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Ilan Alon Ilan Alon
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of International Business

Ilan Alon is Cornell Chair of International Business, director of The China Center at Rollins College, and visiting scholar and Asia fellow at Harvard University. He has published 25 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. Alon has taught courses in top Chinese MBA programs including Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, East China University of Science and Technology, and China Europe International Business School. He is also an international business consultant in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, and is a featured speaker at many professional associations.

Topics: China’s rise, political risk, global franchising in emerging markets, emerging market-multinationals, corporate social responsibility, and globalization of business education

President Rita Bornstein Rita Bornstein
President Emerita and Cornell Professor of Philanthropy and Leadership Development

Rita Bornstein is president emerita and Cornell Professor of Philanthropy and Leadership Development at Rollins College, where she served as president from 1990 to 2004. Previously, she was vice president at the University of Miami. She serves on the boards of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Tupperware Corporation, and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Bornstein has received numerous awards and three honorary doctorates. Her books include Legitimacy in the Academic Presidency: from Entrance to Exit and Succession Planning for the Higher Education Presidency. She is currently finishing a book on fundraising advice for college and university presidents. 

Topics: Philanthropy, fundraising, succession planning, leadership, and governance

Carol Bresnahan Carol Bresnahan
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Prior to her coming to Rollins College in 2011, Provost Carol Bresnahan served as provost and executive vice president at The College of New Jersey, where she was a tenured professor of history. Prior to that, she was vice provost for academic programs and policies at The University of Toledo (UT), where she was also a member of the faculty. At UT, Bresnahan was the first woman to receive tenure in the Department of History, be promoted to associate professor and professor of history, serve as history department chair, and receive UT’s annual outstanding faculty research award. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her master’s degree and PhD from Brown University.

Topics: Applied liberal arts, history, and late Renaissance Florence

President Lewis M. Duncan Lewis Duncan

Lewis Duncan was elected 14th president of Rollins College in March 2004. He is former dean and professor of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and was previously provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Tulsa. Duncan received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and his master’s degree and PhD in space physics from Rice University. As a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, he conducted research at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in Puerto Rico. He subsequently joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research scientist and later became a section head in the Division of Earth and Space Sciences.

Topics: Applied liberal arts, globalizing curriculum, space plasma physics, and radiophysics

Ted Gournelos Ted Gournelos
Assistant Professor of Communication

Ted Gournelos earned his PhD in communications and his MFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Maryville University before coming to Rollins College in 2010. He wrote the book Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park and co-edited the books A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America and Transgression 2.0: Media, Culture, and the Politics of a Digital Age. He has taught a variety of courses in culture, politics, and media).

Topics: Digital media, new media, the Internet, oppositional politics, satire, irony, comedy, television and film, digital storytelling, community activism and community media, and gender, race, and sexuality studies

Mike Gunter Mike Gunter
Professor of International Relations

Named a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member and Arthur Vining Davis fellow at Rollins, Mike Gunter teaches international relations and environmental politics courses. He has authored numerous articles, reviews, and editorials as well as the critically acclaimed book Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity. In 2007 he served as a distinguished Fulbright scholar in Slovakia at Univerzita Komenského. He has spoken at several U.S. State Department events, including at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut in Bonn, Germany.

Topics: Climate change, ecotourism, energy and oil politics, biodiversity protection and endangered species, environmental interest groups and nongovernmental organizations, and international security

Gwinn Elizabeth Gwinn
Executive Director, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park

As executive director of the Bach Festival Society since 2006, Elizabeth Gwinn is responsible for overall management of the Festival and has been instrumental in implementing successful programming, including the past six Annual Bach Festivals and the Society’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. Previously, Gwinn was the planning administrator for the Orlando Museum of Art, where she was crucial in organizing the world-class exhibition Chihuly Across Florida. She recently led the Society’s efforts to develop a strategic plan to guide the organization’s future direction. She has more than 20 years of arts administration experience, is a Leadership Winter Park graduate, and holds a BA in art from the University of Central Florida.

Topics: Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and its history

Jonathan H. Harwell Jonathan Harwell
Head of Collections and Systems, Olin Library

Jonathan Harwell is the head of Collections and Systems at Rollins’ Olin Library and has an MLIS from The University of Alabama. His focus as a librarian is collection development. He is also an anthropologist with a master’s degree from Georgia Southern University. For two years, he worked as a teacher in Albania, and he is always happy to give presentations about Albanian culture. His main research focus is the cultural history of Quakers in the South, and he speaks on this topic often.

