School of Business Administration

The Roland George Investments Program

The Finance Department of the School of Business Administration offers a unique program of advanced education in investment management that equips students for positions in financial institutions such as banks, trust companies, brokerage firms and investment advisory firms. Students who successfully complete required preliminary courses in finance and investments may qualify to enroll in special courses in Investment Portfolio Management. In these courses, taught by Distinguished Visiting Professors experienced in the investments field, students assume full responsibility for active management of a portfolio valued at 3.4 million dollars. The fund resulted from a gift given in memory of Roland George, who spent his career in the investments field. It was his wish that students experience on a firsthand basis the risks and rewards of making investment decisions. Students are responsible for earning sufficient income from the fund to pay the expenses of the program, including the costs of the visiting professors, scholarships for outstanding investments students, and library and software resources. Students perform research in a modern, state-of-the-art trading room facility which contains computing resources, software such as Bridge, Baseline, and Bloomberg, as well as a real time ticker and data wall.

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The Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program

The Prince Entrepreneurship Program, housed in the department of Management & International Business, includes four courses designed to help students discover both the realities and demands of business ownership. A complete description of these four courses is presented in the Business School’s course description section of this University Catalog. Select courses may also be used as part of a General Business major or may be taken as a coordinated series of electives.

Students will sharpen their judgment and insight in assessing the likelihood that a proposed business will fail or succeed, understanding the many steps necessary to launch a business, writing a business plan, understanding the venture capital/new venture finance industry, understanding the personal costs and joys from successful entrepreneurs.

The Program pedagogy emphasizes applied learning in experiential or case contexts. Drawing from both the academic and professional worlds, the Prince Entrepreneurship Program is equipping the next generation of entrepreneurs to successfully navigate the risky waters of launching a business while demonstrating to students pursuing conventional employment the value of “thinking like an owner.”

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The Family Enterprise Center

The Family Enterprise Center offers an undergraduate major and minor in the area of family enterprise management. The major and minor are interdisciplinary, experiential, and involve extensive interaction with professionals in family enterprises. The benefits of enrolling in the major or minor include increased credibility self-confidence and marketability via job offers. The Center’s purpose is to integrate the student’s undergraduate education with family enterprise. The Center believes and values the concept that family enterprise is about the family as much as it is about enterprise. The students will see first-hand how these concepts co-exist within the organization. The student will assess the traits of a family enterprise and forge relationships with actual family enterprises involved in our program. They will also benefit from interaction with professionals in this field through guest speakers and internships.

The goals of the Center are as follows: establishing family enterprise as a legitimate, distinct, interdisciplinary academic field validating, supporting, and enhancing family enterprise on the nation’s enterprise agenda bringing all the resources of the University (including teaching, research, and outreach) together to help family enterprises learn, grow, and prosper.

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The Stetson Summer Innsbruck Program

The Stetson Summer Innsbruck Program makes international study possible through a European summer school opportunity in Innsbruck, Austria. Students studying abroad in the Summer Innsbruck Program must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, an acceptable judicial record, and have completed 32 credits.

The July/August summer program is made up of regular, fully accredited and transferable courses, taught by top Stetson University and distinguished visiting faculty. Each student selects two courses that best fit his/her interests. A wide range of courses is offered so that the program will appeal to students with a variety of needs. The program is open to students in all majors; students from other universities are welcome to participate. German language ability is not required; all classes are taught in English. Classes are held mornings, and the schedule includes long weekends, giving participants ample time for travel and sightseeing – an important component of the educational experience.

The program is based in Innsbruck, Austria. Centrally located in the heart of the cool and breathtakingly beautiful Alps, Innsbruck is a fascinating city in its own right and an ideal base for travel throughout Europe. For more information, contact Andrew Paez at (386) 822-7421.

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All students in the School of Business must meet the following General Education requirements in addition to specific requirements within the major area of study. Furthermore, School of Business majors have a common set of Business Foundation courses which must be met. The specific additional requirements of the individual majors are found in the following sections.

Each student must complete at least four writing or writing enhanced (WE) courses to complete the University Writing Requirement. At least two of these courses must be from General Education. Based upon Admissions application information, students may be placed in ENGL 100; ENGL 100  will count toward the Writing requirement if completed with a minimum grade of C. A single course may not be used to meet more than one of the General Education requirements, but a single course may count toward a General Education requirement and the student’s major or minor requirements, as well as count as a Writing Enhanced course in the Writing requirement. 

