Department of Business Economics

Bunnell, Sheena
Professor of Business/Economics - Director/Researcher Maine Health Research Institute
Phone: 207.778.7440
1995 PhD Florida State University; 1991 MS Florida State University; 1988 MBA Plymouth State College; 1985 BSc Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Consumer Behavior, Health Economics, Macroeconomics, Mangerial Economics, Money and Banking
Health Information Systems:
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

Sheena Bunnell teaches courses in Business Economics with an emphasis on application in applied quantitative research, healthcare, consumer trends, and current economic events. Her classes are interactive and engage students in real world business applications that focus on international and domestic markets. Business goes beyond borders and understanding global interdependence is vital for future enterepreneurs and financiers whether they are working for their own small business or a Fortune 500 company . For example, in Consumer Behavior students learn the importance of business to consumer relations and engage in the understanding of the U.S. consumer as they navigate the $16 Trillion U.S. economy.  She works collaboratively with students on healthcare research projects and supervises student internships. Her passion for teaching is like her passion for gardening where it is very fulfilling to watch a student grow and blossom.

Dalpour, Shahrokh
Professor of Business
Phone: 207.778.7441
1996 Post Doctorate University of Northern Colorado; 1991 Post Doctorate Idaho State University; 1979 MBA Business Administartion, University of Northen Colorado; 1974 BS Economics, University of Mazandaran; 1987 EDD Higher Education Administration, University of Northrn Colorado; 1975 BA Labor Law, University of Mazandaran
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: National and International Consultant, Strategic Management, international Busuness, Human Resources Management, Marketing and Management
Business Psychology: Human Resources Management, Human Resources Develpoment, Management and Organizational Development
International & Global Studies: International Business,International Management , International Marketing
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration: Marketing,Management,Human Resources Management & Development

Dr. Dalpour teaches courses in Business with an emphasis on strategy in business management, marketing, Human Resource Management and development. Waleck has traveled and worked worldwide as a business and management consultant. In addition to conducting lecture courses, Dr. Dalpour runs an annual seminar at the Universite du Maine at Lemans and Sorbonne University in France. He has also been cooperating with many universities in Turkey for a number of years. Waleck is currently a member of an international studies committee and has been involved as an advisor for International Studies and International Students. Dr. Dalpour was appointed as the Ambassador of International Trade for Governor Angus King and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Business M.B.A program at Southern New Hampshire University since 1992. Waleck’s area of interests for research fall within the realm of international business strategy.

Engert, Frank
Professor of Business
Phone: 207.778.7412
1995 PhD State University of New York at Buffalo; 1989 MSc Niagara University; 1975 MBA McMaster University; 1973 BSc McMaster University
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Digital Marketing, Marketing, Service Operations Management, Social Media Marketing
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration: Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Marketing, Resort Management, Social Media Marketing, Tourism / Service Operations Management

My academic interests include management, marketing and entrepreneurship, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sector. I teach in the Outdoor Recreation Business Administration (ORBA), Business-Economics and other business-related programs at UMF. My courses include marketing principles, social media maarketing, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, resort managment, hospitality management and tourism / service operations management. I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, xc-skiing, and just being outdoors.

Harper, Wendy
Associate Professor of Economics
Phone: 207.778.7438
2000 PhD University of New Hampshire; 1995 MA University of New Hampshire; 1990 BA Bates College
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Environmental Economics, International Trade, Non Market Valuation
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

Wendy Harper teaches courses in environmental economics and finance. Her research interests include local sustainable development and local agriculture. She is involved students in her research in the Rangeley Lakes region investigating the impact of tourism and land use change. This work was funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Students in her classes have presented work that investigates food insecurity on campus, in the community and in the state and nation. She is currently engaged with other interested scholars to increase financial literacy on campus. In her free time, she is a long-distance runner.

Messier, John
Professor of Economics
Phone: 207.778.8172
2005 PhD American University; 1998 BA Economics, Richard Stockton College
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Behavioral Economics, Economics of Developing Countries, Fair Trade, Quantitative Methods
Business Psychology: Behavioral Economics
International & Global Studies: Development, Latin America
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

John is an economist and advocate for social justice.   He has worked with informal vendors in Quito Ecuador and coffee growers in Mexico and Nicaragua.  He led a student group to Chiapas Mexico on a research project investigating the impact of fair trade participation on childhood nutrition and education.  Most recently he spent time in Matagalpa Nicaragua working with fair trade and traditional coffee growers and plans on returning with a student group.  His course offerings include International Economic Development, International Trade and Finance and Behavioral Economics.  When not in the classroom, John enjoys hiking, travelling and gardening.

Mitchell, Clyde
Professor of Business
Phone: 207.778.7413
2007 PhD University of KwaZulu-Natal; 2001 MS University of Natal; 1988 BS University of Cape Town
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Accounting, Business Ethics, Corporate Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Reporting
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

Dr. Mitchell has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He trained as an accountant and auditor with Ernst and Young in South Africa, after which he worked as a management consultant before joining academia. Prior to UMF he taught at two major South African Universities, where he taught both graduate and undergraduate Accounting and Finance. His PhD and primary research interests are in the field of Corporate Social and Environmental Reporting. He currently teaches on the Business Economics Program and the Outdoor Recreation Business Administration interdisciplinary programs at UMF.

From the University of Southern Maine (your final 2 years)

  • Associate Professor Adele Baruch, PhD, MSW, LCPC
  • Associate Professor Charles Bernacchio, EdD, CRC
  • Assistant Professor Mario DeLaGarza, PhD, LPC, NCC
  • Lecturer and Program Coordinator Susan Jones, PhD, CCS
  • Associate Professor Bette Katsekas, EdD, LCPC, ACS, NCC
  • Lecturer Melissa Rosenberg, PhD, LCPC
  • Adjunct Instructor Kristin Tugman, PhD, CRC

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