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Executive MBA in Business Analytics

The goal of the MBA program is to develop thought leadership skills so participants can impact the organization they work for in the area of analytics.

The business analytics concentration of the Master of Business Administration degree program has been shaped by a unique consortium of leaders in analytics. Loras has already established a rich network within the field, offering partnerships with the local business community, other academic institutions and alumni with expertise in analytics and performance management.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of program is our liberal arts focus. This focus infuses the ethical decision-making values taught through our College’s Catholic tradition, an area too easily overlooked by other programs, with the science of data analytics. What’s more, our program is flexible, convenient and set up with your hectic schedule in mind.

Next Start date November 1, 2016

 

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In the United States, opportunities to master this field lie primarily on both coasts,
while Loras College leads the Midwest with the only program offering an MBA in this rapidly
expanding area of business.

 

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following application materials

  1. Completed Application for Admission to Graduate Program.
  2. Nonrefundable $50 application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation. One (1) letter should be from a person capable of judging the applicant’s academic potential.
  5. A typewritten statement (not to exceed three double-spaced pages) outlining the applicant’s interests and professional goals. This statement is an integral part of the application process.
  6. Current resume or Vitae
  7. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  8. Interview with Director of the Executive MBA in Business Analytics Program.
  9. Applicants should have at least two years of experience in a business or engineering position for the Executive MBA and applicants for the MBA should have at least one meaningful internship or job experience in a business setting.

Printable application process checklist (PDF)

Please submit Application requirements to the following address:
Loras College – Graduate Admissions
Attn: Kim Roush
1450 Alta Vista Street
Box 60
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Executive MBA Entrance dates options:
2016
September 2016
November 2016

2017
September 2017
November 2017

Course Requirements
The goal of the MBA program is to develop thought leadership skills so participants can impact the organization they work for in the area of analytics.

L.MBA 510  Managerial Effectiveness OR
L.BAO 511 Business Analytics Overview
L.MBA 515  Ethical & Social Responsibilities of Business
L.MBA 520 Data Science
L.MBA 525 Managerial Economic Analysis
L.MBA 530 Analytics Methods
L.MBA 535 Communication for the Organization
L.MBA 550 Data Visualization
L.MBA 555 Financial Management
L.MBA 560 Marketing Analytics
L.MBA 566 Advanced Topics
L.MBA 571 Risk Analysis
L.MBA 581 Capstone Project

Course Rotation

Orientation:  August 29, 2016 4:30 – 7:00
Boot Camp:  August 27, 2016
2016
No class Sept 6th
L.MBA 510  Managerial Effectiveness   Sept 13 – Oct 25
L.MBA 520 Data Science   Nov 1 – Dec 13

2017
L.MBA 530 Analytics Methods   Jan 31 – March 14
No class March 21
L.MBA 550 Data Visualization   March 28 – May 9
L.MBA 535 Communication for the Organization   May 16 – July 11
No class May 30     No class July 4
L.MBA 525 Managerial Economic Analysis   July 18 – August 29
No class September 5
L.MBA 515  Ethical & Social Responsibilities of Business   Sept 12 – Oct 24
L.MBA 555 Financial Management   Oct 31 – Dec 12
No class December 19, 26

2018
L.MBA 560 Marketing Analytics   Feb 6 – March 20
L.MBA 571 Risk Analysis  March 27 – May 15
No class April 10
L.MBA 570 Externship I:  Innovation   May 22 – July 17
No class May 29     No class July 3
L.MBA 580 Capstone    July 24 – Sept 4

Course Descriptions

L.MBA 510 Managerial Effectiveness
This course is an examination of best practices for both current managers and those aspiring to a management position.  Particular focus is placed on small group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness.  Since communication permeates every management function, emphasis will include the processes involved in management communication.  This course will utilize case studies to discuss and apply the principles presented during class discussion. 3 credits

OR

L.MBA 511 Business Analytics Overview

This course provides an overview of business analytics, including recognition of the roles of analytics in decision-making, and overview of analysis techniques, an understanding of the process of incorporating data analysis into organizational processes, and the ethical dimensions associated with using data analysis for improved decision-making. 3 credits.

