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.

Lin (Vivian) Chen, ABD
Lecturer of Accounting 

Vivian Chen teaches financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, and advanced accounting. Her research interests include investor sentiment and earnings management, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), cross-listing, analyst forecast and earnings quality, corporate social responsibility and institutional investors.

MBA – Pittsburg State University
ABD – University of Texas at Arlington


Elizabeth Gingerich, J.D.
Professor of Business Law 
The Louis S. and Mary L. Morgal Endowed Chair in Christian Business Ethics
The W.A. Roper and Susan Morgal Vaughan Chair in Christian Business Ethic 

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.
Associate 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

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

Jiun-Lin Chen teaches financial management and international finance at the undergraduate level and financial analysis in the MBA program. He has teaching experiences in Australia, USA and Taiwan for almost 20 years. His research interests include financial institutions, market efficiency, stock liquidity, and capital requirement in banking. Chen has published articles in academic journals as International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of Risk Model Valuation, Finance Research Letter, Finsia Journal of Applied Finance, and Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, among others.

BBA – National Taiwan University, Taipei City
MBA – National Taiwan University, Taipei City
Ph.D. – Louisiana State 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

International Studies
Harlaxton Manor, Grantham, England
University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany


Sanjeev Jha
Associate 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
Richard E. Meier Endowed Professor of Management

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


Coleen Wilder, Ph.D. 
Associate 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

Matthew Luth
Associate 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


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

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
Paul H. Brandt Professorship of Business

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

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