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Standing from left: Doug Twitchell, Timothy Dunne, Matt Castel, Dimitra Papadovasilaki; seated: Ruth Jebe, Christie Fuller

Standing from left: Doug Twitchell, Timothy Dunne, Matt Castel, Dimitra Papadovasilaki; seated: Ruth Jebe, Christie Fuller

An accomplished set of scholars joined the ranks of the College of Business and Economics this fall.

Matt Castel, assistant professor Supply Chain Mgmt. COBE Boise StateMatthew J. Castel, Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management

An assistant professor of supply chain management, Matt Castel joined Boise State University after receiving his PhD in business administration with a focus on operations and sourcing management and marketing from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business, where he also received a master of science in manufacturing and engineering management. Castel earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Michigan State’s College of Engineering. Castel is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute (SI), INFORMS, and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and he was an ad-hoc reviewer for the Decision Sciences Journal.

“Matt rounds out our SCM program by bringing expertise in both healthcare and new product development,” says IT-SCM chair, Tom Gattiker. “Matt comes to us directly from the PhD program at Michigan State, which is the top SCM program in the world. You can’t do better then that.”

Timothy Dunne, assistant professor Dept. of Management at Boise StateTimothy Dunne, Department of Management

Timothy Dunne is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Timothy received his PhD in management as well as his MBA from the University of Missouri. Dunne’s research focuses on topics related to organizational behavior, human resource management and conflict management. His work has been published in numerous academic journals including Journal of Business Research, Group and Organization Management and Conflict Resolution Quarterly. Dunne teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource management and organizational behavior. Timothy grew up in Idaho, and is excited to be back to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. His most enjoyable pastime is being in the outdoors with his wife and three daughters.

Christie Fuller, assistant professor, IT COBE Boise StateChristie Fuller, Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management

Christie Fuller is an associate professor of information technology. Her research focuses on text and data analytics, deception detection, virtual teams, and research methods, specifically common method variance. Her research has been published in Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems with Application, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Organizational Research Methods and other international journals. Fuller’s research in deception, analytics and research methods has also appears in numerous conference proceedings and book chapters. Her research has been sponsored by the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory. Her primary teaching interests are database, business analytics and information security.

“We are fortunate to have lured Christie away from a chaired professorship at Louisiana Tech,” IT-SCM chair, Tom Gattiker, said. “Her expertise in business analytics is key to helping us develop coursework and other programs in this emerging area.”

Ruth Jebe, assistant professor, Dept. of Management at Boise StateRuth Jebe, Department of Management

Ruth Jebe joined Boise State University in 2016. Her research focuses on the nexus of public and private institutions in regulatory governance, both domestically and internationally, and especially as applied to sustainability issues and corporate social responsibility. Current research investigates regulatory aspects of corporate financial and non-financial reporting, both domestically and internationally.

Before coming to Boise State, she was a senior lecturer in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver for 12 years. She has worked in business and spent 10 years practicing law, where her major practice areas included litigation, small business advising, transactional real estate law, and land use law. She earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, and is admitted to the Connecticut and Colorado bars. She also holds an M.S. in management from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Janet Mosebach, associate professor, accountancy, COBE Boise StateJanet Mosebach, Department of Accountancy

Janet Mosebach teaches taxation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the Boise State faculty, she taught at the University of Toledo, University of Akron, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Arkansas. Mosebach has received multiple teaching awards, including the DeJute Memorial Undergraduate Teaching Award while at the University of Toledo, and both the Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Teacher of the Year and Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Faculty Member at the University of Arkansas. She was also consistently on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students while at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mosebach’s research interests are in the areas of taxation, specifically tax policy, and financial accounting. She has published articles in The ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, Public and Municipal Finance, International Research Journal of Applied Finance, Tax Notes and State Tax Notes. Her research has also been cited by the Congressional Research Service in its reports to the U.S. Congress.

Mosebach is a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) with 10 years of experience in public accounting, working for Plante & Moran (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and KPMG (Norfolk, Virginia). She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the American Accounting Association (AAA), the American Taxation Association (ATA), Golden Key International Honour Society and Beta Gamma Sigma.