L.MBA 515 Ethical and Social Responsibilities of Business
This course consists of two parts.  In the first, relatively brief part, we examine the ethical principles and theories that are relevant to resolving any moral issue.  In the second part, we apply these principles and theories to the key moral issues in business (with emphasis, where appropriate and relevant, on questions dealing with data/information acquisition, analysis, and application) by studying, discussing, and debating them, principally through a case-study approach. The focus of our attention is on the three basic kinds of moral relationships in business: a) between the firm and the employee; b) between the firm and other economic agents (i.e., customers, competitors); and c) between the firm and various non-business groups (i.e., the environment). 3 credits

L.MBA 520 Data Science
Analytics is the process of taking data and turning it into new forms of value.  The beginning of this process is often referred to as Data Science and the second stage of the process encompasses algorithms and visualization.   As an introduction to data science, we proceed to cover practical data analytic skills including accessing and transferring data (ETL – extract, transform, load), applying analytical frameworks or patterns, applying methods from data mining and machine learning, and learning analysis methods for processing text.  The course will also provide students an opportunity to do hands-on exercises with Big Data.  The emphasis will be on practical usefulness and analytics patterns. 3 credits

L.MBA 525 Managerial Economic Analysis
In this course, students will build on the basic undergraduate microeconomic framework by application and evaluation of theoretical models of decision making specifically related to business operations.  Managerial economic analysis will proceed by covering practical microeconomic skills including supply and demand theory, consumer theory, cost analysis, market structures, regulation, and forecasting economic models.  Exploration of these models will include derivation and application geared toward scenarios applicable from a managerial perspective. The course will also provide students an opportunity to do hands-on exercises with data to aid in application and interpretation of data in a microeconomic framework to comprehend and interpret consumer behavior and influence appropriate decision making within business settings. 3 credits

L.MBA 530 Analytics Methods
Business Analytics is the process of transforming data into business value.  This process is often broken into stages of Data Science and Analytics Methods.  The purpose of Analytics Methods is to use the data and rules resulting from data science methods and develop, test, and innovate business intelligence models to help solve common business problems.  These methods originate in the fields of operations research, simulation, statistics, and machine learning.  In this course, we model common business problems from the business domains of logistics, finance, marketing, and operations management using spreadsheets. 3 credits

L.MBA 535 Communication for the Organization
This course offers an in-depth treatment of Organizational Communication research and theory, providing critical and analytical resources to make sense of complex organizational processes and experiences. The core focus of the course is examining the ways communication constitutes organizational life. From this perspective organizations are viewed as ongoing systems of interconnected discursive practices that generate and are dependent on entangled political, cultural and economic processes. Deeper understanding of organizational communication scholarship will aid students in achieving the core dispositions of nurturing active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors by providing opportunities to critically analyze the role of communication in creating and sustaining organizations and the ways people communicate effectively and ineffectively in organizational contexts. 3 credits

L.MBA 550 Data Visualization
Data/Information visualization is widely used in a number of industries, including business, engineering, and media disciplines to help people analyze and understand what the data is telling us. The industry has grown exponentially over the last few years, and as a result there are more tools available to help us quickly and efficiently create compelling visualizations. 

This course provides an overview of the data/information visualization discipline. Using a hands-on approach, readings and lectures will cover various visualization principles and tools.  Our labs will focus on practical introductions to tools and frameworks, with plenty of time to explore & utilize additional applications. We will discuss existing visualizations (e.g. what we find in various publications and government data sources) and critique their effectiveness in conveying information.  All students are expected to participate in class discussion, complete lab assignments, and create & critique many data visualization examples throughout the session. 3 credits

L.MBA 555 Financial Management
The objective of this course is to help students understand financial decision making and modeling and how these are impacted by real world uncertainty. To achieve this, students will review basic financial concepts and then work on applying them through case studies and a course project. This is all done in the context of the need for socially responsible decisions to be made with all stakeholders in mind. Students will also learn about a variety of financial regulations and why they have been put in place. 3 credits

