Chico State Faculty

The College of Business Online

The same outstanding Chico State faculty who teach our on-campus business classes work to create an interactive, personal dynamic in our Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and MBA programs.

Our faculty comprises experienced and dedicated business educators, each of whom is committed to passing on their rich knowledge of contemporary business to a new generation of leaders. They must demonstrate that they understand the best practices in online pedagogy in order to teach in our online programs, and they specifically design their courses to keep students engaged and create optimized learning experiences.

This effort and expertise translate into courses that communicate material effectively using multiple means and that synthesize new knowledge with an exploration of today’s business landscape to produce practical applications you can leverage in your career.

Learn more about the faculty members responsible for creating our programs’ vibrant learning communities.

Damon Aiken, PhD

Dr. K. Damon Aiken, professor of marketing, received his PhD from the University of Oregon. He has won six teaching awards including the Marketing Management Association’s National Teaching Excellence award. His research interests include marketing communications and branding, as well as sport fan values and behaviors. He has published in various journals including the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Research, Sport Marketing Quarterly, and the Journal of Product and Brand Management.

Angela Casler

Angela is a full-time lecturer at California State University, Chico’s Department of Management. She teaches Survey of Management, International Management, Human Resource Management, Performance Management, and Managing for Sustainability.

She is the CEO/president of the Sustainability Management Association, a nonprofit that certifies professionals on how to achieve success through efficiently managing environmental management, social responsibility, and governance (ESG). The Sustainability Management Association is the leading international certification body of the Sustainability Management Certified Professional and the Sustainability Management Certified Associate credentials.

Angela also serves as the owner of Sustainability Management Consulting, a strategic planning consulting company. Her professional background as chief credit officer, chief customer service officer, and regional manager in Corporate America’s financial services industries and international banking, plus 15-years of experience in small business ownership in transportation and consulting, has enabled her to design solutions for many diverse industries.

Bathild “June” Covington, PhD, MA

Dr. June Covington is a professional specializing in organizational change with more than 30 years of industry experience and more than 14 years as a college instructor teaching communication and business courses. She has worked on change initiative programs for clients such as Intel, Allied Domecq Wine and Spirits, Inc., Wyndham International, Inc., and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Inc. June currently teaches community college courses in business communications and undergraduate and graduate courses in business management.June earned her doctoral degree in Organization and Management, with a specialization in Leadership from Capella University, a MA in Business Communications and a BA in Business Management from Prescott College, Arizona. Her current research interests include exploring business topics through the lens of literature. Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her two dogs, two cats, and pet emu.

William Dantona III, MA

William Dantona III is an international educator whose mission promotes equity, peace, and prosperity through purposeful engagement across cultures. He has more than 25 years of experience working with international students and professionals developing international education, business communication, and study-abroad programming—always with this mission in mind. His research and leadership interests include system dynamics, study abroad programming, ESL program administration, and strategic international enrollment management. Dantona is committed to experiential and student-centered learning.

At California State University, Chico, Dantona serves as International Studies faculty and lectures in the Department of Management and International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. At Chico State, he has served as the Director of International Development in the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, and as International Programs Director in Regional & Continuing Education overseeing the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI), Faculty-led Study Abroad, and self-support international programs.

Previously, Dantona served as the ALCI Director from 2006 to 2017 and taught Communications in Business in the College of Business at Chico State. In support of international education and the intensive English program field, Dantona has held a seat on the executive board of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (EnglishUSA) where he served as both president and teasurer.

Prior to his Chico State affiliation, Dantona was a full-time language specialist at the University of Pennsylvania's English Language Programs where he coordinated the Summer Institute for International Business Students pre-MBA program. Before UPENN, he was at the School for International Training (SIT) and World Learning in Vermont where he worked as an academic preparation and corporate language instructor as well as a workforce language proficiency consultant. He has conducted language training for graduate-level international students as well as high-potential executives from international corporate and governmental entities, including ABN-AMRO Bank, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, McKinsey Consultants Group, Toyota, and Procter & Gamble. He has also taught at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez and Greenfield Community College, Massachusetts.

After completing coursework and a two-year research program in Nepal, Dantona earned his MA from SIT in 1998. He completed the Wharton School of Business Management Program in 2004. He has completed coursework in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Sacramento State University and is conducting dissertation research in system dynamic analysis of international enrollment and study abroad decision making.

He makes his home in far Northern California, with his wife and two children, where he enjoys playing music, Sunday dinner, and participating in alpine sports and activities.

Open a conversation with William Dantona III by email:

Timothy C. Heinze, PhD, MS

Dr. Timothy Heinze is a professor of marketing at California State University, Chico. He has worked in academia since 2003 and has also held multiple marketing management positions in the automotive (Ford Motor Company), advertising (American Telecast), and international sourcing industries (TFI).

Tim founded the Seufferlein Sales Program at Chico State in 2008 and served as the program’s executive director for a decade. During his tenure, he founded and managed both regional and national university sales competitions. He was also selected as the Northern California Educator of the Year by Innovate North State.