Damitra Papadovasilaki, lecturer, economics, COBE Boise StateDimitra Papadovasilaki, Department of Economics

“We are very excited to have Dimitra Papadovasilaki join our department,” says Zeynep Hansen, chair of the Department of Economics. “Dimitra completed her PhD in economics in University of Nevada, Reno in May 2016. She has a MBA with specialization in finance from University of Macedonia, Greece. She will be greatly adding to our department’s research and teaching areas with her expertise and interests in applied macroeconomics, behavioral and experimental economics, and development economics.”

Dimitra studies financial crises with a focus on the role played by asset allocations using an empirical and an experimental approach. Her research is concentrated mainly on applied macroeconomics, as well as in behavioral and experimental macroeconomics and financial economics.

Her current work focuses on how people change their asset allocations decisions after certain macroeconomic experiences, and on the origins of financial crises that are based on various historical episodes, such as the great crash.

Doug Twitchell, Dept. IT-SCM at Boise StateDoug Twitchell, Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management

Doug Twitchell has been researching and teaching in information security for 15 years. ITSCM chair, Tom Gattiker says of Doug: “A read of the news on any given day reminds us of the importance of computer and network security (or the lack of it in some cases!). Doug is an expert in this area–both in the technical aspects and the human/behavioral aspects.”

He has been an active researcher in behavioral information security having published 42 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles on topics such as deception detection and teaching security through gaming. He enjoys teaching all aspects of information security as well as other topics in information systems. As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a member of the Special Interest Group on Security in the Association for Information Systems, he enjoys keeping up with and discussing current advances in information security.


COBEAC Scholarship Recipient – Eva Browning

by MBA candidate, Sean Luster

Eva Browning COBEAC scholarship recipientEva Browning is a senior marketing major at Boise State University, and the most recent recipient of the COBEAC scholarship. Growing up in Idaho Falls and being the youngest of six (she has three older sisters and two older brothers who are now scattered around the country and also living abroad), Eva has been striving to do great things since she was young. While attending Skyline High School in her hometown, she was selected to be a Capital Scholar at Boise State University, and she graduated near the top of her class. Coming to Boise to accept her Capital Scholar award made Eva fall in love with the city, the community, the university, and the business college, and she immediately knew where she wanted to pursue her degree after high school.

Eva Browning Boise State marketing studentIn the business college, Eva has grown to love various aspects of the marketing field and even had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland. In particular, she has been intrigued with social media marketing and has developed those skills through internships at Together We Rise (a nonprofit for youth in the foster care system) and Life’s Kitchen (a nonprofit to teach youth life skills), social media work for her father’s law firm, and at St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center. Eva is also the president and events campus minister at St. Paul’s. Through these positions, she has helped coordinate many student events and also had a chance to do a lot of work with social media marketing.

The COBEAC scholarship has contributed to Eva being able to complete her undergraduate education.

“This scholarship has helped me finance this year of school,” she said. “Since I am paying for my education entirely by myself, every bit helps. I am very grateful for the COBEAC scholarship!”

Although she will be sad to leave Boise State University when she graduates in the spring, Eva will look back at her time doing her undergraduate studies as a fantastic experience with amazing professors and opportunities, including the COBEAC scholarship.

Susan Park Earns 2016 ABLJ Hoeber Memorial Award

Susan Park, assistant professor of business law, Boise State UnivesitySusan Park, chair of the Department of Management and associate professor of legal studies in business, learned recently that her co-authored article “Digital Self-Ownership: A Publicity-Rights Framework for Determining Social Media Rights,” won the 2016 ABLJ Hoeber Memorial Award for Excellence in Research.

Park’s article, co-authored with Patricia Sánchez Abril, examines the right of employees to control a social media profile and its audience. Relying on the legal concept of publicity rights, it argues that employees should be entitled to protection and post-employment retention of social media unless the work falls squarely within the scope of employment.

The article is published in the American Business Law Journal, an Academy of Legal Studies in Business publication and a leading U.S. business law journal.


Want a Job? Nancy Napier Gives a Simple Tip – Know Your Professors

A column by Nancy Napier titled “A simple tip for college students and grads who want a job” ran in the Idaho Statesman. Napier encourages students to get to know their professors, who will know which organizations are hiring, what areas might be a good fit for students and how they might improve their resumes. Read the full column here.

Brandt Lecture Series Presents Award-Winning Author Matt Ridley

The Brandt Lecture Series will present Matt Ridley, award-winning author whose books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 30 languages and won numerous awards.