Through the use of case studies and using Microsoft Excel, students will apply financial concepts to evaluate and analyze decisions that businesses make. To understand how financial decisions are made, students will create their own financial projections for a company and experience how financial decision making is impacted by the assumptions that go into the financial model. Financial concepts will include: current financial statement analysis and how to forecast future financial statements; capital budgeting; the cost of capital; financing operations; and risk management. 3 credits

L.MBA 560 Marketing Analytics
Marketing remains a branch of business as well as a social science, and is often characterized by product, place, promotion, and price, and has been extended in many contexts to include people, packaging, and positioning.  Each of these is a candidate for improvement through the use of analytics.  In Marketing Analytics, we consider the analytics of:

  1. Pricing, Forecasting Sales
  2. Understanding Customer Demand
  3. Customer Value
  4. Market Segmentation
  5. Retailing
  6. Advertising
  7. Market Research Tools
  8. Internet and Social Marketing.

Topics include but are not limited to Price Bundling, Willingness to Pay, Profile Conjoint Analysis, Discrete Choice Analysis, Value Templates, Clustering and Collaborative Filtering, Bass Diffusion Models, Market Basket Analysis, Pay-per-Click Advertising, Principal Components Analysis, Measuring Nodes and Links, Network Contagion, and Viral Marketing Models.

L.MBA 565 Operations and Performance Management
Business Performance Management is a management field which considers the visibility of operations in a close loop model across all facets of the enterprise.  This course will focus on content related to operations principles including business process management and measurement topics, statistical process control, six sigma, quality, and supply chain and logistics, while still addressing the broader performance management loop consisting of strategy development, strategy translation, organizational alignment, operations planning, learning and monitoring, and testing/adapting.  This course will serve as the strategy development phase for the final two externship classes. 3 credits

L.MBA 571 Risk Analysis
An important part of business planning is identification, analysis, and management of risk.  This spreadsheet-based course examines a variety of models geared to addressing business and social needs.  Uncertainty is explicitly analyzed through the use of scenarios, simulation, and other techniques.  Emphasis is placed on understanding and communicating the important uncertainties associated with any plan, and developing ways to incorporate these into business plans. 3 credits

L.MBA 581 Capstone Project
The goal of this course is to have students complete a data project (generally in groups) of a complex nature.  This includes obtaining and cleaning relevant data, conducting appropriate analysis and communications of findings, and planning implementation of organizational processes that utilize the results of the project.  Projects may come from students’ work environment, Center for Business Analytics sponsored projects, or other timely data projects that may arise at appropriate times. 3 credits

Faculty & Staff
Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

How do I apply for admission?
What are the requirements for admission to the MBA Business Analytics Program?
When should I apply? What are the application deadlines?
Is the MBA in Business Analytics program accredited?
How will I be notified of the admission decision?
How can I receive more information about the MBA program?
Does the MBA require an undergraduate degree in business? What are preferred undergraduate majors for admission into the program?
How long will it take to receive a decision regarding my application?

Curriculum

What are the differences in the offerings of the MBA program?
How many credits are required in the MBA degree?
What is the format of the MBA classes?
Is there a preferred entry point into the MBA program?
Does the MBA program accept transfer credits?
How long does it take to complete the program?
What is a maximum course load per semester?
What is the time commitment outside of class?
Where are classes held?
When do classes meet?
Does the program offer online courses?

International Students

Can International students apply to the MBA Business Analytics program?
What are admission requirements for students educated outside the United States?
Is financial aid available for international students?

Financial

What are current tuition rates for the MBA in Business Analytics?
Is financial aid available?

