Experienced and Student-Focused Faculty
RIT’s EMBA faculty boasts impressive academic credentials and accomplishments, which, combined with their professional experience, give you a robust educational experience. Recognized as thought leaders and immersed in their fields of expertise, RIT’s faculty bring an indispensable perspective to the classroom. As an RIT EMBA student, you have the opportunity to learn from real-world business consultants in the areas of international business, new product development, technology and innovation, and start-up companies.
Together, you, your peers and the faculty create a rich environment for high-level executive discussions and debates. The faculty’s insight and guidance provide a unique perspective on the complicated workings of today’s global marketplace. Learn more about RIT’s EMBA faculty who are passionate about educating the next generation of executives.
Marty LawlorProgram DirectorExecutive EducationView Bio »
Marty LawlorProgram Director, Executive Education, Senior Lecturer
Marty Lawlor is currently Senior Lecturer of Marketing and Management, and Director of Executive Education at Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has held senior management positions in corporate strategy, competitive intelligence, information research, and business development with leading telecommunications and wireless Internet firms including Nortel Networks and InfoSpace, Inc.
Earlier, he spent more than a decade in entrepreneurial ventures, including starting up and managing a retail bookstore, and founding FYI, an early information brokerage firm. Marty has focused extensively on market and technology topics, and has conducted numerous analysis projects with a focus on actionable analysis to enable more effective decision-making. His work ranges from market assessments, competitive profiles, and business cases, to vision papers, and strategic plan recommendations. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, a board member of the International Resource Group, and was a founding member of the Innovation Roundtable hosted by Idea Connections. Current and recent projects include a market opportunity assessment for the Rochester Tooling and Machining Association, and a strategic analysis of business center survey and focus group data for the United States State Department. He has also conducted multiple strategic plan analyses under a New York State Department of Labor grant administered by the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. A recent entrepreneurial venture is a pilot launch of a searchable web-based database of topical news-related media for business school faculty. Marty received his B.A. in Spanish from the University of Buffalo, and holds an M.L.S. from SUNY at Geneseo and an M.B.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology.
David AndersonAdjunct ProfessorView Bio »
David AndersonAdjunct Professor, ,
David Anderson is an adjunct professor at the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. He recently retired from a position as the Business Process Operations Manager and senior staff member of the Xerox PARC lab located in Webster, NY. Prior to this assignment he managed an international product development team focused on Remote Services and enabling technologies. During his 38-year career he worked on both technology and product development for over 15 successful products and holds 35 US patents.
Mr. Anderson attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating in 1975 with a BS degree in Engineering Physics. In 2006, he received a MS degree in Product Development from RIT. He teaches graduate courses in Product Development, Commercialization, Innovation and Technology Management.
Robert BarbatoProfessorView Bio »
Robert BarbatoProfessor, ,
Bob Barbato is a Professor of Management in the Saunders College of Business. His primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of business ethics, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at RIT, Bob has taught or lectured in Kosovo, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea, Ethiopia and England.
Robert BoehnerExecutive in ResidenceView Bio »
Robert BoehnerExecutive in Residence, , Senior Lecturer
Bob Boehner is a senior lecturer in SCB. He joined the SCB faculty in 1995 as an adjunct professor teaching in the executive MBA program. In 2000 he became a full-time SCB faculty member. Boehner teaches graduate level marketing and strategy courses.
Boehner retired from Xerox in 1996 after a 30 year career. While at Xerox he held a variety of senior management positions in marketing, strategy,and field operations. After retiring he attended the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a JD degree in 1999. He earned a BA and MA degree in history from Siena College.
Boehner was recognized by EMBA students as the most outstanding instructor in the program in 2008,2009, 2010, and 2011.
Boehner combines his teaching experience with consulting for a variety of different clients. Over the last five years he has consulted and/or conducted training sessions for Getinge, Moog, JML Optical, Harris RF Communications, and Champlain College. Boehner also organized and taught a successful series of local WIRED seminars funded by the US Department of Labor.
Boehner is Chairman of the Board of St. Johns Senior Service, a large Rochester-based non-profit that provides services to elders, including St. Johns Nursing Home and St. Johns Meadows.
In his spare time Boehner enjoys golf, traveling to the UK to see his London-based family, and spending time with his Rochester and London grandchildren.
