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SIU College of Business faculty members are leading the charge in providing cutting-edge, world class business education to students in our online MBA program. Members of our faculty are known nationally and internationally for their contributions in teaching, research and service in their respective fields.

Students in the online MBA program are fortunate to study with the same full-time faculty members who teach our traditional programs, and will receive the same challenge, attention and interaction as students who choose the brick-and-mortar classroom.

Get to know some of the faculty who will be teaching our online courses below.

Nwamaka (Amaka) Anaza

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Department of Marketing
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Dept: 618| 453-4341

Nwamaka (Amaka) Anaza joined the faculty at SIU College of Business in 2015. However, she first became a Saluki while earning her bachelor’s in paralegal studies with a minor in history and then continued on at SIU to earn her MBA. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2010.

Anaza chose a career in higher education as a result of her passion for enlightening minds and creating a positive change in the lives of students. She returned to SIU knowing from first-hand experience that she joined a world-class business program where students receive nothing short of an excellent education and practical training.


Dr. Terry Clark

Professor of Marketing

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Department of Marketing
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618| 453-7781

Terry Clark began his love affair with SIU in the 1970's when he arrived on campus to attend college. Clark earned his bachelor's degree in 1980 and his master's in 1982, both from SIU, and a doctorate in 1987 from Texas A&M University. After holding faculty positions at University of Notre Dame and Emory University, Clark joined the SIU teaching staff in 1999. He specializes in marketing strategy and international marketing. Clark received the College of Business Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award in 2003, Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year in 2010 and Teaching Honor Roll in 2004 and 2010.


Dr. Bruce DeRuntz

Professor of Engineering

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Department of Technology
Southern Illinois University
618| 453-7829

Dr. Bruce DeRuntz is a Professor in the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University where he teaches classes in leadership, quality and project management. In 2006 he was appointed the Director of SIU’s Leadership Development Program. His research interest is in identifying the critical characteristics that all technical leaders possess. He is a Fellow with the ASQ and the Editor of the Quality Management Forum.


Gregory DeYong

Assistant Professor of Management

Dept of Management
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618| 453-7888

Greg DeYong is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. In addition to over 15 years of industrial experience in purchasing, scheduling, ERP systems and factory management, Dr. DeYong holds a degree in Chemistry, an MBA, and a Master’s degree and PhD in Operations Management. He has published research articles in the European Journal of Operational Research and Production and Inventory Management Journal and has also prepared educational materials for McGraw-Hill/Irwin. He has also conducted numerous research presentations at academic conferences.


Dr. John Goodale

Associate Professor of Management

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Dept of Management
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618| 453-7893

Dr. John Goodale, a native of southern Michigan, joined the SIU College of Business in Fall 2009. Dr. Goodale served on the Editorial Board for the Cornell Quarterly between 2003-2010. In addition, Goodale has been an active member of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Decision Sciences Institute, and INFORMS. Among the responsibilities that he has had with these organizations, Goodale was the Program and Proceedings Editor for the POMS 2008 National Conference, a member of the Organizing Committee for the POMS 2006 College of Service Operations Conference, a track chair for the POMS 2003 National Conference, co-chair of the Technical Program Committee for the POMS-Brazil 2001 International Conference, and the proceedings editor of the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute's 1997 Annual Conference. Goodale earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1988. In 1991, he finished his MBA at the University of Utah, which is where he also earned his Ph.D. in 1996.


Dr. Kyle Harfst

Executive Director, Southern Illinois Research Park, Inc.

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Southern Illinois University
618| 453-3427

Dr. Kyle Harfst brings a background in banking and work with entrepreneurs through his professional and academic experience. Dr. Harfst currently serves as Executive Director of Southern Illinois Research Park. An Iowa native, Harfst holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and master’s and doctoral degrees, both from Southern Illinois University. His dissertation title was Assessing the Impact of Small Business Training on Nascent Entrepreneurs in Illinois. Prior to his 18 years of university-based economic development, he was a banker in the State of Iowa.


Charles Hodges

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Graduate Programs
618| 453-3030

Charles Hodges joined the SIU College of Business in 2015. He came to the SIU College of Business with an extensive background in teaching online delivered courses with the University of West Georgia (UWG) and Georgia State University. While at UWG, he was awarded the Annual Faculty Teaching Award and the Annual Faculty Research Award. 

Hodges earned his B.S in Leisure Services, his MBA with a concentration in Finance and his Ph.D. in Finance all from Florida State University. He is a managing partner for Fairlie-Poplar Associates and has served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. 

Hodges research interests include corporate finance and behavioral finance.  


Dr. Marcus Odom

Professor and Deloitte & Touche Faculty Fellow

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School of Accountancy
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618| 453-1408

Dr. Marcus D. Odom is a Full Professor, the Deloitte & Touche Faculty Fellow and serves as Director in the School of Accountancy at Southern Illinois University. He is actively involved in the AAA IS Section, serving in the past as a Regional Coordinator, a member of the Notable Contributions to the Literature Committee, Historian, Treasurer and Program Chair for the 2008 Mid-year Meeting. He is also an active member of the Accounting Program Leaders Group (APLG). Marcus has published papers in Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and other academic journals. He was selected as the Deloitte and Touche Faculty Fellow in 2001, became the Director of the School in 2004, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2009. Dr. Odom is married with two children.


Dr. John Pearson

Professor of Management

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Dept of Management
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618| 453-7802

Dr. Pearson’s favorite part of his job is the relationship with SIU students.  "It makes interacting with them a rewarding experience...”Dr. Pearson is passionate about his research and is currently studying team building through technology, the positive and negative impact of internet technology, website design, and organizational decision making as related to technology investment.He began teaching at SIU in 2001, and has received many awards including Researcher of the Year (2007).  A native of Minnesota, Dr. Pearson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota’s St. Cloud State University and a doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University.


Dr. Raymond Wacker

Associate Professor of Accountancy, Emeritus

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School of Accountancy
618| 453-2289

Dr. Raymond Wacker was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1973 from St. Louis University, a master's degree in 1974 from the University of Toronto and a doctoral degree in 1989 from the University of Houston. Wacker joined the College of Business in 1989, and has garnered praise and numerous accolades including the 2007 Outstanding Educator Award given by the Illinois CPA Society. Wacker teaches taxation, international business policy, business ethics, and managerial and financial accounting. His research focuses on international taxation.