Admissions

How do I apply for admission?
Interested applicants may apply by submitting an online application, registration fee, current resume, official transcripts, personal statement, and 3 references via email to Kimberly.roush@loras.edu or mail USPS to:
Loras College – Graduate Admission
Attn:  Kim Roush
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

Executive MBA Entrance dates options:
2016
September 2016
November 2016

2017
September 2017
November 2017

Does the MBA require an undergraduate degree in business?
Full admission into the program requires that applicants have a familiarity with concepts in the areas of economics, accounting, finance, management and marketing.  Applicants with a business degree will generally meet these requirements.  The academic readiness of an applicant who does not hold an undergraduate degree in a business field will be determined through an interview process, including a review of professional work experience, and in some cases, completion of business competency exams.  Students who do not fully meet the academic readiness requirements for the program may be admitted on a provisional basis.

How long will it take to receive a decision regarding my application?
Applications are reviewed within a week of receipt of the completed file you will be notified as soon as they have completed the review process.

How will I be notified of the admission decision?
You will be contacted by email, mail and/or phone once your complete file has been reviewed and a decision has been made.

How can I receive more information about the MBA in Business Analytics program?
You may contact Kim Roush, Graduate Marketing Specialist at Kimberly.roush@loras.edu or call 563.588.7140 for additional information.

Curriculum

What are the differences in the offerings of the MBA program?
See Comparison Chart

How many credits are required in the MBA degree?
36 credits are needed to meet the course requirements for the MBA in Business Analytics.

What is the format of the MBA classes?
Our classes our held on the beautiful and historic Loras College campus in the newly renovated Center of Business on 3rd floor in Keane Hall.  Courses run for 7 weeks, one night per week, concurrently.

Is there a preferred entry point into the MBA program?
It is strongly encouraged to join at our September entry course. If you have taken our Business Analytics Certificate course that is now worth 3 graduate credits, you may use those credits to fulfill the first course and enter during our November course.  Any point after that must be with approval by the director of the MBA program.

Does the MBA program accept transfer credits?
Up to 9 credits of coursework can be transferred from another institution to the Loras degree for those in the MBA in Business Analytics.

How long does it take to complete the program?
Our MBA in Business Analytics offers working professionals a cohort model of study.  Most students complete the program in 2 years.

What is the time commitment outside of class?
Time commitments vary depending on the course and individual’s specific skill set.  As a general rule, students will spend 4 – 6 hours per week outside of classroom instruction on class-related work for each class.

Where are classes held?
Classes are held on the beautiful Loras College campus in our Center of Business located in Keane Hall, and Hennessy Hall depending on the course rotation and schedule.

When do classes meet?
Classes meet from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. one night per week for a one night a week commitment throughout the program.  For more specific course times and days, see Course Schedules.

Does the program offer online courses?
Loras College believes in the value of learning from each other in a face-to-face, hands-on environment.  At this time all classes are located on the Loras College campus.

Is Loras College accredited?
Yes, Loras College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Students

Can international students apply to the MBA Business Analytics program?
We welcome international students provided they meet our admission requirements.

What are admission requirements for students educated outside the United States?
Test Scores TOEFL and/or SAT
Official test scores may be sent via postal mail or electronically from the testing site.  Loras College School Code is 6370. We do not accept electronic documentation from the student.
Those whose native language is not English must present scores from the following:

  1. English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    1. PBT (paper based score) 550 or higher
    2. IBT (internet based score) 79 or higher
    3. CBT (computer based score) 213 or higher
  2. IELTS 5 or higher
  3. Composite SAT test score of 1410 or higher (calculate Reading, Math, and Writing for the composite score)

Declaration and Certification of Finances/Affidavit of Support.

  1. We do accept electronic documentation from the student for the Declaration of Finance. Declaration and Certification of Finance and Affidavit of Support formPlease note, when completing the Declaration of Finance, because we do not want to cause financial hardship, we will assess and take into consideration all-encompassing finance concerns, which includes some (not all) financial needs; travel, I-20 fees, personal needs, fees, books, etc.
  2. Letter(s) of support from those who will be assisting your financial needs while at Loras College. You must obtain an official letter of sponsorship from the sponsor that includes a signature or stamp showing the authenticity of the letter.  The letter must detail amounts and length of sponsorship and be dated within one year of submission.  We do accept electronic documentation from the student for the letter of support.
  3. A recent notarized bank statement (dated within the past 30 days) verifying amount of funds available, in English. May be sent via postal mail or electronically from the financial institution.  We do not accept electronic documentation from the student.

Is financial aid available for international students?
Generally, financial aid is not available for non-U.S. Citizens.

Financial

What are current tuition rates for the MBA in Business Analytics?
Cost per credit for graduate course work is $795 per credit hour.  Technology fees are $35 per credit hour.

Is financial aid available?
The College does not provide financial assistance. Most students arrange for loans and financial assistance on their own; however students taking 6 or more credits per semester may contact the Loras College Financial Planning Office regarding loan options.

Lunch & Learn

Individualized informational sessions to learn more specific information about any of the Graduate offerings at Loras College.

Where:
Einstein Bagels
Loras Campus

When:
Tuesday, September 13th

Time:
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

➡  REGISTER NOW

*Register by emailing Kimberly Roush, Graduate Marketing Specialist at least 24 hours in advance and I will provide a quick bite to eat along with all the information you would like about our programs.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate Program Billing and Payment Plan Information 

Statement Information 

  • Statements are published online on or around the first of each month, regardless of whether there is a balance due on the account.
  • Each month the student will receive an email to their Loras email account indicating that a statement has been published. The student should then log in to the account to see if a balance is due on the account.
  • Loras College is not responsible for missed payments due to incorrect email addresses, full inboxes, or delivery service issues.
  • We do NOT mail paper statements.

Billing Schedule and Payment Plan Information 

  • Billing for Fall semester: July 1
  • Billing for J-Term: November 15
  • Billing for Spring semester: December 1
  • Billing for Summer: May 1
  • If you are paying the account in full for the semester, payments are due by August 15 for the Fall term and December 15 for the Spring term and j-term, and June 15 for the Summer term.
  • ALL students who have an outstanding student account balance on July 1 and/or December 1 will be enrolled in a monthly installment payment plan for the upcoming term.
  • Monthly payment plan due dates are as follows:
    • Fall Payment Plan: August 15, September 15, October 15, and November 15
    • Spring Payment Plan (includes J-Term course fees): December 15, January 15, February 15, and March 15
    • The final payments for the Fall and Spring payment plans should pay the account in full for the term.
    • There is no charge for the installment payment plan; however, a missed or incomplete payment will result in a $50 monthly service charge and possible registration hold.
    • Summer Tuition and Housing: Payment is due in full by June 15. There is no payment plan for the summer term.

Questions? 

Carrie Jones, director of student accounts (563) 588-7232 or carrie.jones@loras.edu
Julie Dunn, director of financial planning (563) 588-7817 or Julie.dunn@loras.edu                               

Methods of Payment

  • Online (preferred)
    • eCheck (ACH)
    • Credit or debit card payments can be made online only by using a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card for a 2.75% convenience fee.
    • Auto-Payment: Payments are deducted on the 15th of each month and pay the installment amount due for the current month accordingly to the online payment plan.
  • Business Office window in Keane Hall (Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm)
    • Cash
    • Check or money order- Checks should be made payable to Loras College
  • Mail
    • Checks should be made payable to Loras College and mailed to:
      • Loras College
        Attn: Student Accounts
        1450 Alta Vista Street
        Dubuque, IA 52001
  • Wire Transfer- See wire instructions on the second page of the monthly statement.
  • Please note that we do not take payments over the phone.

Employer Reimbursement

  • The Employer Reimbursement Form must be completed.
  • Students are responsible for providing the course information, final grades, and billing information to their employer to obtain the reimbursement.
  • Students are expected to submit timely reimbursement to their employer after the final grade is posted.
  • If the employer reimbursement criteria is not met and/or reimbursement is denied, the student must bring their account current before any future registration will be permitted.

Federal Loan Options

  • Students wishing to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan must complete the current year FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • The loan will disburse directly to the school to cover the cost of the term.
  • Graduate students are eligible for $20,500 in loan funds for each academic year.
  • The Loras College academic year runs from Summer – Spring (i.e. Summer 2016 – Spring 2017)

$795 per credit hour with a technology fee of $35 per credit hour.

