Management, HRM, and Law Faculty/Staff | Troy University

Management, HRM, and Law Faculty/Staff

Faculty & Staff

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Shelley Davis, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 670-3967
(TROY)

Dr. Shelley Davis holds a Ph.D. in Management from Auburn University, an MBA from Kennesaw State University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She worked for several years as a forensic scientist before returning to school and moving into academia. She primarily teaches in the area of organizational behavior. Dr. Davis is a member of the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association.
Research Interests - Employee well-being including stress, burnout, and psychological detachment; Emotional labor; Attachment styles; Leader-member exchange.

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William (Brian) Benton, J.D.

Lecturer

Primary Teaching Areas: Law, HRM

Office Phone: (860) 800-6163
(TROY Online)

W. Brian Benton joined the Troy family in 2007. He obtained a B.A. in Psychology and a B.M.E. in Choral Music Education from Auburn University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. As a licensed attorney, Professor Benton’s areas of practice include business and corporate law, entrepreneurial law, civil litigation, probate and estate law, domestic law and some criminal defense work. He teaches various courses focusing on business law, employment law, business ethics, and labor law. 

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Stan Blankenship, MBA

Director of the Sorrell Center for Corporate and Community Collaboration and Professor of Practice

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 808-6715
(TROY)

Stan Blankenship is a Professor of Practice and Director of the Sorrell Center for Corporate & Community Collaboration. He is a graduate of Troy State University with a B.S. in Management and an MBA. Professor Blankenship spent 37 years in the apparel industry with Vanity Fair Intimates, Fruit of the Loom, and Russell Athletic. He held various leadership positions throughout his career, including Operations, Production Planning, Private Label, Sourcing, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Human Resources (Talent Development).
Research Interests - Corporate social responsibility and sustainability; Emotional intelligence; Teamwork and teambuilding.

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Natalie Bryant, J.D.

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Areas: Law

Office Phone: (334) 670-3709
(TROY)

Natalie Bryant received her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University College of Law and is also a proud alumna of Troy University where she received her undergraduate degree. After graduating from Troy University, she worked in Washington, D.C., for a United States Senator as a Legislative Correspondent before attending law school. After law school, Professor Bryant practiced law for a couple of years in Fort Payne, Alabama, before returning to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor. Currently, she holds the title of Associate Professor and also serves as Assistant Dean overseeing the strategic plan, our external facing centers, and communications. Professor Bryant teaches Legal Environment of Business and Business and Society. 
Research Interests - Employment law; Pedagogy; Law and Technology.

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Charles Chekwa, D.B.A.

Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (407) 599-6993 ext. 28
(TROY Online)

Dr. Charles Chekwa holds a B.S. in Accounting from Mississippi State University. His advanced degrees include an MBA from Jackson State and DBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Research Interests - Global business with bias to developing Economies; Management; Accounting; Finance.

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Charles (Charlie) Coco, D.B.A.

 Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 808-6648
(TROY)

Dr. Charles Coco has a D.B.A. in Management from Anderson University as well as an MBA in Management and BSBA in Management from Auburn University Montgomery. He also has industry experience in production and purchasing management.
Research Interests - Management; Leadership; Organizational behavior; Emotional intelligence.

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Eva Dodd-Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Areas: Management, General Business

Office Phone: (334) 670-3976
(TROY)

Dr. Eva Dodd-Walker has a Ph.D. in Management and an M.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Arlington as well as a B.B.A in the Electrical Engineering Route to Business from The University of Texas at Austin. She held various positions during her career in the private sector, including restaurant manager, construction manager, financial manager, corporate manager, non-profit manager, and chief financial officer. 
Research Interests - Strategy; Small business management; Entrepreneurship; Business education. 

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Laura Dove, J.D.

Assistant Dean; Director of the Sorrell 360 Center for Professional Life and Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Law

Office Phone: (334) 808-6607
(TROY)

Dr. Laura Dove holds a J.D. and a B.A. in Philosophy from West Virginia University. She worked as a Judicial Law Clerk in Bibb County Superior Court in Macon, Georgia prior to joining the faculty at Troy. Her primary teaching areas are business law and professional development. 
Research interests - Statutory interpretation theory and methodology; Jurisprudence; Law and Economics.

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Toni Edwards, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Primary Teaching Area: HRM

(TROY Online)

Dr. Toni Edwards has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Research and Statistics from Auburn University. She also has two Master's Degrees- one in Human Resources from Troy University and one in Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery. She has 20 plus years of industry experience in Human Resource Management with a specialization in compensation and staffing.
Research Interests - Organizational behavior; Legal compliance and regulation interpretation. 