On the research front, Tim has focused on both sales ethics and salesperson authenticity. Current research involves the use of topic modeling to provide constructive training feedback to both sales students and sales professionals. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal papers.

In the community, Tim enjoys serving at his local church, supporting his kid’s basketball and volleyball teams, mountain biking, painting, reading, and farming. He also loves traveling, especially cross-country road trips.

Emily Huang, PhD

Dr. Emily Huang is an associate professor of finance at the College of Business at California State University, Chico. She holds a PhD in business administration with a concentration in finance from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s degree in international finance from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.

Dr. Huang has over 15 years of experience in teaching finance. She is passionate about finance because the subject always focuses on the future with a sense of uncertainty and mystery. Dr. Huang teaches corporate finance, financial institutions and markets, and the securities industry in the College of Business.

Dr. Huang’s’s research and publications span topics including institutional investors, behavioral finance, financial education, and financial well-being. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Behavioral Finance, Review of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial Education, and Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, among others.

In her free time, Dr. Huang enjoys traveling with her husband and son, and pampering their two cats. She is an avid reader, so her favorite hobby is buying books and bookshelves.

Ghadir Ishqaidef, PhD

Dr. Ghadir Ishqaidef is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business at California State University, Chico. She holds a PhD in Business Administration with concentration in Human Resources Management from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Ursinus College. She has been published in national and international conference proceedings and journals such as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Health Care Management Review, Health Expectations, Rutgers Business Review, Academy of Management, and Southern Academy of Management. Her research interests include work environment, psychological safety, team dynamics, strategic HR, and new work arrangements such as gig and temp workers.

Dr. Ishqaidef is a long-term member of the Academy of Management and the Society of Human Resource Management. She was recognized by Ursinus College with the Rising Star Alumni award in 2016, she has won best paper awards in several national and international conferences, and she has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society and the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society.

Her teaching philosophy is based on the goal of unlocking a lifelong desire for learning among her students. She aspires to facilitate high-quality learning experiences during which students travel through a journey of self-discovery while learning about the subject matter in hand. To maximize the probability that students will succeed in their future careers, She emphasizes learning outcomes that employ problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and ethical decision-making skills. She teaches introductory and advanced courses in human resources management at Chico State.

When she is not teaching or conducting research, Dr. Ishqaidef likes to hike, swim, kayak, travel, spend quality time with her family, learn new languages, draw, and read books.

Qingzhong Ma, PhD

Dr. Qingzhong Ma earned his PhD in finance and business economics from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He also holds an MBA degree in finance from University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business and a bachelor of electronic engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Prior to joining California State University, Chico, Dr. Ma has taught at University of Southern California and Cornell University, where he won numerous teaching awards. At Chico State, Dr. Ma teaches the finance major required course “Investments” (FINA 351) and finance major elective “Financial Management: Applications” (FINA 480). In teaching, Dr. Ma emphasizes rigor of the contents, stimulates students’ interest in the subject matter, and helps students achieve their potential.

Dr. Ma maintains an active research agenda. His current research interests include mergers and acquisitions, insider trading, behavioral finance, stock market anomalies, investor sentiment, limits to arbitrage, etc. He has published academic articles in premier journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Business Research, and Management Science, among others. Dr. Ma has presented his research in leading national and international academic conferences such as the Financial Management Association (FMA) and the American Finance Association (AFA) annual conferences. For his research, Dr. Ma has won a first-place award at the Chicago Quantitative Association (CQA) academic competition. His research gained attention from both the investment profession and academia, including Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance. Dr. Ma’s cutting-edge research activities help enrich his quality teaching.

Dr. Ma enjoys thinking about important issues in research, teaching, and life while cooking for or golfing with his family.

Maria J. Mendez, PhD

Dr. Maria J. Mendez is an assistant professor in the management department of California State University, Chico. Dr. Mendez's research centers on shared leadership, although she has also published in the areas of followership, global leadership, ethics, and management education. Her publications can be found in Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of World Business, Learning and Organization Development Journal, Organization Management Journal, and the book The Art of Followership. She received a PhD in business administration from New Mexico State University and a six-year degree in industrial engineering from the Universidade de Vigo, Spain.

Bonnie Persons, JD, MBA, MSM

Bonnie Persons has leveraged her experience as a business lawyer to serve on a number of boards of directors. She achieved the designation of Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors. She has also held leadership positions in academic professional organizations, including time spent serving as the president of the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business. She divides her time between Silicon Valley and Chico.In addition to her Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, Bonnie holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Krannert School of Business at Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from TIAS School of Business, at Tilberg University (The Netherlands). Currently, Bonnie is focusing on support for rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire.

Michael Rehg, PhD

Michael Rehg is a Program Director and Professor of Management in California State University, Chico’s Department of Management.

Admissions Deadlines

Online BSBA

Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2022 Term
Application Deadline
Fall 2022 Term
Next Start
Fall 2022 Term

Online MBA

Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2022 Term
Application Deadline
Fall 2022 Term
Next Start
Fall 2022 Term