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New Faculty Profiles

Dr. Duleep Delpechitre


Rebecca Dieken joins the Markteing Department. Rebecca received a MBA at ISU in 2012 with a focus on Marketing. Rebecca worked with Marcfirst, a local non profit, as a Marketing Researcher helping the agency to reposition its marketing strategy and increase client satisfaction.

Rebecca also worked as an Advertising Marketing Analyst for a Peoria firm who was outsourced by large corporations. Some of the firms she worked with included Nationwide, Pizza Hut, Service Master, and many others.

 Jon Eichkorst


Jon Eickhorst joined the Department of Marketing as an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Spring of 2016, with a teaching focus in Marketing Research. He received a B.S. in Business Management from Millikin University’s Tabor School of Business and an MBA from Illinois State University.

Jon has over 13 years of sales and management experience across industry, partnering and working with Global 100 companies within Manufacturing, Retail and Financial Services. His selling and management experience includes time at Dell, Inc., SAS Institute and Pegasystems as well as successfully establishing a North American operation for a UK-based Analytics startup company. Professor Eickhorst continues to be focused on furthering the adoption of business analytics; sales, marketing, customer relationship optimization; and improving business process efficiency.

Jon and his wife Lindsay have four children: Parker (9), Colin (7), Miles (4) and Hudson (2) and live in Bloomington.


 Joe Johnston


Joe Johnston joined the Department of Accounting as an Assistant Professor. Prior to joining Illinois State University, Joe worked at the City University of Hong Kong. He obtained his PhD in Accounting from Louisiana State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and a Master of Professional Accountancy from Louisiana Tech University.

His research has been published in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, Advances in Accounting, and the International Journal of Accounting and Information Management. Joe is married with two children, ages 3 and 8.

Joon Ho Lim


Joon Ho (Juno) Lim joins the Marketing Department as an Assistant Professor, teaching in the Advanced Marketing Analytics area. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration – Marketing from Texas A&M University, his Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Seoul.

Juno is interested in empirical modeling of consumer behavior and firm decision making. His research focuses on marketing and public policy, multichannel retailing, food marketing, digital marketing, and marketing-operations interface.

Outside of work Juno enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Bohyun. He is also a big fan of soccer and baseball. He enjoys playing soccer, and his hobby is visiting the MLB stadiums and collecting baseballs from there.

Amir Marmarchi


Amir Marmarchi is an Instructional Assistant Professor joining the Management and Quantitative Methods department. In Fall 2014, he joined Illinois State University as a faculty in the Economics Department and has been teaching courses in Statistics, Energy Economics, Current Economic Issues, and other Micro and Macroeconomics courses. During his Master and PhD studies in University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, he researched in areas such as Forecast Verification, Behavioral Economics, Prospect Theory, Decision Analysis, and Game Theory.

In his PhD dissertation, he focused on managing overconfidence in expert judgments, and developed software and methods that helped industry experts forecast future events with better calibration, more accuracy, and less overconfidence bias, which ultimately made his research the featured research project of the year, as recognized by IARPA. He has also worked in industry for 5 years in positions like Economic Consultant, Investment Advisor, and Fund Manager.


Kari McMullen


Kari McMullen has joined the Department of Marketing as an Instructional Assistant Professor. She has over fifteen years of experience in the communications field, where she has worked in industries ranging from telecommunications, information technology, financial services, education and most recently insurance, as a Business Analyst for State Farm Insurance.

Kari has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications and a Master of Business Administration, both from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. During her MBA experiences, she studied in Brazil, where she learned the proper way to analyze a company’s business structure. She also learned how important cultural influences can be on successful communication strategies.

Kari also has a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill at Northwestern University. She has had the honor of working collaboratively with leaders from top-tier global companies, such as Google, Leo Burnett, 3M, ESPN, and Frito Lay, in order to gain strategic and quantitative skills that focus intently on consumer insights.

When Kari is not focusing on her career or continuous education, she enjoys participating in the Association for Women in Communications (AWC), where she currently serves as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National AWC and the VP of Membership Development for the Bloomington-Normal Chapter. In her free time, Kari enjoys traveling with her husband, Jonathan, and two daughters, Annika and Emily.