Lisa BoiceAssistant Dean of Student ServicesView Bio »
Lisa BoiceAssistant Dean of Student Services, ,
Before joining RIT, Lisa started her higher education career with the Co-op and Career Services Office at Southampton College. She went on to serve for more than five years at three campuses of Long Island University where she was the Director of Student Services and Program Development and responsible for academic advising, registration and records, cooperative education, and career services.
She moved to the Rochester area in 2006, where she used her business background as the Assistant General Manager at Barnes & Noble at RIT. She was responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, human resources, payroll, sales management and supervision of a staff of over 50 employees.
Hofstra University School of Law JD 1988
Long Island University/ Brentwood Campus MBA 2006
Long Island University/C.W. Post College BA 1985
Maggie BrooksAdjunct ProfessorView Bio »
Maggie BrooksAdjunct Professor, ,
Maggie Brooks is currently an adjunct professor in the EMBA program at Saunders College of Business. Maggie has worked at RTS since January of 2016 and brings almost 40 years of diverse experience to her job as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. In her RTS role, Maggie brings a dedicated, focused transportation perspective to critical community initiatives involving economic growth, revitalization and poverty reduction in our community. Her record of leadership and accomplishment make Maggie uniquely qualified to raise awareness and educate key stakeholders about the mission and vision of RTS and the value of the maintenance and growth of public transportation.
In her role as VP of Strategic Initiatives, Maggie sits on the Policy committee of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, the Pathways to Prosperity workgroup of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Council, and is tasked with ensuring that public transportation is included at the front end of planning for projects prioritized and funded by the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.
Previously, Maggie served 12 years as Monroe County Executive overseeing a government operation with 4,500 employees and a $1-billion dollar budget, giving her broad reach and expertise in many areas of public policy and services including transportation. For 12 years, including 2 years as Chairman, Maggie Brooks served on the Genesee Transportation Council, the regional planning organization for transportation and infrastructure priorities and spending.
Prior to that she was the Monroe County Clerk, a Monroe County Legislator and was VP of Programming for a satellite radio network, Companion Radio. She also spent nearly 17 years as a broadcast journalist in the Rochester region.
Brooks received her Bachelor‘s degree from Ithaca College. She holds an Honorary Associate‘s degree in Public Service from Monroe Community College. She is the past President of the County Executives of America, The New York State County Executive‘s Association and the New York State Association of Counties. She is a member of the Dean‘s Advisory Council at Saunders College of Business, a member of the Rochester Rotary and on the board of Lifetime Assistance Foundation.
Cenette BurdineAdjunct Professor
David CoffeyAdjunct Professor
Jeff DavisAssociate Director, Customized ProgramsExecutive EducationView Bio »
Jeff DavisAssociate Director, Customized Programs, Executive Education, Adjunct Professor
Jeff joined the Executive MBA program at the Saunders College of Business in October 2011. He has a variety of experiences to include 12+ years in the United States Air Force, 8 years in financial services, and 8 years in the New York Air National Guard. Between the Air Force and Financial Services, Jeff has strong experience in recruiting. He also previously worked with the Air Force ROTC at Boston University. Jeff is an Adjunct Professor at Medaille College and RIT, teaching Economics, Business Simulation, International Business and Executive Leadership.
Some of the places Jeff has worked or lived include the Republic of South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, China, Guam, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Jeff met his wife Maura while living in Boston and they have two children, Conor and Erin. The Davis family resides in Penfield.
Jeff earned his bachelor's degree from Medaille College and his MBA as a member of Class 17 of RIT's Executive MBA Program in 2010.
Laurie DwyerSenior Lecturer, MarketingView Bio »
Laurie DwyerSenior Lecturer, Marketing, ,
Laurie Dwyer is currently the President of Strategic Insite, LLC, a company that provides strategic marketing planning, branding and product commercialization consulting services. She serves as a full-time lecturer in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business teaching graduate and undergraduate marketing courses. Laurie was previously Vice President, Worldwide Marketing of Lightnin, SPX, a global leader in pharmaceutical mixing. Prior to SPX, Laurie served as Vice President, Marketing of Eastman Kodak Company, Health Imaging and Professional Imaging. Laurie currently serves on the Rochester American Marketing Association Board and was past President of the Board of the Rochester e-Business Association (2006-2007) and fund raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She received a BS from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
John EttlieRosett Chair for ResearchView Bio »
John EttlieRosett Chair for Research, , Professor
John Ettlie is the Rosett Professor of Business in the Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 1975 and has held appointments since then at the University of Illinois Chicago, De Paul University, the Industrial Technology Institute and the University of Michigan Business School.