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Hank Findley, Ph.D.

Professor

Primary Teaching Area: HRM

Office Phone: (334) 670-3271
(TROY)

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Ying Gao, MSc

Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 670-3149
(TROY)

Ying Gao is currently pursuing her DBA (ABD status) at Cleveland State University. She earned an MSc with distinction and a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from De Montfort University in the UK. In addition, she achieved the ACCA Affiliate in 2012. Before transitioning to academia, Professor Gao gained several years of industry experience in roles such as project manager and assistant to the general manager. She has experience in teaching courses in various areas, including Strategic Management, Financial and Management Accounting, Corporate Finance, Risk Management, and HRIS. 
Research Interests - Strategic management; International business; Emerging markets; Institutional complexity.

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Brandon Griffin, MBA

Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 670-3150
(TROY)

Brandon A. Griffin is graduating with his Ph.D. in Business Administration—Management with a focus on Organizational Behavior from Southern Illinois University. Previously, he earned his MBA in Finance and Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University. His prior teaching experience includes strategic management, operations management, data analytics, and computer information systems. In addition to his work at Troy University, Professor Griffin produces engaging articles and informative videos on a wide range of management topics, sharing valuable insights and practical knowledge with a global audience eager to enhance their understanding of organizational behavior and effective leadership at BrandonPhD.com. 

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John Haymore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Area: HRM

Office Phone: (334) 670-3162
(TROY)

Dr. John Haymore earned his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development (HRD) from the Soules College of Business at the University of Texas at Tyler, specializing in organization development and change management (ODC). He holds an MBA in Management as well as PHR, SHRM-CP, OSHA-30, and Lean Six Sigma certifications. He worked as Director of HR and Safety across many industries including engineering, manufacturing, health care, and non-profit.  Dr. Haymore is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and served as President of Palm Beach County-SHRM (PBC-SHRM) from 1/2017-12/2018.  
Research Interests - Workplace violence; Employee coping; Occupational health and safety; Strategic human resource management.  

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Ping He, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 808-6204
(TROY)

Dr. Ping He received her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and M.S. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She primarily teaches Management Seminar, Leadership and Change, and Seminar in International Management.
Research Interests - Organizational commitment; Organizational support; Leadership.

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William (Bill) Heisler, Ph.D.

MSHRM Program Director and Professor

Primary Teaching Area: HRM

Office Phone: (757) 846-4203
(TROY Online)

Dr. Bill Heisler is  a Professor of HRM  in the  Sorrell  College of Business of Troy University. He earned his M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in business administration from Syracuse University. He has held previous teaching and administrative positions at the University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University, and the College of William and Mary. Dr. Heisler has also worked in industry with a major defense contractor in a variety of management and executive positions in HRM. He has published numerous academic articles and cases and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Resources Education
Research Interests - “All Things HR” with an emphasis on staffing and compensation.

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David Hoover, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Area: HRM

Office Phone: (334) 832-7296
(TROY Montgomery)

Dr. David Hoover earned his Ph.D. in General Business, specializing in Human Resource Management with cognates in Labor Relations and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Virginia Tech. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Minor in History from Covenant College. He worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, for large organizations such as GM, the YMCA, Trailmobile, and Department of Labor; to medium-sized like Virginia Employment Commission; to small like director of the HR Department of a manufacturing corporation. He has done a limited amount of consulting domestically and abroad, owned several small businesses, and served on several boards. His teaching interests are HRM and Labor Relations. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Southern Management Association. He was on the management faculty at Miami University, the business department at Covenant College and has taught at universities in Austria, Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia.  

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Jing Hua, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 808-6647
(TROY)

Dr. Jing Hua obtained a Ph.D. in Management from Auburn University, an M.S. in Finance from Northwest A & F University in China, and a B.A. in English from Harbin Institute of Technology in China. She primarily teaches Leadership and Change and MSM classes at Troy. Dr. Hua is a member of the Academy of Management. 
Research Interests - Leadership; Organizational behavior, Cross-cultural adjustment.

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Debra Hunter, D.B.A.

Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Areas: Management, General Business

Office Phone: (770) 730-0033
(TROY Online)

Dr. Debra Hunter is an Associate Professor of Management in the Sorrell College of Business. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Hunter served as a consultant in the corporate financial sector.
Research interests - Diversity and inclusion; Leadership; Ethics; Marketing practices; Organizational behavior.

