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

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., University of Iowa 

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.


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Jia-Yuh (Jay) Chen

Elnora H. & William B. Quarton Associate Professor 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.

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

Professor Christensen teaches Business Law I, Business Law II, Principles of Insurance, and other courses related to law and business. He is also a Pre-Law Advisor for students looking to attend law school after their time at Coe. Professor Christensen remains a practicing attorney in the state of Iowa with a primary practice area in insurance defense.


Cindy Dittmer

Cynthia Dittmer

Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics


Rick Eichhorn

Richard G. Eichhorn, Ph.D. 

The Henry B. Tippie Professor of Business Administration and Economics

B.S., University of Tulsa
Ph.D., Colorado State University


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.


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Joe Hall

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics 

B.A., M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa 

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., University of Iowa College of Law 
LL.M., University of Iowa College of Law

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
 

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 Kuennen

Rob Kuennen 

Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics 

B.A., University of Notre Dame 
M.B.A., University of Iowa 
Ph.D. candidate, University of Iowa
 

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.


Carrie Melcher

Carrie Melcher

Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics

B.S., Ohio State University
M.P.A., Drake University

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 

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. University of Iowa 
C.P.A., C.M.A., C.F.M. 

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.


Drew Westberg

Drew Westberg

Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics

B.A., Coe College
M.S., University of Missouri


Mickey Wu

Mickey T.C. Wu 

George Baker Professor of Business Administration and Economics 

B.A., Berea College 
M.A., Ph.D., University of Kentucky
 

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.

 

Barbara Larew 

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

 

C.P.A.

Michael McDonald

Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Emeritus 
B.A., M.A., 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., 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.