Faculty  
From working on Wall Street to founding nonprofit organizations, our faculty are seasoned professionals with strong academic backgrounds and life experiences. They are authors, entrepreneurs, executives, consultants, certified public accountants, business owners, certified trainers, community volunteers and award-winning professors. Their depth of experience will help you make an impact in the business world.

Yuriy Bots

 

Yuriy Bots
Assistant Professor of Economics
M.S., Purdue University; Ph.D., Purdue University

Prior to joining the Jewell, Dr. Bots received his B.A. and M.S. degree in economics in the Ukraine where he also worked for two years as an economist. Later he continued his education at Purdue University where he received M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics with concentration in International Trade. During his years at Purdue he served as a Purdue Graduate Student Government senator from the economics department and chaired the career fair committee. He was recognized for sustained efforts and sincere dedication toward graduate student welfare at Purdue University. His current research is focused on the importance of service firms in trade and frictions in the labor market. Dr. Bots currently teaches Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics and International Economics. Previously he taught courses at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University where he has been recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning.


Tracy Cooper

Tracy Cooper
Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership
M.A. American University; Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Tracy Cooper served as a high school English and journalism teacher in Virginia before managing national grassroots and education issues for Edison Electric Institute and community outreach strategies for Nuclear Energy Institute, both in Washington, D.C. With experience in public relations, she worked as director of development for Virginia Tech's College of Architecture & Urban Studies and as vice president of planning and consultation for the Council of Community Services. Dr. Cooper served as a research assistant at Virginia Tech, exploring issues such as leadership, nongovernmental organizations and disaster management. Prior to joining Jewell, she was assistant professor of public administration and nonprofit management at the University of South Florida.


Jean Hawkins

Jean Hawkins
Professor of Accounting

M.A., University of Central Missouri; CPA (Missouri), CMA; Doctor of Business Adminstration (D.B.A.), Anderson University

Dr. Hawkins was formerly with KPMG, LLP. She is the faculty advisor of Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Mu Delta, a national honor society in business and related areas. Dr. Hawkins is also a Sam Walton Fellow in the Students in Free Enterprise organization and is active in professional accounting organizations. Her primary areas of teaching include management accounting and research.


Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth R. Hoyt
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
M.B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Hoyt has taught at William Jewell since 1981 and has been the founder of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She specializes in the areas of business strategy and policy, entrepreneurship, and human resources issues. She has taught college courses in entrepreneurship, guided hundreds of students through simulated new business start-ups, and assisted individuals starting businesses. She has also had numerous campus leadership positions including the chair of both the Faculty Development Committee and the Director of the Writing Fellows Program. Professor Hoyt has also served as the director on several volunteer organizations and wrote the book, How to Start a Business in Kansas City. Prior to her faculty position at William Jewell, she held positions in private industry as a business consultant with Arthur Andersen and Co. and in the human resource field.


Don Huntington

Don Huntington
Executive in Residence

Donald Huntington is an executive consultant and educator with 37 years experience in marketing, entrepreneurship, investment management and organization leadership. In addition to his role as Executive In Residence at William Jewell College, he currently serves as a consultant to clients in the invest­ment analytics and management field and on the Board of TMFS National, LLC, a holding company of independent investment advisory firm franchises. Over his multi-faceted career, Mr. Huntington has held executive and ownership positions in banking, marketing communications and invest­ment management firms. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist Univer­sity Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas and is a certified eCRM practitioner.


Chris McCullick

Chris McCullick
Assistant Professor of Accounting
M.Acc., Missouri State University; CPA (Missouri)

Chris McCullick joined the William Jewell College faculty in January 2013.  Prior to William Jewell, Chris held auditing positions with Deloitte and Touché, LLP, and Novak Birks, P.C.  In 2012, he was awarded the HERO award for his services at Euronet Worldwide, Inc. Throughout his work experience, Chris has spent a significant amount time performing accounting and auditing functions abroad including serving as an Instructor of Accounting at the Missouri State University China branch campus located in Dalian, China. Chris is also active in several professional accounting organizations. His primary areas of teaching and research interest include financial accounting and auditing as well as an interest in international business research.



Shelly McVay
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
M.B.A., Rockhurst University

Professor McVay has taught at William Jewell since 2013 and has been the founder of two consulting organizations. She specializes in the areas of marketing, consumer behavior, Internet marketing, and business strategy and policy issues. She has taught college courses as an adjunct professor for more than 20 years in marketing, advertising strategy, Internet marketing, international business marketing and policy, consumer behavior, and business strategy and policy. As a business consultant, she has worked with such companies as Hallmark Cards, Helzberg, Carnival Cruise Line, National Baseball Players Association, and Disney to develop new products, oversee national advertising and promotion campaigns, lead market research, and create new e-commerce channels. Through the years, she has helped students develop new business start-ups, and assisted with consumer understanding and marketing planning. Professor McVay has also served as the director on several volunteer organizations. Prior to her faculty position at William Jewell, she held positions as a business consultant and marketing professional with Hallmark Cards, Inc. for 29 years and continues to consult with Hallmark for marketing research and consumer insight projects.


Kelli Schutte

Kelli Schutte
Chair of the Department
Associate Professor of Business
M.B.A. Western Michigan University; Ph.D. Michigan State University

Dr. Schutte is a professor of Management, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. Her dissertation topic focused on organizational culture from a human resource perspective with an emphasis on work/life initiative effectiveness. She has been a contributor to numerous publications including the Sloan Work/Family encyclopedia, Journal of Christian Higher Education, The Cooperative Education and Internship Journal and the Human Resource Planning Society Journal. She recently published a book entitled Academic Women at Home and at Work. Dr. Schutte has also been a regular presenter at work/life and applied learning conferences as well as an active consultant in the area of organizational culture, policy development and employment law. Her research interests lie in the areas of work/life culture, policy development, employment law and experiential education. Dr. Schutte has particularly enjoyed working with students on projects involving micro-enterprise, global economics, and sponsoring student presentations within the community and at national conferences.


Gregg Whittaker

J. Gregg Whittaker
Professor of Economics and Business

M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Whittaker has primary teaching duties in the areas of finance and economics. He is also the founder of The Whittaker Group LLC, a business advisory organization specializing in capital raising, business development and value creation for start-up companies. The Whittaker Group assisted in the development and equity funding of a $1 billion financial services company in New York as well as an innovative insurance company in the Cayman Islands. The group is currently involved in launching companies in the high-tech, media and agriculture industries. Prior to joining the Jewell faculty in 1999, Dr. Whittaker worked on Wall Street for 10 years, the last five as a Managing Director and the Global Head of Credit Derivatives for Chase Securities, Inc. (now JPMorganChase). He is also co-founder and the former Vice Chairman of Primus Guaranty, Ltd., a NYSE-traded firm. Dr. Whittaker is currently on the boards of the Liberty Hospital Foundation and Pony Express Bank.

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