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Below is a comprehensive list of faculty that teach across all of Virginia Tech's MBA program formats. Click the faculty name to be directed to their biography.


Ruth Caul
Ruth Caul teaches strategic human resource management. She has more than 25 years of experience in finance and human resources in the paper and packaging manufacturing industry, most recently serving as Senior HR Manager with WestRock. She is also member of Virginia Tech's  MBA Alumni Advisory Board and holds a SHRM-SCP Certification.
MBA Virginia Tech | B.A. Asbury University

Krista Crawford-Mathis
Dr. Crawford teaches ethical leadership in a global environment. She has more than 30 years of human resource, organizational management, and non-profit leadership experience. Her areas of research interest include cultural intelligence, leadership, and applied ethics.
Ph.D. Capella University | MBA Radford University | B.S.B.A. University of Arkansas

Dawn Leijon
Dawn Leijon teaches marketing courses, including Marketing Policy and Strategy. She is an experienced senior marketing strategist and has had an extensive career in marketing, most recently serving as the Senior Director of Product Marketing for CoStar Group.
MBA University of Chicago | B.S. University of Pennsylvania

Aaron Hall
Mr. Hall is a certified Project Management Professional and teaches Project Management.  He is the Head of Portfolio and Project Management at Carfax and previously held several roles in project and program management.
M.S. George Washington University | Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University |  B.S. Virginia Tech

Ron Hodge
Ron Hodge has more than 30 years of professional leadership and management experience, most recently as a Partner/Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, with a concentration and Behavioral Economics in Science and Technology.
MBA George Washington University | B.S. Virginia Tech

Steve Hood
Steve Hood has over fifteen years of experience as an intelligence officer for the United States Army, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He is currently a Research Fellow at the Ann Caracristi Institute for Intelligence Research at National Intelligence University under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. His work there focuses on risk and how to improve integration of Artificial Intelligence agents in an expert analytic workforce.

Stephen received his B.A. in English from the University of Southern California in 2003.  He holds a M.A. in Theology and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006, and an MBA from Virginia Tech in 2017. Steve’s research focuses on consumer bidding behavior in auctions is influenced by assessments of own and competitor expertise and how contingent wins and losses influence product valuations. Starting in 2018, Steve has presented his research at multiple INFORMS Marketing Science Conferences.

Olga Livingston
Dr. Olga Livingston is a Senior Economist leading the cyber economics portfolio for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Her background is in Econometrics with extensive experiences in modeling and risk analysis. Her current work supports analysis of the benefits of the cybersecurity investment, cost of cyber incidents, effectiveness and justifiability of potential mitigations, as well as barriers and catalysts for technology adoption.

Ph.D. Oregon State University | Master of International Management, Whitworth University | Master of Management and Economics and Bachelor of Management and Economics, Chernigov State University

Greg Justice
Greg Justice began teaching at Virginia Tech in 1983, teaching all levels of acting and movement courses. He now serves as Undergraduate Coordinator for Theatre and Cinema. He has acted in over 100 shows, directed over 40 productions, and offers workshops and executive coaching on "The Art of Business: Using Acting Techniques in Presentations, Sales and Corporate Communication" for businesses and business organizations.
M.F.A The Pennsylvania State University | B.F.A University of Utah 

Janine Finnell
Janine Finnell is the Founder and Executive Director of Leaders in Energy (LE), a global action network of energy and sustainability professionals and other changemakers seeking to bring about and accelerate solutions for a societal green transformation.  Its focus includes green economy and jobs, green practices, products, and services, including the circular economy, and to share best practices and success stories from those working on projects and innovations in these areas. 

In founding LE, Janine draws upon an extensive domestic and international career in policy and research, program management, communications, outreach, and management consulting in the energy and sustainability fields.  Her experience includes working at a state energy office, serving as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and employment at IBM, DynCorp International, the Institute of Energy Analysis, and consulting to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as non-governmental organizations, DOE national laboratories, and the electric utility industry.

Janine serves on the Board of the Alliance for Regional Cooperation, a nonprofit which works with local businesses, consumers, and social enterprises to foster regional economic activity in the interests of economic justice, sustainability, and cultural vitality.  She served on the Association of Energy Engineers Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) National Board as its Chair for the Career Advancement Committee.  In addition, she is a member of the National Capital Area Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE).

She holds a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural and Applied Economics (with a focus on international development and energy resource economics) and pursued postgraduate work at George Washington University in energy and environmental management and resource policy.   M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison | B.A. University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh