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Business Administration Faculty

Whether you're learning to discern the subtext of an advertising campaign or discovering the role of ethics in the business world, our College of Business Administration faculty will prime you for an interesting and rewarding career in business.

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Mike-BernacchiMike BernacchiMike Bernacchi Professor, Business Administration Degrees B.A. and M.A., Drake University Ph.D, Southern Illinois University J.D., University of Detroit Mercy Teaches Marketing Management Consumer Behavior Marketing Communications Research and Corporate Social Mike Bernacchi Professor, Business Administration Degrees B.A. and M.A., Drake University Ph.D, Southern Illinois University J.D., University of Detroit Mercy Teaches Marketing Management Consumer Behavior Marketing Communications Research and Corporate Social Mike Bernacchi/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/Mike-BernacchiMike BernacchiProfessor, Business AdministrationB.A. and M.A., Drake UniversityPh.D, Southern Illinois UniversityJ.D., University of Detroit MercyMarketing ManagementConsumer BehaviorMarketing CommunicationsResearch and Corporate Social Responsibility/Commerce & Finance 201A313-993-1116bernacmd@udmercy.eduCollege of Business Administrationhttp://business.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/UDM-MikeBernacchi-lrg.jpgUDM-MikeBernacchi-lrg.jpgUDM-MikeBernacchi-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classI’ll challenge you to tell me what is not marketing, to show me headlines not generated by politics, to understand where and when current events occur, and how they fit in the economic tapestry of supply and demand.Great things for you at UDMIt’s true that small classes give you more opportunity to know each other better.Great things in store after UDMWhether you’re in health care or engineering or architecture, you’ll take what you’ve learned in class and apply a different way of thinking to whatever you’re doing.“We want great things for you” meansWe want to make a difference in your professional and personal lives. I don’t think we can ask more than that.My favorite part about teaching you isThe interaction and the vitality. You challenge me. In turn, my job is to get in your snout and be provocative to elicit interesting thoughts. As a result, we both develop.You might also like to knowI’ve directed a weekly marketing newsletter, Under the Mike-Roscope, for 17 years. But sometimes it directs me./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/UDM-MikeBernacchi-sm.jpgUDM-MikeBernacchi-sm.jpgUDM-MikeBernacchi-sm.jpgI’ll challenge you to tell me what is not marketing and to show me headlines not generated by politics.Gerry-Cavanagh-SJGerry Cavanagh, S.J.Gerald Cavanagh, S.J. Professor of Business Administration; Charles T. Fisher III Chair, Business Ethics Gerald Cavanagh, S.J. Professor of Business Administration; Charles T. Fisher III Chair, Business Ethics Gerry Cavanagh, S.J./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/Gerry-Cavanagh-SJGerald Cavanagh, S.J.Professor of Business Administration; Charles T. Fisher III Chair, Business EthicsB.S., Engineering, Case Institute of TechnologyM.B.A., Ph.L., M.Ed., St. Louis UniversityS.T.L., Loyola UniversityD.B.A., Michigan State UniversityBusiness and SocietyBusiness EthicsSocial Responsibility/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/cv-pdf/Fr.Cavanagh_CV.pdfFr.Cavanagh_CV.pdfFr.Cavanagh_CV.pdfCommerce & Finance313-993-1195cavanagf@udmercy.eduCollege of Business Administrationhttp://business.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/UDM-FrJerryCavanagh-lrg.jpgUDM-FrJerryCavanagh-lrg.jpgUDM-FrJerryCavanagh-lrg.jpgWhy you're going to love my class

I want students to come to know themselves, their future, their lives. Many of us are influenced, unfortunately, by advertising, the media, the Internet, and we don’t have our own goals—we take them from the environment.

I really want you to know what your goals are. I’m going to help you understand yourself.

Great things for you at UDM

In a large number of classes at UDM, we ask students to spend time in a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen or tutoring young kids in the inner city.

The purpose of this service learning is to open horizons beyond your life. I think it’ll have a pretty dramatic effect on you—and become a part of your fabric.

Great things in store after UDMI’ve had people write back 20 years later and say “I still have that paper I wrote for you and it was a terrific influence on me. I changed careers because I realized that this is what I wanted to do.”You might like to know thatI have published five books.
/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/UDM-FrJerryCavanagh-sm.jpgUDM-FrJerryCavanagh-sm.jpgUDM-FrJerryCavanagh-sm.jpgI want students to come to know themselves, their future, their lives.
Jeanne-DavidJeanne DavidJeanne M. David Associate Professor, Accounting; Director, Undergraduate Business Programs Jeanne M. David Associate Professor, Accounting; Director, Undergraduate Business Programs Jeanne David/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/Jeanne-DavidJeanne M. DavidAssociate Professor, Accounting; Director, Undergraduate Business ProgramsB.A., Business Administration, University of Lowell, Mass.M.B.A. and Ph.D., Accounting, Texas A&M UniversityAdvanced AccountingManagerial AccountingFinancial AccountingCrisis Cash and Management Accounting/Commerce & Finance 225313-993-3325Jeanne.david@udmercy.eduCollege of Business Administrationhttp://business.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/UDM-JeanneDavid-lrg.jpgUDM-JeanneDavid-lrg.jpgUDM-JeanneDavid-lrg.jpgWhy you're going to love my class

Because I break down your fears. If you’re intimidated by accounting, it’s probably because you’re intimidated by having to deal with numbers. It’s not the concepts of accounting that are difficult.