Topics: Librarianship, Albanian culture, and Quaker culture and history

Mark Johnston Mark Johnston
Alan and Sandra Gerry Professor of Marketing and Ethics

Mark Johnston is the Alan and Sandra Gerry Professor of Marketing and Ethics at Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business and holds a PhD from Texas A&M University. He is co-author of Sales Force Management (which has been translated into Spanish, Russian, and Chinese), Relationship Selling, Marketing Management, and Essentials of Marketing Management. Cited by the Journal of Business Research as one of the most important researchers in marketing, Johnston continues to do research in marketing ethics as well as sales force performance and motivation. He has conducted seminars and consulted with companies around the world on a variety of topics, including sales force motivation and improving sales performance.

Topics: Retailing, marketing, business conditions, consumer behavior, and corporate strategy

kupetz Allen Kupetz
Executive in Residence, Crummer Graduate School of Business

Allen Kupetz is a recognized thought leader on the impact of technology on individuals and corporations. He is also the co-founder and chief operating officer of venVelo, a business accelerator providing funding and mentoring to startups. He is also president of Kpartnerz, a management consulting firm, and author of The Future of Less. His high-energy presentation style is certain to entertain and inform. 

Topics: Innovation, top 10 global technology trends, strategic social media for corporations, and pitching venture capital firms

marshall Greg Marshall
Charles Harwood Professor of Marketing and Strategy

Greg Marshall is the Charles Harwood Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business. He formerly served as vice president for strategic marketing for the College. He frequently works with firms and individual managers and executives that seek to create and implement best practices in strategic planning and execution, marketing planning, marketing-sales alignment, and related issues. He is co-author of several textbooks that are widely used around the world: Marketing Management, Essentials of Marketing Management, Sales Force Management, Contemporary Selling, and Marketing: Real People, Real Choices. Prior to receiving his PhD, Marshall’s professional career included significant managerial experience in the consumer packaged goods and retailing industries with companies such as Mennen, Warner-Lambert, and Target Corporation. 

Topics: Strategy, planning, marketing, service quality, selling, and sales management

Jonathan Miller Jonathan Miller
Director, Olin Library

Jonathan Miller, director of Rollins’ Olin Library, was born and raised in Britain and moved to the United States in 1988. He received his MLS from SUNY Buffalo and his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to Rollins in 2006, he served as head of access services at the Prior Health Sciences Library of The Ohio State University, IAIMS planning project director at The University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, library director at Augustana College, and head of Hillman Public Services at the University of Pittsburgh.

Topics: Libraries, copyright, and the future of books

Rachel Newcomb Rachel Newcomb
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Rollins associate professor Rachel Newcomb is the author of Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Urban Life in Urban Morocco. She has written commentary and book reviews about the Muslim world for publications including USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Cleveland Plain Dealer. She holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars and a PhD in anthropology from Princeton University.

Topics: Middle East and North Africa, Islam, women, and Sufism

Jim Norris Jim Norris
Visiting Professor of History

Jim Norris chairs the history department at Rollins College, where he teaches Latin American, U.S., and European history courses. A native of Texas, he received his BA at The University of Texas at Austin and his PhD from Tulane University. He has published books on Mexico’s history and Mexican-American history titled After the Year Eighty: The Demise of Franciscan Power in Spanish New Mexico and North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry. Before moving to Florida in 2010, he taught at universities in Texas, Arkansas, and North Dakota. Prior to working as a college professor, he has worked at the Glacier, Death Valley, and Carlsbad Caverns national parks.

Topics: Immigration history, U.S.–Mexico relations, U.S.–Latin America relations, and World Wars I and II

Robert K. Prescott, Robert K. Prescott
Associate Professor of Management, Crummer Graduate School of Business

Robert Prescott, senior professional in human resources, is an associate professor of management, teaching graduate-level courses in both the MBA and Masters of Human Resources programs. With decades of teaching and consulting experience at national and international universities and businesses, Prescott delivers a comprehensive yet applied perspective to students. He has co-authored several books, including Strategic Human Resource Leader: How to Prepare Your Organization for the Six Key Trends Shaping the Future and Human Resource Transformation: Demonstrating Leadership in the Face of Future Trends.

