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Dr. Alex Bolinger

Alex Bolinger, Ph.D.

Professor of Management Idaho Central Credit Union Endowed Professor

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. An advocate of active learning, signature learning experiences, and student engagement,  he has taught an Honors course on collaborative creativity in which students have written several local history books in teams, published by Arcadia Publishing. 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 and 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.

Assistant 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, Bengal Solutions Director

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.  In addition to his duties as the director of Bengal Solutions, Dr. Cravens teaches management courses related to organizational behavior, the legal environment of business, and entrepreneurship.

Julie Frischman

Julie Frischmann

Associate Clinical 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

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 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.

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.

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


BS, Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1981
MS, Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 1983
PhD, Economics, Iowa State University, 1988

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.

Zhenzhen Yan

Zhenzhen Yan

Assistant Professor Marketing and Management

Office: BA 429

(208) 282-3506

Zhenzhen Yan’s research interests have focused on understanding a firm’s internal policies, such as manufacturing location decisions, and the firm’s responses to external policies, such as climate change public policies, and healthcare transformation from a supply chain perspective. Before her journey to attain her  Ph.D., Yan completed her master’s in Supply Chain Management at the University at Buffalo and had worked as a contract manager in a multimillion-dollar construction project in South America, and as a supply chain coordinator for a family-owned company in Anchorage, Alaska. With the exposure to culturally and ethnically diverse environments, Yan has committed to pedagogy and practices that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education context.