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Dr. Keldon Bauer

Department Head and Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 125
Phone: 254-968-9909
Email: kbauer@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Ph.D. in Finance from Texas Tech University. Minors in Economics and Statistics.
  • MBA from the University of Utah. Emphasis on Quantitative Analysis.
  • BA in Finance from the University of Utah. Minor in German.

Teaching Interests: Corporate finance, financial markets & institutions, investments

Research Interests: Financial institutions - particularly credit unions, and the use of technology in banking.

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Ms. Rebecca Norris

Administrative Assistant III
Office: Business Building, Room 125
Phone: 254-968-9331
Email: rnorris@tarleton.edu

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Mr. Curtis W. Atchley

Instructor
Office: Waco - MAC 231
Phone: 254-299-8785
Email: catchley@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • MSA - Tabor College, 2003
  • BS - Friends University, 1999
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Dr. Stephen Blythe

Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Law
Office: Business Building, Room 127
Phone: 254-968-9334
Email: blythe@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • B.S., University of Arkansas, 1970
  • M.B.A., Arkansas State University, 1975
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting), 1979
  • J.D. in Law, Texas Southern University, 1986
  • LL.M. in International Business Law, University of Houston, 1992
  • LL.M. in Computer Law, University of Strathclyde (U.K.), 2005
  • Ph.D. in Computer Law, The University of Hong Kong (China), 2010

Teaching Interests: Auditing, Forensic Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Business Law

Research Interests: Prevention, Detection and Investigation of Accounting Fraud Schemes; and Legal Cases pertaining to Accounting Fraud

Professional Credentials

Accounting Certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA): issued by Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (Austin, Texas), 1999

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE): issued by Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Austin, Texas), 2018

Law Licenses: Attorney at Law: issued by State Bar of Texas (Austin, Texas), 1986

Attorney at Law: issued by Oklahoma Bar Association (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), 1993

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Dr. Boyd Collier

Professor Emeritus
Office: Business Building, Room 204A
Phone: 254-968-9046
Email: collier@tarleton.edu

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Ms. Judith Cadle

Assistant Professor (1992)
Office: Business Building, Room 112
Phone: 254-968-9940
Email: jcadle@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • MBA - Tarleton State University, 1991
  • BBA - Tarleton State University, 1989

Teaching Interests: Accounting

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Dr. Omar Esqueda

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 115
Phone: 254-968-9908
Email: esqueda@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Texas Pan American
  • MBA from University of Texas Pan American
  • BS in Accounting from Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas

Teaching Interests: Corporate Finance, Financial Management, International Finance, Financial Intermediaries

Research Interests: Cross-listings, ADRs, International Corporate Finance, Financial Intermediaries

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Dr. James Goodpasture

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 111
Phone: 254-968-1856
Email: goodpasture@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Ph.D., Business Administration – Accounting, Florida State University, 1999, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Master of Professional Accounting, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1989, San Antonio, Texas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center, 1979, San Antonio, Texas
  • Bachelor of Science – Biology, The Leland Stanford Junior University, 1979, Stanford, California

Teaching Interests: Managerial Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Health Care Finance

Research Interests: Financial Accounting of Not-for-Profit Hospitals, Classroom ethics, Multicultural and Gender comparisons of critical thinking skills

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Ms. Laura Gordey

Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Fort Worth Campus
Phone: 254-968-9895
Email: gordey@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • B.A., Baylor University, Speech Communication, Waco, Texas
  • J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas

Teaching Interests: Business law, employment law, labor law

Research Interests: White-collar crime, employment and labor law issues

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Dr. Hussain Jafri

Professor (1989,1994)
Office: Business Building, Room 106
Phone: 254-968-9633
Email: jafri@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin, 1986
  • MA - University of Wisconsin, 1980
  • MS - Cornell University, 1976
  • BS - AP Agricultural University of India, 1973

Teaching Interests: Economics

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Dr. Hari Katuwal

Instructor
Office: Business Building, Room 123
Phone: 254-968-9907
Email: katuwal@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • PhD - University of New Mexico - Economics
  • MA - University of New Mexico - Economics

Teaching Interests: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Public Finance, Statistics and Econometrics, Mathematical Economics

Research Interests: Environmental and Resource Economics, Non-Market Valuation, Choice Modeling, Wildfire Economics, Survey Design

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Mr. Judd Leach

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 126
Phone: 254-968-1861
Email: jleach@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Juris Doctor - Southern Methodist University, Law
  • BA - The University of Texas at Austin, History

Teaching Interests: Business law

Research Interests: Business aspects of delivering legal services, recession's affect on perceptions of the value and pricing of legal services, effect of federal law and policy on small agribusinesses, Liability issues on subsurface resource

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Dr. Johnny Nelson

Assistant Professor
Office: Fort Worth and Waco Campus
Email: jnelson@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • D. B. A. - Business Administration - Accounting, Minor-Finance, Nova Southeastern University, 2004, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • M. B. A. - Business Administration - Accounting and Finance, East Texas State University, 1989, Commerce, Texas
  • B. B. A. - Business Administration - Accounting, Minor-Finance, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1977, Nacogdoches, TX

Teaching Interests: Graduate Level Accounting and Finance: Advanced Accounting Topics; Petroleum Accounting, Finance, Investments, and Financial Planning, and Estate, Gift, and Corporate Taxation

