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Faculty & Employees

Read about the interesting careers of BYU Marriott faculty and learn about what our employees are involved in to help business students get the most out of their education.
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Peak Perspectives

May 09, 2024
Each fall Peter Ward leads his students as they climb Rock Canyon’s rugged walls. Both in rock-climbing classes or ExDM research classes, Ward teaches students how to interlace academic and spiritual studies.
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Finding Confidence out of the Comfort Zone

April 19, 2024
Drawing from her own educational experience, assistant teaching professor Katy Reese guides students in developing the confidence needed to confront and conquer complex IS concepts.
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Faith-Filled Grit

April 17, 2024
The department chair and a professor of finance at BYU Marriott, Taylor Nadauld thanks his 25-year-old self for choosing to leave a lucrative position on Wall Street to earn a PhD.
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Service Above Self

April 11, 2024
Lieutenant Colonel Travis Bailey planned to make his assignment in Kansas City his last. With a leap of faith to request a new position, Bailey was transferred to BYU, where he is now the chair of the Department of Military Science and head of BYU’s Army ROTC.
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Teaching Truth

April 09, 2024
As professor Mark Zimbelman retires from the School of Accountancy (SOA), he reflects on how his faith has helped him make a lasting impact through both his research and his interactions with students.
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From the Ground Up: Building an Alumni Family

April 02, 2024
After 24 years of building an alumni network and forging one-on-one relationships with those in the MPA community, Vicki Okerlund leaves behind a legacy of Christ-centered leadership that extends beyond the workplace.
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A Society of Decent Human Beings

March 22, 2024
When Aliah Hall was hired as BYU Marriott’s wellness and prevention specialist in 2022, she created a space where students could put down their worries. “This is a place where you don’t have to perform,” Hall says of her office.
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Balancing Business and Belief

March 22, 2024
Jeff Thompson splits his time between teaching in the MPA program and directing BYU’s new Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, where he helps others discover how Christ-centered leadership can steer decisions and stabilize organizations.
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Collecting a Legacy

March 12, 2024
After 33 years of enriching and inspiring the next generation of business students, Monte Swain is teaching his final semester in the School of Accountancy (SOA).
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Unifying for a Higher Purpose

February 29, 2024
As an MPA professor at BYU Marriott, Eva Witesman emphasizes to students the importance of unity with one another and the organizations they will work for.
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Creating Christlike Leaders

February 22, 2024
At the BYU Marriott School of Business, associate professor Taeya Howell prepares MBA students to be Christlike leaders when they enter the workforce.
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Investing in Relationships

February 13, 2024
Twenty years ago, Ian Wright learned the value of a good mentor. Now, as the finance program director and an assistant professor, he strives to encourage students to be the best in everything they do.
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Intention Turned to Action

January 18, 2024
Teaching professor for the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics Aaron Miller teaches students that future business leaders should focus less on climbing the corporate ladder and more on creating a positive impact in the world.

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Liz the Wiz

November 30, 2023
As an associate professor at BYU Marriott, Liz Dixon reflects on how her father’s example helped her teach and practice Christlike communication.
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Christlike Transformation

November 28, 2023
From a young age, Melissa Larson developed a love of reading and learning, and set the goal of graduating from a university. However, as the first person in her family to pursue higher education, she wasn’t sure what it would take to achieve her goal.
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Mindful Bytes in Making Decisions

November 22, 2023
Associate professor of information systems, Ryan Schuetzler is evidence that big decisions can be simplified with a focus on lifelong learning.
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When Strategy and Serendipity Collide

November 13, 2023
Jeff Dyer is not only interested in anomalies—he is also one himself. And as professor at BYU Marriott, he continues to balance calculated plans and happy accidents.
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Keeping Balance and Embracing Opportunities

November 09, 2023
Nina Whitehead has been a BYU Marriott employee for nearly 50 years, adapting and learning new skills over time.
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