Innsbruck Faculty

The Stetson School of Business Administration Summer Innsbruck Program (S.I.P.) courses are taught by full-time faculty members from Stetson University and distinguished visiting professors, who typically include:

James Mallett

Dr. Mallett is a professor of finance and director of the Summer Innsbruck Program. He received his bachelor of arts degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his doctorate from Wayne State University. Former director of the student-managed Roland George Investment Program, Dr. Mallett's insights provide a practical and applicable orientation to his business finance course.

Shahram Amiri

Dr. Shahram Amiri is the Chair of the Department of Decision and Information Sciences and Professor at the School of Business Administration at Stetson University, Deland, Florida.  He has taught at Stetson University since 2003.  His research includes the impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on E-commerce, E-health, E-learning, E-government, socio-economics and Gross Domestic Product.  His writing has been published in many academic and scientific journals including International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, AI & Society, IBM Journal of Research and Development and International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology, China-USA Business Review and Business Review Cambridge.

Wendy Anderson

Dr. Wendy Anderson, Professor of Environmental Science and Studies, received her B.S. and M.S. from Baylor University and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Anderson's primary research areas include ecosystem scale processes on islands, exploring ways that resources from the ocean affect plants and animals on land. She has also served as an organization's Sustainability Director, leading initiatives to improve energy and water conservation, waste management and food sourcing.

Bill Andrews

Dr. Bill Andrews is a graduate of the University of Georgia (Ph.D., Business Strategy) and the Thunderbird School of Global Management (MIM).  He is currently the chairman of Stetson's International Business program and formerly the director of the Prince Entrepreneurship Program.  He may be reached at

Nancy Barber

Nancy Barber, Sullivan Lecturer in English, majored in political science at Davidson College, then worked as a journalist before getting an M.S. in English at Stetson University and an M.F.A. in poetry writing at the University of Florida.  Barber specializes in creative nonfiction and has written about family business, human cannonballs and barbecue competitions.  In 2008, she co-wrote Meals Worth Stopping for in Florida. She has been an avid walker for decades and has spent a number of months backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and the Camino de Santiago.

Stephen Barnett

Stephen T Barnett, Ph.D. (Georgia State University) is currently the Executive Faculty Director of MBA Programs at Florida International University’s School of Business Administration. Formerly, he served as Director of Student International Advancement in Arizona State University’s Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement. He is Professor of Marketing Emeritus at Stetson University where he served as the Dennis M. McNamara Chair in Marketing and as the Founding Director of the Stetson Business Summer School Abroad, Innsbruck, Austria. He has presented and published papers with a number associations and academic journals. Dr. Barnett’s past experience includes President and CEO of Henson Furniture (a 22-store chain), Director of The Executive Education Programs at Emory University, Principal of Furniture Brokers Inc., and extensive blue-water sailing. Dr. Barnett’s current charge is to oversee the academic quality of FIU’s MBA programs, focus on the implementation of the redesigned Executive MBA interdisciplinary curriculum, and support the development of similar curricula innovations in the Chapman Graduate School.

Isabel Botero

Dr. Isabel C. Botero is an educator, researcher and consultant in the areas of management and family enterprise.  She is an assistant professor in the Department of Management and the Director of the Family Enterprise Center at Stetson University.  Isabel obtained her Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  Her areas of specialty in research include strategic communication processes and next generation issues in family enterprises.  Her teaching concentration is management and family enterprise.

Alan Green

Dr. Alan Green, Assistant Professor of Economics, earned his Bachelor's degree from Furman University, his M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Green is a development economist and his primary research interest is in how political institutions such as property rights, contract enforcement and civil liberties may limit or enable economic growth in developing countries.  He also conducts research on teaching and is currently studying ways to effectively implement active learning in economics through various simulations, effective use of technology and structured team-based learning.

B. Madhu Rao

Dr. Rao is a Professor of Decision Sciences and Associate Dean for undergraduate programs at Stetson Business School.  Prior to coming to Stetson, he served as a Professor of Management Science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Willamette University in Oregon.  His professional experience includes serving as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, visiting faculty at the National University of Singapore and as an industrial engineer for a major engineering firm in India.  He teaches courses in Applied Statistics, Managerial Decision Analysis, and Operations Management.  His research interests are in the area of modeling and analysis of manufacturing systems and analysis of waiting line systems. 

Maria Rickling

Dr. Maria Rickling, Assistant Professor of Accounting, received her B.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and her M.Acc and Ph.D. from Florida International University.  Dr. Rickling's primary research area pertains to corporate governance and auditing.  Her last paper studied auditors' behavior in light of the global financial crisis. 

Gregory Sapp

Dr. Sapp, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility, received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in philosophical theology.  His primary fields of study include the development of Christian thought and religion and culture.  He has just published Sport as a Religious Phenomenon (September 2016, co-authored with Eric Bain-Selbo).

John Tichenor

Dr. Tichenor is an associate professor of decision and information science. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from Baylor University and his doctorate from Florida State University. With many years of applied research and data analysis experience, Dr. Tichenor brings real-life examples to his teaching of business statistics.

Mercedes Tichenor

Dr. Tichenor is a professor of teacher education and received her bachelors degree from Baylor University, her masters degree from Florida State University and her doctor of education degree from Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Tichenor has more than twenty years of teaching experience in public elementary and college-level education. Growing up in a small, Bavarian mountain town in southern Germany, teaching in the Innsbruck program is like going home for her. Dr. Tichenor is a native German speaker and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the region with students.

Chris Tobler

Dr. Chris Tobler joined the faculty of the Stetson finance department in 2007.  He is a member of the Financial Management Association and the Southern Finance Association.  In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses at the DeLand campus, he also teaches graduate-level courses in the EMBA program at the Center at Celebration, the JD/MBA program at the Gulfport campus and in the Pharma/MBA joint degree program with the University of Florida.  Tobler regularly teaches in the summer study abroad program in Innsbruck.

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