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2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog 
2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Dean Theodore R. Richardson III, Ed.D.

On-Campus Business Degree Programs

Accounting, B.S.  
Accounting and Financial Forensics, M.S.  
Business Administration, B.S.  
Business Administration, D.B.A  
Business Administration - Accounting, B.S.  
Business Administration - Entrepreneurship, B.S.  
Business Administration - Global Management and Finance, B.S.  
Business Administration - Information Technology Management, B.S.  
Business Administration - Leadership and Social Responsibility, B.S.  
Business Administration - Marketing, B.S.  
Business Administration - Sport Management, B.S.  
Business and Environmental Studies, B.S.  
Finance, B.S.  
Healthcare Management, M.B.A.  
Information Systems, B.S.  
Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.  

On-Campus Undergraduate Minor Programs

Accounting Minor  
Business Administration Minor  
Entrepreneurship Minor  
Management Minor  
Management Information Systems Minor  

Online Business Degree Programs

Note: Online only; requires special enrollment status. See admission information at www.floridatechonline.com.

Accounting, A.A.  
Accounting, B.A.  
Accounting, M.B.A.  
Accounting and Finance, M.B.A.  
Business Administration, A.A.  
Business Administration - Accounting, B.A.  
Business Administration - Computer Information Systems, B.A.  
Business Administration - Healthcare Management, B.A.  
Business Administration - Management, B.A.  
Business Administration - Marketing, B.A.  
Cybersecurity, M.B.A.  
Finance, M.B.A.  
Global Supply Chain Management, M.B.A.  
Healthcare Management, A.A.  
Healthcare Management, M.B.A.  
Human Resources Management, B.A.  
Information Technology, M.S.  
Information Technology - Cybersecurity, M.S.  
Information Technology - Database Administration, M.S.  
Information Technology Management, M.B.A.  
International Business, M.B.A.  
Management, A.A.  
Management, B.A.  
Management, M.B.A.  
Marketing, A.A.  
Marketing, M.B.A.  
Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.  
Project Management, M.B.A.  
Project Management in Information Technology, M.B.A.  

Online Undergraduate Minor Program

Human Resources Management Minor  

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

Robert Keimer Jr., M.I.A., Director

Center for Ethics and Leadership

Steve Rivet, M.B.A., Director

Center for Lifecycle and Innovation Management

Abram L.J. Walton, Ph.D., Director

Industry Education Programs

Thomas J. Stauffacher, M.S., Director

Learning Assessment

John Allen, M.B.A., Manager

Online Business Programs

Christopher J. Durie, M.B.A., Manager


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

Isabella D. Bunn, Ph.D., J.D., Robert L. Long Professor of Ethics, global ethics, corporate social responsibility, human rights, the right to development, international economic law.

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, Ph.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

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.

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

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

Assistant Professors

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

Charles Bryant, D.B.A., international business, international strategy, international entrepreneurship; regionalization; globalization; global finance.

Troy S. Glassman, Ph.D., organizational behavior, organizational development, organizational design, adaptive leadership, critical analysis, logistics management, contingency planning.

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.

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.

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


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

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

Robert F. Keimer, M.I.A., entrepreneurship.

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.

Professor Emerita

Carolyn J. Fausnaugh, Ph.D.

Professors Emeriti

John P. Callahan, Ed.D.; 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.

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 a 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 an 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.

Florida Tech is certified to operate at off-campus sites in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Florida Tech programs at the Aberdeen, Patuxent and Southern Maryland sites are approved by the Maryland State Higher Education Commission.

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 level. 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 sites and online. All emphasize 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 online, on campus and at off-campus sites through extended studies. 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. Information on the specific military courses accepted is available from the site director.

Fast Track Master’s Programs for Undergraduates

The fast track program allows all Florida Tech undergraduate students who have completed at least 95 credit hours (at least 35 credit hours at Florida Tech) with an earned GPA of at least 3.4 to complete a master’s degree program at an accelerated pace.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business students who have completed at least 95 credit hours and students in all other colleges who have completed the sixth semester of undergraduate work who are accepted into the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business fast track program may earn graduate-level credit hours during their senior year and, when earning at least a B grade, apply up to six graduate credit hours to both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees (subject to approval of their undergraduate program advisor).

Typically, graduate courses would satisfy required business courses (business majors) or other business, free or technical elective undergraduate requirements (non-business majors). Graduate credit hours applied to both degrees are treated as transfer credit (GPA does not apply) when applied toward the master’s degree.

Fast track students are encouraged to complete the two-course foundation sequence, BUS 5601 Essentials of Business Development 1  and BUS 5602 Essentials of Business Development 2 .

Interested students should consult the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business associate dean of academics and their department head for more information about graduate and fast track programs available in the college.

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 Student Information” in the Academic Overview  section.

Graduate Certificate Programs

The college offers online graduate certificate programs through Florida Tech Online. Each program provides a “mini-M.B.A.” approach to students interested in business administration but not ready to commit to the regular M.B.A. degree program.

The graduate certificates are available online only and subject to specific admission requirements through Florida Tech Online.


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 Lifecycle and Innovation Management (CLIM): The mission of the centeris to serve as an interdisciplinary center integrating concepts of business analytics, innovation science, product design, engineering, manufacturing, support and disposal functions for the development of international applied research on, and the dissemination and education of, the use of innovation, business analytics and product lifecycle management (PLM) concepts, processes and practices in industry. The objectives of the CLIM are to be the preeminent independent source of expertise and knowledge regarding the development and use of innovation strategies in creating and assessing value for product and service organizations, providing thoughtful leadership in setting the direction and standards of innovation science and PLM, and educating and training organizations in the concepts and capabilities of people, processes, practices and technologies as it pertains to PLM and innovation.

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 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 the domestic and international environments.