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Faculty Fellows

Robert Baron


Robert A. Baron holds the Spears Chair in Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. He is widely respected as a leading scholar in cognitive and social factors in entrepreneurship, and has successfully bridged two distinct academic disciplines of psychology and entrepreneurship. Most recently, he held the Bruggeman Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Tom Brown

Tom J. Brown (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison) is Noble Foundation Chair in Marketing Strategy and Professor of Marketing in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. In addition, he serves as Director for the Center for Customer Interface Excellence. His current research interests include the customer orientation of service workers and other factors that influence interactions between customers and frontline employees, as well as the causes and effects of corporate reputation. 

Lloyd Caldwell

Lloyd Caldwell is a member of the Theatre Faculty of Oklahoma State University, and a Riata Fellow in the Spears School of Business. In a career spanning 30 years he has appeared off-Broadway and regionally, and in feature films and television. His credits include roles at the American Place Theatre, The Roundabout Theatre, La Mama Theatre Company, and a national tour as John Adams in 1776. His acting film credits include The Group, Dropped Frames, Resistance, and A Great Day. Since 1986 Lloyd has choreographed stage combat for 100 professional productions and 120 university productions in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Kathy Curry 

Katherine Curry is an assistant professor in the College of Education, School of Educational Studies. She teaches masters and doctoral level courses in educational leadership. Former experience includes middle school principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and headmaster. Dr. Curry's research interests include family/school partnerships, parent social networks, and school culture/climate.

Aaron Hill

Aaron D. Hill holds the Williams S. Spears Chair in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University. His primary research focuses on understanding how the personal characteristics and situational factors of both executives and other key employees work both independently and in concert to affect firm-level outcomes. Dr. Hill's research has examined executives at both the individual and collective levels, including founders and chief executives as well as members of top management teams and boards of directors.

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He holds the William S. Spears Chair of Business Administration and serves as co-director of the Center for Sustainable Business and Nonprofit Management. He earned his Ph.D. at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, his MBA at Michigan State University and his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado.

Toby Joplin

Toby Joplin serves as a Clinical Assitant Professor in Managemet and is currently the Director of the Executive Doctorate Programs in Business Management. He cofounded tax research website. The site was recognized by Time Magazine, Forbes, Business Week (Top 50 Uses of the Web), and the Stanford Graduate School & Harvard Business Review. 

Jayson Lusk

Jayson Lusk is a Regents Professor and the Willard Sparks Endowed Chair of Agricultrual Economics. After earning a B.S. in Food Technology from Texas Tech University in 1997, Lusk received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 2000.  His first job out of graduate school was as an assistant professor at Mississippi State University, where he stayed for three years before moving to Purdue University as an Associate Professor.  In 2005, he accepted my current position at Oklahoma State.  


Bill McLean

Bill McLean has served in a number of educational positons including Oklahoma State University Economics Lecturer, Oklahoma Christian University Adjunct Professor, Oklahoma State University Economics Graduate Teaching Associate, United States Army Operations, Plans & Training Officer/LTC/Professor of Military Science, and Oklahoma State University Professor and Head, Department of Military Science, August 1993 - August 1997. 

Brandon Mueller

Brandon Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. He recently received his Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and strategic management from Indiana University, where he developed and focused his primary research efforts on exploring opportunity recognition processes, entrepreneurial learning, and the development of entrepreneurial expertise. Prior to returning for his Ph.D., Brandon was involved in several new venture startups, and worked as a consultant for both Accenture and the University of Iowa Research Foundation.

William Pavia 

William Paiva was recently named the new executive director of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI). Paiva is a health and biotech venture capitalist has served as a board of director for the CHSI since its establishment in 2012. He brings more than 25 years of venture-capital, biomedical-industry and management-consulting experience to the CHSI. He specializes in identifying early-stage venture opportunities at the intersection of traditional information technology sectors and health care.

Griffin Pivateau

Griffin Pivateau studies legal issues relevant to entrepreneurs. He is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies.

Betty Simkins

Betty Simkins’ research interests include enterprise risk management financial and energy risk management, international finance, and corporate governance. Simkins is a Williams Companies Professor of Business.

Josh Weiner

Joshua L. Wiener (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, economics) is Carson Professor of Business and head of the Department of Marketing in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. His research interests are primarily focused in the area of marketing and public policy and his research has been published in the Journal of MarketingJournal of Marketing ResearchJournal of Consumer ResearchJournal of Public Policy and Marketing and other scholarly journals. Josh is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing; he has been primary investigator (or co- PI) on millions of dollars of research grants over the years. He teaches business and the external environment (including ethics, politics, and regulation) to MBA students.