SAGE Skills: Business — About the Module Editors
Dr. Aeron Zentner currently serves as the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Coastline College. For over seven years, Dr. Zentner has been a part-time faculty in undergraduate and graduate programs spanning various disciplines, such as: business law, SQL database development, supply chain management, data science and data analytics. His occupational background consists of over a decade of research, analytics, business intelligence, strategy, and development in public higher education and in various business sectors.
During his time in research, Dr. Zentner has led the completion of thousands of analytics and research projects, served as a co-PI on many grants, and produced more than 50 research publications. Additionally, he serves as a college research and planning consultant as well as an editor and author for SAGE Publishing. He is also an operational management technical reviewer for Wiley & Sons and McGraw Hill on such topics as data analytics and data information systems. Dr. Zentner also serves as the chair of the Research & Ethics Review Board at his current and previous institutions.
Dr. Zentner’s educational credentials include a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) with an emphasis in Strategy and Innovation, a Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.), a Master of Science in Leadership (M.S.L.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Business Administration (BA). He is also a Certified Foresight Practitioner, and has certifications in data science, executive data science leadership, leading breakthrough innovation, innovation leadership, disruptive strategy, qualitative research methods, contract law, root cause analysis, total quality management, six sigma, project management, supply chain management, and CITI IRB: research with human subjects.
Dr. Mark Gagnon is the Harbaugh Entrepreneur and Innovation Faculty Scholar in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University at University Park, PA. Mark co-founded The Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) Program in The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State in 2012. The E&I Program is successfully equipped to add value to original ideas and research discoveries by creating entrepreneurial success across Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences community.
Dr. Gagnon's scholarly interests are for-profit entrepreneurship that address challenges in food, agriculture, and bio-renewables (AgTech). Many of these challenges in the agriculture space naturally fit under the banner of sustainability. His current research examines new technology value proposition development and strategic implementation within AgTech. In addition, Mark investigates the role of founder values and characteristics and their relationship with firm competitive resource bundling and capability development. He teaches courses in entrepreneurship and coordinates the entrepreneurship minor in food and bio-innovation.
Mark is a former entrepreneur and business development executive in forest products and building materials. He has been involved in two green building product start-ups and has managed product portfolios over $300M. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in change management, new product development, and has been a part of successful product launches for leading brands. Mark consults with leading agribusiness firms and emerging start-ups in food, agriculture, and bio-renewables.
Dr. Corey Seemiller is as a professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University, teaching undergraduate courses in organizational leadership as well as graduate courses in leadership development and student affairs and higher education. She is the author of The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook and associated tools and assessments to help educators develop intentional curriculum that enhances leadership competency development. She has served as an issue editor for New Directions for Student Leadership, the co-chair for the National Leadership Symposium and the Leadership Education Academy, and an associate editor of the Journal of Leadership Studies.
Dr. Seemiller also has a deep understanding of today’s young adults. She is the co-author of several articles as well as four books on Generation Z including Generation Z: A Century in the Making, Generation Z Goes to College, Generation Z Leads, and Generation Z Learns. She also co-authored the Gen Z Voices on Voting research report and the Campus of Tomorrow report. Her highly popular TED Talk on Generation Z at TEDxDayton showcased how Generation Z is making a difference in the world. Her work has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times as well as in several other news publications and academic journals. She has also been interviewed for podcasts as well as TV and radio shows worldwide and frequently consults with global market research firms.
Dr. Marcel M. Robles is Assistant Dean and Chair of Faculty in the College of Business at Eastern Kentucky University. She is also MBA Faculty and Professor of Corporate Communication and Technology. Dr. Robles has authored more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, and peer-reviewed manuscripts. She has presented at over 90 conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Robles has served in many leadership roles for various professional associations in business communication and business research. She also served as the Editor for the Journal for Research in Business Information Systems. Dr. Robles has received numerous awards in teaching, research, and service throughout her career, including ABC Fellow of the Association Award (highest distinction) from International Association for Business Communication, Business Communication Impact Award for her research, Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award, Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Educator Award in Business Communication and also in Business Information Systems, Outstanding Research Paper Award from Association for Research in Business Education. Originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota; Dr. Robles received her Ph.D. from University of North Dakota in 1996, where she taught for 13 years before joining the EKU faculty in 2002.
Dr. Barbara Ritter is dean of the Davis College of Business and Executive Director of Career Services at Jacksonville University. She is an expert in the field of organizational behavior and management education with more than 75 publications and presentations in this area. She has consulting experience in a number of areas, including performance appraisal, employee satisfaction, human resource policies, and organizational culture. She is a recipient of a number of awards including the Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Chapter Advisor, the Horry County Stardust Award for Outstanding Contribution, the MOBTS Peter Frost Mentoring Award, and the David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator Award, which acknowledges a person with consistently demonstrated achievement over a lifetime, focusing on teaching and learning excellence. She received a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Akron.