The University of Tulsa is home to many strong, experienced instructors who have dedicated their lives and careers to academic excellence. Because of the University’s historical ties to the energy industry, many of these individuals also have direct industry experience and/or maintain very close relationships with energy companies through collaborative research, industry consulting, and professional activities.

Beyond the University, the City of Tulsa is home to many veteran industry practitioners who are well known, have exceptional academic qualifications, and are experienced instructors. Tulsa is also home to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), two of the world’s largest industry professional organizations. This strong instructional resource base provides an uncommon opportunity for students in the Master of Energy Business program to learn from some of the industry’s best and brightest.

Guided by the desire to appropriately balance theory and practice, and to deliver a curriculum that is highly interdisciplinary, the faculty for the Master of Energy Business purposely consists of representatives from industry and from various academic components across the University. While the Collins College of Business supplies the core faculty group, courses are also taught by instructors from the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the College of Law, as well as by adjuncts and industry practitioners from the local community and elsewhere.

The faculty pool expands and contracts depending on demand. Currently, the faculty consists of:

  • Timothy Coburn, Ph.D.
    Director, Master of Energy Business
    Professor of Energy and Operations Management
    Formerly: Phillips Petroleum Company, Marathon Oil Company, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Abilene Christian University
    Specialties: Energy statistics, computational and quantitative tools for energy business management, petroleum resource estimation, reservoir studies and geoscience investigations, alternative fuels and energy resources, energy policy, energy business management, technology management
  • Brice Collier, MBA
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Formerly: New Orleans Hornets, Integrated Medical Delivery, WilTel Communications, Rogers State University, Northeastern State University, Amoco Corporation
    Specialty: Energy accounting and finance
  • J. Markham Collins, Ph.D.
    Coordinator of International Business Programs
    Bartlett Foundation Professor of Business
    Visiting Professor, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, and other locations
    Specialty: International financial management
  • Linda Nichols, Ph.D., CPA
    Associate Dean, Collins College of Business
    Collins Professor of Accounting
    Formerly: Texas Tech University, Columbia Gas Development Corporation, Arthur Anderson & Company
    Specialty: Energy accounting and reporting, economics
  • Jeff Paul, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Management
    Formerly: Illinois State University, Oklahoma State University, Bank of Oklahoma, Micah Tek
    Specialty: Organizational behavior
  • Ronald Ripple, Ph.D.
    Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Finance
    Formerly: Director, Center for Research in Energy and Mineral Economics, Curtin Business School, Perth, Australia; Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Department of Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Australian Derivatives Exchange, Sydney; Economic Insight, Inc., Portland, OR; The McDowell Group, Juneau, AK; Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development; University of Portland; East-West Center, Honolulu, HI.
    Specialty: Energy economics
  • Tom Seng, MBA
    Assistant Professor of Energy Business
    Manager, Product Marketing, Superior Pipeline Company
    Specialty: Commodity markets and energy trading
  • Roger Stern, Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor of Energy
    Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Princeton Oil, Energy & the Middle East Program
    Specialty: Energy policy, history and economics of the energy industry, structure and influence of international energy companies
  • Dan Crunkleton, Ph.D., J.D.
    Director, Tulsa Alternative Fuels Institute
    Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Specialty: Alternative energy sources, fuel cells, hybrid electric vehicles
  • Orneita Burton, Ph.D.
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Associate Professor of Information Systems, Abilene Christian University
    Formerly: Mobil Chemical Company, Phillips Petroleum Company
    Specialty: Energy information systems, enterprise resource planning systems, management science
  • Kris Reynolds, MBA
    Adjunct Instructor
    The Persimmon Group, Management consulting firm with extensive energy clientele
    Specialty: Project management  
  • Tim Thompson, JD
    Adjunct Instructor
    Attorney at Counsel, Gable Gotwals, Tulsa
    Formerly: Williams Companies, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Southern Illinois University
    Specialty: Energy law and regulation
  • Chuck Willing, JD
    Adjunct Instructor
    Shareholder/Director, Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, PC
    Formerly: Senior Administrative Law Judge, Oklahoma Corporation Commission; Attorney, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
    Specialty: Energy regulation

Other Industry Contributors, 2013-2014  

  • Robert Parks - President, Superior Pipeline
  • Dana Murphy - Commissioner, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
  • Lorna Greening - Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Marcia McLeod - Senior Vice President, HR and Administration, WPX Energy
  • Mark Maddox - EIS Consultant, Deloitte and Touche
  • Sean-Paul Sandoval - Project Manager, T.D. Williamson
  • Steve Platia - Director of Project Management, Select Engineering
  • Ronnie Stephens - Project Manager, Williams Companies