Dr. Ettlie has published over 60 refereed journal articles and has made over 100 professional presentations, world-wide, on the management of technological innovation. He has authored five books, including a textbook published by John Wiley & Sons (New York, 2000) titled Managing Technological Innovation.
His current research projects include: 1) an investigation of the adoption of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems; 2) a study of technology, reliability and customization of manufacturing products with Professor Michael Johnson, University of Michigan Business School; and 3) the context of new product development (NPD) with Professor Mohan Subramaniam, Boston College and Professor Deborah Dougherty, Rutgers University.
Current initiatives include the RIT New Product Development Forum and the Innovation Research Network. Both groups meet periodically to support the applied research agenda in the College of Business.
Professor Ettlie has been the consultant to numerous corporations and government projects including the Saturn Corporation, Allied-Signal Corporation, Caterpillar Tractor, Inc., PACAR and Reynolds Metals. He is the associate editor of several professional journals including Decision Sciences and the Journal of Operations Management.
Neil HairAssociate ProfessorView Bio »
Neil HairAssociate Professor, ,
Dr Neil Hair is an Associate Professor of Marketing from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York in the United States, and the Interim Executive Director of RIT's Innovative Learning Institute. He holds Chartered Marketer Status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a PhD from Cranfield as well as degrees from Sheffield and Cardiff Business Schools. His research and consulting activities include understanding perceptions of advertising and customer value in popular online social networks like facebook and Pinterest, personal branding in virtual space, virtual ethnography in popular worlds such as Second Life, and most recently a Cisco sponsored global study on social media use for collaboration and innovation looking at over 100 of the worlds thought leaders operating in this space. He is also passionate about his role as a facilitator having recently won RIT's highest teaching award for new faculty in 2006-07 and RIT's highest teaching award for online learning in 2007-08. Dr Hair was the 2012 recipent of RIT's highest teaching honor, The Eisenhart Award for Oustanding Teaching. Most recently his teaching interests involve developing the world's first programme on the commercialization of virtual worlds, massively open online courses and creating immersive online student learning experience.
Sean HansenAssociate ProfessorView Bio »
Sean HansenAssociate Professor, , Zutes Fellow
Sean Hansen is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D. and MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. His research interests include requirements engineering, IT strategy, Web 2.0 technologies, and the application of contemporary cognitive theory to information systems development. His current research focuses on the emergence of new approaches to requirements engineering in response to advances in systems design and implementation. His research has been published in several scholarly journals, including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Journal, Information & Organization, The Information Society, Business & Information Systems Engineering, and Artifact, as well as the edited volume, Design Requirements Engineering: A Ten-Year Perspective. He has presented his research at leading conferences, including the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), the INFORMS Annual Meeting, and the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM).
Maurice HolmesAdjunct ProfessorView Bio »
Maurice HolmesAdjunct Professor, ,
William HoweAdjunct ProfessorView Bio »
William HoweAdjunct Professor, ,
William Howe (Bill) is an Adjunct Professor at RIT's Saunder's College of Business. In addition, Bill is currently Program Manager - Xerox Supplies Service. In this capacity he is responsible for deployment of transactional managed services for supplies in the small to medium business channels worldwide, directing Marketing, Sales and Technology investments to achieve financial objectives.
Bill joined Xerox in 1979 as an Engineer in the Xerographic Product Development and Manufacturing. In 1993, he joined QuadMark Ltd. as the Manager of System Engineering, developing the first fully digital hand held portable copier. Bill rejoined Xerox in 1995 to manage multifunction product acquisition programs for the retail channel. In 2005, he assumed the role of Manager of the Media Technology Center for the Global Supplies Business Group responsible for worldwide technology investment. In 2013 he assumed his current role at Xerox.
Bill graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1979 where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and in 1985 receiving an MS in Systems Engineering. He also holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Roberta KleinLecturerView Bio »
Roberta KleinLecturer, ,
Roberta Klein has been teaching accounting and finance courses since 1988 and became a full-time Lecturer at RIT in 1995. Her courses include Financial and Managerial Accounting, Tax Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Environmental Accounting, Corporate Finance, and Personal Financial Management. Prior to her teaching career, Roberta was a Tax Specialist at PriceWaterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She received her MBA from RIT in 1979 and is a CPA.
