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Southern Oregon University

Karen Clarke
Karen Clarke
  • Certified Treasury Professional
  • MAT, Southern Oregon University, 2007
  • Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington, 1996
  • BA, California State University at Stanislaus, 1990

Karen brings more than 30 years of financial management experience into the classroom. She has taught accounting for 15 years, observing many changes in the financial reporting process. Much of her teaching focuses on budgeting, finance and accounting. She also teaches treasury management as an adjunct faculty for the Association of Financial Professionals. Karen teaches "Budget and Finance" and elective offerings related to those topics.

Kurt Knudsen
Kurt Knudsen
  • JD, Santa Clara University, 1991
  • MA, Geography (Urban Planning), UC-Davis, 1980
  • BA, English and Geography (double major), UC-Davis, 1979

Kurt teaches the "Legal Issues in Management" course. He provides legal advice and services for a wide range of businesses, including Butler Automotive Group, Capital Associates, and Falcon Northwest Computer Systems. His legal practice focuses primarily on business, government, and land use law. Kurt has also held executive positions at large organizations managing general services, contracting, business development, planning and construction.

John Laughlin
John Laughlin
  • DPA, Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1990
  • MBA, Southern Oregon State College, 1981
  • MA, Psychology, University of Sydney, 1973
  • BS, Comprehensive Social Sciences, St. Cloud State University, 1968
  • BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1966

John is an Associate Professor and former Dean of the School of Business. He teaches "Orientation to Capstone," as well as the Research and Capstone courses. His teaching and research interests include business and labor history, organizational training, and organizational change.

Joan McBee
Joan McBee
  • DBA, Argosy University, 2007
  • MBA, Southern Oregon University, 1991
  • BS, Business Administration, Southern Oregon University, 1984

Joan teaches "Marketing for Private and Nonprofit Organizations." Prior to teaching, Joan sold mutual funds and real estate investments, financed nonconventional and commercial loans, and worked as a title officer for an escrow company.

Katie Pittman
Katie Pittman
  • Ph.D., Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University, 2008
  • MBA, Computer Information Systems,
              San Francisco State University, 1989
  • BS, 1983, Marketing, LeMoyne College, 1993

Katie earned a BS degree (1983) in Marketing from LeMoyne College in Syracuse , New York , an MBA (1989) in Computer Information Systems from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Her background includes eighteen years of work experience outside of academia; primarily in data analysis and in the development, maintenance, and administration of organizational information systems.

Cynthia Scherr
Cynthia Scherr
  • MBA-Stanford Graduate School of Business;
  • MTS-Harvard Divinity School

Cynthia teaches Organizational Leadership both in Ashland and in Guanajuato. Cynthia studies organizational leadership in the context of her management consulting practice. She works with CEOs and leadership teams on strategic planning, team alignment and executive coaching and chairs two CEO peer groups in the Rogue Valley.

Steve Schein
Steve Schein
  • MA, Fielding Graduate University, 2004
  • BS, Accounting, University of Colorado,, 1982

Steve teaches "Strategic Management." A CPA and former CEO, Steve Schein has more than 25 years of leadership, business development and senior management experience in a broad range of industries. His primary areas of interest include organizational leadership; strategic management; systems thinking; and the interdependence between leadership, strategy, culture, individual satisfaction and overall performance.

Hart Wilson
Hart Wilson
  • MM, Southern Oregon University, 2002
  • BA, Oregon State University, 1979

Hart is a graduate of the MiM program and teaches the "Orientation to Graduate Study" seminar in the fall and spring. She also teaches Project Management as an elective offering in the program. Hart's professional background includes owning and operating a winery in Northeast Ohio for 10 years. Her interests lie in marketing, event management and teaching.