So I come into class and hand out a problem for you to tackle before I lecture. Most of time, you’ll bring up in your own words many of the principles underlying accounting. So I can bring you around from thinking you can’t get it to knowing that you can.

When you finish my classYou’ll take away a better understanding of what numbers mean—for one thing, that they’re not golden.Come to UDM if you wantPlenty of hands-on work. We do lots of homework, you’ll have lots of chances to practice it, and you’ll really learn it.My favorite part about teaching you isThe challenges you bring to class. You keep me up to date. We talk about world events, stories in the news. And sometimes you send me home with homework!No other professor can say to youI caught a lobster in the ocean with my bare hands.
/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/UDM-JeanneDavid-sm.jpgUDM-JeanneDavid-sm.jpgUDM-JeanneDavid-sm.jpgYou'll take away a better understanding of what numbers mean — for one thing, that they're not golden.
indexBusiness Administration FacultyCollege of Business Administration FacultyUDM, Business Administration, Mike Bernacchi, teaching, professors, doctors, mbaCBA Faculty/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/indexOmid-SabbaghiOmid SabbaghiOmid Sabbaghi Assistant Professor, Finance Degrees B.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley B.A., Statistics, University of California, Berkeley B.A., Applied Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley M.B.A., University of Chicago Booth School of Business Ph.D., Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Teaches Investments and Corporate FinanceOmid Sabbaghi Assistant Professor, Finance Degrees B.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley B.A., Statistics, University of California, Berkeley B.A., Applied Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley M.B.A., University of Chicago Booth School of Business Ph.D., Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Teaches Investments and Corporate FinanceOmid Sabbaghi/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/Omid-SabbaghiOmid SabbaghiAssociate Professor, FinanceB.A., Economics, University of California, BerkeleyB.A., Statistics, University of California, BerkeleyB.A., Applied Mathematics, University of California, BerkeleyM.B.A., University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessPh.D., Business, University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessInvestments and Corporate Finance/Commerce & Finance 245313-993-1172omid.sabbaghi@udmercy.eduCollege of Business Administrationhttp://business.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/Sabbaghi.jpgSabbaghi.jpgSabbaghi.jpgWhy you will like my class

I attempt to create an active learning atmosphere that will allow you to grow and develop beyond the classroom.  I hope to instill in you a desire and excitement for learning, and help you recognize that what is learned in the classroom is directly transferable to the world.

Processes of thinking, methodologies of problem solving, consistency of belief systems and objectivity will help you cope with a vague, uncertain world, not only in finance, but any disciplinary area.

What you will learn in my finance classYou will learn that finance is not just all about stock prices. Rather, we spend much time discussing financial markets, the role of risk in valuation models, and how we might improve our financial markets. In class, I emphasize ethics before profits.Great things for you as a student at UDM

The faculty here sincerely cares about your future success. UDM is the leader in the Detroit area when it comes to individualized academic learning for students and their families, and we take great pride in mentoring you.

Our faculty-to-student ratio is what leads you to feel welcome here at UDM. We provide personal education: I know every one of my students by their names.

