Business and Economics

Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics


Elad Granot, Professor of Marketing

Associate Dean

Raymond A. Jacobs, Professor of Management

Administrative Staff

Carrie Hartsel, Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Hayley Marth, Administrative Assistant

Faculty by Department

Accounting/Management Information Systems

Chair: Victoria L. Kaskey, Associate Professor of Accounting

J. David Lifer, Professor of Management Information Systems

Nitin Walia, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

Tim Hinkel, Assistant Professor of Accounting

B. Sue Mullen, Professional Instructor of Accounting


Chair: Daniel Fox, Associate Professor of Law

Paul Holmes, Associate Professor of Economics

Mark A. Nadler, Associate Professor of Economics

Jeffrey Russell, Associate Professor of Economics

Nikita Lopatin, Assistant Professor of Finance

Wendy Wasnich, Assistant Professor of Economics

Dennis Witherspoon, Assistant Professor of Finance

Administration/Management/International Business/Entrepreneurship/Manufacturing Management/Supply Chain Management

Chair: Robert Stoll, Associate Professor of Management

Raymond A. Jacobs, Professor of Management

Khushwant K. Sidhu Pittenger, Professor of Management

Sivakumar Venkataramany, Professor of International Business

Daniel W. Sullivan, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Debra Westerfelt, Associate Professor of Management

Rebecca Schmeller, Assistant Professor of Management

Terry Tomlinson, Assistant Professor of Management

Joan Berry Kalamas, Professional Instructor of Management

Marketing/Fashion Merchandising/Sport Management

Chair: Lance P. Kaltenbaugh, Associate Professor of Sport Management

Elad Granot, Professor of Marketing

Kenneth Brubaker, Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Kristen B. Hovsepian, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Chris Mahar, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Diane B. Moretz, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Rene Rawraway, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

La Toya Russell, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Alison Rossi, Professional Instructor of Fashion Merchandising

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Accreditation of the Program

The College of Business and Economics received its initial professional accreditation for its degree programs (BA, BSBA and MBA) at all sites from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in June 1993. ACBSP granted the BSBA with a major in accounting, the MBA with a specialization in accounting, and the accelerated BSBA/MBA in accounting specialized accreditation in 2013, the eighth school in the U.S. and the first school in Ohio to be so recognized. The degree programs are also approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. These certifications serve to assure the public that the business education at Ashland University meets nationally recognized standards of quality in terms of professors, curriculum, methods of instruction, and financial support.


The Dauch College of Business and Economics educates students in a comprehensive, innovative, and engaging learning environment, through a competency-based curriculum led by teacher-scholars.

We achieve our mission by:

  • Providing an innovative, engaging and transformational learning experience through a competency-based curriculum diverse in experiential and applied learning experiences.

  • Engaging current and potential employers and other key stakeholders to enable our students to discover and apply real world industry standards, gain practical experience, and learn skills necessary to succeed in the global business community.

  • Monitoring and assessing student learning to ensure that our students develop competence in communication, problem-solving, decision-making, leadership, and other key skill areas.

  • Promoting character development, moral integrity, self-discipline, social responsibility, and respect for the diversity of values and faith found in the global business community.

  • Recruiting and retaining faculty who are engaged teacher-scholars, proficient in pedagogy, informed through industry engagement, and actively engaged in impactful applied, teaching and learning, and discipline-based scholarship.

  • Embracing an innovative culture to enable continuous improvement in key performance areas and ensure that our students and faculty have a positive impact on the stakeholders we serve.


Ashland University is a member of AACSB International, and is officially engaged in the accreditation process. The Initial Accreditation Committee of AACSB approved our initial Self Evaluation Report in February 2019, and we are working to achieve accreditation.

Facilities and Equipment

Offices and classrooms are in the Dauch College of Business and Economics building, completed in 2004, and the Rybolt Sport Science Center. Dauch includes the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The business and economics programs provide more than 100 personal computers for student use with wireless Internet access available throughout the building. All classrooms are equipped with advanced instructional technology. The entrepreneurship program maintains a creativity/innovation lab that is available for all Ashland University students to use. A fully-equipped trading room is used by the finance program's Eagle Investment Group, enabling students to manage an investment portfolio with funds from the University's endowment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Success in business requires competence in the areas of communication, critical thinking, business knowledge and technical skills, leadership and teamwork skills, ethics, analytical and quantitative skills, and international and global perspective. Students graduating with a degree in Business Administration will demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate correctly and purposefully, integrating technology into writing and presentations;

  • The ability to identify problems, analyze information, and form conclusions within the business context;

  • Business knowledge from a variety of sub-disciplines and the ability to apply the knowledge and skills to reach solutions to business needs;

  • The ability to inspire a shared vision, foster a realization of that vision, and facilitate a culture to realize goals of the vision;

  • An understanding of the ethical behaviors and issues relevant to the business community;

  • The ability to apply analytical and quantitative skills appropriate to support business decision making;

  • An international and global perspective appropriate to a progressive business community that engages in international business activities.

Institute for Contemporary Financial Studies

The mission of the Institute is to complement the work in the discipline of finance, balancing theoretical understanding of the principles of corporate finance and investment management with hands-on experience in the field. The objective is to link the classroom with current financial research, elements of corporate finance, securities trading, and investment management functions as conducted by leading financial management firms across the country.

Specifically, it is the goal of the Institute to prepare students of finance to be able to "Walk Down Wall St. With Anyone."

Student Organizations

The College of Business and Economics offers student groups which assist in the professional development of their disciplines: The American Marketing Association (AMA); APICS The Association for Operations Management; Eagle Investment Group; Eagle Entrepreneurs; Eagle Marketing; Institute of Management Accountants (IMA); Sport Business Club (SBC); Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); and Delta Mu Delta honor society (see below).

Student Honor Societies

Students who excel in business administration are eligible for membership in Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society in business. The society honors junior and senior undergraduate students who have completed at least one-half of the work required for the degree with a GPA of 3.5 and who are in the top 20 percent of their college class in cumulative average grades. It also honors graduate students who have completed at least one-half of the MBA requirements with a GPA of 3.8. Candidates must receive faculty approval to join.

Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics, is open to Economics majors and minors who have completed at least 12 hours of economics with a GPA of 3.25 or above, and with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above. Eligible students are contacted in early spring each year.

Opportunities for Global Study

There are programs for summer and semester-long study abroad specifically for business students in China, France, and the Netherlands. Shorter-term business study-tours are available as well. In addition, business students can participate in all other options available through the Study Abroad office. For all the details, visit Study Abroad on-campus or on-line:

Courses and Descriptions

See Course Descriptions section of catalog.