Our Faculty

Dr. Timothy DeGroot, Ph.D.
Dr. Timothy DeGroot, Chairman of the Department of Management and Labor Relations, earned his Ph.D. in Management (HR/OB) in 1997 from the University of Florida and has an M.B.A. from Florida State University. Among the outlets in which his research has been published are Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly and Human Resource Management Journal. Dr. DeGroot is a member of the Academy of Management and his primary research interests are in employee selection, contextual job performance, and leadership, all areas in which he teaches courses. Dr. DeGroot has been a consultant to numerous firms and has presented seminars and lectures to many groups.
Heidi Meier, D.B.A., CPA
Heidi Meier, Professor of Accounting, teaches managerial and financial accounting and is an expert in the area of auditing. Her research has been published in Financial Management, Accounting and Business Research, Research in Accounting Regulation, Journal of Emerging Issues, Journal of International Accounting, Journal of Managerial Issues, and Internal Auditor. Heidi Meier’s current research interests include, among other topics, the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on non-profit organizations. She also received several awards for her work, such as the Legacy Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Distinguished Research Award. In addition, she has conducted seminars for the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Ohio Society of CPAs, the City of Akron and other private and professional organizations.
Bryan J. Pesta, Ph.D., SPHR
Bryan Pesta, Assistant Professor of Management, teaches human resources management. His research interests covers a variety of topics such as HR selection and testing, the structure of intelligence, applied cognition, individual differences, stereotype threat as a non-explanation for performance, decision making, and employment discrimination law. Bryan has publications in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, memory and cognition, Memory & Cognition, and Employee Responsibilities and Right Journal. He has also served as an expert witness and statistician in federal court cases involving discrimination and adverse impact analysis. Bryan Pesta is a recipient of the Excellence in Humanist Communication Award from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. He also works as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Social Psychology.
Tracy H Porter, Ph.D.
Tracy H. Porter has been an active member of the business and academic community for over 20 years. Currently she is a Term Instructor at Cleveland State University with the Department of Management and Labor Relations. Her business experience was primarily focused in the health care field where she was an independent consultant specializing in practice and facility management.
Susan Storrud-Barnes, Ph.D.
Susan Storrud-Barnes is an Assistant Professor teaching Strategic Management. She has more than 20 years in the architect/engineer/construction industry, as a consultant, project manager, and editor at Parson, U.S. Department of Energy, and Rockwell. She frequently uses her experiences to illustrate classroom concepts. Her research is focused on financial market cycle pressures on strategy and the legal tactics that firms can take to balance firm profits and stock prices. Susan also does research in service firm international entry and entrepreneurship. Susan Storrud-Barnes received several awards acknowledging her work, such as the Teacher of the Year and also Researcher of the Year honors at Washington State University.