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Business Administration & Economics Faculty

Ryan Baranowski

Ryan Baranowski
Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.A., Coe College
M.A., Ph.D., University of California Irvine
Email: rbaranowski@coe.edu

Professor Baranowski teaches Principles of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, U.S. Economic History, Money and Banking and Labor Economics. His research interests are in the fields of macroeconomics and monetary economics with a focus on expectations and informational frictions.

Pam Carstens

Pam Carstens
Roger & Mary Baxter Professor of Business Administration and World Affairs, Chair
B.A., Coe College
M.B.A., Ph.D., The University of Iowa
Email: pcarsten@coe.edu

Professor Carstens teaches marketing, advertising, and strategic management. She is the Administrative Coordinator of Coe's Public Relations degree. Pam supervises student research projects and enjoys travel-abroad courses with students. She is active with the Investment Fund.

Jia-Yuh (Jay) Chen

Jia-Yuh (Jay) Chen
Associate Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.S., National Taiwan University
M.B.A., University of California, Irvine
Ph.D.,  University of California, Santa Cruz
C.F.A.
Email: jchen@coe.edu
Website: http://www.public.coe.edu/~jchen/

Professor Chen specializes in finance and entrepreneurship. He teaches courses in finance, investment, corporate finance and entrepreneurship.

Joshua Christensen
Joshua Christensen
Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.A., Wartburg College
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law
Email: jchristensen@coe.edu
Richard Eichhorn

Richard G. Eichhorn, Ph.D.
The Henry B. Tippie Professor of Business Administration and Economics
B.S., University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 
Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 
Email: eichhorn@coe.edu
Twitter: @Reichhorn

Dr. Eichhorn's teaching and research fields are Econometrics and Monetary Macroeconomics. Rick came to Coe in the fall of 2000 and teaches a variety of courses in the economics curriculum, focusing on quantitative methods and macroeconomics. He is very active in the Spellman Summer Research Workshop and has supervised many honors theses and other research projects where he focuses on developing students' empirical analysis and professional writing skills. His students regularly present their work at the Student Research Symposium, as well as off-campus conferences. Rick's own research has been published in Applied Economics and the Journal of Macroeconomics.

Joe Hall

Joe Hall
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.A., M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa
Email: jhall@coe.edu

Professor Hall teaches the department's Computers in Business course. Joe also teaches a variety of courses on computer applications, website design, and digital media at area colleges.

David Hayes

David T. Hayes
Vice President for Advancement
Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.A., Coe College
J.D., The University of Iowa College of Law
LL.M., The University of Iowa College of Law
Email: dhayes@coe.edu

Professor Hayes' academic service to the college includes teaching courses in law, with a particular emphasis in the regulation of business and issues related to sustainability. He frequently offered courses at the Wilderness Field Station located outside of Ely, Minnesota. A two-time recipient of the Charles J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award, Hayes previously directed Coe's Pre-Law and Environmental Studies programs, and until his move to administration, held the Pochobradsky endowed chair. He currently heads the advancement functions of the college, having primary responsibility for fostering connections with external stakeholders, including alumni and donor relations.

Mary Knudson

Mary Knudson
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Email: mknudson@coe.edu

Dr. Knudson teaches business statistics and economics of alternative energies and serves on the Sustainability Council. Prior to coming to Coe, Mary was a research economist for the Economic Research Service of U.S.D.A. in Washington, D.C. specializing in research and development policy. She has worked on climate change and taught Science and Technology Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of  Public Policy (formerly known as IPPS) at the University of Michigan and taught economics at the University of Minnesota in the Applied Economics Department.

Rob Keunnen

Rob Kuennen
Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.A., The University of Notre Dame
M.B.A., The University of Iowa
Ph.D. candidate, The University of Iowa
Email: rkuennen@coe.edu

Professor Kuennen worked in software marketing for several years in Chicago before committing to teaching full-time, and his teaching interests include marketing, management, and international business. Rob is an active participant in Coe's optional May Term, where he has traveled with students to countries such as Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland.

Barbara Larew

Barbara Larew
Elnora H. & William B. Quarton Professor of Business Administration and Economics
B.B.A., M.A., Ph.D., The University of Iowa
C.P.A.
Email: blarew@coe.edu

Dr. Larew teaches accounting, specializing in managerial accounting, auditing, and fraud examination. Before coming to academia, Barb practiced public accounting for several years.

Carrie Melcher

Carrie Melcher
Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.S., Ohio State University
M.P.A., Drake University
Email: cmelcher@coe.edu

Professor Melcher teaches principles of accounting, managerial accounting and auditing. Professor Melcher has work experience in healthcare. She has served as President of the Colony Housing Authority Board of Directors and as Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Decatur County Hospital Board of Trustees.

Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Q. Nguyen
Louie J. and Ella Pochobradsky Associate Professor of Business Administration and Economics
B.A., National Economics University, Vietnam
M.B.A., Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Ph.D. Mississippi State University
Email: vnguyen@coe.edu

Professor Nguyen teaches principles of management, cross-cultural management, organizational behavior, and human resource management. Before coming to the U.S., Vinh worked for several years as an instructor at the National Economics University in Vietnam. Vinh's research interests include employee turnover, organizational change, and international business strategy.

Kevin Trout

R. Kevin Trout
Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics 
B.S, Utah State University
M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. The University of Iowa
C.P.A., C.M.A., C.F.M.
Email: ktrout@coe.edu

Professor Trout teaches principles of accounting and finance courses. Before beginning his teaching career, Kevin worked in public accounting as a tax manager, and in industry as a controller and CFO. He has masters degrees in accounting and finance and is currently working on a masters degree in taxation.

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Drew Westberg
Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
B.A., Coe College
M.S., University of Missouri
Email: dwestberg@coe.edu
Michey Wu

Mickey T.C. Wu
George Baker Professor of Business Administration and Economics
B.A., Berea College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Email: mwu@coe.edu

Dr. Wu specializes in the areas of the Economics of Trade and Development, and Excellence-based Organizations. He was instrumental in establishing the Spellman Memorial Fund, the Investment Fund, and the Women's Varsity soccer program at Coe.


Faculty Emeriti

Dwight Hansen
Associate Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics , Emeritus
B.A., M.A., University of Nebraska 
C.P.A. and C.M.A.

Michael McDonald
Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Emeritus 
B.A., M.A., The University of Iowa
C.P.A.

Professor McDonald taught accounting and management courses at Coe from 1981 to 2005.

Michael Sandberg
Louie J. and Ella Pochobradsky Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., The University of Iowa
C.P.A. and C.F.A.

Dr. Sandberg taught finance, investment, and insurance courses at Coe from 1976 to 2007.

Ramakrishna Vaitheswaran
Elnora H. and William B. Quarton Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Emeritus
B.A., M.A., Osmania University
Ph.D., Iowa State University

Dr. Vaitheswaran taught economics at Coe from 1973 to 1999.