Part-Time MBA


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Meet the distinguished faculty of USF's MBA Program – experts and leaders in a breadth of fields, from tech and entrepreneurialism, to consulting, to capital management.

Full-Time Faculty

Jonathan Allen

(415) 422-6570

One of our big emphases here at USF is to try and make sure that businesspeople can actually get in there and do something real with technology. - J.P. Allen Professor J.P. Allen is a pioneering researcher and educator in the field of online/internet business, specializing in open technologies and the digital transformation of organizations and society. As founding Chair of the Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Department, he pioneered the development of internet business classes,...


Ph.D., Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1995, M.S., Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1993, M.A. (Cantab), Honorary Degree, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1998, B.S., Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989, B.A., Mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989

David Batstone

(415) 422-6081

Professor David Batstone teaches in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at USF School of Management. Previously a private equity banker in the technology industry, Batstone is published widely in both academia and the popular press. His five books feature entrepreneurship at the crossroads of business and society.  USA (Today) Weekend describes Batstone as “one of the country’s leading authorities on ethics in the business world." A sought-after speaker and consultant to...


Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1989, M.Div, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, 1984, M.Div, International Baptist Seminary, Rüschlikon, Switzerland, 1982, BA, Psychology, Westmont College, CA, 1980

Mark Cannice

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6785

Professor Mark V. Cannice is an internationally recognized scholar, teacher, and speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is Department Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the University of San Francisco School of Management. Cannice writes the widely-followed quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Report® which is published by ProQuest and EBSCO, indexed globally on Bloomberg Professional Services in 170 countries (Bloomberg ticker...


Ph.D., Indiana University (1997), M.S., Indiana University (1996), MBA, University of San Francisco (1992), B. S., United States Naval Academy (1984)

Roger Chen

(415) 422-6546

Roger Chen brings to USF forward-thinking expertise in the fields of corporate innovation and growth, competition and global strategy - areas he views as entirely interdependent. By developing a balanced approach to his research endeavors - devoting equal time and effort between pure quantitative/academic research and case research methods - Dr. Chen embodies academic rigor, benefiting his students, fellow academics, global corporations and communities with his egalitarian work philosophy....


Ph.D., Strategy and International Management, University of Texas at Dallas, 1996, M.S., Industrial Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 1986, B.S., Operations Management, Shanghai Engineering and Science University, China, 1983

Ludwig Chincarini

(415) 422-6992

Professor Ludwig B. Chincarini brings to USF over fifteen years of professional experience in the financial industry, specializing in portfolio management, quantitative equity management, and derivatives. He is the author of the industry standard Quantitative Equity Portfolio Management, and a new book about the financial crisis, The Crisis of Crowding. At present, Professor Chincarini serves as an advisor to USCF Investments, the leading commodities firm for exchange-traded funds (ETFs)....


Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995, B.A., Economics (Summa Cum Laude), University of California at Berkeley, 1991

Barry Doyle

(415) 422-6129

Professor Barry W. Doyle is a much-admired leader and educator in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs, having been with the School of Management since 1984. Working with universities throughout the world, Professor Doyle helps coordinate and evaluate academic programs, serving as acting Faculty Director at China Resources Holding Company and Guangzhou Enterprises, overseeing their Executive MBA Distance Learning Program as well as teaching basic and advanced corporate finance....


Ph.D., Finance, University of Oregon, 1985, M.S., Management Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1979, B.A., Psychology, Dartmouth College, 1970

John Gonzales

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5245

Assistant Professor John Gonzales is internationally recognized for his service work as an economist focusing on transition economies, emerging market economics, and monetary policy. With the aim of helping his students develop a more comprehensive understanding of the intricate and interdependent network of variables that affect our global economy, Gonzales teaches courses in capital market theory, corporate finance, investment and analysis, micro and macroeconomics, monetary economics, equity...


Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1983, M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1980, B.A., Economics, California State University, Fullerton, 1978

Thomas Grossman

(415) 422-6156

Professor Thomas Grossman is a researcher and educator who enables students and alumni to harness the power of analytics to lead their organizations. His research and teaching encompasses spreadsheet engineering, business analytics, management of spreadsheets within organizations, analysis-driven process improvement, and the use of analytical spreadsheet models. One of Dr. Grossman's key specialties is helping students and organizations improve their managerial communication of analytic results...


