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Dr. Marsha Bayless
Department Chair and Professor

Dr. Marsha Bayless received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University and her doctoral degree in business education and communication from Oklahoma State University. Bayless joined the SFA faculty in 1989 after serving for several years in universities and community colleges across the nation. She is a member of the Association for Business Communication and has been honored with several awards, such as Distinguished Member, Francis Weeks Award of Merit and Outstanding Educator. Bayless has served as president for the ABC and the ABC Southwestern U.S. region as well as president of the Texas Business and Technology Educators Association. Her research interests include business communication, storytelling, written and oral communication, teamwork, online education, and teaching pedagogy.

Dr. Christopher McKenna
Assistant Professor

Dr. Christopher McKenna received his bachelor’s degree in English and economics from the University of Virginia and his master’s degree in English and doctoral degree in English and American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined SFA in 2015 and has industry experience with various companies. He is the founder and president of Macondo Systems, a financial technology consulting company. McKenna worked as the chief technology officer for Smith Breeden Associates, with Bank of America on risk management and compliance technology, senior systems architect and vice president for Bankers Trust Company, senior project manager for Wilco Systems, assistant vice president for Lehman Brothers, and senior associate for Morgan Stanley. His research interests include business communication, student success and career preparedness, information technology and systems development, and business ethics.

Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury
Assistant Professor

Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury brings more than 30 years of military experience to the classroom. He has a Bachelor of Science in aviation management from Metropolitan State College, a master’s degree in management from Florida State University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law, a Master of Law in international and operational law from the Army Judge Advocate General’s Law Center and School, and a professional diploma in U.S. aviation law from the International Airline Transport Association and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Prior to joining the SFA faculty in 2017, Shrewsbury served as general counsel and director of legal services for the U.S. Air Force in the United Kingdom and Japan. He also served as general counsel and chief of operations and international law for Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii; deputy general counsel for U.S. European Command in Germany; legal advisor for the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece; deputy staff judge advocate for the 20th Fighter Wing in South Carolina; and chief of military justice and tort law at the Ogden Air Logistics Center in Utah. From 1993 to 2017 Shrewsbury also worked as an executive trainer and instructor for the U.S. Air Force. His research interests include air and aviation law, corporate ethics, and international business ethics.

Dr. Laurie Rogers

A three-time SFA graduate, Dr. Laurie Rogers received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from SFA. Prior to becoming a lecturer at her alma mater, Rogers taught at Angelina Junior College and in public schools in Houston and Nacogdoches. Rogers’ industry experience includes working as a senior corporate trainer, senior instructional designer, learning management system administrator and quality assurance trainer. Her research interests are pedagogy, utilizing narrative to enhance learning and college to business management.


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