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Frank Rudisill Frank Rudisill Headshot
Dean and Professor, Management

Dr. Rudisill received his doctorate in management science from Clemson University. He joined the USC Upstate faculty in fall 2002 and served as associate dean of the college from fall 2008 through spring 2011. After eight months as interim dean, Dr. Rudisill was named dean of the College in March 2013.

Dr. Rudisill teaches in the areas of management, operations management, statistics and business strategy. He has over 25 years of experience in industry as a statistician (Duke Energy), operations research manager (Milliken & Co) and statistical quality consultant (with national and international companies). He was also the lead partner from USC Upstate in working with BMW Manufacturing to develop the USC Upstate/BMW Academic Outreach Camp for high school students. His research interests focus upon applying quality tools and techniques in solving industrial problems. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Production and Inventory Management, Quality Engineering, Quality Progress, International Journal of Production Economics, Interfaces and Strategic Finance. He is the co-author of a book, Quality Management and Measurement Systems.

Michelle BertoliniMichelle Bertolini
Assistant Professor, Accounting 

Dr. Bertolini earned her Master of Laws degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law. Her research interests are in the area of taxation of international transactions, ACS 740 and behavioral accounting issues, such as the tax professional/client, professor/student and auditor/client relationships. In addition, she has numerous articles dealing with current federal and international tax issues. Dr. Bertolini has over 25 years of experience working for larger, regional CPAs, has owned her own CPA firm and has spoken before the IRS, various professional associations and national conferences. She is currently licensed as a CPA in the state of Georgia and as an attorney in the State of Florida.

Chak Hung Jack ChengJack Cheng

Assistant Professor, Economics

Dr. Cheng received his doctorate in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy. He has published papers on optimal monetary policy rules for emerging economies and the effect of exchange rate pass-through on fiscal policy. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Dr. Cheng taught at Murray State University where he taught courses in the areas of his research interests. 

Michael Cipriano HeadshotMichael Cipriano
Associate Professor, Accounting

Dr. Cipriano earned his MBA at the University of Iowa and his doctorate at the University of South Carolina. His research agenda addresses the effectiveness of both auditors and analysts whom market participants rely on to improve the quality of publicly-available information. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Cipriano worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche in Chicago. He was initially licensed as a CPA in Illinois in 1994 and currently holds a CPA license in South Carolina.  

Elizabeth Cole Elizabeth Cole Headshot
Associate Professor, Accounting

Dr. Cole joined the faculty in 2007. She earned a doctorate in Accounting from Kent State University. Before joining USC Upstate, she was an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  


Chase Dehan HeadshotChase DeHan 
Assistant Professor, Economics 

Dr. DeHan has received both a doctorate and a master's degree in economics from the University of Utah. He teaches courses on international, monetary and financial economics. His primary research is on the ability of financial markets to facilitate economic growth in developing countries. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. DeHan served in the United States Marine Corps. 

Michael Dinger
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Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Dinger received a doctorate in management from Clemson University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Presbyterian College. His research interests include information security, IT workforce management and absorptive capacity. His research appears, or is forthcoming, in top information systems journals, such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.


Katherine A. Frear
Assistant Professor, ManagementKatherine Frear

Dr. Frear received her master's degree and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to coming to USC Upstate, she taught at UNC Charlotte and the University of Minnesota. She teaches management courses in the areas of organizational behavior and human resource management. She conducts research on careers, gender in organizations, performance management and employee attitudes. She consults for non-profit and for profit organizations on issues such as employee engagement, succession planning, performance management and organizational design.

Rebecca Goessel HeadshotRebecca Goessel 
Instructor, Accounting

Becky Goessel earned both her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Master of Professional Accounting from Clemson University. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) as well as a chartered global management accountant (CGMA).With more than 19 years of experience, Becky Goessel has a strong background in big four accounting, auditing, financial analysis, month-end closing, financial reporting, corporate budgeting and management reporting. She remains active in the business community serving on a board of directors as well as promoting financial literacy education.

William B. Hankins, IIIWilliam Hankins

Assistant Professor, Economics  

Dr. Hankins received his doctorate in economics from the University of Alabama in 2014. His research interests include applied microeconomics, political economy and public choice/public finance. His research has been published in the Southern Economic Journal. He currently teaches principles of microeconomics and managerial economics.  

Elise HarveyElise Harvey
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Dr. Harvey earned both her master's degree and her doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a Honors Bachelor of Science in finance at Oklahoma State University. Her primary research interests include nontraditional families, consumer socialization, advertising to children, children's use of new media and socio-cultural events. She recently published work in Social Science Quarterly. Her teaching experience includes Introduction to Marketing, Marketing Communications Strategy and Contemporary Marketing. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Harvey worked in the Corporate Treasury at Koch Industries, Inc.  

