The online UW Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management faculty is one of its greatest strengths. You won’t find another sustainability program—online or otherwise—that brings such diverse expertise together in one place. That’s because the program is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, and UW-Superior. All courses in this online program are developed and taught by University of Wisconsin faculty—the same faculty who teach our on-campus courses.
UW Sustainable Management faculty have expertise in a wide range of fields, including: Accounting, Botany, Business, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Economics, Environmental Dynamics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Law, Logistics, Psychology, Range Science, Resource Management, Sociology, and Urban Planning.
Meet the Faculty
Sahar Bahmani | UW-Parkside
Dr. Bahmani is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside and the Director of the Center for Economic Education (CEE). She received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UW-Madison in 2003, her M.A. in Economics in 2004 from UW-Milwaukee, and her Ph.D. in Economics in 2007. She has taught previously at the business schools of UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, and Marquette University. She has taught courses on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Business Statistics, Environmental Economics, Financial Institutions and Markets, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, and Money and Banking. Professor Bahmani has also published over 25 articles on money market dynamics in such journals as Empirical Economics, Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Developing Areas, Economics Bulletin, and Applied Economics.
Mei Cao | UW-Superior
Dr. Mei Cao, Assistant Professor of Business and Economics, joined the faculty of UW-Superior in 2008. She earned a B.A. in English from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China), an M.B.A. in Information Systems, and a Ph.D. in Manufacturing Management and Engineering from the University of Toledo. At UW-Superior, Dr. Cao teaches courses in supply chain management, advanced supply chain management, land transportation, air transportation, business statistics, and quantitative models for productions and operations management. She is the author of book chapters and publications in various academic journals and conference proceedings.
Suresh Chalasani | UW-Parkside
Suresh Chalasani is a Professor of Management Information Systems. He teaches in a number of programs including Management Information Systems, Sustainable Management, and Health Information Management and Technology. He serves as the Academic Director for the first competency-based Business degree program in the UW System Flexible option–the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration offered by UW-Extended Campus–a program that he helped design and implement.
Dr. Chalasani’s research interests include using information technology for sustainability, healthcare technologies, and business information systems. He published several articles in prestigious journals such as the IEEE transactions. Dr. Chalasani received a number of research and teaching grants from the UW system and the National Science Foundation. His past experience includes working as an Assistant professor at UW-Madison and consulting for multiple organizations in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Rita Kozak | UW-River Falls
Dr. Rita M. Kozak is an Adjunct Professor at UW-River Falls. She completed a B.A. degree in Geography from Elmhurst College, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Land Use Planning, Management and Design from Texas Tech University. Dr. Kozak was a member of the UWRF faculty for seven years prior to her work as a land use planning consultant in a self-owned firm. Dr. Kozak teaches the Systems Thinking and the Sustainable Management Capstone courses.
Sakib Mahmud | UW-Superior
Dr. Sakib Mahmud is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Management and Economics at UW-Superior. Dr. Mahmud received his doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Wyoming and M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia (UBC) of Canada. Dr. Mahmud’s research focuses on applied microeconomics with applications on issues related to climate change adaptation, environmental and resource economics, behavioral economics and policy. He was the 2014-2015 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow under the University of Wisconsin System. Besides teaching and research, Dr. Mahmud is currently serving as an Academic Director for the B.S. in Sustainable Management program at UW-Superior. He is also serving as one of the Steering Committee Members for the National Bank of Commerce-sponsored Regional Economic Indicators Forum (REIF) project. The project involves mentoring of undergraduate student researchers to perform long-term study of economic and business indicators covering 15 counties in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. Dr. Mahmud teaches Economics of Sustainability, International Development and Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability courses.
Mark McCoon | UW-Superior
Dr. Mark A. McCoon is an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Wisconsin Superior. A recent addition to UWS’ faculty, joining in the fall of 2012, Mark has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. from Auburn University, an M.A. from the University of Detroit, and a B.B.A from the University of Michigan at Flint. Prior to becoming an academic Mark had a long career as a CPA/business consultant and is also a CMA. He teaches a wide variety of accounting courses including cost accounting, managerial accounting, and auditing. He also teaches taxation courses and the accounting capstone course. Beginning in January 2013 Mark will teach Triple Bottom Line Accounting in the Sustainable Management Program.
Eric Sanden | UW-River Falls
Dr. Eric Sanden, Professor of Natural Resources Management and Community Planning, joined the UW-River Falls faculty in 1992. He has a B.S. in Range Ecology from Colorado State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Range Science from Texas Tech University. Additionally, he taught courses at Colorado State and Texas Tech and was a range conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Dr. Sanden teaches courses in natural resources management and environmental policies; introductory, comprehensive and advanced community planning; geographic information systems; remote sensing; and environmental education.
David Sprague | UW-River Falls
Dr. David Sprague is an Adjunct Professor at UW-River Falls. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Education from Indiana University, and an Ed.D (ABD) from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sprague teaches courses in sustainable finance, operations management, professional sales and cooperatives. He holds concurrent business positions with SMS Research; The Sprague Group; MindStreams and serves as an executive coach with a prominent Minneapolis medical technology company.
Laine Vignona | UW-River Falls
Dr. Laine Vignona, Professor Emerita of Environmental Science and Management, was a member of the UWRF faculty for 12 years. She has a B.S. in Geology from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University. She has also taught courses at New York University and Berkeley College (N.Y.). Dr. Vignona teaches courses in environmental policy.
Richard Walasek | UW-Parkside
Dr. Richard Walasek joined UW-Parkside in 1979. He has a B.S. in Landscape Architecture (Natural Resources) from UW-Madison and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Dr. Walasek teaches courses in economic, environmental, and human geography. He believes that geographers are spatial people and that the Earth must be protected.
Michael Waxman | UW-Superior
Dr. Michael A. Waxman, Professor of Chemistry, joined the UW-Superior faculty in 1997. He has an M.S. in Physics from the Novosibirsk Electric Engineering Institute (Novosibirsk, Russia), a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Tel-Aviv University, and postdoctoral training in Physical Chemistry from Texas A&M University. He has also taught courses at the University of Detroit, Texas A&M University, Tel-Aviv University, and Novosibirsk University. Dr. Waxman teaches courses in general and physical chemistry.
Joy Wolf | UW-Parkside
Dr. Joy Wolf, Professor of Biogeography, joined the UW-Parkside faculty in 2000. Her B.S. in Applied Sociology and M.A. in Geography come from Northern Arizona University, and her Ph.D. in Biogeography is from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Visit her webpage to learn about her research in a variety of plant communities including old-growth mixed-conifer forests in North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; grasslands in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; riparian corridors in central Arizona and Wisconsin; and oak savanna, maple-beech forests, and ephemeral ponds in Wisconsin.
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