PhD, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, 1994, MS, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1985, BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1984


Spreadsheet engineering, spreadsheet analytics, business analytics, and spreadsheet information systems

Keith Hunter

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5976

Associate Professor Keith Hunter conducts research in Organizational Network Analysis, Organizational Culture, and Innovation Leadership. He is particularly interested in how social networks both influence and reflect the active mental models and power dynamics within organizations. Dr. Hunter's investigations of the patterns of interaction among people and their implications for human behavior and organizational outcomes are of critical significance to tomorrow's business leaders. Dr. Hunter's...


PhD Organizational Behavior and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, 2011, MPhil, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, 2011, MS, Computer Science, University of Central Florida, FL, 1997, BS, Computer Science, University of Central Florida, FL, 1994, Associate of Arts, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL, 1991, Graduate, Naval Nuclear Power School, Orlando, FL

Stephen Huxley

(415) 422-6628

Professor Stephen J. Huxley is recognized by his fellow colleagues, students and a number of professional organizations for his achievements in academia, having been a teacher and researcher at USF since 1973. Most notably, he is the recipient of the Franz Edelman Outstanding Management Science Award, the highest award given in the profession and the Sarlo Prize, the highest award bestowed to a faculty member for teaching that exemplifies USF's mission and values. With research specializations...


Registered Investment Advisor (Series 65), 2004-Present, Ph.D., Economics, University of California, San Diego, 1975, B.S., Business Administration and Statistics, Ohio State University, 1966

Nicholas Imparato

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6740

Nicholas Imparato is a professor of marketing and management at the University of San Francisco and, since 2011, chair of the Department of Marketing (originally the Department of Marketing and Law). He is formerly a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University (1996 – 2012). During a lengthy series of special leaves of absence from the university, he held positions as a senior executive and board member at publicly listed (NYSE, NASDAQ) and closely held companies here and in...

Kathleen Kane

(415) 422-6865

Professor Kathleen Kane's forward-thinking research and application of experiential learning techniques is helping develop more effective and conscientious leadership within business communities and organizations. Through such innovative tools as The Behavioral Matrix and the Samurai Game, she helps students better assess their own leadership instincts and abilities. Dr. Kane has won a number of awards for her values-oriented curriculum, her progressive educational research leading to work as a...


Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, The Claremont Graduate University, CA, 1992, Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology, The Claremont Graduate University, CA, 1988, Bachelor of Arts, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 1986 (Phi Beta Kappa member)

Kevin Lo

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6139

Kevin Lo, Associate Professor in the Department of Organization, Leadership and Communication, is a graduate of the USF joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program. His scholarly work and teaching focus on cross-cultural management and intercultural communication. Professor Lo has lived and worked in Beijing, Taipei, and Auckland and draws upon these international experiences with cross-cultural communication, interpersonal networks and...


Ph.D., International Management, University of Hawaii, M.B.A., University of San Francisco, M.A.P.S., Master of Asia-Pacific Studies, University of San Francisco, B.A., East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University

Laurie MacPherson

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6364

Laurie MacPherson, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is a greatly admired teacher and academic, joining USF as a faculty member in 1993. Serving as contributing member of the University's MBA and EMBA programs, she teaches applied creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial management in the Bay Area and the People’s Republic of China. With over fifteen years’ professional experience as a manager in the film and television industry in America, Europe, and Japan, Dr....


Ph.D., Management, Case Western Reserve University, 2002, M.A., Public and Private Management, Yale University, 1979, B.A., American Studies, Smith College, 1974

Thomas Maier

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Thomas Maier brings to USF more than 20 years of industry experience, a wealth of current research, and a honed experiential teaching methodology. Prior to academia, Professor Maier was a senior level executive in the international hotel, restaurant, and food and beverage industries. His research interests include applied leadership, restaurant revenue management theory, and business analytics. A notable researcher, Professor Maier regularly presents at several domestic and...


PhD, Leadership Philosophy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 2008, MA, Human Development, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, 2004, BS, Hotel and Tourist Enterprises, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 1982

Robert Mefford

(415) 422-6408

Robert Mefford, Professor of Finance, brings a breadth of international experience to USF, with research emphasis on global supply chains, lean production systems, behavioral finance, and the productivity of global enterprises. Professor Mefford's business acumen is founded on senior management positions with leading health care providers including Blue Cross and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. In studying the productivity of off-shore operations, Professor Mefford has explored how management...


