Nelson Rusche College of Business
Our faculty members educate the leaders of tomorrow to meet the challenges of a dynamic global business environment. At both the undergraduate and graduate level, you will benefit from our personalized student focus, incredible opportunities for intellectual and professional development, and a career-focused curriculum that prepares you for real-world success.
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At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom.
Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.
2021 Marlin C. Young Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury
Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury teaches graduate and undergraduate international and transnational law courses, business law, negotiations and dispute resolution, and business governance and ethics. His research interests include air and aviation law, corporate ethics, and international business ethics.
“My focus in being a college professor as a second career has always been on employing the most effective teaching methods possible to engage students and help them learn,” Shrewsbury said. “Being recognized by my peers in the College of Business motivates me to press on toward that goal even more.”
Shrewsbury brought more than 30 years of military experience to the classroom upon his arrival at SFA in 2017. Read more about Shrewsbury's service.
Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, assistant professor of legal studies
Five-Year BBA/MPA Program graduate student
Nicole Phifer, a graduate student in accountancy at the Rusche College of Business, recently received an important windfall – a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a nonprofit established through the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee the audits of public companies.
The agency’s scholarships are funded through fines assessed on accounting firms across the world. For Phifer, a 21-year-old graduate student from Rusk, the scholarship means she can focus on maintaining her 4.0 GPA, finishing out her coursework, and ramping up her CPA prep this spring. Considering that the CPA cycle can cost in excess of $3,000 – in addition to fall and spring tuition – the scholarship is not just an accolade, but an essential, enabling element of Phifer’s five-year Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Professional Accountancy program at SFA.
Nicole Phifer, recipient of a $10,000 scholarship through the
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Sarah Bone, a graphic design major with a minor in marketing from the Rusche College of Business, received a $5,000 Skyline Displays of Houston Graphic Arts Education Scholarship for the 2020 fall semester through the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston. The nonprofit awards scholarships to those working on undergraduate or post-graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, public relations or related fields. Bone also competed on SFA’s team for the National Student Advertising Competition with Adobe as the client, and was on the first-place team at AAF Houston’s ad competition last year. Bone is a senior from Richmond.
Sarah Bone, recipient of a $5,000 scholarship through the
Advertising Education Foundation of Houston
Class of 2015
McKenna Maxwell recently paid a visit to SFA’s campus to meet with current students and impart career wisdom while touting the college’s impact on her education.
“I got a great education from SFA because of professors who are invested with their students and where they go from there,” Maxwell said. “They keep in contact with graduates after they leave, they’re always willing to help, and they gave me an education that is comparable or better than what I would’ve gotten anywhere else. Being able to count on a close, personal relationship with professors gives SFA students a leg up compared to some of the bigger schools in Texas.”
McKenna Maxwell, manager of data science and analytics at Dallas-based
MPower Practice Management, with Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev, Department Chair and
Professor, economics and finance
Economics professor makes economics fun through experiential learning
A few years ago, a group of SFA students coined the term “Scanlanomics” in recognition of one of their favorite economics professors, Dr. Mark Scanlan.
Through an online prediction game, Fredcast, developed by the Federal Reserve Bank, students predict key economic variables. Scanlan designates a day each month for students to discuss their predictions and research. Scanlan has been a member of the SFA faculty since 2005. His goal is to make the material “meaningful, interesting and relevant for students.” He invites banking guest lecturers to visit his class and discuss different topics the students have learned in his money and banking course.
Dr. Mark Scanlan, Professor, economics and finance department
Scanlan was recognized with a Bright Spot award by the SFA Faculty Senate,
the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the SFA vice presidents.
CPA advocates for up-and-coming entrepreneurs
First and foremost, Eric Pierre '03 is an entrepreneur. And it's in that role, as CEO of Pierre Accounting, that he hopes to achieve his biggest accomplishment — serving the needs of his clients while also inspiring minorities to pursue and achieve careers in accounting, finance, law and other distinguished professions.
Read more in the Sawdust Magazine fall 2021 issue.
Eric Pierre '03
Bachelor of Business Administration and
a Master of Professional Accountancy through the five-year program at SFA
Dr. Stephanie Ross is the inaugural recipient of the Sammie Smith Professorship
Assistant professor of accounting Dr. Stephanie Ross was awarded the Sammie Smith Professorship, created through an endowment by Professor Emeritus Dr. Sammie Smith. Ross, a Certified Public Accountant, earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at San Antonio after nearly 15 years working as an accountant and controller in the private sector. She also holds a bachelor’s in economics and finance, a master of science in accounting and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include compensation, corporate governance and auditing. Read more.
Dr. Stephanie Ross