Appalachian's professional education coures are PhD-led; the faculty members possess advanced business and industry knowledge in their respective business disciplines.
Supply Chain Management Professor Dinesh Dave holds a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. His teaching and research activities are centered in supply chain management, production and operations management, quantitative methods and techniques, business statistics, and information technology. Dr. Dave serves as Director at large for APICS-The Association for Operations Managers, Foothills Chapter, and is a board member of the Charlotte Roundtable of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Management professor Mark Lewis is an innovation expert and business strategist with a passion for business research that leads to actionable insights. His research is aimed at an executive audience and based on engagements with industry leaders in the logistics, diversified computer systems, and healthcare industries. This work has appeared in MIS Quarterly Executive, MIT Supply Chain Strategy, and other leading outlets, and his case study on innovation in a long-term outsourcing relationship has been used by over 10,000 students in 29 countries.
Finance, Banking & Insurance professor Chris McNeil teaches corporate finance and has previously taught international finance and financial modeling in Excel. His research is focused on corporate finance and development of Excel pedagogical tools. Dr. McNeil worked for ten years in industry (BB&T and Duke Energy) before entering the Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina. He joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 2004.
Marketing professor David Shows teaches sales management, marketing principles, marketing strategy, and integrated marketing communications. His research is focused upon entrepreneurism and entrepreneurial marketing. Dr. Shows' industry experience includes being a systems analyst with Citizens Bank and being managing partner and founder of ZZip Internet, one of the first Internet providers. He has international teaching experience at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea.
Retired Professor from the Department of Accounting at Appalachian State, Dr. Phil Witmer taught financial reporting and auditing. His research focused on financial reporting issues and the development of excel spreadsheets to aid in the teaching of technical financial accounting issues. He joined Appalachian’s faculty in 1992 after completing his PhD program at The George Washington University. He retired from the University in 2017. Prior to coming to academia, he worked for the international accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG) and a fortune 500 manufacturing company.