Professors. Mentors. Friends. At Valparaiso University, you will work on real-life problems alongside faculty leaders with decades of business experience and a true desire to do what’s best for you.


Our faculty has worked around the world and in a wide variety of industries and positions. With their hands-on business experience and rigorous academic training, you’ll get what’s needed most: an education grounded in theory and deepened by practice.


A thoughtful human element underscores everything we do. Our faculty has purposeful ties around the world, serving as consultants to world-class organizations. Because our faculty is well connected around the globe, our students ultimately benefit from up-to-the-minute case studies and cutting-edge knowledge.


Our approach: one-on-one, whenever possible. Whether our students are prepping for business competitions, desire mentoring for job searches, or need some side-by-side time for research, our faculty is there. They also have an “open door” policy for office hours, so you can get personalized help when you need it.

Accounting and Business Law

Jiangxia (Renee) Liu, Ph.D.

Jiangxia (Renee) Liu, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Accounting

Cathlin Upton, CPA, MBA Accounting Lecturer

Elizabeth Gingerich

Elizabeth Gingerich, J.D. Professor of Business Law


Jiun-Lin (Alex) Chen, Ph.D.

Jiun-Lin (Alex) Chen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Finance

John Steele

John Steele, MBA Lecturer of Finance

Business Analytics / Information and Decision Science / Supply Chain & Logistics Management

Ata Karbasi

Ata Karbasi, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Science

Mahdi Bohloul, Ph.D.

Mahdi Bohloul, M.S. Lecturer
Information and Decision Science

Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D. Professor of Information and Decision Science

Paul Rowe

Paul Rowe, Ph.D. Lecturer, Information & Decision Sciences


Musa Pinar

Musa Pinar, Ph.D. Professor of Marketing

Michelle Van Solt, Ph.D.

Michelle Van Solt, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Marketing


Nic Erhardt

Niclas Erhardt, Ph.D. Dean and Professor of Management 219.464.5040


Matthew Luth, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Management


Lacey Logan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Management

Karl Madsen, MBA

Karl Madsen, MBA Lecturer, Management

Sport Management

David Rolling

David Rolling, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sport Management

Jamie Stangel

Jamie Stangel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Additional Faculty

Sedefka Beck, Ph.D.

Sedefka Beck, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics

Sara Gundersen

Sara Gundersen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics


Richard A. McSparin SPHR; SHRM-SC

Dushan Nikolovski

Dushan Nikolovski Director of the Innovation Hub
Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship


Carmine Polito, Ph.D., P.E. Chair of Civil Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering