WSU Tri-Cities Business Faculty and Staff

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WSU Tri-Cities Business Faculty and Staff

WSU Tri-Cities is a campus of Washington State University, which shares one central administration and one faculty. The business faculty and staff in the Carson College of Business and the campus strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff and students. As a campus of a land-grant institution, WSU Tri-Cities is committed to excellence in research, learning and outreach to all constituents.

Tim Baker
Tim BakerAcademic Director; Associate Professor, Decision ScienceFloyd 207PTim Baker (1994), Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Ohio State University. Baker came to WSU Tri-Cities in 1999 from Bass Hotels and Resorts, where he was the revenue management research head. His key areas of research interest are service operations, especially pricing strategies; reverse logistics decision support systems.
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Jesus BravoAssistant Professor (Career Track), ManagementFloyd 207JJesus Bravo (2006), Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Illinois in Chicago. Bravo came to WSU Tri-Cities in 2011 from Arizona State University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.
Rhonda Hammond
Rhonda HammondAssistant Professor, Hospitality Business ManagementFloyd 207NRhonda Hammond (2016) was most recently an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Innovation Management at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She earned her Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration from Texas Tech University and her research focus is in wine innovation diffusion. She has participated in the Academic of Wine Business Research Conference in Adelaide, South Australia and contributed to Dr. Harrington’s book Food and Wine Pairing: A Sensory Experience.
Robert Harrington
Robert HarringtonProfessor, Hospitality Business ManagementFloyd 207RBob Harrington (2001), Professor, received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Washington State University, Pullman. Harrington came to WSU Tri-Cities in 2015 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he was the 21st Century Endowed Chair in Hospitality. Given his background as an executive chef, his research and teaching interests are food and drink pairing relationships, innovation management in the hospitality field, co-creation of hospitality experiences and culinary & wine tourism strategies.
Kraig Jones
Kraig JonesAssociate Professor (Career Track), AccountingFloyd 207FKraig Jones (1996), Instructor, received his Master of Accounting degree from Washington State University and is also a licensed CPA in the state of Washington. He joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2008 as an Adjunct Instructor while working as a Supervisor at LeMaster Daniels in Kennewick.
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Paul SkiltonAssociate Professor, ManagementFloyd 207GPaul Skilton (1999), Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Arizona State University, Tempe. Skilton came to WSU Tri-Cities from the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus in 2010. His research interests are concerned with relationships between creative project performance and team composition, and with project based careers in organizations like technology intensive firms.
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Joan GieseAssociate Professor (Career Track), MarketingFloyd 207BGiese received her Ph.D. in marketing at Washington State University. Her research interests are related to influences on customer decision making. She is published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Marketing Letters, and others. Giese has also served as a marketing consultant and focus group moderator for several businesses, agencies, and government organizations.

In 2019 Giese expanded her duties to the Tri-Cities campus, working with industry professionals and WSU faculty experts to develop courses that meet the workforce and professional needs of the region and state.

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Paul CarlisleEntrepreneur in ResidencePaul Carlisle is a graduate of the WSU Tri-Cities Carson College of Business where he developed the business plan for his highly-successful and locally-based technology business, elevate. He received the Sam Volpentest Entrepreneurial Leadership Award in 2016, which recognizes community leaders who provide support to entrepreneurs in the region. In his role as Entrepreneur in Residence at WSU, Paul engages students in entrepreneurship and marketing courses, he develops high impact activities for students with local industry, and he develops and leads non-degree curriculum to meet the workforce needs of the region.
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