Executive MBA in Business Analytics 36 credits $795 per credit hour
$35 per credit hour
$29,880
Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics 15 credits $795 per credit hour
$35 per credit hour
$12,450
Online Business Analytics Certificate 3 credits $795 per credit hour
$35 per credit hour
$2490

See Tuition & Fees for Financial Aid information

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Comparison Chart
Courses OnlBusiness Analytic Overview
3 credit hours
Graduate Certificate
15 credit hours
Executive MBA
36 credit hours
MBA 510 or MBA 511 X X
MBA 515
MBA 520
MBA 530
MBA 550
MBA 560
X X
MBA 525
MBA 535
MBA 555
MBA 565
MBA 571
MBA 576
MBA 581
X
Admission Process
  • Online Application
  • $25.00 Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Online Application
  • $50 Registration Fee
  • Resume or Vitea
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • 3 References
  • Personal Interview with Director of Program
  • Online Application
  • $50 Registration Fee
  • Resume or Vitea
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • 3 References
  • Personal Interview with Director of Program
Time to complete 10 Weeks Approximately 1 year 2 years
Requirements Undergraduate degree 2+ years of managerial experience + GPA 2.75+ or 60 Credits and 10+ years of experience 2+ years of managerial experience + GPA 2.75+ or 60 Credits and 10+ years of experience
Mode of Teaching Online On Campus On Campus
Straight Talk from a Duhawk

“The primary goal of the MBA program is to increase the business analysis skills of the next generation of leaders.  Working with industry partners there are great opportunities for bringing practitioners to campus, developing thought leadership programs to attract new students and creating project-based internship opportunities for existing students.”

Rich Clayton (’87)
Vice President of Marketing Business Analytics Global Business Unit, Oracle Corporation

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"Working with industry partners there are great opportunities for bringing practitioners to campus, developing thought leadership programs"

Meet Rich Clayton ('87)
Straight Talk from a Duhawk

“I have been involved with family businesses all my life, working from a financia analysis perspective, and I was intrigued by the idea of deeper and richer analytics methods. The faculty, as always at Loras, is what makes the program a success. The program is worth every penny, all the time spent in and out of classes, all the work and all the sacrifices.”

– Tom Gantz (’92), Enterpreneur, Dubuque, IA

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"The program is worth every penny."

Meet Tom Gantz ('92)
Loras College MBA Faculty and Staff

Daniel Conway, Ph.D
Founding MBA Director and Associate Professor of Business Analytics
563-588-xxxx | dan.conway@loras.edu

Daniel Conway, Ph.D., joined Loras College in 2013 as the founding MBA Director and Associate Professor of Business Analytics.

Conway has served as an adjunct professor at both Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in finance and economics, big data analytics, web and text analytics and business analytics. He has also served as faculty at Indiana University, Augustana College and Notre Dame.

Conway has experience teaching a variety of other business courses and has authored and co-authored numerous articles, columns and book chapters on privacy, security and control in electronic commerce, the evolution of metanorms and innovation patterns and big data.

Dale Lehman, Ph.D
Professor of Business Administration and Associate Director of the Center for Business Analytics
563-588-7725 | dale.lehman@loras.edu

He has a PhD is in Economics from the University of Rochester.  He has taught at a dozen universities as well as holding positions at Bellcore and SBC Communications.  He has published dozens of articles and three books on a variety of topics related to economics, industry analysis, and modeling.  He is a frequent expert witness in regulatory proceedings and regularly teaches at a number of European universities.

His current research interests involve modeling and communicating uncertainties to improve decision making, ensuring open data access, and enhancing the role of replicability of data analysis.

Roman Ciapalo, Ph.D
Professor of Philosophy and Andrew P. Studdert Chair of Business Ethics and Crisis Leadership
563-588-7434 | roman.ciapalo@loras.edu

Dr. Ciapalo currently teaches courses in business ethics, environmental ethics, ethics in sports, media communication ethics, and a January-Term course: Art, Beauty, and Meaning.