Roberta officially retired from RIT in July 2015 but continues to teach in the Online Executive MBA program.
Andrew LawrenceAdjunct ProfessorView Bio »
Andrew LawrenceAdjunct Professor, ,
Andrew Lawrence currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business leading Online Executive MBA teams on their 24-week management consulting Capstone projects. He joined the Online EMBA program in 2009 while serving as a Senior Management Consultant and Marketing Director at Eastman Kodak. Andrew brings more than 20 years‘ experience leading and enabling commercial businesses to achieve business goals and solve problems around the world. He is an expert in business and marketing strategy with technology strengths in imaging, content management and business process improvement. He has wealth of knowledge about multiple industries and in leading project implementations from start to finish. Andrew has a strong capability to resolve difficult issues and manage change in complex situations.
Rochester Institute of Technology - Electrical Engineering 1994 Rochester Institute of Technology - Executive MBA 2007
President, Rochester Consulting Services 2012-Present Adjunct Professor, Online EMBA Program 2009-Present Senior Management Consultant/Marketing Director 2008-2012 Solutions Business Manager 2004-2008 WW Marketing, Product Management, Solutions Architect Roles prior to 2004
Management Consulting Business Research Business Strategy Product/Service/Software Commercialization Marketing Strategy Channels and Partner Development
Molly McGowanLecturerView Bio »
Molly McGowanLecturer, ,
Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 am - 10:50 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
And By Appointment.
Kristi MitchellAssociate Director of Marketing & OperationsExecutive EducationView Bio »
Kristi MitchellAssociate Director of Marketing & Operations, Executive Education, Adjunct Professor
Kristi Mitchell is currently Associate Director of Marketing and Operations for Executive Education at RIT. She joined RIT in the summer of 2009 with the launch of the Online Executive MBA Program. In that role, Kristi focused on day-to-day operations and marketing of the online EMBA. Most notably, Kristi managed the transition of the program from a quarter to semester-based system and also oversaw bringing the program in-house after working with a third-party company to launch and run the program for 3 years.
With the restructuring of the online and on campus EMBA programs in 2015, Kristi assumed responsibility for operations and marketing of all EMBA and Executive Education programs at the Saunders College of Business.
Prior to joining RIT, Kristi worked in customer service for Nationwide Insurance first as a customer service representative and later moving to new employee training.
Kristi earned a BA in Psychology from Niagara University and an MBA from RIT with a concentration in Quality and Organizational Improvement.
Justyna OldziejFacultyView Bio »
Justyna OldziejFaculty, ,
- M.A. in from SUNY at Buffalo, 2004
Michael PalanskiAssociate ProfessorView Bio »
Michael PalanskiAssociate Professor, , Zutes Fellow
Michael Palanski is an Associate Professor in Management and Zutes Faculty Fellow, teaching Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Business Ethics for undergraduate, graduate, and executive students. He is also the program director for Management and International Business. He holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He also holds a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Business Economics from Grove City College. Palanski's research interests focus on leader development and the effects of leading in multiple domains: at work, in the community, and with friends and family. Prior to becoming a professor, he was a retail product manager and an online banking specialist. An avid sports fan, he enjoys interacting with students both in and out of the classroom.