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Jessica Kimbro, MBA

Lecturer

Primary Teaching Areas: Management, General Business

Office Phone: (334) 808-6800
(TROY)

Jessica Kimbro is a graduate of Troy University where she earned a B.S. in International Business and an MBA. She previously worked in Troy University administration for ten years before joining the Sorrell College of Business as a full-time faculty member.
Research Interests - Organizational behavior; Business ethics.

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Joohan Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Areas: Management, HRM

Office Phone: (334) 808-6784
(TROY)

Dr. Joohan Lee earned a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas (UT) at Arlington, an M.S. in HRM from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in I/O Psychology from Chungnam National University in Korea, and a BBA from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. He worked at UT Arlington as a post-doctoral researcher and worked in diverse industries before joining academia. He teaches several HR/OB-related courses in Troy, Alabama and Hanoi, Vietnam.
Research Interests - Fairness/justice at work; Emotional labor; Extra-role behaviors; Leadership.

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John Mankelwicz, Ph.D.

Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (850) 206-2236
(TROY Online)

Dr. John Mankelwicz holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and an MBA in Economics and Management from Temple University, an M.S. in Biology from Bucknell University, and a B.A. in Science from Pennsylvania State University. His early career was in journalism, environmental science, and publishing, with employment through publishing houses, government, and forensic consulting.
Research Interests - Strategic leadership and decision-making, with a focus on ethics and long-run performance; Sustainability; Executive behaviors and orientations.

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Allen Mendenhall, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Dean; Executive Director, Johnson Center and Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Law

Office Phone: (334) 808-6205
(TROY)

Allen Mendenhall holds a B.A. in English from Furman University, M.A. in English and J.D. from West Virginia University, LL.M. in transnational law from Temple University, and Ph.D. in English from Auburn University. Before joining Troy University, he was Associate Dean and Founding Executive Director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He is the author or editor of numerous books and writes and speaks about the intersection of the humanities and business, the common-law tradition, jurisprudence, libertarianism, and ESG. His website is AllenMendenhall.com. 

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Rodger Morrison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 670-5883
(TROY)

Dr. Rodger Morrison holds a Ph.D. from Auburn University in Management, a Troy University MBA, a Troy University Masters in Human Resources Management, a Troy University undergraduate degree in Resources Management, and an undergraduate degree from the Air Force in Avionics Systems.  Dr. Morrison teaches graduate management courses in Strategy, Ethics and Leadership, and more. His professional management experience comes from the military, textile, and automotive manufacturing industries, and his books and other publications include the areas of technology management, strategy, research methods, equity theory, and more.
Research Interests - Management modeling and frameworks; Workplace bullying; Caustic management; Strategic planning.

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Christine Newman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management, General Business

Office Phone: (334) 808-6748
(TROY)

Dr. Christine Newman earned her Ph.D. in Business, Management from Auburn University, following the completion of an MBA with a Finance Concentration, B.S., Management, and B.S., Finance from Auburn University Montgomery. Prior to joining academia, she worked as a civilian financial analyst for the US Air Force.
Research Interests - Governance; C-Suite compensation; Diversity, inclusion, and discrimination faced by women and racial minorities in the upper echelons.

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Clint Relyea, Ed.D.

Director, Sorrell Center for Global Scholars and Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 808-6668
(TROY)

Dr. Clint Relyea has an Ed.D. from Arkansas State University and has completed course work at The University of Mississippi and The University of South Carolina. He has taught on six continents and traveled to over 80 countries in his career. His primary area of teaching is in international business. He is a member of the peer accreditation team of The Network of International Business Schools and serves on several editorial boards. He is a board member and officer of the Troy Resiliency Project and volunteers at the Food pantry in Troy.
Research Interest - Developing global citizens.

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Michael (Mike) Schraeder, Ph.D.

Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 241-9717
(TROY Montgomery)

Dr. Mike Schraeder holds a Ph.D. in Management from Auburn University and has over 20 years of experience teaching a variety of management- and leadership-related courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition to teaching, Dr. Schraeder has published several articles in management-related academic journals and currently serves on the editorial board of three journals. Dr. Schraeder also has several years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry.
Research Interests - Cynicism; Trust; Workplace attitudes.

