College of Business Faculty
The Critical Difference
California State University, Monterey Bay’s experienced faculty members are intellectual and supportive resources for students. Our highly credentialed educators truly understand the ins and outs of business and management development.
Helping you increase your business and career success.
Drawing from their professional and personal experiences, our faculty members are equipped to help you increase your business and career success.
Meet CSUMB's MBA program leaders and other full-time faculty who teach in the Online MBA program:
Dr. Marylou Shockley
Chair, School of Business
Author of several books, Dr. Schokley brings her passion for leadership, international business, and organizational behavior to the classroom. Her work in the fields of diversity and social application of network technologies is well-known and is based on her significant business experience with AT&T and Pacific Bell.
She earned her doctorate in business from Oxford University in England.
Dr. Murray R. Millson
Dr. Millson is currently professor of marketing at California State University, Monterey Bay. His most recent previous position was the marketing program director in the MBA Program and a professor in the Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland, University College.
Dr. Millson has taught marketing and management courses at Syracuse, Santa Clara, San Jose State, and Golden Gate Universities, the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland, Bond University (Gold Coast, Australia), and the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia). His business career includes 20 years with the General Electric Company in various engineering and management assignments. He is a registered professional engineer in quality engineering in the state of California. He loves to perform academic research related to innovation and marketing, to teach what he researches, and to travel while he’s researching.
His research has been published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, R&D Management Journal, Industrial Marketing Management, International Journal of Innovation Management, Technovation, Research-Technology Management, Journal of Distance Education, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, and International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management. He also has co-authored The Strategy of Managing Innovation and Technology, a chapter in Managing New Technology Development, and Practical Analytical Techniques for Business and Marketing.
Dr. Millson earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial Management from Clarkson University, as well as an MBA and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Dr. Nick Dahan
Dr. Dahan has worked as a faculty member at numerous American and French institutions over the past 15 years including Temple University, Tulane University, George Washington University, and the Marne-la-Vallée State University. During his doctoral studies, he also served as a lecturer in strategic management and international business at the University College Dublin. He has also served as a public affairs consultant at the European Union level for multinational enterprises and trade associations.
His research focuses primarily on non-market strategies, particularly the areas of corporate political activity, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance. His work has appeared in international refereed outlets such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Human Relations, Long Range Planning, and Strategic Organization.
Dr. Dahan holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Paris, a graduate diploma from Sciences Po and a BA in Economics from Paris-1 Sorbonne University.
Dr. Babita Gupta
Dr. Babita Gupta is a professor of information systems at the CSUMB College of Business and teaches courses in information technology (IT) innovation, IT strategies, business intelligence and analytics, database management, and computer information systems. She is also the director of AACSB accreditation for the College of Business.
Dr. Gupta currently serves as an advisory board member for the Teradata University Network and is the associate editor for the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education. She also recently served as the chair of the Special Interest Group on Decision Support and Analytics under the Association for Information Systems organization.
She holds an active interest in technology adoption, online security and privacy, business intelligence strategies and the role of culture in IT. Her research has been published in the Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, and many other publications.
Dr. Gupta holds a Ph.D. in Management Sciences and Information Technology from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering from the University of Iowa and a B.E. (with Honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.
Dr. Christine Cope Pence
Dr. Christine Cope Pence is a lecturer at the CSUMB College of Business. Born in Japan, she recently returned to the U.S. after spending the last 24 years working in France.
In addition to her active international career building technology-related businesses, Pence is deeply involved in the development of e-learning and blended learning programs for training and teaching. She is also the editor of the McGraw-Hill Strategy Monthly newsletter, a resource utilized by educators across the country and distributed to offices throughout the McGraw-Hill Higher Education international network.
She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration an M.S. in Finance and Quantitative Methods from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.S. in Political Science and History from Agnes Scott College.
Dr. Gary Schneider
Dr. Gary Schneider is a professor of accounting in the College of Business at California State University, Monterey Bay. His prior academic appointments include the University of Cincinnati, Quinnipiac University, the University of Tennessee, Xavier University, and the University of San Diego.
Dr. Schneider has written nine books and more than 100 research papers on a variety of accounting, information systems, and management topics. His books have been published in more than 60 editions and versions, including Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, and Spanish translations. His research has been funded by the Irvine Foundation and the U.S. Office of Naval Research. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Accounting Horizons, the Journal of Information Systems, Interfaces, the Information Systems Audit, and Control Journal and Issues in Accounting Education. He is also the American Accounting Association's 2019 Innovation in Accounting Education Award winner, which is sponsored by Ernst and Young.