His academic expertise includes, in addition to the above-mentioned areas, Ancient philosophy (especially the thought of the Pre-socratics, Plato, and Plotinus), Contemporary philosophy (especially the thought of Jean-Paul Sartre and William James).  His research interests include the philosophy of Gregory Skovoroda (18thcentury Ukrainian philosopher) and the intersection of Catholic Social Teaching with issues in sports and athletics.  He has published one book and several articles, and has served as translator/editor of Ukrainian-language translations of two business ethics textbooks.

He is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar awards, one of which blossomed into the opportunity to teach business ethics in two MBA programs in Ukraine (Lviv Institute of Management and National University Kiev-Mohyla Academy) during most summers since 1994.  He is currently developing a similar course for Ukrainian Catholic University in Ukraine.  He has served as Chairperson of the Philosophy Program and on numerous committees, including the Curriculum Review Task Force, which revised the General Education Curriculum a few years ago.  He is faculty advisor to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and Loras Hockey Club.

Finally, for many years, he established, and served as coordinator of, the Loras College Classical Philosophy Lecture Series, which, each semester, brought a noted philosopher to campus over a two-day period to give a public lecture and several in-class lecture/discussions, and meet with philosophy majors and faculty.

He urges his Philosophy advisees to see philosophy as a way of life, rather than merely an academic discipline to be mastered, and to employ it in their search for meaning and purpose in their lives.

William Hitchcock, MBA
Professor of Computing/IT
563-588-7286 | william.hitchcock@loras.edu

In 1984, William Hitchcock graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, double majoring in Marketing and Management Computer Systems. Upon graduation, he began working as a Programmer/Analyst for the Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Most of his development work was with marketing decision support systems utilizing retail store audit information. While working full time at Oscar Mayer, he began his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1986. He completed his work and graduated with an MBA degree majoring in Finance, Investments, and Banking in 1988. In 1989, Hitchcock made a career move to begin teaching business courses at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He has taught business coursework to both traditional college students and professionals working in the Dubuque area. In 2011, he served as the Faculty Director of the Study Abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. He has a special interest in International/Irish studies, and has since taught several Irish-themed courses including a summer course in Ireland in 2014.

Doug Gambrall, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Business Administration
563-588-7910| doug.gambrall@loras.edu

Doug Gambrall is Associate Professor of Business Administration at Loras College—joining the faculty in August of 2011.  Gambrall earned his BBA, majoring in finance, from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Evansville. After working in retail banking, Gambrall embraced higher education, serving four different colleges in Indiana, Tennessee, and Iowa as an administrator and faculty member since 1994.  In 2005, Gambrall received his doctorate in leadership education from Spalding University with a cognate in business management.

Krista Belanger, Ph.D
Asst. Professor of Public Relations
563-588-7268 | krista.belanger@loras.edu

Dr. Krista Belanger came to Loras in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado at Boulder. Krista has been teaching in the communication discipline since 2003. At Loras, her courses include Introduction to Mass Communication, Public Speaking, Organizational Communication, PR Writing, and PR Case Studies.  Her research focuses on issues of work and family within small family businesses.

Eric Eller, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Finance
563-588-7202 | eric.eller@loras.edu

Dr. Eller received his PhD from the University of Virginia, a Masters degree from the University of Missouri, and his undergraduate degree from Missouri State. Prior to joining the faculty at Loras, Dr. Eller spent time on the tenure-track faculty at Bellarmine University, at Buena Vista University (where he was tenured), and at Upper Iowa University. Dr. Eller’s areas of scholarly research include International Service Learning and Microfinance. He has taught numerous study away courses with travel destinations including Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Egypt, and the Galapagos Islands.

Under Dr. Eller’s direction, the LIFE Investment class (which manages a portion of the Loras endowment) will focus on choosing investments which align with the College’s mission while still maximizing portfolio efficiency.

Kimberly Roush
Graduate Marketing Specialist
563-588-7140 | kimberly.roush@loras.edu

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Kimberly Roush
Graduate Marketing Specialist
563.588.7140
kimberly.roush@loras.edu