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New Faculty Profiles

 Mona Bahl


Mona Bahl is joining the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.  She teaches courses primarily in areas of Strategic Management and International Business. Her research interests also lie at the intersection of strategy and international business and include topics related to knowledge management, international strategy and corporate governance. Her research is published in Strategic Management Journal, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets (forthcoming) and International Journal of Production Economics.

Before joining Illinois State University, she taught at Youngstown State University from 2013-17 and at Coastal Carolina University from 2012-13.  She received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Purdue University in 2013. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked in Tata Motors Limited, India in the areas of Joint Ventures and Collaborations and Investor Relations.

 Niharika Dayyala


Niharika Dayyala joins the Department of Accounting in Fall 2017 as an Assistant Professor. Niharika earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration with specialization in information systems from The University of Texas at El Paso. She has a master’s in Information Technology from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Andhra University, India. During her master’s she also earned a collaboration certification from the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.

Niharika worked as a lecturer and a visiting assistant professor at The University of Texas at El Paso for five years. Her teaching interests include data analytics, database management, information systems security, business application programming and statistics.  Niharika also worked for three years as a software development senior analyst at Dell International Services Pvt. Ltd, where she worked on several data warehouse projects.

Ryan Fiala 


Ryan Fiala joins the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods as an Instructional Assistant Professor in Spring 2018. He will be teaching a class in entrepreneurship for the Means Center. Fiala earned his BS degree in Entrepreneurship in 2004 and his MBA in 2006. He opened D.P. Dough Calzones in Uptown Normal in 2008.  Fiala has since purchased and extensively renovated the property and expanded the store to three times its original size  “The entrepreneurship sequence at Illinois State gave me the confidence to start my own business. The exposure to various aspects of entrepreneurship, from business plan writing to securing financing and the difficulties of going through the start-up process, was instrumental in my opening a successful business." 

A graduate of the 2012 class of Leadership McLean County and active member of Bloomington Rotary and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Fiala also serves on the Advisory Board of the Means Center.

 Brandon Grant


Brandon Grant joined the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods as Instructional Assistant Professor in Spring 2017.  Grant presently is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the School of Labor and Employment Relations.  He is an Illinois State University alum and holds a BS in MQM (HR Management Sequence) from Illinois State University.  He also holds a Master's in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois.

Grant has approximately 10 years of work experience in restaurant management as well as 2 years of career advising. His scholarly research primarily focuses on labor and industrial relations, corporate governance and shareholder activism, stakeholder management and alignment, corporate social responsibility, and cooperation. Grant has presented papers (including 3 Best Papers) at academic conferences including the Academy of Management and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. His doctoral dissertation is on Labor Union Pension Fund Shareholder Activism.

 Sandeep Jagani


Sandeep Jagani joins the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods as Assistant Professor in Fall 2017. His teaching focus is in Operations Management area. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Manufacturing and Technology Management at the University of Toledo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from South Gujarat University in India and MBA with specializations in finance, marketing and international business from University of Toledo.

He is Certified Six-Sigma Green Belt from American Society for Quality (ASQ). He has over six years of experience with manufacturing and operations management across industry. His research interests include sustainable operations management, green business and technology management.

Matt Lastner


Matt Lastner is joining the Department of Marketing and the Professional Sales Institute. Matt earned his Ph.D. earlier this year from Louisiana State University and also holds a B.S. in Marketing from James Madison University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. His current research interests include channel relationship formation and the impact of disruptive events in buyer-seller relationships. His research has been published in the Journal of Business Research and the Journal for the Advancement of Marketing Education and has been recognized on several occasions, including winning best paper awards at the Academy of Marketing Science (2014), the Society for Marketing Advances (2014), and the Academy of Management Meeting (2015). He is currently working on publishing his dissertation research investigating the impact of disruptive events on buyer-seller relationships in a B2B context.

At Illinois State University, Matt is scheduled to teach MKT 234 (Personal Selling and Relationship Marketing) and MKT 324 (Advanced Professional Selling and Negotiations). Prior to academia, Matt spent seven years working in sales and business development. Matt and his wife, Aimee, have two children, Kylee (age 5) and Braeden (6 months), and live in Bloomington.

Debbie Lindberg


Dr. Debbie Lindberg joins the College Dean’s Office as the new Interim Associate Dean for Accreditation and Operations. Debbie is a Professor in the Department of Accounting at Illinois State University, joining Illinois State University in 1997.  She earned a doctorate from Boston University, an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University, and a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa.  Dr. Lindberg teaches both undergraduate and graduate auditing classes. She is a CPA and a member of numerous professional and academic organizations, including the Illinois Society of CPAs, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, the American Accounting Association, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Debbie received an "Outstanding Educator" award from the Illinois CPA Society in 2009. She has also received numerous teaching, service, and research awards at the Department of Accounting, College of Business, and University levels. She was the:

  • Recipient of the William and Nancy England Faculty Accounting Scholar Award for 2016-2017.
  • Recipient of the Caterpillar Faculty Accounting Award for 2015-2016.
  • Recipient of the Ernst and Young Faculty Accounting Award for 2014-2015.
  • Recipient of the Stephen Hagge Faculty Accounting Award for 2013-2014.

 Debbie has published in numerous journals, including the IMA Educational Case Journal, The International Journal of Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Issues in Accounting Education, The CPA Journal, Internal Auditor, Strategic Finance, andthe Journal of Insurance Regulation. 

Terry Noel


Terry Noel became the Assistant Management and Quantitative Methods Department Chair in January of 2017.  He is an Associate Professor and has served as the Associate Director of the George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies for two years. He has taught courses in management, small business, and entrepreneurship since arriving at Illinois State University. Terry has also delivered numerous workshops and classes in the Center for Teaching and Learning Technology.

He has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Management Education, the Journal of Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education. He is author of the book Empty Nest Egg: Why You Must Start Your Own Business NOW and The Vigil, both available on

Terry performs weekly with Improv Attack!, a local improv troupe.  He also conducts workshops on the use of improvisational theater techniques in teaching and management.

Veronique Parmenter


Véronique joined the Academic Advisement Center as the new advisor this summer.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Lincoln College, majoring in Health Service Administration. She comes to Illinois State University from Lincoln College, where she was the academic advisor for Business Management, Organizational Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Health Service Administration, and Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Public Health.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two children, Kamari and Damien, serving with an international missions organization, and camping.

Pui Ying Tong


Pui Ying joins the Department of Marketing as an Assistant Professor, teaching in the marketing analytics area. Prior to joining Illinois State University, she taught at West Virginia University, where she earned her PhD. Pui Ying is an Illinois State University alumnus. She earned her M.B.A. at Illinois State University and was a graduate assistant for the Marketing Department. She holds a B.B.A. from Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

Her research focuses on examining principal-agent relationships in business-to-business and sales manager-salespeople contexts. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, table tennis, and video games.

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