Dr. Greg Zerovnik
Dr. Greg Zerovnik is a lecturer at the CSUMB College of Business, as well as an award-winning marketing professional with over 27 years of teaching and industry experience.
Prior to CSUMB, Dr. Zerovnik held roles at several other institutions, including Chaffey College, Fullerton College, Cal Poly Pomona, University of La Verne, and Cal State San Bernardino. During his time at Cal State San Bernardino, he led a two-week teaching fellowship in China with specialized workshops on foreign business. He has written for several business publications and previously served as president of the Inland Empire chapters of the American Marketing Association and American Advertising Federation.
Dr. Zerovnik holds a Ph.D. in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, an Executive MBA from Claremont Graduate University, and a B.F.A. from California College of the Arts.
Dr. Christina Zhang
Dr. Christina Zhang is an assistant professor of banking and finance in the College of Business at California State University, Monterey Bay. She graduated from Tulane University in May 2015 with a Ph.D. in Finance. She taught various finance and accounting courses during her Ph.D. studies for three years.
Her research interests include corporate finance, financial intermediation, and financial markets. In addition to pursuing her own research interests by presenting her work at various regional and international conferences, she served on the committee of several national conferences. As a committee member, she helped select quality papers into the conferences and organize various sessions.
Dr. Zhang is also an advanced tax preparer in the VITA program. She volunteered at least three hours a week during the tax season to assist low-income taxpayers with tax return filings. In addition, Dr. Zhang is the principal of Monterey Bay Chinese Association (MBCA) Chinese School. The mission of the school is to promote Chinese language and culture.
Dr. James (Jamy) Schaap
Dr. James I. Schaap, or Jamy, as he likes to be called, has over 25 years of international business management experience in the areas of leadership and strategic planning, accounting and finance, forecasting and budgeting, corporate training, operations, and marketing. He spent 16 of those years working for a market-leading foreign multinational firm. He is also a management consultant, specializing in strategic management, and has worked for the largest consulting firm in Northern Nevada. Additionally, Dr. Schaap is a former Certified Professional Consultant to Management (CPCM) and a former Certified Business Counselor (CBC).
Dr. Schaap has more than 38 years of experience in adjunct university teaching, specializing in strategic management and policy, organizational leadership, International management, marketing management, business communications, and changing business environments. He was a co-founder, pioneer, and former board member at The Center for Logistics Management, College of Business, University of Nevada, Reno, where he taught for more than 24 years. He is also passionate about providing much-needed graduate education to professionals who cannot attend traditional, classroom educational programs.
Dr. Schaap is adept in business writing, public speaking, facilitating, and developing the five-step strategic planning process. He has written numerous business plans, a variety of training manuals, and many policies and procedures. He has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, specifically in the business field. Dr. Schaap is a former Marine Corps corporal and a Vietnam veteran and has published a book about his first hand combat experiences in Vietnam titled, “Vietnam: My War – Five Decades Later.”
He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fielding Graduate University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, an M.A. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Dr. Shwadhin Sharma
Shwadhin Sharma is an assistant professor in the College of Business at California State University, Monterey Bay. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Management and Information Systems at Mississippi State University. His research interests are in the areas of technical and behavioral aspects of big data analytics, privacy and security, electronic commerce and social commerce, the role of dispositional factors in IT, and IT adoption and discontinuation. He has published his research in journals such as Electronic Commerce Research and Applications and Computers & Security and at academic conferences. He serves on the editorial board of several journals and has served as a reviewer for multiple journals and conferences.
He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Mississippi State University, an M.S. in Management from North Carolina A&T State University, an MBA from Apex College, Nepal, and a BBA from Kathmandu University, Nepal.
Dr. Scott Fausti
Dr. Fausti is currently an associate professor of agribusiness at California State University, Monterey Bay in the College of Business. He previously taught in the Department of Economics at South Dakota State University (SDSU) for 25 years, starting in a tenure track position before being promoted to full professor in 2000. He retired from SDSU in May of 2016.
Dr. Fausti began working in the area of livestock economics in 1992 and published research that focused primarily on price analysis, price discovery, and risk in livestock markets. During his tenure at SDSU, he held a South Dakota Experiment Station appointment from 1995 to 2016 and published more than 100 refereed and non-refereed articles.
He earned his bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University in 1986, his masters degree from the University of Illinois U-C in 1988, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois U-C in 1991.
Dr. Dante Di Gregorio
Dr. Di Gregorio is an associate professor of Strategy and IB at CSUMB. Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of New Mexico.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, an MBA and an M.A. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a B.A. from Trinity University.