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Dr. Alex Bolinger

Alex Bolinger, Ph.D.

Idaho Central Credit Union Endowed Professor of Management

Office: BA 433

(208) 282-6242


Ph.D., University of Utah
MBA, Idaho State University
MA, Idaho State University
BBA, Idaho State University

Dr. Bolinger’s research interests focus on groups and teams, negotiation, entrepreneurship, and employment in service professions. His work has appears in the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Discoveries, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Harvard Business Review, among other outlets. Bolinger also serves on the review boards of the Academy of Management Discoveries and the Academy of Management Learning and Education and he is an associate editor of the Journal of Management Education. 

Bolinger has extensive experience teaching executive education for organizations throughout the state of Idaho. At ISU, he teaches advanced courses in leadership, negotiations, teamwork, and decision-making, as well as the Introduction to Business course for first-semester undergraduate students. An advocate of active learning, signature learning experiences, and student engagement, Bolinger regularly teaches an Honors course on collaborative creativity in which students have worked together in teams to write and publish several books documenting local history. Students in his classes have also participated in the “Make-a-Wish Challenge” to raise money for local children facing life-threatening illnesses in partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Idaho. He and Dawn Konicek have served for nearly a decade as co-advisers for teams of ISU students competing in the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition.

Tyler Burch

Tyler Burch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management

Office: BA 444

(208) 282-3455


Ph.D., University of Washington
MS, University of Washington
MAcc, Brigham Young University
BS, Brigham Young University

Dr. Burch’s primary research interests include individual psychological withdrawal and embeddedness in an organization, the work-family interface, employee voice and pedagogical techniques. Dr. Burch is passionate about teaching courses related to organizational behavior, loves the outdoors, and is enamored with his wife Erin and their three children.

Yan Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management

Office: BA 440

(208) 282-2155


Ph.D., Rutgers University
MS, University of Illinois
BS, Renmin University of China

Yan Chen received her Ph.D in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from Rutgers University. Her research areas include compensation and benefits, workplace diversity, and strategic human resource management.

Dan Cravens

Dan Cravens, JD, DBA

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management

Office: BA 334

(208) 282-4694


DBA, Argosy University- Salt Lake City
JD, Gonzaga University School of Law
MA, Regent University
BA, Quincy University

Dr. Cravens is a native of Quincy, Illinois. He graduated from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. He continued his education at Gonzaga University School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate.  After law school, he served as an executive for several years with a successful educational start-up company located in the Purdue University Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana.  While serving as an executive he continued his education and received a Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in political management from Regent University. After leaving the educational startup company Dr. Cravens served as an economist for the Idaho Department of Labor.  While at the Idaho Department of Labor pursued a Doctor of Business Administration from Argosy University - Salt Lake City.  He completed that degree in 2016, and has been with the College of Business since 2015. Dr. Cravens teaches management courses related to organizational behavior, the legal environment of business, and entrepreneurship.

Julie Frischman

Julie Frischmann

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: BA 529


MS, Idaho State University
BS, Western Washington University

Julie Frischmann’s primary interests are student education and technical growth in quantitative and statistical reasoning. Prior to joining Idaho State University, she worked as an actuarial health care consultant with Mercer, Marsh and McLennan Companies working between Seattle and San Francisco. Her clients included large tech companies and fortune 500 firms. Julie has extensive experience in teaching math and statistics courses and is dedicated to raising confidence in students’ quantitative intellectual power.

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Vidya Ganji, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management

Office: BA 438

(208) 282 - 5686


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Arlington
MBA, SNDT University, India
BE, SRTM University, India

Dr. Ganji earned her undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and an MBA in Human Resources from India. After graduation, she started working in the industry as an HR Consultant. She has over four and half years of professional experience in Leadership Hiring, International Talent Acquisition, Executive Search, and Market Research. Dr. Ganji completed her Ph.D. in Management Science from The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research interests are Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation, and related applications. She is passionate about teaching and has a soul of a professor. She aims to make a difference in her students’ lives by imparting subject knowledge and preparing them to be an important part of the modern workforce.

Dr. Ganji is a huge fan of the U.S. National Parks. She loves dancing, traveling, cooking, and hiking. She is a certified Yoga instructor and a fitness enthusiast. Dr. Ganji is an artist at heart and loves creating artwork such as doodles and mandalas.

Nikole Layton

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management, Director of Bengal Solutions

Office: BA 332



MBA and MHA, Idaho State University
BS, Weber State University

Nikole received her undergraduate degree in Sales and Psychology from Weber State University. She then furthered her education by earning dual Master's degrees in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration at Idaho State University. Currently, Nikole is a dedicated PhD Candidate in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University, specializing in strategic management while maintaining a keen interest in finance, healthcare, and marketing. Her current research focuses on organizational agility and its impact on competitive advantage in varying degrees of turbulent environments.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Nikole brings a wealth of practical experience to her role. She has worked as a healthcare administrator, business consultant, bookkeeper, and HR manager. She currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and the Director of Bengal Solutions at the College of Business. As the Director of Bengal Solutions, Nikole leads a team of 10 graduate assistant students in providing business consulting services to local small businesses and government organizations. Nikole finds great satisfaction in the interactive aspects of her role, fostering growth and innovation in her students and the companies she collaborates with.

Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

Office: BA 443

(208) 282-2856


Ph.D., University of Houston
MBA, University of Houston
MS, University of Central Texas
BA, Weber State University

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on strategic management and entrepreneurship. Examples of recent research include a study of diversification in small firms and a study of factors related to interest in taking a course in entrepreneurship. Dr. Murphy has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in strategic management, as well as undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and business ethics.

Teri Peterson, Ed.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Management

Office: BA 536

(208) 282-4861


Ed.D., Idaho State University
MS, Utah State University
MS, San Diego State University
BA, University of California

Dr. Peterson has been involved in independent consulting for other industries and has participated as an author in multiple papers and presentations addressing the statistical methods and results of the information theoretic approach to model selection. In working with researchers she has managed and guided the design of data files, construction of scales, and other aspects of data modeling. Dr. Peterson has worked extensively with researchers in the areas of marketing, economics, management, nursing, dental hygiene, pharmacy, physical therapy, health care administration and health education.

Jeff Street

Jeff Street, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management, Director of CEED

Office: BA 335

(208) 282-3162


Ph.D., University of Georgia
MBA, University of Tennessee
BSME, East Tennessee State University

Dr. Street holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. His areas of research and teaching bridge his dual interests in strategic management and operations management, particularly where processes and systems germane where operations management can be leveraged to achieve competitive advantage.

Neil Tocher

Neil Tocher, Ph.D.

Department Chair of Management and Marketing, Professor of Management

Office: BA 441

(208) 282-3588


Ph.D., Auburn University
MS, Auburn University
BS, Gonzaga University

Dr. Tocher’s primary research interests focus on the influence of social resources on entrepreneurial outcomes, the influence of human resource management practices on the performance of small and emerging firms, and case writing. Tocher has taught courses at the undergraduate and masters levels in entrepreneurship, venture consulting, strategic management, and organizational behavior.

Joanne Tokle

Joanne Tokle, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

Office: BA 523

(208) 282-2934


Ph.D., Iowa State University
MS, University of Minnesota
BS, University of Wisconsin

Joanne started working at Idaho State University in January, 1988, and has taught Business Statistics, Economics, and Finance courses. Administrative roles were: MBA Academic Director; Associate Dean; Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs; and Vice Provost.