Military Service: 1971-1973 US Army Vietnam (1971-1972) and Korea (1972-1973) Awarded Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service in Vietnam as Enlisted Advisor to the Vietnam Army & MACV-I Division Soldier of The Month (Korea) (1972) Awarded by (Joint Program US and Korea Defense Forces)

Licenses & Credentials: Certified Public Accountant (Texas) (1980), Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA)(2014), Certified Financial Planner (Applicant)(2015)

Outside Interests: Consultant, CPA, and Entrepreneurship

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Mr. Kyle Post

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 121
Phone: 254-968-9915
Email: kpost@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2008, New York, New York
  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 2007, Tempe, Arizona
  • B.S., Finance, Arizona State University, 2004, Tempe, Arizona

Teaching Interests: Federal income taxation, estate and gift taxation, business law, employment law

Research Interests: Federal taxation, tax issues in agriculture, legal and practical issues in estate planning, business law

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Dr. Debjeet Pradhan

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 113
Phone: 254-968-0700
Email: pradhan@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Ph. D., Accounting, University of Texas at Dallas, 2014, Richardson, Texas
  • M.B.A., Yale University, 1998, New Haven, Connecticut
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, State University of New York, 1991, Buffalo, New York
  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1989, New Delhi, India

Teaching Interests: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting

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Dr. Rick Richardson

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 122
Phone: 254-968-9895
Email: rrichardson@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Ph.D. - Regent University, Organizational Leadership
  • MBA - Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Management
  • J.D. - Baylor University School of Law
  • BBA - Baylor University, Marketing

Teaching Interests: Business Law

Professional Certifications & Licenses: Certified Public Accountant, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy; Board Certified, Estate Planning & Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Attorney & Counselor at Law, State Bar of Texas

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Dr. Nina Rogers

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 105
Phone: 254-968-1922
Email: nrogers@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Ph.D. in Finance, Minor Economics, University of North Texas, 2014, Denton, Texas
  • MS in Real Estate, University of North Texas, 2013, Denton Texas
  • Texas Real Estate License, 2003, Broker 2006 to current
  • Texas Insurance License, 2005, Texas Property and Casualty and Texas Life, Accident and Health Insurance (not currently active)
  • MBA in Corporate Finance, University of Dallas, 1995, Irving, Texas
  • BS in Zoology, Texas A&M University, Summa cum Laude 1976, College Station, Texas

Teaching and Research Interests: Corporate Finance, Real Estate and Insurance

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Dr. Sundarrajan Sankar

Professor
Office: Fort Worth Campus
Phone: 817-717-3313
Email: sundar@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • Ph.D. - 1995
  • MA - University of Alabama, 1990
  • MBA - 1985
  • BA - University of Bombay, 1981
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Ms. Ashley Schieck

Assistant Professor
Office: Fort Worth Campus
Phone: 817-732-3326
Email: schieck@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • J.D. - Law from Southern Methodist University
  • MS - Baylor University, Accounting
  • BS - Baylor University, Accounting
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Mr. Alex Tanter

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 107
Phone: 254-968-9183
Email: atanter@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • MA - The University of Massachusetts Amherst - Economics
  • BA - University of Warwick, England - Economics and Politics

Teaching Interests: Intermediate Micro Economics, Environmental Economics, US Economic Development

Research Interests: Environmental Economics, Financial Economics

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Dr. Charles (Chuck) Thomas

Associate Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 120
Phone: 254-968-9183
Email: cthomas@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • PhD in Accounting from University of Texas at Arlington. Minors in Finance and Research.
  • Master of Taxation from Baylor University.
  • BBA in Accounting from Baylor University.

Teaching interests: accounting information systems and financial reporting; capital budgeting and corporate financial policy; strategic management accounting; financial planning and management; financial statement analysis; enterprise risk management; project management; business research methods; operational analytics and improvement; performance measurement, evaluation, and incentives; ethics and professional responsibilities.

Research interests: accounting information system design; cost determination theory and methods; project selection and benefits realization methods; asymmetries in cost behavior; applications of swarm intelligence and complexity science to business problems; uses of hybrid machine intelligence in customer service and operations; performance measurement, reporting, and management; airline operations management; supply chain management.

Professional certifications and licenses: CMA, CGMA, CPA

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Ms. Karen D. Varnell

Assistant Professor (2006)
Office: Fort Worth Campus
Phone: 817-732-3328
Email: varnell@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • MBA - Tarleton State University (1998)
  • CPA - (1988)
  • BS - Angelo State University (1985)

Teaching Interests: Accounting

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Dr. Derrill Watson

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 116
Phone: 254-968-9342
Email: dwatson@tarleton.edu

More Info:

  • PhD, Economics, Cornell University, 2009, Ithaca, NY
  • MA, Economics, Cornell University, 2007, Ithaca, NY
  • BA, Economics, Brigham Young University, 2002, Ithaca, NY

Teaching Interests: Development economics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Food Policy, Public Choice Economics, International Economics, Money and Banking

Research Interests: Food Policy; Development Economics

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Dr. Arthur Young

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Building, Room 114
Phone: 254-968-9358
Email: ayoung@tarleton.edu

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Teaching Interests: Accounting (Financial, Auditing, Cost, Intermediate, and Advanced)

Research Interests: Oil and Gas Accounting, Financial Accounting