Bahae Samhan


Bahae Samhan is joining the College of Business in August 2016 as a BIS Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting. Bahae earned his PhD in MIS from Washington State University, his master’s degree in Telecommunications and Computer Networking from Florida International University, and his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Applied Science University.

Bahae is also certified by Microsoft as a software engineer and a database administrator. Prior to coming to Illinois State, Bahae taught a variety of IT, CS, and MIS courses. Bahae has experienced more than 8 years of university teaching both in the U.S. and abroad.

Bahae and his wife, Sara, have two children: Adam (6 years) and Alex (18 months). Bahae and his family live Normal.




Madeline Trimble


Madeline Trimble joins the Department of Accounting this fall as an Assistant Professor. Madeline graduated with her Bachelor of Science (major: accounting, minor: finance) from Eastern Illinois University in 2011. After graduating from EIU, Madeline joined the doctoral program at the University of Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany focusing her dissertation on international accounting, specifically global adoption details and financial reporting effects of IFRS. During that time, she had the opportunity to work closely with members of the IASB’s Accounting Advisory Council. She expects to defend her degree in the coming months.

Currently, Madeline resides in Champaign and is an avid traveler, both domestically and internationally.


Tom Trone


Tom Trone joins the adjunct faculty of the Marketing Department this fall where he will be teaching Strategic Marketing Management. Tom is a seasoned global executive, entrepreneur, consultant and educator. He recently retired from John Deere where he was a Director of Sales and Marketing. While at Deere, Tom was a leader in the expansion of Deere’s product portfolios and global markets as well as dealer channel development and new business start-ups. He was responsible for commercial operations for Deere’s Construction & Forestry Division in the Western U.S. as well as North American Forestry sales and marketing.

Tom was Director of the C&F Division’s Russia/CIS market entry and commercial operations. He and his wife Sue lived in Moscow for nearly 3 years. Before joining Deere, Tom was the founder, owner and manager of several businesses in four different industries including consulting.

Tom’s firm worked with many Fortune 1000 companies in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, technology integration, leadership and change management. Tom taught the subjects of entrepreneurship, strategic and business planning, strategic marketing, leadership and change management. He has taught at Parkland College in Champaign, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Center for Enterprise Development based in Chicago. His University of Illinois experience included teaching in International degree and certificate programs in Africa and Europe.

Tom and his wife, Sue live in Moline, Illinois. They have four sons and four grandchildren. An interesting side note - Sue, 2 sons and 9 immediate family members are Illinois State graduates! Tom is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Northwestern University Kellogg Management Institute. Tom and Sue enjoy traveling the world (68 countries and counting) and spending time with family and friends.


Jamie Wieland


Jamie Wieland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods. Dr. Wieland obtained her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University.

Her research interests lie in the development and application of statistical methods and probability models for prediction and decision analysis, with an expertise in Monte Carlo simulation. Previous publications have appeared in the Journal of Service Management and the Journal of Business Research.

Wieland’s current research involves assessing the operational and financial impact of portable technologies used for on-site analysis of forensic evidence during crime scene investigation processes. This interdisciplinary project is funded by the National Instituted of Justice ($299,753; co-PI) and was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune.


Xuelian Wu

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Xuelian Wu is joining the Management and Quantitative Methods Department as a visiting scholar from the Department of Business Management at Suzhou Institute of Commerce and Trade in Suzhou, China. Xuelian will be here for the full academic year on a grant from the Chinese government. She is an Associate Professor and received her Master degree in Public Administration at Soochow University, China. She has taught graduate courses such as Human Resources Management, Motivating Employees, and Management Psychology. Her research interests include human resources management, leadership, organization design, motivation, labor relations, and career development.

In the past two years, she has received three research grants from various institutes in China. During Xuelian’s visit to ISU, she hopes to learn from faculty members in the MQM department best teaching practices, and conduct research on human resources and organizational behavior. She is also sponsored by Barb Ribbens so she’ll be working in the International Business area as well.


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