Writing Requirement
FSEM 100First Year Seminar1
Junior Seminar1
Quantitative Reasoning1
Select one unit from the following:
Calculus for Business Decisions
Calculus I with Review Part 2
Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural World
Select one unit from:1
Creative Arts (any A course) 1
Modern Language (at 102 level or above)
ECON 104SFoundations of Economics I1
Select three units from among the following categories:3
Creative Arts (any A course (includes A, or MUSC, MUSA or MUSE credit courses)) 1
Culture and Belief (any B course)
Individuals, Societies, and Social Systems (any S course)
Historical Inquiry (any H course)
Physical and Natural World (any P course)
Modern Language (any level)
Quantitative Reasoning (any Q course)
Personal and Social Responsibility
SOBA 209VIntroduction to Business Ethics1
Total Units9

Course(s) must equal one unit.

Common Body of Knowledge
SOBA 200Professional Communications1
SOBA 209VIntroduction to Business Ethics1
ACCT 201Fundamentals of Accounting1
SOBA 201Fundamentals of Financial Analysis1
SOBA 202Fundamentals of Organizations and Markets1
SOBA 203Fundamentals of Marketing and Technology1
INTL 201International Business and Culture (or equivalent) 11
STAT 301QBusiness Statistics1
MGMT 495Strategic Management1
Total Units9

The International Business and Culture requirement may be satisfied with INTL 201 or any other approved internationally-focused business course. 

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the process of developing knowledge and skill from direct active experiences beyond a traditional classroom.  Through experiential learning activities, students reflect on how the tools and techniques taught in an academic setting transfer to a real world setting and bring this understanding back to the classroom through concrete examples and meaningful conversations.  Experiential learning typically involves a significant activity which offers students a chance to reflect on their curricular learning, gain an overall understanding of their future work environment and create the foundation for success after graduation.  Experiential learning activities offer students rich opportunities to understand the implications and experience the consequences of their decisions, deepen their understanding of the curricular content as well as understand the role of personal values in their decision making. All undergraduate students majoring in business must complete two significant experiential learning activities as a requirement for graduation.

For an activity to satisfy the experiential learning requirement, it must:

  1. Have scope. It must represent a significant investment of time and effort on the part of the student.
  2. Demonstrate rigor. It must entail a noteworthy interaction with college-level academic thought.
  3. Promote reflection. It must involve personal application by the student of classroom material.

Many courses and co-curricular activities are pre-approved as satisfying the experiential learning requirement.  Students may also petition for special approval of additional activities.

Co-Curricular/Cultural Attendance Requirements

In addition to all academic requirements, students are required, for graduation, to complete 24 events. The Dean’s Office provides a list of approved events each semester. Students may also view the list of co-curricular events under Calendar of Events at

Amiri, Shahram
Associate Professor of Information Systems, 1996
B.S., M.S., Old Dominion University
Ed.D., College of William and Mary

Andrews, William A.
Associate Professor of International Business, 1993
B.B.A., University of Georgia
M.I.M., American Graduate School of International Management
Ph.D., University of Georgia

Augustine, Fred K., Jr.
Professor of Decision and Information Sciences, 1986
B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., The Florida State University

Azab, Carol
Assistant Professor of Marketing, 2016
B.S., M.S., Alexandria University
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Bakamitsos, Yiorgos
Associate Professor of Marketing, 2013
Interim Dean of School of Business Administration, 2021
B.S., American College of Greece
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Beasley, James R.
Professor of Management, Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, 1973
B.A., M.A., Stetson University
M.A., Andover Newton Theological School
Ph.D., Tufts University

Bitter, Michael E. 
Professor and Chair of Accounting, 1996
Rinker Distinguished Professor of Accounting, 2011
B.B.A., Stetson University
M. Acc., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of Mississippi
C.P.A., C.G.M.A.

Carrick, Jon
Associate Professor of International Business, 2011
B.S., B.B.A., Stetson University
M.S., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of Glasgow

Chambers, Valrie
Associate Professor of Tax and Accounting, 2014
Chair of Accounting, 2018

B.S., University of Illinois
M.B.A., Houston Baptist University
Ph.D., University of Houston

Croom, Randall
Associate Professor of Management, 2016
B.S., M.B.A., Florida A&M University
Ph.D., University of Florida

DeMoss, Michelle A.
Professor of Marketing, 1990
Dennis C. McNamara, Sr. Chair of Marketing, 2010
B.S., Ph.D., University of Florida

DiFebo, Matthew
Assistant Professor of Practice in Sport Business, 2022
B.S., M.S., University of Florida

Fernandez, Giovanni
Associate Professor of Finance, 2012
B.A., Ph.D., Florida International University

Foo, Jennifer
Professor of Finance, 1990
B.A., Smith College
M.A., Ph.D., Northeastern University

Galloway, Elizabeth
Assistant Professor of Practice in Business Law and Chair of Management, 2016
B.A., College of William and Mary
J.D., Duke University

