The Pamplin College of Business faculty has a tripartite mission: research, teaching and service. This mission empowers our faculty to provide the exact kind of business education that is needed to manage the more complex organizations of today. We have carefully selected the Pamplin EMBA program faculty keeping in mind the interactive nature of the program. Our full-time faculty from Blacksburg as well as the Northern Virginia campus teach in the program.
Dr. Brian Gittens is a human resource professional and researcher with more than 20 years of experience in administration and operations. He is currently the Director of Human Resources for the Department of Medicine and the Director of Diversity Initiatives for the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. Brian’s professional experience includes a 13-year military career where he served as an enlisted member and officer. He has held several leadership positions in higher education to include development, outreach, strategic business operations, and human resources. In addition, Dr. Gittens has presented his research on leadership and organizational culture at a number of national meetings and workshops and has published several articles and book chapters. Brian has been an adjunct professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy and the Pamplin School of Business for the past 5 years, teaching a range of human resources courses including staffing and development, compensation, strategic human resources, organizational behavior, and change management. He is the owner of ARETE Talent and Organizational Development, LLC, an independent consulting company focused on improving organizations by improving human resource systems. Dr. Gittens holds a B.A in communications and an MPA from the Center for Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech. He also received his Ed.D in Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University with a research interest in leadership and organizational culture. Additionally, he has earned several certifications including the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).×
Donald E. Hatfield (Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles) is an Associate Professor. His research has been published in the Journal of Industrial Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Journal of Product and Innovation Management, IEEE-Engineering Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and others. Dr. Hatfield has presented papers internationally for the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Institute for Operations Research & the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Southern Economic Association, and various universities' seminar series. He has been an active in the leadership of the Academy of Management, and Strategic Management Society. Dr. Hatfield has served as a reviewer for the Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Science, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management and the Annual Academy of Management--where he has been recognized as one of the top reviewers. Dr. Hatfield is currently on the Editorial Board of the Organization Science, and has served on the editorial boards of both the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Management.
Dr. Hatfield has taught at CEIBS (Shanghai), The University of Iowa, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) and The California State University at Northridge. At Virginia Tech, Dr. Hatfield has taught courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. level. These courses have covered strategic management, organizational theory, technology management, statistics, introduction to management, and entrepreneurial leadership consulting at the undergraduate level. Dr. Hatfield has taught in the traditional classroom and in a variety of distant learning programs. He has led student consulting projects for both profit and not-for-profit organizations involving such management challenges as electronic business-to-business website strategy, business plans, and market evaluations. He served as the Director of the Small Business Institute at Virginia Tech for five years. Dr. Hatfield has received the Pamplin Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award in recognition of his teaching efforts.
His current interests deal with the interaction between the fields of economics, finance, organizational theory, and strategic management. Dr. Hatfield's current research is focused upon how managers can deal with the uncertainty associated with technology, and the underlying factors driving geographic industrial clustering. Dr. Hatfield's interests in the management of technology, and corporate strategy trace back to his experiences as a chemical engineer for Gulf Oil. He has also spent time working as a computer consultant, and consultant to small businesses.×
Dick Newman has over thirty years of experience with Unilever, the international consumer products giant. This featured a number of senior marketing positions in the UK, Australia, the Netherlands and Italy as well as the USA, where he was Vice President of Marketing for their ice cream brands – Breyer’s, Good Humor, Klondike and Popsicle. At Unilever’s corporate office in Rotterdam he was responsible for the development of their global ice cream brand strategy. Past experience also includes a period as client service director at Interpublic’s McCann Erickson ad agency in Hong Kong. Besides his consulting activities Dick teaches in the undergraduate and full-time and evening MBA programs at the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University and the R H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is also actively involved in the marketing program at Georgetown’s Center for Continuing and Professional Education. He has a first class Master’s degree in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He lives in Annapolis, MD.×