Chico State Online MBA Faculty
The same outstanding Chico State faculty who teach our on-campus MBA classes work to create an interactive, personal dynamic in our Online MBA program.
They are experienced and dedicated business educators, each of whom is committed to passing on their rich knowledge of contemporary business to a new generation of leaders. They must demonstrate they understand the best practices in online pedagogy in order to teach in our Online MBA program, and they specifically design their courses to keep students engaged and create optimized learning experiences.
This effort and expertise translate into courses that communicate material effectively using multiple means and that synthesize new knowledge with an exploration of today's business landscape to produce practical applications you can leverage in your career.
Learn more about the Online MBA faculty members responsible for creating our program's vibrant learning environment.
Faculty Connection at Chico State
Direct connection with our MBA students is a top priority for the College of Business faculty at Chico State.
To fulfill this mission for our online students, all faculty members are available for one-on-one meetings during virtual office hours in every Online MBA course they teach. And to foster a collaborative atmosphere like the one our on-campus MBA students enjoy, each online faculty member will hold optional weekly live courses and include a group project in nearly every class.
Ken Chapman, PhD, MBA
Dr. Chapman teaches marketing research, consumer behavior, and principles of marketing in the College of Business. His teaching philosophy is based on an underlying belief that his role as a professor is to increase the likelihood that students will be successful in their chosen career path, and it guides him to ensure that his students have the opportunity to think about, discuss, and apply course material in situations that go above and beyond their exams. He takes pride in not only ensuring his students know the content from the course, but become better writers, more analytical and critical thinkers, and better team leaders as well.
Dr. Chapman is an active researcher, with over 40 publications and a large number of presentations. His research focuses on the intersection of information processing and marketing, as well as research on teaching and teams. He has been a professor for around 25 years.
Dr. Chapman is an avid trail runner, typically running about 25 miles/week in the local hills around Chico State, and he also enjoys long hikes and adventure travel. In the last several years, he has been to the top of Half Dome, climbed Mt. Whitney twice, spent eight days rafting in the Grand Canyon, cruised around the Amazon and the Galapagos, trekked around Norway, and traveled in Croatia.
Ghadir Ishqaidef, PhD
Dr. Ishqaidef is a long-term member of the Academy of Management and the Society of Human Resource Management. She was recognized by Ursinus College with the Rising Star Alumni award in 2016, she has won best paper awards in several national and international conferences, and she has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society and the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society.
Her teaching philosophy is based on the goal of unlocking a life-long desire for learning among her students. She aspires to facilitate high-quality learning experiences during which students travel through a journey of self-discovery while learning about the subject matter in hand. To maximize the probability that students will succeed in their future careers, She emphasizes learning outcomes that employ problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and ethical decision-making skills. She teaches introductory and advanced courses in human resources management at Chico State.
When she is not teaching or conducting research, Dr. Ishqaidef likes to hike, swim, kayak, travel, spend quality time with her family, learn new languages, draw, and read books.
Hyunjung Kim, PhD, MA
Dr. Kim’s teaching areas include management, strategic decision-making, and computer simulation modeling. Her research focuses on decision science, particularly the use of system dynamics simulation modeling. Using a Group Model Building approach to include key stakeholders in the modeling process, she helps decision makers understand the complexity of their systems and assess potential outcomes of their strategic and managerial decisions. Her strategy course is highly influenced by this analytical framework.
As a system dynamics modeler, Dr. Kim works on various research and consulting projects. Some of the application areas include data-driven service industry, higher education, public health, environmental resource management, and monetary decision making at the Federal Reserve. Her research articles are published in peer-reviewed journals like System Dynamics Review, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, and Public Administration Review.
Dr. Kim resides in Chico with her husband, a practicing dentist, and their son, a serious Lego collector and a huge K-pop fan. They have three cats, all of whom appeared in their backyard at different times and chose to stay. In her free time, Dr. Kim loves to read, draw, and color.