His presentation, titled “How Prosperity Evolves,” begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.

Ridley’s most recent book is “The Evolution of Everything: How New ideas Emerge.” His TED talk titled “When Ideas Have Sex” has been viewed more than 2 million times. He writes a weekly column in The Times and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal.

The Brandt Foundation Lectures are made possible by the generosity of the John H. and Orah I. Brandt Foundation. The purpose of the Brandt Foundation Lectures is to bring noted speakers to campus who have made important contributions to public understanding of individual liberty, free markets, limited government and the Constitution. Beginning with the 2004 inaugural lecture by Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, the Brandt Foundation Lectures have attracted large audiences and contributed significantly to Boise State and the community at large. The annual lectures are free and open to the public and no tickets are required. Free parking will be provided in the Lincoln Avenue Parking Garage next to the Student Union Building on the night of the event.

Learn more about Ridley on his website at

New Student Organization–W.O.W: Women of the Workplace, Created by COBE Faculty

image Shelle Poole

Shelle Poole

image: Leslie Koppenhafer, associate professor, Dept. of Management at College of Business and Economics at Boise State University

Leslie Koppenhafer

COBE faculty members Shelle Poole and Leslie Koppenhafer have created a new student organization, W.O.W.: Women of the Workplace. This organization will reach across disciplines to mentor, educate, encourage and strengthen female students at Boise State University, preparing them for the workplace.

A meet-n-greet is plan for interested students at 4-6 p.m. Sept. 28 in Micron Business and Economics (MBEB), Room 4201 – the Williams Executive Boardroom. Light refreshments will be served.

Once the idea started to take shape and even though student leadership hasn’t been selected, Poole and Koppenhafer acted quickly and organized the first event themselves because of the importance of having a group like this on campus.

COBE associate dean, Keith Harvey applauds Poole’s and Koppenhafer’s initiative. He is excited and proud to see COBE leading a campus wide effort to promote women in the workplace.

“Wow is the word that comes to mind!” said Harvey.

illustration of women flexing bicepFor events like group discussion, guest speakers, and/or service projects, some of the topics WOW has planned are:

  • Work life balance
  • Language/vocabulary at work
  • Breaking stereotypes
  • Supporting other women at work
  • Delegating
  • Stepping up/leaning in
  • Owning your space
  • Professional etiquette
  • Working in a male dominated culture
  • Salary negotiations
  • Multi-generational workplace

Other departments and colleges that are working to make this happen are:

  • Communications
  • Education
  • Extended Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Language
  • Nursing
  • Political Science

For more information email

Hannah Coad Wins DMI Student Essay Competition

Boise State MBA student, Hannah CoadHannah Coad, MBA candidate in the Career Track program, won the Design Management Institute’s (DMI) 2016 Student Essay Competition under COBE professor of design thinking, Christy Suciu.

In her essay, Coad highlighted the importance of implementing more design thinking within higher education specifically in business schools. She sited an example of the Hult Prize social enterprise competition in Shanghai, China, where Coad and her team implemented design thinking to come up with a solution to aid developing urban communities. Design thinking was a key factor in their team’s success.

“Putting creativity to work in business requires a number of skills, all of which are vital to design thinking. Having a degree in biochemistry, I liken design thinking to the scientific method, which utilizes a number of the same processes. Research, discovery, testing, collaboration, prototype building and evaluation are key to the cycle of success. Throughout idea evolution one must show openness to new systems, methods, and processes,” wrote Coad.

Also covered in her essay was the importance of design thinking in today’s markets.

“Training rising business professionals the skills of design thinking implementation is critical not only to their own well-being but to the success of our economy and the global marketplace. In an age of changing tactics, technology, and markets it is the design thinking process that will help keep our society progressing. Creatively solving the toughest business issues is intelligence at its best— intelligence having fun.”

As a winner, Coad will receive complimentary registration to the 2016 DMI Leadership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts and passes to the innovation workshop and DMI’s Innovation Walk, an award value of more than $2,000.

Coad looks forward to attending the Boston conference in late September.

“This is an incredible opportunity to be emerged in the design thinking environment with some of the top experts in the world. In my role as a graduate research assistant for the Department of Management, I have had some experience working on projects utilizing design thinking and found it advantageous to accelerating the business plan process” Coad said.