Great things in store after UDMYou will take away a sense of optimism about yourself and have a passion for understanding your role in the global environment.  You will be able to take your classroom experience and apply it to new avenues.My favorite part about teaching youI appreciate your eagerness to make a lasting impact on your own life and become an active leader in the community. You are goal-oriented, energetic and curious. You are not just satisfied learning a set of stylized facts; you seek to expand your knowledge.You might like to knowThat I am interested in international cuisines, poetry, art and music, especially jazz and classical music. The violin, which I played for eight years, is one of my favorite musical instruments.
/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/Sabbaghi-sm.jpgSabbaghi-sm.jpgSabbaghi-sm.jpgYou will learn that finance is not just all about stock prices. In class, I emphasize ethics before profits.
Greg-UlfertsGreg UlfertsGreg Ulferts Professor, Business Administration Degrees B.S. Illinois State University M.B.A. Louisiana Tech University D.B.A., Louisiana Tech University Teaches Decision Sciences Information SystemsGreg Ulferts Professor, Business Administration Degrees B.S. Illinois State University M.B.A. Louisiana Tech University D.B.A., Louisiana Tech University Teaches Decision Sciences Information SystemsGreg Ulferts/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/Greg-UlfertsGreg UlfertsProfessor, Business Administration; Director, Graduate Business ProgramsB.S. Illinois State UniversityM.B.A. Louisiana Tech UniversityD.B.A., Louisiana Tech UniversityDecision SciencesInformation Systems/Commerce & Finance 9B313-993-1219ulfertgw@udmercy.eduCollege of Business Administrationhttp://business.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/Ulferts.jpgUlferts.jpgUlferts.jpgWhat you will take awayWhen you leave my class, you will have an appreciation of how you can be a good systems steward. A good systems steward understands good planning and decision making, how to put organizational parts together and in good balance, how to motivate and how to use technology to the betterment of society.Great things for you at UDMOne of the things that you will like best about my class is the opportunity to have open discussion. I try to encourage you to express your opinions and engage in discussion and debate about systems and technology issues. I think that you will find our discussions to be rather thought-provoking, and I think it will prepare you to be better able to deal with such issues.Global dimensions of businessIn our world today, it is very important for you to understand the global dimensions of business. Throughout our Business program, you will take courses that have those dimensions built into them. We have specific courses in international coursework, and you will have an opportunity to join me in "study abroad" programs, such as in Rome or in Barcelona. Technology knows no global boundaries and you need to be prepared to act in that business world.Great things in store after UDMI know you will be successful in the job market when you graduate from University of Detroit Mercy. Our students have opportunities to prepare themselves for that graduation date. You can participate, for instance, in our co-op program which allows you to gain work experience prior to even graduating. But, I think, most importantly, our students are prepared for a vocation in life. They do not just get a job, but they get a job they have fun in, and I think that is the secret to reaching your goals throughout life.What does "we want great things for you" mean?I think that University of Detroit Mercy does an excellent job in preparing you as a whole person. Not only are you prepared academically, but you're prepared spiritually. You're prepared in mind, body and soul. And I believe that you will lead with compassion, and that's what is going to make you an excellent alumnus of our University.You might like to knowI am the regional director for the Financial Executives International, which has a membership of about 15,000 CFOs of companies with $20 million or more in assets. I find that membership to be very useful in the classroom. You will hear many stories of my interactions with chief financial officers and the impacts of systems and technology./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/Ulferts-sm.jpgUlferts-sm.jpgUlferts-sm.jpgAs a leader of tomorrow, you need to understand the impact that technology is going to have on you individually, in your work life and, more importantly, on our society.maggie-xuMaggie XuMaggie Xu Assistant Professor, Business Administration Degrees B.A., Finance, Nanjing University, China MBA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., Finance, University of Massachusetts Amherst Teaches Corporate Finance Investment Financial InstitutionsMaggie Xu Assistant Professor, Business Administration Degrees B.A., Finance, Nanjing University, China MBA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., Finance, University of Massachusetts Amherst Teaches Corporate Finance Investment Financial InstitutionsMaggie Xu/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/maggie-xuMaggie XuAssistant Professor, Business AdministrationB.A., Finance, Nanjing University, ChinaMBA, Indiana University of PennsylvaniaPh.D., Finance, University of Massachusetts AmherstCorporate FinanceInvestmentFinancial Institutions/Commerce & Finance313-993-1225xumi@udmercy.eduCollege of Business Administrationhttp://business.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/xu.jpgxu.jpgxu.jpgWhy you are going to love my classI want you to be challenged and inspired — to think about what a problem is about and how to solve it.  I also welcome your input so we have two-way communication. Teaching, like learning, should be fun, and your involvement in class will make it more interesting.Great things for you at UDMOne of the biggest advantages at UDM is the small class size, which makes it easier for you to learn effectively. I can devote more time to your learning and know you personally. That way, we can work together toward achieving your dreams. I am here for you and make myself as accessible as possible, in person and through e-mail.Great things in store after UDMThe opportunities and job openings are always there, though the number fluctuates.  Although we are currently in a tight job market, you can prepare yourself through your studies. You will need to promote yourself as the perfect fit for a position, and a UDM degree means you have a strong educational foundation among your qualifications.My favorite part about teaching youMy favorite part about teaching is my interaction with you. I am here for you, not just for course-related materials but also for other questions, such as choosing a major or job search issues. I want you to know you made the right decision in choosing UDM, and that as my student, you are an important part of my life.I may change your mindIn finance, I want you to learn the big picture and then move to the small details. But it's important to realize that there may not be one correct answer. You need to view the topic or problem from different perspectives and be open to different opinions to determine the best solution. You need to keep an open mind.You might like to knowThat I really love sports, art and music. I became a football fan when I lived in Pittsburgh, but when I was young, I performed gymnastics./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/cba/images/xu-small.jpgxu-small.jpgxu-small.jpgI want you to be challenged and inspired — to think about what a problem is about and how to solve it.
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