Kim LandKimberly Land
Instructor, Marketing

Kim Land received a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina Honors College. She has over 16 years of professional marketing and public relations experience including 14 years as marketing and innovation director at the Herald-Journal/GoUpstate.com. Land remains active in the business community and serves on numerous local boards including SAFE Homes, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium and Oakbrook Preparatory School. She was recognized in 2014 as one of the Direct Marketing News 40 Under 40 national honorees. 

Jim O'Connor Jim O'Connor Headshot
Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. O'Connor has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and master's degrees in statistics and in management, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a doctorate in management from Georgia State University.

Dr. O’Connor joined the faculty full time in 2008 and teaches primarily in the areas of operations management, operations improvement and statistics. His research interests include operations improvement and environmental sustainability strategies. Dr. O'Connor has served as vice president of operations, plant manager, director of quality and process engineering manager for such companies as Fuji Film, Printpack and BBA Fiberweb. Dr. O’Connor is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and consults with companies on operational performance and quality improvement.    

Rosalind Paige HeadshotRosalind Corieri Paige
Associate Professor, Marketing

Dr. Paige earned her doctorate from Iowa State University and teaches international marketing, marketing research and consumer behavior. Dr. Paige has also served as Associate Dean of the Johnson College of Business and Economics on the Greenville Campus. Before joining USC Upstate, Dr. Paige was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee where she guided master's and doctoral students. Her research interests focus on tourism marketing and have taken her on projects in Thailand, China, Russia, South Korea and Mexico. Dr. Paige has published in peer-reviewed journals such as "The Journal of Small Business Management," "The Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship," "The Journal of Promotion Management," "The Journal of Vacation Marketing" and "Services Marketing Quarterly."

Charles S. Reback
Charles S. Reback Headshot
Associate Professor, Economics

Dr. Reback joined the Upstate faculty in 2005. He received a doctorate. in applied economics from Clemson University, a Master of Science in finance from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include economic and financial history and the capital markets implications of managerial decisions.  


Brian Smith
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Senior Instructor, Information Management Systems

Mr. Smith received a Master of Management Information Systems degree from Georgia College and State University. A former IT manager and Certified Novell Engineer, he teaches management information systems.


Jeff Smith
Instructor, Management

Jeff Smith HeadshotMr. Smith earned a MBA from the University of South Carolina and teaches classes in entrepreneurship, finance and accounting. In addition, he has 20 years of experience in the accounting, banking and the real estate development sectors, and has owned and operated several small businesses. Academic interests include valuations, emerging business and social enterprises, change and efficiencies in higher education and student debt. Mr. Smith instructs the Johnson College’s New Business Enterprise class, in which students combine all the business and economic principles exposed through the bachelor curriculum to develop practical and realistic business plans for start-up business and social enterprises. The combined impact of businesses initiated and implemented from these student plans by students, is sales over $50 million annually and employment exceeding 300 individuals, primarily in the upstate region of South Carolina.

Elnora Stuart
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Associate Dean
Professor, Marketing

Dr. Stuart joined the faculty in 2008. She earned a doctorate in marketing from the University of South Carolina. Before coming to USC Upstate, Dr. Stuart was a visiting professor of marketing at the Instituto de Empressa in Madrid, Spain. She has also served as professor of marketing, BP Egypt Oil Professor of Management Studies, marketing unit head and AACSB Accreditation Coordinator for the Department of Management at the American University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt.   

Kyle TurnerKyle Turner
Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. Turner joined the JCBE faculty in August 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at USC Upstate, he earned his doctorate in Organizations and Strategy from the University of Tennessee. His research interests are primarily in the strategic management domain. Specifically, his research focuses on competitive dynamics, coopetition and how organizations leverage non-market strategies such as corporate social responsibility. He has taught, and continues to teach, courses in the areas of strategic management and international management.

Julie WadeJulie Wade 
Instructor, Management

Julie Wade completed both her master’s degree in marketing and her doctoral degree in management information systems at Clemson University. Her research interests include virtual communities, post-adoptive IT usage and using social media for human resources activities. Julie's research has been featured in the Upstate Business Journal, GSA Business Journal, the Greenville Journal, the Clemson Newsstand and many other outlets.

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Frank Rudisill, Ph.D.
an, Professor of Management
Phone: 864-503-5511

Amy Henderson
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Elnora Stuart, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Professor of Marketing
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