Trident University International News: Summer Glenn R. Jones College of Business Updates, News, and Highlights

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This is a look at news, events, and highlights at Trident’s Glenn R. Jones College of Business. Read more about the recent promotions, publications, presentations, and professional society appointments at this 100% online university.

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Trident University International’s (Trident) Glenn R. Jones College of Business (GRJ-COB) is made up of a diverse and talented group of seasoned educators and researchers. Through association appointments, scholarly research, published works, and conference presentations, the GRJ-COB faculty is actively contributing to the advancement of their field and finding ways to improve the student experience.

Promotions & Appointments
Dr. Debra Louis has been named Associate Dean of the GRJ-COB. She brings to the role familiarity with the college and experience at the doctoral, masters, and bachelors levels, talent development, accreditation experience, team building, and creating an environment of trust and integrity. Dr. Louis has written new program proposals for the three masters programs in GRJ-COB and the majority of the BSHRM. She previously served as a Program Director, and prior to that she was an active faculty member in the doctoral program, chairing eight successful dissertations, serving on the committee for four others, and developing and teaching multiple doctoral courses. She has contributed to WSCUC accreditation efforts, curriculum revision, improvement in student outcomes, and participated in numerous strategic University initiatives.

Dr. Belal Kaifi has been named Associate Dean. His background includes more than 10 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education. Over the last year, in his previous role as Faculty Lead he has been instrumental in developing the five-year Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management (BSHRM) + Master of Science in Human Resources Management degree program, has contributed to the Bachelor of Science in Leadership program, aligned all BSHRM courses to be consistent with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) expectations, and completed a number of assessment and accreditation reports for the GRJ-COB.
Dr. Indira Guzman has been named Director of Doctoral Programs for the GRJ-COB. Dr. Guzman has worked at Trident since 2006, holding positions of Coordinating Assistant and Associate Professor, Program Director for the Computer Science and Information Technology Management for the undergraduate and graduate programs, and since September 2014, Program Director for the Ph.D. Program in the College of Business.  Dr. Guzman will oversee the PhD program as well as overseeing professional doctorates that are being proposed in the College.

Dr. Joshua Shackman has been named Department Chair in Accounting, Finance, and Economics. He has been at Trident since 2001, holding numerous positions including most recently Faculty Lead in the GRJ-COB. He is an accomplished researcher, course developer, and administrator.  He has taught and overseen doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate courses and faculty.  Dr. Shackman’s main area of interest is finance and international economics. 

Dr. Qin Sun has been named Department Chair in Marketing, Logistics, and Operation Management. She has a wide variety of teaching experience at both traditional and online universities. Dr. Sun has conducted research on country branding and country-of-origin image, cross-cultural marketing, bicultural/multicultural consumers, teaching innovation, e-commerce, electronic word of mouth, online keyword search behavior and search advertising, mobile marketing, and social media marketing. She is active in academic research, having published 11 journal papers in the past six years. Her previous role at Trident was MBA faculty lead in the GRJ-COB.

Dr. Peggy Swigart has been named Department Chair in Human Resources and Leadership. She has a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major concentration in human resource management/labor relations, and minors in organizational behavior, strategy, and adult education. Dr. Swigart has been with Trident since 2008 and has over 20 years of experience as a human resources management practitioner in business, responsible for all facets of the employment relationship.

Dr. Wendy Wang has been named Department Chair in Information Management Technology and Computer Science. Dr. Wang has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems with a minor in computer science and has been very active in redesigning the Computer Science program at Trident and developing the Cyber Security curriculum.

Dr. Michael Garmon has been named as Department Chair in Management and Leadership. He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration, earned from Trident in 2004, and previously served as Faculty Lead in the MBA program. Dr. Garmon is an experienced researcher and peer-reviewer, and has over 30 years of experience in the private and government sectors as a healthcare executive. Some of the positions he has held include chief financial officer, chief operations officer, product development, and outcomes research.

News & Highlights
Dr. Qin Sun’s paper titled "Can Online Interactive Learning Tool Promote Student Learning Effectiveness? An Empirical Exploration" was recently accepted for presentation at the Marketing EDGE Direct/Interactive Marketing Research Summit in Los Angeles, CA, to be held October 15-16, 2016. Paper co-authors are Dr. Yann Abdourazakou and Dr. Thomas Norman. Dr. Sun also recently had the article titled “Country Resources, Institutions, Image and Exports: Country Branding Implications” accepted by Journal of Global Marketing.

Dr. Indira Guzman attended the ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research conference in June. Held in Alexandria, VA, the conference featured poster presentations from student Elston Steele and the now-graduated Dr. Angie Cox. Both individuals represented Trident’s Ph.D. in Business Administration program.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) acknowledged that Trident’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and Master of Science in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. A total of 411 programs in 309 educational institutions worldwide have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guidelines and templates. Overseeing this project were Dr. Debra Louis, Dr. Belal Kaifi, Dr. Stefan Hanson, and Dr. Peggy Swigart.

Trident alumnus Dr. Peter Mangles authored a paper entitled “Perceived Isolation, Its Impact on Professional Deviance and Deviant Workplace Behaviors,” which was accepted for presentation at the Academy of Management (AOM) Conference in Anaheim, CA. Due to Dr. Mangles having to return to his native Australia, the paper was presented on August 7th by Dr. Inidra Guzman. In addition, Dr. Guzman attended two workshops covering the future of doctoral education at business schools and professional doctorates.

Dr. Bruce Gillies, professor in the GRJ-COB, recently published the book The 21st Century Career Search System. Currently available on Amazon, the book gives advice on career development for all levels of professionals. Dr. Gillies is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist and a veteran of the United States Navy. Since the book’s release he has presented two webinars on this subject matter for Trident’s Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies. A third webinar is slated for September 14th.

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