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New Faculty Profiles

 Edie Busija


Dr. Edith Busija joins us in the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods at the rank of Instructional Assistant Professor. Her primary assigning for the time being will be to teach BUS 100: Enterprise. She has taught courses in management at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Murray State University in Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in strategy at the University of Memphis, where her dissertation focused on governance in family business. She also holds a Master's in Management from Northern Illinois University and an undergraduate degree from UIUC.

Dr. Busija has also taught management classes abroad in programs in Cyprus and the Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna. Edith (Edie) has extensive experience in restaurant management and the medical equipment manufacturing industry. Her research interests include strategy for small businesses, international expansion, and pedagogy for business students. She has presented her work at academic conferences including the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

 Hakan Ener


Hakan Ener joins us in the Management and Quantitative Methods Department as an Assistant Professor in the field of entrepreneurship. Previously, he created and taught entrepreneurship courses for IESE Business School in Europe, the United States, and Brazil. His experience includes serving as the academic director of a program in which mid-career managers created new businesses within large corporations. That program received the "Excellence in Practice" award from the European Foundation for Management Development in the "Talent Development" category.

His research is on entrepreneurial teams and is published in such journals as the Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Industrial and Corporate Change, and the Journal of International Management. He contributed as an entrepreneurship expert to the newspaper Financial Times, and he has published teaching-oriented case studies through Harvard Business Publishing.

Dr. Ener holds a Ph.D. in Management (with a specialization in strategy), which he completed at INSEAD Business School's locations in France and Singapore.

Hakan and his wife are raising their children in a trilingual environment that includes their speaking English, Turkish, and Estonian.

Mark Gibson 


Mark Gibson will serve as an Instructional Assistant Professor of Marketing, teaching Enterprise 100 in the fall term, as well as Sports Marketing and Business Ethics in the spring 2019 semester. Mark recently retired from State Farm after nearly 25 years, the last 15 as an executive in the Marketing and Creative Services Departments. Throughout his State Farm career, he oversaw the company's strategic branding, media planning, integrated marketing communications, and creative development functions. He helped negotiate the company's deals with the NCAA, NBA, MLB, NFL, NASCAR, LPGA, over 90 colleges and universities, numerous personal services contracts with athletes and entertainers, and helped manage State Farm's roster of external agencies.

In 2008, he was recognized by Ad Age with the Marketing 50 Award for leading State Farm's multi-cultural efforts, and his team took home Best in Show Creative at the 2017 In-House Agency Forum Annual Awards, and was runner up for In-House Creative Team of the Year.

Mark holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Bradley University and a master's degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mark serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the In-House Agency Forum Board of Directors. Previously, he served on the Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation Board, the Ad Council Board, and Advertising Week Editorial Advisory panel. Mark and his wife Kathy, an ISU graduate, have two children, are McLean County natives and reside in Bloomington.

 Jay Herrman


Jay Herrman will serve as an Instructional Assistant Professor, teaching MKT 230 Introduction to Marketing Management.  Jay is Manager, Claims Analytics and Reporting at COUNTRY Financial, and has over twenty years of marketing analytics and business intelligence experience in the insurance and financial services industries. 

He earned his BS in Agribusiness in 1993 and an MBA in 2000, both from Illinois State University and taught courses in the Marketing department in the early 2000’s.

 Brent Lao


Brent Lao joins the Department of Accounting as an assistant professor. At ISU, he will be teaching the intermediate and advanced accounting courses. Prior to joining Illinois State University, Brent Lao taught MBA courses at Florida International University for five years. Brent Lao earned his doctoral degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and undergraduate and master’s degrees from Indiana University.

His research focuses on the impact of financial information on the capital markets and has been published in the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. He also serves as a reviewer for a professional organization in accounting and was awarded Best Paper Reviewer.

Prior to academia, Brent Lao has worked for PepsiCo as a staff accountant. He lives in Bloomington with his wife and two young children – an eight-year old boy and a three-year old daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys oil painting, traveling and gardening.

Heath McCullough


Heath McCullough joins the Department of Marketing as an Assistant Professor. Heath earned his Ph.D. at The University of Tennessee where he taught courses in marketing analytics and principles of marketing. He also holds an M.S. in Marketing Analytics from The University of Alabama and a B.B.A. in Economics from the University of North Alabama.

His research interests include cause marketing, in-store promotions, and biometeorology. Heath’s previous work experience includes five years in the U.S. Marine Corps with 1st F.A.S.T. (Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team) and 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines Scout Sniper Platoon as a Scout Sniper.

Tice Sirmans


Tice Sirmans joins the FIL Department as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2018.  She teaches courses in risk management and insurance, with a particular focus on personal risk management, life, and health insurance.  Her research interests include health insurance markets and insurance accounting, economics, and regulation. Her research is published in the Journal of Insurance Regulation. Her work has also been presented at numerous academic conferences including the American Risk and Insurance Association.

Prior to joining the Illinois State University faculty, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Connecticut and Florida State University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance in 2017.  She also served as Assistant Editor of Risk Management and Insurance Review.

Tim Trombley


Tim Trombley joins the FIL department as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2018.  His research is primarily in venture capital and corporate governance.  He has a forthcoming article at the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Management (JFQA). 

Tim comes to us from San Diego State University, where he was an Assistant Professor for three years.  Tim previously worked as a financial analyst for a large private real estate investment trust (REIT).  He received his Ph.D. in finance from Purdue in 2015.

Christophe Van Linden


Christophe Van Linden joins the Department of Accounting in fall 2018 as assistant professor. Christophe earned his PhD in Accounting from KU Leuven in Belgium. He was also a visiting PhD student at the University of Florida during fall 2014. His teaching interests include financial accounting and auditing. Christophe has published several co-authored articles about audit quality and oversight of the audit profession and continues to pursue his research interests in the field of auditing. His current research has a particular focus on management practices of accounting firms and supply of assurance services.

Before joining Illinois State University, he was assistant professor at Belmont University (from fall 2015 until spring 2018) and lectured a graduate course at the University of Antwerp. He is an alumnus of Young Leaders Council Nashville and has served on the board of Music City Youth Orchestra. Prior to academia, Christophe worked as an auditor for PwC.

Arash Zadeh


Arash H. Zadeh joined the faculty of the Department of Marketing and the Professional Sales Institute in August 2018. Prior to joining Illinois State University, Arash was an assistant professor of marketing at Dominican University of California. He received his bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and his MBA and PhD in Marketing, and continued his research during a Post-Doctoral opportunity.

Prior to joining academia, he was active in different industries as a marketing manager and a sales expert. His research in services strategy and digital marketing has been accepted for publications in different journals, such as  Journal of Business Research  and  Journal of Strategic Marketing . He presented his research projects at various conferences and universities, including the American Marketing Association, Frontiers in Service, Florida State University, and HEC Montréal. He received awards from different institutions, such as Best Paper Award from the Academy of Marketing Science conference, Dissertation Fellowships Award, and Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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