Aug 05, 2020  
2019-2020 Florida Tech Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Florida Tech Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business


Dean Theodore R. Richardson III, Ed.D.

Associate Dean, Academics
Enrique M. Perez, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Academics, Online Programs
Christian J. Sonnenberg, Ph.D.

Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development
Luke Henning, M.B.A., Director

Center for Ethics and Leadership
TBD

Center for Innovation Management and Business Analytics
Abram L.J. Walton, Ph.D., Director

Industry Education Programs
Thomas J. Stauffacher, M.S., Director

Learning Assessment
Lynn Werner, Manager

Professors

LuAnn G. Bean, Ph.D., accounting choice decisions, financial reporting and valuation, internal auditing, information technology.

Anthony J. Catanese, Ph.D., President Emeritus, real estate finance, architecture, urban planning.

B. Andrew Cudmore, Ph.D., quality perceptions, internet marketing, persuasion knowledge, customer/salesperson interaction, store brand management, customer complaining behavior.

Theodore R. Richardson III, Ed.D., strategy, marketing strategy, leadership.

Michael H. Slotkin, Ph.D., international economics, strategic trade policy, managerial economics, environmental and resource economics.

Abram L.J. Walton, Ph.D., organizational and human behavior, leadership, motivation, high-performance work teams, industrial design, lean enterprise, product life cycle management, intellectual property, technology innovation, entrepreneurship.

Associate Professors

Darrell N. Burrell, D.H.Ed., Education Center Director, Fort Lee, healthcare management, leadership coaching, human resources, marketing, management.

Najy Daher, Ph.D., Education Center Director, Lake Nona and Orlando, management.

Ivonne A. Delgado-Perez, Ph.D., PHR, SHRM-CP, management, human resources management, entrepreneurship.

Amitabh S. Dutta, Ph.D., finance, corporate policy, investments, portfolio performance, pedagogy.

Vernon Gordon, Ph.D., aeronautical engineering.

Edward Haberek Jr., Ph.D., Education Center Director, Aberdeen, management.

Jennifer Long, Ph.D., aerospace and mechanical engineering.

David Mutschler, Ph.D., computer sciences.

Darrel L. Sandall, Ph.D., management, entrepreneurship, innovation, workforce optimization, human capital management.

Robert R. Schaller Sr., Ph.D., Education Center Director, Southern Maryland, public policy, community development, program management.

Denise V. Siegfeldt, Ph.D., Education Center Director, Hampton Roads, management, organizational development, public administration.

Christian J. Sonnenberg, Ph.D., web usability, mobile accessibility, human-computer interaction, adaptive interfaces, software engineering.

Alexander R. Vamosi, Ph.D., economic impact assessment, ecotourism, monetary policy, economic growth.

Assistant Professors

John C. Barranti, Ed.D., organizational behavior and development, human resources management, interpersonal relations.

Paul Battaglia, Ph.D., management.

Scott N. Benjamin, Ph.D., entrepreneurship, new business development, strategy, space commercialization.

Charles Bryant, DBA, international business, international strategy, international entrepreneurship; regionalization; globalization; global finance.

Jeffrey D. Cerny, D.P.A.; Education Center Director, Eglin Air Force Base.

Scott Clary, Ph.D., operations research.

Kenneth J. Hanko, J.D., Education Center Director, Lakehurst and Picatinny, at-will employment in the public sector, employment litigation.

Lars Hansen, Ph.D., sport management, corporate diversification, chance and luck in business strategy, competitive advantage.

Keiron E. Hylton, J.D., creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, philosophy of education, leadership, strategic planning, corporate strategy and governance, growth models, mergers, acquisitions.

Sherry M. Jensen, Ph.D., labor economics, industrial organization, economics of education.

Robert F. Keimer, D.B.A., entrepreneurship.

Fengkun Liu, Ph.D., social networks, recommender systems, mobile application adoption.

Angel R. Otero, Ph.D., CPA., accounting information systems, financial audits, internal controls, information systems auditing, information security auditing, risk assessments.