Mohammed PartapurwalaFacultyView Bio »
Mohammed PartapurwalaFaculty, ,
About Mohammed Partapurwala
Victor PerottiDepartment Chair and Professor, MIS, Marketing & Digital BusinessView Bio »
Victor PerottiDepartment Chair and Professor, MIS, Marketing & Digital Business, ,
- Ph.D. in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology from Ohio State University, 1997
- M.A. in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology from The Ohio State University, 1994
- M.S. in Computer and Information Sciences from The Ohio State University, 1992
- B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences from The Ohio State University, 1990
Bryan ReinickeAssociate ProfessorView Bio »
Bryan ReinickeAssociate Professor, ,
- Ph.D. in Information System from Indiana University, 2007
- M.B.A. in Information System from Kent State University, 1996
- B.A. in Business Economics from College of Wooster, 1994
Ashok RobinForman Chair for ResearchView Bio »
Ashok RobinForman Chair for Research, , Professor
Ashok J. Robin is a professor of finance in the College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Robin also serves as a Fellow in the Center for International Business. He completed his Ph.D. in finance with a minor in accounting at SUNY-Buffalo in 1988. Earlier he had earned an MBA in finance at the same school. His undergraduate education is in the area of commerce and accounting, completed at the University of Madras in India. His research interests include corporate governance and international accounting. He has published articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Financial Research and Financial Management. His teaching interests include corporate finance, international finance and financial derivatives. He has served in the finance department at RIT's College of Business since 1989. Prior to this tenure, he taught for two years at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Sandra RothenbergDirector, Saunders College Institute for Business EthicsView Bio »
Sandra RothenbergDirector, Saunders College Institute for Business Ethics, , Professor, Zutes Fellow
Sandra Rothenberg is a Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology's Philip E. Saunders College of Business in the Department of Management, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Public Policy, and Director of the Institute for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, MS in Technology and Policy from MIT, and BS in Bioengineering from Syracuse University. Professor Rothenberg teaches in the areas of Organizational Behavior, Business and Society, and Sustainable Management. Her research focuses on business ethics, sustainable business, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and business and public policy; the research has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business and Society. Prior to joining RIT, she also worked as a research associate for the Harvard Global Environmental Assessment Program, U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, and MIT Technology, Business and Environment program.
Anne StrauchAdjunct ProfessorView Bio »
Anne StrauchAdjunct Professor, ,
Anne M. Strauch, lecturer in the Business Studies Department has spent more than 20 years in a variety of management roles across several industries including retail management, property management, biotech/pharmaceutical sales and marketing management as well as international events management.
Specific business accomplishments include:
- Business Development
- Account Management and Sales Management
- PR and Media Relations
- International Trade Show Management and General Event Management
- Marketing Research
- Custom Business Information Systems Development
- Retail Management and Property Management
Strauch provides marketing consulting for small locally owned Rochester area companies and she began her own health and wellness educational company in 2007, which is now expanding into corporate wellness. Strauch not only has a passion for teaching, she has also been a youth coach for over 30 years in many sports including soccer, tennis, cheerleading and gymnastics.
Strauch earned an MBA in Business Administration, a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Communication, Psychology, and Women's Studies and an associate degree in Interpreting from RIT.
Her research interests include learning styles, performance psychology and organizational behavior.
John StriebichAdjunct Professo
Steven SullivanAdjunct ProfessorView Bio »
Steven SullivanAdjunct Professor, ,
Daniel TessoniAssistant ProfessorView Bio »
Daniel TessoniAssistant Professor, ,
Daniel Tessoni is an assistant professor of Accounting in the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and a CPA. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting from Syracuse University, a MS from Clarkson and a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College. He has presented seminars and executive programs on accounting and finance related issues to numerous companies including Constellation Brands, ITT Industries Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, Chase Manhattan Bank, First Empire Bank and Apple Computer.
He served as a member of the Board of Directors of ACC Corp., a publicly- held long distance and cellular telephone company from 1987 until 1998 when the company was purchased by ATT. Dr. Tessoni served as chairman of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Executive Committee and several special committees.He currently serves on the board of several privately held corporations.
His research interests are in the areas of agency theory and positive accounting theory.
Gregory Van LaekenAdjunct ProfessorView Bio »
Gregory Van LaekenAdjunct Professor, ,
GREGORY VAN LAEKEN is a specialist in the area of international finance and derivative products, and an experienced executive in global banking and institutional investment advisement.
Van Laeken began his career working in the New York Metropolitan area as an interbank dealer of interest rate and currency derivatives. In 2003 he moved to Zurich, Switzerland, as the vice president and global head of emerging markets trading for a prestigious private Swiss bank. In this role Van Laeken helped to develop and oversee rapid growth in the emerging market trading and sales operation for the bank's foreign exchange division.
In 2005 Van Laeken left the financial services industry to become business manager and analyst for global operations at Rochester Institute of Technology. Van Laeken works directly with senior management across all divisions of RIT to provide leadership in the areas of business and financial planning as well as daily operations and risk management for RIT's overseas campuses.
Additionally, Van Laeken oversees the management of RIT's short-term investment portfolio and advises senior management on the institute's debt portfolio and interest rate hedging strategies.
Van Laeken earned a bachelor'ss degree in economics in 1994 and MBA in 2008 from RIT.
He also serves as an adjunct faculty instructor for the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at RIT where he specializes in international finance and derivative products.