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College of Business announces new hires

The NDSU College of Business announced five new employees were hired recently. 

Shontarius Aikens joined the college in July as its accreditation manager. He will manage the documentation and surveys required by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Higher Learning Commission.

Prior to joining NDSU, Aikens was a lecturer in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. His primary teaching responsibility was the Freshman Business Initiative course in which he taught more than 600 freshmen each fall. He also was an academic adviser.

Aikens also previously worked with a wide variety of student populations at the University of Arkansas and the University of Michigan.

Aikens is completing a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Walden University and a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Arkansas.

Joshua Marineau joined the college as an assistant professor of management. Marineau earned his doctorate from the University of Kentucky and master’s degree in general management and bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. His research interests include organizational behavior, social networks, negative relationships, conflict, power, leadership, and managerial and organizational cognition. His teaching interests include organizational behavior, negotiations and conflict resolution, leadership, organizational theory and business ethics. 

Prior to joining NDSU, Marineau was a teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Cynthia Timmerman will join the college in the fall as a lecturer of accounting. She earned a master’s degree in business taxation from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prior to joining NDSU, Timmerman worked for the Good Samaritan Society, with Deloitte in Costa Mesa, Calif., and practiced as a certified public accountant. Originally from the Minneapolis area, Timmerman and her husband, Travis, live in south Fargo.

Timmerman will teach Fundamentals of Accounting and Elements of Accounting I and II.

Fred Riggins will join the college in August as an associate professor of information systems. He earned a doctorate and master’s degree in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University where he won the William W. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award in Management. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Iowa. 

Riggins’ research, which has more than 2,000 citations, focuses on interorganizational systems such as radio-frequency identification, profitable business models for Internet-based commerce and the digital divide. In an independent study, he was ranked ninth on the list of top interorganizational systems researchers from 2003-07.

Prior to joining NDSU, Riggins was a faculty member at Arizona State University, the University of Minnesota, Georgia Tech and the University of Alberta.

Michael Petersen joined the college as an assistant professor of accounting. He earned a doctorate from the University of Iowa. He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University.

Petersen previously taught at Arizona State University, the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Utah State University. His teaching emphasis is managerial and financial accounting. Petersen has taught introductory and advanced courses including financial accounting, managerial accounting, corporate financial reporting and financial statement analysis.

Petersen has several publications, including articles in Contemporary Accounting Research, Behavioral Research in Accounting, The Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance and Advances in Accounting.

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