Jignya Patel, Ph.D., software testing, information technology integration, boundary-spanning behavior.

Enrique M. Perez, Ph.D., health management, public administration, strategic management, corporate social responsibility.

Donald Platt, Ph.D., Education Center Director, Spaceport, space systems.

Penny Vassar, Ph.D., Education Center Director, National Capital Region, St. Petersburg and Virtual Site, educational leadership, management.

Senior Lecturer

Jeffrey Mitchell, M.S., space systems programs.

Instructors

Luke Henning, M.B.A., management studies, entrepreneurship, start-ups, finance.

Trudie J. Infantini, M.B.A., accounting.

Lynne Mims, M.B.A., sport management, marketing.

Tim Muth, M.B.A., international business.

Steve Rivet, M.B.A., marketing.

Thomas J. Stauffacher, M.S., industry education programs.

Participating Faculty

William Northcutt, Ph.D.

Professors Emerita

Carolyn J. Fausnaugh, Ph.D.; Joan Wiggenhorn. Ph.D.

Professors Emeriti

Norman W. Chlosta, M.P.A.; David E. Clapp, Ph.D.; John F. Clark, Ph.D.; Gerald F. Goldberg, Ph.D.; A.T. Hollingsworth, Ph.D.; A.L. Holt, Ph.D.; T. Roger Manley, Ph.D.; Ronald L. Marshall, Ph.D.; John S. Patton, D.B.A.; F. Robert Searle, D.B.A.; K.C Zieg Jr., Ph.D.

Mission Statement and Overview

Curricula in the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business are designed to develop and expand a student’s skills and capabilities in preparation for successful leadership in today’s dynamic business environment. The programs provide foundational knowledge in all areas of business and expose students to ethical decision-making and being responsive to a rapidly changing global workplace. Additionally, each student in the college becomes involved in research that provides exposure to interrelationships inherent in a knowledge-based competitive environment.

On-campus undergraduates experience real-world challenges through a program that requires a hands-on work assignment during the senior year. This program is assisted by the college’s advisory board, whose charter is to support the programs of the college and make available opportunities for students to prepare for their professional careers.

The college is a member of the Southeast U.S. Higher Education Consortium for International Business, a partnership between colleges and universities in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina that shares information, faculty development, teaching material preparation, and proposal and grant writing.

The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business is an accredited member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). A list of accredited business programs can be found at http://cob.fit.edu/accreditation.php. The master of business administration-project management degree program is also accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

The faculty of the college are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of their disciplines and to offer students the chance to grow and reach their full potential. The small class sizes and activities available to the students create a close student-faculty relationship from the first class all the way to graduation.

The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business offers a variety of discipline-based programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All programs include a global perspective of today’s economy and the use of technology in furthering the business enterprise. Programs are provided in three delivery modes: on campus, at off-campus education centers and online. All emphasize the quality of instruction and the best preparation possible for business students preparing for one of the most exciting professional careers available today.

The college offers online associate degrees and a number of bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Courses are open to those seeking degrees as well as those wishing to take selected subjects for professional development. Degree requirements can be met by a combination of Florida Tech courses, transfer credits from other accredited institutions and transfer credits from certain military schools for those courses designated by Florida Tech.

Accelerated Business Programs

Accelerated business programs offered by the college provide focused students the opportunity to finish a degree faster and decrease the cost when compared with a standard-paced approach.

Beyond the traditional four-year bachelor’s degree, new students interested in business may choose one of the following options:

  • Three-Year Program: Complete a bachelor’s degree in business in three years.
  • Four-Year (3+1) Programs: Complete a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration in four years, or complete a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Accounting and Financial Forensics in four years and be ready to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure exam.
  • Five-Year (4+1) Programs: Complete either the B.S. to MBA or B.S. to M.S. program as described above in five years.

Students work with their advisor to design a program plan that fulfills all degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to enroll in one of Florida Tech’s accelerated business programs must meet standard undergraduate freshman or transfer admission requirements, and be admitted to and enroll in a full-time, on-campus degree program.