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Blaine Schreiner, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 808-6485
(TROY)

Dr. D. Blaine Schreiner holds a DBA in Management from Kennesaw State University, an MBA from Emory University, and a B.S. in Economics from Centre College of Kentucky. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Schreiner had a 25-year career in industry, with the first half of his career working in entrepreneurial technology companies and the second half in leadership positions with professional services firms. During this time, he assisted companies with process improvements, acquisition due diligence, and creating growth strategies. Dr. Schreiner has been at Troy since 2018, where he has taught various graduate and undergraduate-level courses in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Change Management, and Ethics. 
Research Interests – Strategy formulation; Leadership dynamics; Development of effective managerial practices.

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Martie Schrimsher, MSHRM

Lecturer

Primary Teaching Area: HRM

Office Phone: (334) 448-5184
(TROY Phenix City)

Martie Schrimsher holds an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and a B.S. in Office Management from The University of Alabama. She worked a combined 30 years in heavy industry with Walter Industries and the Mead Corporation as a Human Resource/Safety Manager. During her time with the Mead Corporation, Professor Schrimsher received a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma. Her primary area of teaching is in the field of Human Resource Management. She is a member of the National Society of Human Resources and the Human Resource Certification Institute and holds the SHRM-CP and HRCI-PHR certifications. She is actively involved in International Missions.
Research Interests - Staffing; Compensation; Employment Law in Small Businesses; Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs; Emergency Preparedness.

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Ying Schwarte, Ph.D.

Associate Department Chair and Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Areas: Management, General Business

Office Phone: (334) 808-6785
(TROY)

Dr. Ying Schwarte holds a Ph.D. in Management from Auburn University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a B.A. in English from Bei Hua University in China. Prior to joining academia, she worked for several years as the CFO for a healthcare provider and the Finance Director for a Tribal Government Organization in Southeast Alaska. She primarily teaches in the area of strategic management. Dr. Schwarte is a member of the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association.
Research Interests - Corporate governance; Mergers and acquisitions; Entrepreneurial passion.

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Richard Voss, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Area: Management

Office Phone: (334) 983-6556 (ext. 21272)
(TROY Dothan)

Dr. Richard Voss is a 2001 graduate of the University of Alabama (Ph.D., Management), former US Army field artillery captain, and small-business consultant. His expertise in the MSM program focuses on leadership, quality management, and team dynamics. Selected for Leadership Dothan in 2018 and a recipient of various entrepreneurship awards, Dr. Voss often contributes statistical expertise to scholarly publications (most recently Evidenced-Based HRM).

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Laura Walker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Areas: Management, HRM

Office Phone: (334) 808-6786
(TROY)

Dr. Laura Walker received a Ph.D. in Management (OB/HR) from the  University of North Texas and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Clemson University. Prior to joining the faculty at Troy University, Dr. Walker was a Lecturer in the University of North Texas’ Recreation, Event, and Sport Management program and held professional roles in recreation and special event planning and programming. She has taught various undergraduate- and graduate-level management courses in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management including: Theories of Organizational Behavior, Talent Development, Compensation and Benefits, and Workforce Planning and Staffing.
Research Interests - Favoritism; Turnover/retention; Organizational justice.

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Yilu Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Primary Teaching Areas: Management, General Business

Office Phone: (334) 808-6801
(TROY)

Dr. Yilu Wang earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior) from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Wang worked for several years in diverse industries in Australia and China. He teaches a variety of courses including Global Human Resource Management and Business and Society.
Research Interests – Leadership; Idiosyncratic deals; Job embeddedness; Engagement; Team climate; Multilevel issues.

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George (Paul) Willis, Ph.D.

Communication Manager and Lecturer

Primary Teaching Area: General Business

Office Phone: (334) 808-6635
(TROY)

George “Paul” Willis is a Lecturer of General Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from The University of Alabama, an M.A. in Mass Communication, and a B.A. in Advertising from the University of South Alabama. Prior to joining the Department of Management, HRM and Law, he worked as videographer with the University of South Alabama’s Native American Studies Program and taught creative media and business communication courses at The University of Alabama. Additionally, Dr. Willis holds a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of North Georgia.

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Guilin (Serena) Zhang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Primary Teaching Areas: Management, HRM

Office Phone: (334) 670-3146
(TROY)

Dr. Guilin Zhang earned her Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Organization with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from the University of Alberta. Dr. Zhang has taught a variety of courses in management and human resource management at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  
Research Interests - Leadership; Employee voice; Cross-cultural studies. 

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