Katie Mercurio, PhD, MS
Dr. Mercurio teaches MKTG 305 Survey of Marketing, MKTG 498 Brand Strategy, and MKTG 673 Strategic Marketing Management at CSU, Chico. In the past, she has taught Principles of Marketing, Marketing Research, Sustainability and Marketing, International Marketing, and Consumer Psychology and Brand Strategy at both the undergraduate and MBA levels.
Katie is an active researcher who has eight peer-reviewed publications in refereed journals including Journal of Consumer Research, Advances in Consumer Research, Brand Touch Points, and Wiley International Encyclopedia of Marketing.
Arash Negahban, PhD, MBA
Dr. Negahban has several years of experience working in industry as a software engineer, application developer, systems and business analyst, IT project manager, and information systems manager at several IT companies. He has taught many courses in information systems at both undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly business statistics and analytics, information security, and IT strategy.
Dr. Negahban’s research interests include social media and business analytics, mobile technology adoption, information security and privacy, and societal impacts of information technology. His research has been published by numerous academic journals and conferences, including the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Computers in Human Behavior, the Database for Advances in Information Systems, Issues in Information Systems, International Journal of E-Business Research, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Decision Science Institute Annual Conference (DSI), Western Decision Sciences Institute (WDSI), and Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI). His papers have been cited by more than 500 studies. In 2018, one of his papers was selected among the top two best papers of the year published by Database for Advances in Information Systems.
Bonnie Persons, JD, MBA, MSM
In addition to her Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, Bonnie holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Krannert School of Business at Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from TIAS School of Business, at Tilberg University (The Netherlands). Currently, Bonnie is focusing on support for rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire.
Tom Wilder, MBA
He is a Stanford Certified Project Manager, an SAP Certified Associate, and a certified SAP TS410 and TERP10 instructor. In addition to his teaching, he also writes curriculum for the SAP University Alliance program and teaches faculty members from other institutions how to use SAP in the classroom. He is globally known for his knowledge within SAP systems which include SD, MM, PP, FICO, QM, and PS. As the executive director of the UCC, he meets regularly with his counterparts from around the world.
Tom received his undergraduate degree in industrial technology and a master’s degree in business administration from CSU, Chico. His teaching philosophy is rooted in his background as an industrial designer, which leads him to look for solutions in many different ways in order to reach the best design. He believes in a notion of learning as an engaging, hands-on experience with life-enriching outcomes, and strives to ensure that if a student cannot connect with course material on the first pass, they will on the second or third view.
When not teaching or traveling for business, Tom and his wife Donna restore houses and Airstream trailers. They enjoy Airstream travel with their dog Oliver, hiking, exploration, and golf whenever possible. Tom enjoys his book club, woodworking projects, and being a member of the Elks.
Christine Witt, PhD, MA
Dr. Witt has a passion for entrepreneurship and small business. She has recently worked as a business consultant for the California North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and assisted businesses with business plan development, product development, test marketing, and LEAN continuous quality improvement implementations. At the SBDC, she launched the “Lean Team,” where she trained other SBDC business consultants on how to implement lean continuous improvement initiatives. Throughout her career, she has held management positions in telecommunication sales and hospitality.
Dr. Witt holds a PhD in Technology from Purdue University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University. She is a proud Boilermaker who enjoys watching and attending games from across the country with her family, and she takes her experience working full time and commuting to school at CMU into consideration as she designs her courses for working professionals.
Her publications are in the areas of lean process improvement, Twitter sentiment analysis, learner-centered teaching, simulation learning, and flipped classroom instruction. She has taught in higher education for 11 years and worked on four different campuses (including Central Michigan University, Purdue University, Humboldt State University, and Chico State).
Dr. Witt enjoys taking hikes in Chico’s Bidwell Park, riding on Chico’s many bike trails, and skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her other interests include hip-hop dancing, cooking, and gardening.
Suzanna Zivnuska, PhD
Dr. Zivnuska and her daughter love to travel, bring a sense of adventure even to their daily routines, and can often be found in Upper Park or eating sushi. Suzanne is excited to meet you and have you engage in her online community!