It is recommended that students who wish to accelerate the bachelor’s degree have scored a combined (evidence-based reading and writing and math) SAT of 1200 or composite ACT of 25 or higher. However, all admitted Florida Tech business students are encouraged to discuss acceleration with an advisor. Admission does not require the GMAT or the GRE.

To transition seamlessly from the accelerated bachelor’s degree to one of the accelerated master’s degree programs, a student must:

  • Be a declared business major.
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete the bachelor’s coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Have completed 78 credit hours toward their undergraduate degree.

Graduate Certificate Program

Individuals seeking admission for purposes of attaining a graduate certificate, but not degree-seeking, will be evaluated for admission using the same procedures as outlined for continuing education for credit students, with the written approval of the head of the academic site offering the program. Applicants must submit the requisite application for continuing education with the fee payment, and be certified by the approving official as being capable of performing to graduate course standards. Specific admission criteria include the following:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 is generally sufficient for admission for a graduate certificate program. An undergraduate GPA less than 2.5 will require the applicant to provide special documentation including letters of reference, résumé, post-baccalaureate credits, certificates of training, etc., to be admitted by exception for a graduate certificate program.
Completion Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 will be required for the certificate award. Students will be allowed to attempt seven courses to meet the GPA requirement. If the minimum GPA is not met after seven courses, and the student would like to continue, the student may appeal to the dean. Additionally, a non-credit learning assessment portfolio must be successfully completed.

Transfer Credit

A possible three semester hours of transfer credit will be allowed and is consistent with current university policy regarding transfer credit. The transfer course must be from a regionally accredited university or an approved military equivalent and must have an earned grade of B or better.

Minor Programs

Minors in accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, human resources management, management, and management information systems are offered through the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. The intent of the minor is to encourage and recognize focused study outside the student’s major. Therefore no more than nine credit hours of the minor may be named courses in the major and at least nine credit hours of the minor must be taken at Florida Tech. Additional restrictions may be placed on the minor. Requests to pursue the minor will require approval by both the major and minor program chairs.

The minor will be indicated on the student’s transcript and resulting diploma. A minor program GPA of at least 2.0 is required in order to receive recognition for the minor on the student’s diploma, and the minor is only awarded at the same time as the major. The request for a minor must be made before filing the petition to graduate and must be indicated on the petition.

A complete policy statement regarding minors can be found under Undergraduate Academic Information .

Research

Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development (CENBD): The center integrates entrepreneurial education, training and research in pursuit of enterprise creation, sustainability and growth. The center fosters partnerships among students, faculty, community members and entrepreneurs. These partnerships support an educational environment bridging theory and practice in pursuit of early-stage innovation, business leadership and new business ventures. The center encompasses Momentum, the Student Business Incubator (SBI) and the Entrepreneurial Training Services (ETS) program. Momentum offers students physical space, resources, guidance and mentorship, access to financial capital and education directed at assistance in launching student-owned businesses. The ETS program offers entrepreneurs intensive training on business development, supported by business faculty, community leaders and business area experts. The center offers students a variety of extracurricular activities and events targeting the need for new venture creation knowledge. These events include a series of Entrepreneur-in-Residence talks, business plan competitions and cross-disciplinary hackathons.

Center for Innovation Management and Business Analytics (CIMBA): The mission of the center is to serve as an interdisciplinary center for the development of national and international research on, certification in, and the dissemination of, education and best practices related to the science, management and practice of innovation, and the use of business analytics concepts, processes and practices in industry.

Center for Ethics and Leadership: The center promotes the practice of ethical behavior and effective leadership through activities providing a forum for research, discussion and a better understanding of ethics and leadership among all stakeholders in society. The objectives of the center are achieved by organizing and participating in events such as conferences, guest speaker appearances, publishing written materials and student competitions. The center seeks to continually promote the importance of ethical behavior and leadership in society in both domestic and international environments.

Programs

Associate of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Certification

Doctor of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Master of Public Administration

Master of Science

Nondegree