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Robert F. Abbey, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Administration

Areas of expertise: Quantitative analysis, program evaluation, research methods and policy analysis, and  the prediction of hazard and risk probabilities of natural disasters; organizational theory and behavior. He is actively engaged in the application of dimensional and metaphorical analyses to understand organizations and their culture.

Dr. Abbey served for 30 years in the federal government, first as Director of Meteorology research for the Nuclear Regulatory commission (originally the Atomic Energy Commission) from 1972-1983, then in a similar position with the Office of Naval Research from 1983-2002.  He has authored over 80 publications and several book chapters, primarily on application of extreme value theory to natural phenomena.  He is a member of two national standards committees and is actively engaged with two publishers concerning applied statistics and research methods in public administration.  He is a consultant to Time-Life, the Weather Channel, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Dr. Abbey currently is an adjunct professor of graduate quantitative analysis and research methods at American University and has taught in the graduate programs at the University of Southern California and George Washington University.  He received a doctorate and masters in public administration from the University of Southern California and in atmospheric sciences from Colorado State University, a masters in American history from the University of Oregon, and a bachelors in nuclear physics and American history from the University of Oregon.

CJ Duan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management

Areas of expertise: Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Quantitative Methods, Business Process Outsourcing

Dr. Duan received his Ph.D. in Management from Clemson University in 2007. His dissertation examines the valuation effects of BPO (Business Process Outsourcing). He has participated in regional and national professional conferences as presenter, discussant, and session facilitator. He also has served as reviewer for such academic journals as Decision Sciences, and MIS Quarterly. He has taught courses of Operations Management, Business Stats, Management Science, and TQM.

John Dunning, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor, Public Administration

Areas of expertise: Public Policy, organizational theory and behavior, human resource development, and instructional systems design.

He has been teaching for Troy University since 1995. John has a doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, a master of public administration from Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College.

His primary research efforts are in the area of instructional technology and simulation modeling.

He is an active member of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). From a national perspective he focuses his efforts in the Section on Public Affairs Education, and on the local level he has served in a variety of leadership positions in the Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA..  He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Interdisciplinary Studies) and the Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Affairs and Administration Honor Society.

Pamela Dunning, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Public Administration

Areas of Expertise: Research methods, program evaluation, strategic planning, public policy and budgeting.

Dr. Dunning has a doctorate in public administration and urban policy from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, a master of urban studies and
a master of public administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a bachelor of science in business administration from Wayland
Baptist University in Wayland, Texas.

She spent over seven years teaching in the government and public affairs program at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia. Prior to
teaching, Dr. Dunning spent over 11 years as a budget analyst with the Air Force at the Pentagon and Air Combat Command and was the program coordinator
for the only Air Force GPRA pilot project. She is also a certified strategic planning facilitator.

Dr. Dunning's primary research interests are in the areas of collaboration, strategic planning, and budgeting.

Dr. Dunning is a member and of the American Society of Public Administration and has been a past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter. She is also a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and was a past Air Force vice-president of the Hampton Roads Chapter. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Affairs and Administration) Honor Society. Dr. Dunning is also an
ardent and life-long Cleveland Browns fan.

Dr. Dianne Eppler
Assistant Professor, Business & Management

Dr. Dianne Eppler is a full time faculty member of Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and serves as the Troy Global Campus Chair for Marketing and Economics. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the College of William and Mary and her MBA and DBA from Old Dominion University. She has taught previously at the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University and Hampton University. Dr. Eppler teaches graduate courses in business strategy, marketing, business research and management and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. She has wide-ranging experience teaching classes at numerous international sites for Troy University.  She is a member of the Academy of Marketing Science and the Southern Management Association. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Eppler worked as a research scientist and later as a sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry. She has consulted various clients in marketing strategy, business analysis and strategic planning. Her interests are tennis, golf and travel.

Dr. Franklin D. Gaillard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Business & Management

Dr. Gaillard teaches Information Systems, Business, Management, and Marketing courses.  He has been teaching for 35 years.   Dr. Gaillard has a Ph.D. in Marketing Research from Old Dominion University.  He has an MBA from Old Dominion University and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from The American University, Washington D.C.  He received his B.S. degree from Howard University in Washington D.C.  Dr. Gaillard has taught at a number of universities including Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Golden Gate University, Kaplan University, Strayer University, Keller Graduate School of Management, Thomas Nelson Community College, and Central Texas College.  He is a retired Naval Officer and a retired Information Technology Professional in the state of Virginia.

Pamela Gibson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Public Administration

Dr. Gibson received a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Administration from VCU and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Gibson has held teaching positions at Old Dominion University, University of Richmond, and VCU. Prior to entering academia, she served the public in professional positions in the mental health field; most recently, as Program Coordinator for the Cobb and Douglas Counties Boards of Health. Dr. Gibson was a management consultant for the Kennedy Institute in Washington, DC and for the Center for Community Development, Inc. in Cheverly, Maryland creating and implementing grants for agency growth.