Gibson, Robert
Visiting Assistant Professor of Management, 2020
BA, Stetson University
MBA, Florida Atlantic University

Goldring, Deborah
Associate Professor of Marketing, 2012
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.S., University of Miami
M.B.A., Villanova University
Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

Green, Juanne
Assistant Professor of Management (HR), 2019
B.S., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
M.H.R., The Ohio State University
D.B.A., Kennesaw State University

Hale, Dena
Assistant Professor of Sales & Marketing, 2020
B.A., B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Sothern Illinois University

Hanson, K. Bud
Executive Director of Professional & Corporate Education (PaCE)
Assistant Professor of Practice

Holloway, Bonnie
Visiting Lecturer of Accounting, 2013
B.S., M.B.A., Stetson University

Hurst, Matt
Associate Professor of Finance, 2012
B.A., University of North Carolina
Ph.D., University of Central Florida

Imes, Matthew
Assistant Professor of Finance, 2020
B.S., Anderson University
M.S., University of Maryland
Ph.D., Temple University

Jones, Scott
Associate Professor of Marketing, 2009
B.S. (Finance), B.S. (Marketing), The Florida State University
M.B.A., University of Tampa
Ph.D., University of Oregon

Mascio, David 
Professor of Practice & Roland & Sarah George Professor of Investments, 2021
Roland & Sarah George Endowed Chair of Applied Investments

B.A., University of New Mexico
M.B.A., University of Liverpool, U.K.
Ph.D., EDHEC Business School, Nice, France

Mendoza, Monica
Assistant Professor in Accounting, 1997
Assistant Dean of Academic Services, 2017
B.B.A., M.B.A., Stetson University
Ph.D., University of Florida

Miller, Paula
Director of HR Management & Assistant Professor of Practice in HR Management, 2022
B.A., Ohio University
M.S., Purdue University 

Najour, Kenneth
Assistant Professor of Accounting, 2021
B.S.,  Santa Clara University
M.Acc., University of Miami
D.B.A., University of Florida

Nicholson, Carolyn Y.
Professor and Chair of Marketing
Dennis C. McNamara Sr. Chair of Marketing, 2010
B.A., Wingate College
M.A., University of Georgia
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Nickell, Erin
Assistant Professor of Accounting, 2018
B.S., University of Florida
M.S., Ph.D., University of Central Florida

Paris, Luis
Visiting Lecturer in International Business, 2013
B.B.A., M.B.A., Stetson University

Rao, B. Madhu
Professor of Decision and Information Sciences, 2014
B.E., Osmania University
M.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology
Ph.D., University of Toronto

Rasp, John
Associate Professor of Decision and Information Sciences, 1989
B.S., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary
M.S., Ph.D., The Florida State University

Rickling, Maria
Associate Professor of Accounting, 2011
B.B.A., University of Cincinnati
M.Acc., M.S., Ph.D., Florida International University

Riggs, John
Professor of Practice in Marketing, 2016
Director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program

B.S., University of Florida
M.B.A., D.B.A., Kennesaw State University

Sause, William
Visiting Assistant Professor of Decision and Information Sciences, 2015
B.S. St. John's University
M.S., Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University

Stryker, Jay
Visiting Assistant Professor of Business and Analytics, 2019
B.S., Stetson University
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University

Subramanian, Ram
Professor of Leadership, 2015
B.S., University of Madras, India
A.C.A., Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
M.S., Sam Houston State University
Ph.D., University of North Texas

Taylor, Kevin P.
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, 2020
BA, Economics, DePaul University
D.B.A, Entrepreneurship, DePaul University

Thorne, Betty
Professor of Decision and Information Sciences, 1980
B.S., Geneva College
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

Tichenor, John M.
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise
B.A., M.A., Baylor University
Ph.D., The Florida State University

Vogel, Areti
Visiting Assistant Professor of Management, 2017
B.B.A., Stetson University
J.D., Stetson University College of Law
M.B.A., IFA Paris
Ph.D., University of North Carolina

West, Jessica
Associate Professor of Finance, 2014
B.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University

Woodside, Joseph
Associate Professor of Decision and Information Science, 2013
Chair of Decision and Information Systems, 2022

B.S., M.B.A., D.B.A.-IS, Cleveland State University

Xanthopoulos, Petros
Associate Professor of Decision and Information Sciences, 2016
B.S., Technical University of Crete
M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida

Yan, Shan
Assistant Professor of Finance, 2021
B.S., M.A., Hauzhong University of Science and Technology, China
M.A., University of Arizona
Ph.D., Michigan State University 

Young, Megan
Instructor of Management, 2018
M.B.A., Stetson University