Ph.D., International Business, University of California, Berkeley, 1983, M.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1981, M.B.A., Management, University of California, Los Angeles, 1966, B.S., Industrial Management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1965

Vijay Mehrotra

(415) 422-2257

Professor Vijay Mehrotra serves as a professor of Business Analytics at the University of San Francisco, where he has recently developed an innovative module for his MBA students that is focused on Customer Success Management (the first such academic program in the world). He also leads the Business Analytics concentration within USF's MBA program and teaches courses in Business Analytics, Predictive Modeling, and Data Mining. Since 1992, he has been active in the world of analytics, technology...


Ph.D., Operations Research, Stanford University, 1992, M.S., Operations Research, Stanford University, 1989, B.A. Mathematics, Economics and Statistics, St. Olaf College, 1986

John O'Meara

Director of Strategic Initiatives / Instructor
(415) 422-4518

John O’Meara is a recognized industry expert in marketing, having earned numerous national and international awards in advertising, branding, and design. Throughout his career, he has helped build many of the world’s best-known brands for companies such as Nestle, Hilton, Honda, Chevron, MGM, Adobe and PepsiCo. O’Meara worked as a senior executive for Y&R Advertising, Landor Associates, and Anthem Worldwide for 30 years prior to becoming a full-time professor at USF’s School of Management...


M.B.A., emphasis on Marketing and Finance, Anderson School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), B.S., Magna Cum Laude, University of San Francisco, CA

Frank Ohara

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6406

Finance Department Chair Frank Ohara is recognized for his dedication to teaching excellence by the School of Management as the eight-time recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Establishing the USF National Honor Society Chapter of the International Financial Management Association, Ohara continues to serve as faculty advisor for the organization today. With over fifteen years' financial management and administrative experience in the computer manufacturing and financial services...


Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting, Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida, J.D., Santa Clara University, CA, B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Jennifer Parlamis

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2130

Associate Professor Jennifer Parlamis's academic career has centered on pioneering social-psychological research in the areas of negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, and organization dynamics. Specifically, Professor Parlamis studies the impact of technology on negotiation outcomes and the role of anger and incompetency emotions in negotiation and conflict contexts. In addition, she has written on ageism in organizations as well as negotiation pedagogy. Professor Parlamis employs...


PhD, Social and Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2001, The Moscow Institute of Social and Political Studies, Moscow Russian Language Certificate, Moscow, Russia, 1994 , BA, Psychology and Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude), Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 1993

Anthony Patino

Professor / Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
(415) 422-4152

Anthony Patino is a renowned expert in entertainment, advertising, and promotion, consumer behavior, public policy and marketing analytics. He holds degrees in marketing, business administration, planning and social policy from Duke University, Harvard University, and Temple University. His widely-published research takes him to conferences all over the U.S. During his career in entertainment, Patino worked in marketing, sales and research at leading entertainment firms like Sony Picture...


PhD, Business Administration, Marketing, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006, MBA, Marketing, Duke University, North Carolina, 1991, MA, Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1989, BA, Mathematics, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1985

William Riggs

Program Director / Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2092

William (Billy) Riggs, PhD, AICP, LEED AP is a global expert and thought leader in the areas of autonomy and smart transportation, housing, economics and urban development. He has over 100 publications in these areas and has had his work featured in multiple national media outlets—including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic.  He is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management, director of strategy and research at Sustinere...


Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2011, Master of Urban Planning, Economics and Spatial Analysis, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2003, Bachelor of Arts, History, Ball State University, 2001

Claudia Roehl

(415) 422-6561

Claudia Roehl, Instructor of Accounting, brings to USF over ten years of experience as a Finance Director, V.P., Financial Analyst Officer and Senior Accountant, with a research concentration in structured finance, and specifically, collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) and asset-backed securities (ABS). Her work aims to leverage and combine economic and accounting studies with her extensive knowledge of financial investment instruments. Drawing from her own explorations into credit...


Advanced Business Analyst (ABA); General Electric Capital Corporation's Executive MBA Program; included two years of coursework with Harvard, Wharton and Kellogg Schools of Business, 1994 – 1995, Certified Financial Analyst (C.F.A.) TrainingB.A., Economics, Minor in Computer Science, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 1986, B.A., Economics, Minor in Computer Science, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 1986, Study Abroad, Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan, 1985

Mouwafac Sidaoui

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6787

Mouwafac Sidaoui, Department Chair and Professor of Business Analytics and Information Systems, is a greatly respected teacher of quantitative analysis, decision modeling and algebra/statistics for business, renowned for his expertise in entrepreneurship around the world, particularly in the Middle East. He strives to teach his students how to approach the concepts of strategic thinking and analysis of global business from more dynamic and socially conscious vantage points. Sidaoui makes every...


Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting (with an emphasis on Business Analytics), Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida, FL, 2011, EdD, Education, Academic Global Leadership, University of San Francisco, CA, 2007, MBA, emphasis in Innovation Technology, Boston University, MA, 1991, BS, Technical Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA, 1991, BS, Mechanical Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA, 1990, AA, Associate Degree in Mechanical Design (minor in Mathematics), Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA, 1988, Minor in Mathematics, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA, 1988

Nicholas Tay

(415) 422-6100

Professor Nicholas Tay’s research focuses on building theoretical models and conducting empirical studies to understand how human behaviors and market frictions interplay to affect the pricing of financial assets and the stability of financial markets. He uncovers relationships and patterns through financial econometrics and non-economic concepts, including agent-based modeling, social network analysis, cellular automata, genetic programming, fuzzy logic, chaos theory, fractal analysis, wavelet...


PhD, Finance, Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, ABD, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, MS, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, BS with Honors, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Ricardo Villarreal

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Ricardo Villarreal De Silva brings to USF years of extensive research on ethnic identity and core cultural values in the consumer behavior of Hispanics in the U.S. Dr. Villarreal is an expert in multicultural behavior and collaborates with international food production companies on ad account planning projects. Dr. Villarreal’s research presents and empirically tests a theory of ethnicity, which he defines as “the combined effects of ethnic identity and cultural values.”...


Ph.D., Advertising, University of Texas at Austin, 2004, M.B.A., Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, 1996, B.A., Business Administration, University of the Incarnate Word at San Antonio, 1992

Neil Walshe

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4508

Professor Neil Walshe addresses the role of morality and virtue in organizational life, exploring the psychosocial processes and mechanisms through which moral constructions become moral behaviors. Dr. Walshe's research and teaching investigate the role of courage and cowardice in the workplace, as well as the subject of ethics in such contentious industry sectors as armaments and defense. Dr. Walshe aims to develop greater insight into how employees construct and exhibit virtuous behavior at...


PhD, Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, London, United Kingdom, 2010, MS, Occupational Psychology, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2002, BS, Psychology, Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2001

Richard Waters

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2478

Richard D. Waters is an associate professor in the School of Management, where he teaches strategic communication and communication management courses. His primary research interests are fundraising, stakeholder loyalty and relationship cultivation, and the use of new technologies in organizational communication efforts. He serves on the editorial review boards at Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Sector Management, Journal of...


PhD, Mass Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007, MS, Public Relations, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2000, ABJ, Public Relations (Minor in Political Science), University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1998


Public relations and strategic communication

Xiaohua Yang

(415) 422-4330

Professor Xiaohua Yang teaches International Business and is the founding director of the China Business Studies Initiative in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. She specializes in the internationalization of Chinese firms, MNE corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, international R&D strategic alliances, and foreign market entry strategies. She has taught and lectured in the USA, Australia, China, Taiwan, and Europe. She regularly teaches MBA...


Ph.D., International Business/Strategic Management, School of Business, University of Kansas, M.S., College of Business Administration, Iowa State University, B.A., Shanghai University of International Studies

Part-Time Faculty

Patrick O'Regan Jr

Adjunct Professor

Patrick T. O’Regan Jr. is an attorney, educator, and entrepreneur, passionate about water and Cleantech. He developed a solution that treats domestic wastewater and re-uses it for subsurface irrigation. At USF, he has taught courses in Entrepreneurial Management and Entrepreneurial Finance in addition to coaching the VCIC Team.


Juris Doctor, Suffolk University School of Law, MBA, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law, from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, B.A. Economics, Brown University

Wes Selke

Adjunct Professor

Wes Selke is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Better Ventures, a venture capital firm that provides funding and support to companies creating scalable solutions to some of the world’s biggest and most important problems. Wes is the resident "numbers guy" and enjoys helping startups figure out how they're going to make and raise money. Wes brings 15 years of venture capital and financial advisory experience with Good Capital’s Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, William Blair & Company, and...


Venture Capital, Financial Advisory

Contact Info

Executive MBA

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2715