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of graduate school faculty hold the highest degree in their field

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At UMUC, many business faculty bring both advanced degrees and professional experience to the classroom. The result is a curriculum that teaches you how to meaningfully apply business theories to real-world challenges. 

The Undergraduate School

Meet featured faculty from UMUC's undergraduate programs in business and management.

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Johnny BrownJohnnie Brown
Associate Professor of Business and Management
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Karmalita Contee Borders, Business ProfessorKarmalita Contee-Borders
Associate Professor of Business and Management
Biography
Anaya Farah, Business ProfessorAnaya Farah
Associate Professor of Finance
Biography
Penny Ittner, Business ProfessorPenny Ittner
Associate Professor of Business and Management
Biography
Eugene LeeEugene Lee
Professor of Finance and Economics
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Photo Not AvailableJeanne Oxley
Assistant Professor of Business and Marketing
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Charlena Patterson, Business ProfessorCharlena Patterson
Assistant Professor of Human Resources Management
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Helen Pruitt, Business FacultyHelen Pruitt
Associate Professor of Accounting
Biography
Donald RiderDonald Rider
Professor of Business and Human Resources
Biography
Nicole Greene Robinson, Business ProfessorNicole Greene Robinson
Assistant Professor of Marketing
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Eric Sumners, Business ProfessorEric M. Sumners
Associate Professor of Accounting
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David WeberDavid P. Weber
Professor of Accounting
Biography

Johnny BrownJohnnie Brown

Associate Professor of Business and Management

With 26 years of managerial experience, Johnnie Brown conducts research and teaches courses in management, leadership and human resources.

He earned a PhD from Morgan State University, a Master of Public Administration from University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science from Morgan State University.

Karmalita Contee Borders, Business ProfessorKarmalita Contee Borders

Associate Professor of Business and Management

Karmalita Contee-Borders has taught at UMUC since 2005, including courses such as strategic management, management and organizational theory and introduction to business and management.

She has worked for Verizon Communications for more than 26 years, where she designs, develops and presents new product training to employees and customers; develops strategic plans; reviews competitive activity; and designs new services and wireless applications.

She earned a PhD in organizational leadership from Regent University, where her dissertation focused on servant leadership; a Master of Science in public administration from Bowie State University; and Bachelor of Science in business administration from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Anaya Farah, Business ProfessorAnaya Farah

Associate Professor of Finance

Anaya Farah is an international sales manager in IBM's global Technical Support Services. Prior to that, she was a senior business advisor for IBM's emerging business opportunities program, working on strategy at corporate headquarters. Her responsibilities included financial modeling, business plan development and support, planning, measurements and assessment.

Prior to that, Farah was the business operations manager for the IBM Integrated Technology Services group. As the business operations manager, she managed the traditional functions within operations, including financial planning and measurements, audits, business controls, resource and opportunity management and incentive planning.

She earned an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor's in accounting. She is a Certified Management Accountant.

Penny Ittner, Business ProfessorPenny Ittner

Associate Professor of Business and Management

Since 2001, Penny Ittner has taught various business and management courses at UMUC. Before joining UMUC, she worked for a Fortune 50 company for 12 years as professional development manager, meeting the training and development needs for more than 400 in-house trainers, training managers and the training department's executive team. From there, she moved on to start her own consulting and training business specializing in staff development, leadership training, organization development and business development.

Ittner earned a Master of Advanced Studies in human resources development and a Bachelor of Science in management and leadership from The Johns Hopkins University.

Eugene LeeEugene Lee

Professor of Finance and Economics

Eugene Lee works as a senior economist and energy expert for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has served as a chief economist or a senior economist with federal and local government agencies and also has worked as a senior consultant for private consulting firms. He served as a research economist at Stanford University from 1989-2001.

His areas of expertise include macro and micro economics, monetary policy, China's economy, banking and finance, international economics, government regulation and energy market analysis.

In addition to being awarded several fellowships, he has been published in the Asian Wall Street Journal and China Daily. He is the author of “Economic Integration in the Chinese Economic Area.” He has been teaching at UMUC since 1996.

He earned a PhD and Master of Arts in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also earned a Master of Arts in finance and banking and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Southwestern University of Economics and Finance in China.

Jeanne Oxley

Assistant Professor of Business and Marketing

Jeanne Oxley has 20 years of national and international executive marketing management experience with IBM and Hewlett-Packard in planning, developing and managing multi-million dollar marketing programs and budgets resulting in an average growth rate of 25 percent year-to-year.

She currently serves as national account manager for the General Services Administration, managing the $1 billion Health and Human Services account for IT product and services.

She earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's in business management from National Louis University. Oxley is an active member of the American Marketing Association and a former officer of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association.

Charlena Patterson, Business ProfessorCharlena Patterson

Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management

As a human resources professional and trainer, Charlena Patterson has more than 35 years of experience working in diverse corporate and federal environments, including nonprofit, government, telecommunications, energy and private government businesses.

She  earned a Master of Science in Administration in human resources and organizational development from Central Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in business management from Howard University.

Patterson is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area, Washington Area Benefits & Compensation Association, American Society of Training & Development and National Black MBA Association.

Helen Pruitt, Business FacultyHelen Pruitt

Associate Professor of Accounting

Helen Pruitt works as a principal accountant examiner in the Chief Accountant's Office for a federal government regulatory agency in Washington, D.C., focusing on accounting policy related to derivatives, debt and insurance accounting.

Pruitt earned an MBA from Amberton University and a bachelor's from University of Texas at Arlington. Her certifications include CPA, CFE, CITP, CFF and AMP.

Donald RiderDonald Rider

Professor of Business and Human Resources

Donald G. Rider is an active teacher and trainer. He is the author of two books, “The Desktop Guide to [Unfair Labor Practices]” and “Effective Writing for Feds.”

Rider previously worked at the FDIC in the fields of labor and employment law. He represented the agency in arbitration and unfair labor practice cases and before the Federal Service Impasses Panel. He also presented cases before the MSPB and EEOC, served as legal advisor to agency bargaining teams and as an advocate in mediation, fact-finding and interest arbitration. His federal career also included stints with the NLRB and FLRA and as associate general counsel of the Federal Personnel Management Institute.

Rider earned a law degree from American University and his undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Nicole Greene Robinson, Business ProfessorNicole Greene Robinson

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Nicole Greene Robinson has more than 15 years of communication and marketing experience. She has served in various capacities, including as marketing director for American University's Washington Semester Program and marketing manager for a national real estate consulting agency. For more than five years, she served as the senior communication manager at Fannie Mae, where she was responsible for all corporate marketing initiatives.

She currently serves as the creative director for United Way Worldwide, where she manages the United Way brand in the United States and across the world.

Greene Robinson earned an MBA in marketing management, a Master of Arts in film and video production and a Bachelor of Arts in visual media from American University.

Eric M. Sumners

Associate Professor of Accounting

Eric M. Sumners works as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice and holds certifications including CPA, CFE, CISA, CIA and CFSA.

His article, “The Spinster and the Investment,” was published in the “Financial Statement Fraud Casebook: Baking the Ledgers and Cooking the Books.”

He earned a Master of Science in finance from University of Michigan at Dearborn and a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Michigan State University.

David WeberDavid P. Weber

Professor of Accounting

David P. Weber teaches criminal justice, fraud investigation and forensic accounting. A Certified Fraud Examiner and attorney in private practice, he previously served as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's assistant inspector general for investigations. He was responsible for the identification and reporting of misconduct involving the SEC's operations and programs, including agency misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford investigations, the two largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.

Prior to that, he worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, overseeing all banking enforcement activities and investigations involving state chartered banks and bank failures for the western half of the U.S. He was the official responsible for directing the FDIC's landmark litigation to remove the Refund Anticipation Loan program from the nation's banking system.

Before joining the FDIC, Weber served in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where he investigated and prosecuted landmark consumer protection cases to remove the payday loan industry from our nation's banking system.

He has also been named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow of the Council of Independent Colleges.

Weber earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Utica College. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and New York and before several U.S. district courts and the Supreme Court.