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
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
The Persimmon Group, Management consulting firm with extensive energy clientele
Specialty: Project management
Tom Seng, MBA
Manager, Product Marketing, Superior Pipeline Company
Specialty: Commodity markets and energy trading
Tim Thompson, JD
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
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