As students and faculty head back to the classroom this fall, there are a few new faces in the halls of Harper. And we don’t only mean the class of 2025! The Heider College of Business would like to welcome our new faculty to the Creighton community.
DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYTICS
Courtney Baillie, PhD
With more than 25 years teaching at four different institutions under her academic belt, Courtney Baillie, PhD, is excited to be joining the faculty at the Heider College of Business as an assistant professor of accounting.
From community colleges to small private universities and large state schools, Baillie has taught many different types of students. But, she says, most of her career has been at smaller schools with only a few accounting colleagues. “This meant I developed a breadth of knowledge as I had to teach several accounting courses, from introductory to graduate,” she says. At Creighton, she teaches Introductory to Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting.
Baillie serves on the Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy and was named “Outstanding Educator of the Year” by the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. She earned her Master of Accounting and doctorate in higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She believes her experience is the “perfect combination for a professor” because it blends technical expertise and knowledge of how people learn.
Signing on with Creighton is a coming home of sorts for Baillie. Her grandfather was the chair of the Microbiology Department at Creighton in the 1960s. That she is sharing her talents with the same university he did brings her joy. “I know he’d be proud that I am teaching here,” she says.
Asli Dag, PhD
For the last year and a half, Asli Dag, PhD, has been an adjunct professor with the Heider College of Business, but this year she joins the faculty full time as an assistant professor of business intelligence and analytics (BIA). As such, Dag teaches two courses required for a BIA major: Operations Management and Business Analytics. She says the opportunity of “teaching such quantitative courses to HCB students” excites her.
Dag has an eclectic educational background that she says has allowed her to employ contemporary data analytics methods in diverse areas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English language teaching at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, a Master of Science in data science from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and a doctorate in educational psychology from Auburn University. Her research focus was measurement, statistics and research design.
Dag looks forward to establishing genuine relationships with her students, a goal that the college’s low teacher-student ratio facilitates. She says she also welcomes the chance to apply her data analytics skills to the areas of marketing and health care.
Greg Dyche, MBA’11
Greg Dyche, MBA’11, wants to get students excited about “the possibilities of technology.” Having once taught management courses as an adjunct, he joins the Department of Accounting and Business Intelligence and Analytics as a full-time BIA instructor, teaching introductory IT courses.
“Business Intelligence and Analytics will play a key role in every student’s career,” Dyche says. “The students who know how to use the tools will have a competitive advantage over those who don’t. Automation will alter the employment landscape, and the unprepared student will have a difficult time. I am excited to be in a position to help people prepare for the shift that’s coming and help them attain the type of skills required to reach their dreams.”
Dyche earned his Bachelor of Arts in management and business administration from Bellevue University before attaining his MBA from the Heider College of Business. He also completed a Harvard Business School executive training program and sales training with the Wharton School of Business. As an instructor, he offers his students a unique work history, one that blends military service, technology expertise and sales experience. His career spans over 30 years, witnessing the advent of the personal computer and, more currently, the introduction of public clouds.
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
Rafael Acevedo, PhD
Rafael Acevedo, PhD, joins the Heider College of Business as an economics instructor and the Institute for Economic Inquiry as program manager.
Acevedo immigrated to the United States from his native Venezuela in 2018. Since coming to the U.S., he has taught online courses for the University of Illinois Springfield and was a research associate with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He says he is happy to be returning to face-to-face classroom teaching, of which he has ample experience as an associate professor in a Venezuelan public university.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in public accounting from Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado, an MSc in economics from Universidad de Los Andes, and a PhD in management from Universidad Yacambú, all in Venezuela. Acevedo has also founded a think tank, Econintech, which is dedicated to the ideas of the free market in areas of economics, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.
Economic freedom, economic literacy and entrepreneurship – foundations of the free market – are research interests of Acevedo. He says he is anxious to share his unique perspective of “living and actually suffering the consequences of bad public and economic policies in a country like Venezuela” with the Creighton and greater Omaha communities.
And that means returning to the classroom and engaging with students and academic colleagues.
“Coming to Creighton gives me the opportunity to do what I most love to do – research, teach and outreach,” says Acevedo.
Sanjeev (Michael) Masih, MA
Sanjeev Masih, MA, comes to Creighton from New York City’s corporate suites and classrooms. His attending diverse skill set enriches the Heider College of Business where he serves as an adjunct instructor, teaching FinTech classes.
Masih is a product manager director in the NextGen product arena with American Express. His work history also includes positions with such notable financial corporations as J.P. Morgan Chase, Accenture, Inc., CoreOne and Bank of America.
In addition to his C-suite tenure, Masih offers extensive academic experience. He has served as an adjunct at his alma mater, Fordham University, since 2016, teaching business intelligence and analytics classes and, most recently, FinTech classes. He has dedicated time and expertise to several academic boards, including Fordham Foundry and Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business Advisory Board; Harvard’s alumni organization for technology, Harvard Tech; Harvard Business Review; as well as MIT Tech Review.
Masih earned his BSBA, with a concentration in finance, from Fordham University and his master’s in international management from Harvard University.
DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT
Tom Freeman, JD’07, MS’09, MBA’12
Tom Freeman, JD’07, MS’09, MBA’12, has clocked more than a few hours in the Creighton classroom, not only as a student but as an adjunct professor in the School of Law and professor of business law in the Heider College of Business. This summer, he joined HCB full time and will teach Business Law and Ethics in the Department of Marketing and Management.
Freeman brings to Creighton a wealth of diverse legal experience. He has served as general counsel for private industry, worked in the State of Nebraska Department of Justice as assistant attorney general and partnered in his own law firm. Committed to research and the academic process, Freeman is also a senior researcher at the Institute for Digital Humanity, a student-run Christian think tank that advocates for civil rights issues connected to advancements in technology, as well as a curricular consultant and designer for the Anti-Defamation League.
“I am very interested in emerging technology, particularly with respect to how it affects constitutional and civil rights,” says Freeman, whose current research relates to digital ethics and algorithmic bias.
He hopes to involve his students in his trial work and research, saying some of the best professors in his own academic career were those who remained excited about learning and being in the classroom. He says their enthusiasm naturally rubs off on their students.
Freeman earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bellevue University before graduating from Creighton with a Juris Doctor, a Master of Science in negotiation and dispute resolution and a Master of Business Administration.