Topics: Human resource, performance and career management; organizational behavior and development; training and development; and enterprise consulting

Dean of the Hamilton Holt School David Richard David Richard
Dean, Hamilton Holt School

Professor of Psychology David Richard was named the Hamilton Holt School dean in April 2012. A distinguished faculty member in the psychology department, Richard is a clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavior therapist who specializes in behavioral assessment, psychological trauma, and leadership. An accomplished scholar on clinical psychology and exposure therapy, Richard is the co-editor of two books in those fields and is currently working on a book about pathological gambling. He has published numerous scholarly articles on personality disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, exposure therapies, and behavioral assessment. His current research interests include the effects of nutrition on mental health, instrument and measurement development, and integrating multimedia technology and teaching instruction. Outside of Rollins, Richard serves as the co-editor of the journal International Gambling Studies, a position he’s held since 2010. He has also worked as a research consultant to Florida Hospital and the University of Central Florida College of Nursing.

Topics: Leadership, the relationship between mental health and nutrition, posttraumatic stress disorder, and adult learners

Director of the Winter Park Institute Gail Sinclair Gail D. Sinclair
Executive Director and Scholar in Residence, Winter Park Institute

Gail Sinclair has served as executive director and scholar in residence of the Winter Park Institute since 2008. She also coordinated the 2007 colloquy, “Liberal Education and Social Responsibility in a Global Community.” Her publications include co-authoring War + Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway’s Early Life and Writings, co-editing Key West Hemingway: A Reassessment, and authoring essays in Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” Teaching Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms,” and the Cambridge University Press Authors in Context Series—Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Edith Wharton. She currently serves on the boards of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.

Topics: Modern American literature, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, feminism and women writers, and scholarly events organization

Bruce Stephenson Bruce Stephenson
Professor of Environmental Studies, Hamilton Holt School

Bruce Stephenson has worked as a public planner, consultant, and professor, and has published extensively on issues relating to environmental protection and urban planning. He is also a contributing scholar to the Florida Humanities Council and appeared in Imagining a New Florida, a PBS documentary that outlines the prospects for community building after the Great Recession.

Topics: Urban planning, growth management, environmental protection, new urbanism, smart growth, and transportation

Professor of Psychology Robert Smither Bob Smither
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Bob Smither is dean of Rollins’ College of Arts & Sciences and a professor of psychology. He received his doctorate in psychology from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to Rollins, he taught at Georgetown University and worked at the U. S. Department of State. Smither is the author of 10 books on psychology, politics, and finance. His areas of expertise include leadership, organizational psychology, and personality theory.

Topics: Political psychology, political sex scandals, personality and human nature, organizational transformation, leadership success and failure, and psychology and Islam

Claire Strom Claire Strom
Rapetti-Trunzo Professor of History

Claire Strom was born in Boston and raised in the United Kingdom, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Oxford University. After returning to the United States, she worked for the Minnesota Historical Society before earning her PhD in agricultural history and rural studies at Iowa State University. Her work has addressed various aspects of American social and political history in the 19th and 20th centuries. She has served as editor of the international journal Agricultural History since 2003. Strom’s current research is on the sexual history of Florida.

Topics: Social and political history in the 19th and 20th centuries

Eren Tatari Eren Tatari
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Rollins assistant professor of political science Eren Tatari teaches courses on comparative politics, Middle East politics, Muslims in western politics, and research methods. Her teaching and research focuses on ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. and Western Europe (particularly Muslims and Arab Americans), Middle East politics, democratic theory and minority rights, politics and religion, women in Islam, and gender politics. She received her MA from Purdue University and her PhD from Indiana University.

Topics: Islam, Middle East politics, Muslims in America and Western Europe, and minority politics (race, ethnicity, and gender)

Tonia Tonia Warnecke
Associate Professor of Business & Social Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of The Center for India and South Asia

Tonia Warnecke holds the 2013 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in International Development Studies at McGill University, Montreal. An economist specializing in gender and development issues, including labor, finance, and social policy, she has received several awards for her research and has presented her research at many global venues, including the International Labour Organization. In 2013 she collaborated with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development on a project about social and solidarity economy. Her co-edited book Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life includes 33 chapters of original research.

Topics: Economic development; gender; social entrepreneurship; labor policy; social policy; female entrepreneurship; microfinance; and development challenges and opportunities for China, India, and other developing nations

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