron
Ph.D. – Kent State University
Coleen Wilder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Science
Coleen Wilder teaches statistics and management courses at the undergraduate level and operations management in the MBA program. Her research interests are in queuing theory, analytics, and entrepreneurship. She joined the College of Business in 2011 and brings more than thirty years of business experience to the classroom. She has a lifelong history of community involvement working with a variety of organizations.
B.S. in Mathematics – Indiana University
Certification in Statistics – SAS Institute
MBA in Finance and Operations Management – University of Chicago
Ph.D. in Operations Management – Illinois Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor of Management
Matt Luth teaches business ethics, management, and organizational behavior. He was previously an assistant professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Before entering academia, Luth spent seven years as an environmental engineer, designing wetlands for an international consulting firm.
B.S. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Ph.D. – University of Kansas
James Stück, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management and International Business
James Stück teaches cross-cultural management, international business, and management at the undergraduate and graduate level and consults with companies including McDonalds, Bosch, and HAVI Global Solutions about cross-cultural management. He has received twelve outstanding teacher awards and is a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar. Stück was born and raised in Ecuador, and has worked in the U.K., Spain, India, and Nepal, in addition to seven years on Wall Street.
B.A. – Azusa Pacific University
MBA – Azusa Pacific University
Ph.D. – Claremont Graduate University
Post-graduate studies – University of Chicago
Joseph Trendowski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Joseph Trendowski teaches management and entrepreneurship. He is the faculty advisor to professional organizations Delta Sigma Pi (Business) and Epsilon Nu Tau (Entrepreneurship), the Director of Valpo Innovates, and serves on Valparaiso University’s Honor Council. He also serves on the editorial board for The Case Journal. His research interests include financial services management, risk, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to Valparaiso, Joseph was an Assistant Professor at University of Evansville and worked in Insurance Custody at The Bank of New York. Joseph and his wife Stephanie (Valpo MBA ’16) live in Crown Point, IN with their daughter Emma, dogs Henry and Annie, and bunny Potter.
BSBA – Alfred University
MBA – Alfred University
Ph.D. – Old Dominion University
John D. Ward, MBA
Lecturer in Management
John Ward teaches courses on strategic management, management and organizational behavior, leadership, and SAP (the world’s number-one business software). He brings more than 30 years of business and global business experience to supplement his educational curriculum with a real-world, hands-on perspective. Ward is also the adviser for the Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America). He is a member of Augsburg Lutheran Church, Chesterton, Ind., together with his wife, daughter, and son.
B.S. – Indiana University
MBA – Indiana University NW Campus
Certificate in Data Processing and Information Systems – Indiana University
Certificate in SAP – Central Michigan University
Tom Boyt, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing
Tom Boyt is a professor in marketing at Valparaiso University. Prior to coming to Valparaiso University to serve as dean of the College of Business, he served as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to that he was the chair of the marketing department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. From 1980 to 1990, he owned and managed an animal hospital in Oklahoma. He maintains his license to practice veterinary medicine in Oklahoma and Colorado.
B.S. – United States Air Force Academy
D.V.M – Colorado State University
Ph.D. – University of Oklahoma
Gokhan Karaatli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Gokhan Karaatli previously taught at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne as an assistant professor of marketing and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for marketing. He received his Ph.D. in management marketing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002.
BSBA – Uludağ University
MBA – Fairleigh Dickinson University
Ph.D. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Musa Pinar, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing
Musa Pinar teaches marketing courses to undergraduate and MBA students, including consumer behavior, international marketing, and marketing strategy. His research focuses on the marketing of services, including banking and tourism, and often focuses on businesses and markets in Turkey. His work is widely published and presented, and he has received the Best Paper Awards at national and international conferences. Pinar is a member of American Marketing Association, Midwest Marketing Association, Global Awareness Society International, Valparaiso, Ind. Rotary Club, and the Gamma Sigma Delta professional honor society.
B.S. – Ege University
MBA – Mississippi State University
Ph.D. – Mississippi State University
Postdoctoral Study – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paul Trapp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing
Paul Trapp teaches marketing courses, focusing on international marketing, marketing strategy, and consumer behavior. Prior to his academic career, he did consulting work for a variety of firms in the financial services and defense industries.
BSBA – University of Colorado
MBA – Indiana University
Ph.D. – University of Illinois