Her work in community services began in residential care as Executive Director for Residential Services for the developmentally disabled of Butler County, Pennsylvania and then as Director of Residential Services in Maryland for the Rock Creek Foundation for Mental Health.

Dr. Gibson joined the faculty at Troy University in November, 2009. She teaches the Foundations, Public Policy, and Ethics courses for Troy and is currently conducting research in administrative ethics and economic development.

Dr. Gibson is a member of the American Society of Public Administration and has been a past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter.

William H. Heisler, Ph.D. Professor, Human Resources Management

Areas of expertise: Human resources, compensation, executive compensation, succession planning, performance management, management development, employee development, high potential employee identification and Fair Labor Standards Act

Dr. Heisler has over 30 years of human resources and management experience including:

  • Assistant professor of management at the University of Notre Dame
  • Associate Professor and Director of the Executive MBA Program at Wake Forest University
  • Variety of executive positions in human resources, retiring as Director of Corporate Compensation at Newport News Shipbuilding.

He has co-authored two books, authored over 30 journal articles, and has held a variety of positions in professional societies, including Executive Commentaries Editor for the Academy of Management Executive.  Currently, he is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Southern Management Association.  He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Human Resources Education, a quarterly online journal published by the Sorrell College of Business at TROY.  Dr. Heisler received his BME in mechanical engineering from Union College (N.Y.) and holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in business administration with a major in human resource management from Syracuse University.

Anand Krishnamoorthy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Business & Management

Areas of expertise:
Corporate finance issues: capital budgeting decisions, capital structure and factors affecting the market price of financial assets (corporate bonds, stocks, etc.) and the implications of corporate financial ratios 

Dr. Krishnamoorthy is an associate professor in business and management.  Prior to working for Troy University, Krishnamoorthy taught at Purdue University, Calumet Florida Atlantic University and Troy University Pacific.  His expertise is in:

  1. Corporate finance issues
  2. Capital budgeting decision
  3. Capital structure and factors affecting the market price of financial assets (corporate bonds, stocks, etc.)
  4. The implications of corporate financial ratios

Dr. Krishnamoorthy has authored over a dozen papers and journal publications on primarily national and international business affairs, including “The Impact of Overseas Operations on the U.S. Market Risk of Multinational Corporations.”  He is currently a member of the International Management Development Association.  Dr. Krishnamoorthy received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters in Management from Purdue University Calumet and a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University.

Maria A. Kronenburg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Management and Health Services

Areas of expertise: Health Services Administration, Healthcare Informatics, Quality of care, and Performance Management

Dr. Kronenburg has had over 15 years of experience in healthcare administration, information systems management, and health services research. She was the Director of Performance Management and Quality Improvement in a large health maintenance organization and a  manager of decision support and healthcare information systems. Dr.  Kronenburg was a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and a consultant for several community health organizations.  Her research and publications focus on managing health care information systems and improving the quality of care.  She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Kronenburg received her B.S. in Math from the College of William and Mary, and her M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Urban Services/Health Services from Old Dominion University.

Justin Leach, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Science Inter. Relations

Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University's Arlington, Va., site. He comes to TROY from the Australian National University in Canberra, and much of his research is focused on the relationship between China and the Sudan, and the development of nationalism..

A member of both the Sudan Studies Association and the Middle East Studies Association, Dr. Leach completed his undergraduate degree at St. Edwards University, and then went to Australia where he completed a master's degree in Middle East and Central Asian Studies, a Master of Diplomacy degree and completed his doctoral work in political science and international relations at Australian National University.

In 2012, a book on the Sudan by Dr. Leach will be published by I.B. Tauris.

David Richard Shetterly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Administration

Areas of expertise: Public management, program evaluation, public human resource management, and contracting for government services.

Dr. Shetterly received his BA in Business Administration from the University of South Florida, MBA from Mount St. Mary's College and a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County.  His research interest is in public management. He has articles and book reviews appearing in the journals Public Personnel Management; Public Performance and Management Review; Public Budgeting and Finance; Journal of Policy Analysis and Management; Journal of Public Procurement; and the PA Times. He also has an article published in the International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education (IJIOME). He has authored or co-authored numerous conference papers and provides consulting services on collecting and evaluating personnel job evaluation data for several federal agencies. Prior to starting his academic career Dr. Shetterly was a manager with the Department of Defense. His work with the Department of Defense includes 10 years of experience managing privatization initiatives. He also has experience in the development and implementation of performance measurement systems and the evaluation of public programs. He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. 


Last Updated: 09/10/2012

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