School of Business

Finance and Economics Faculty and Staff

Dr. David M. Smith

Dr. David M. Smith

Dr. David Smith began his teaching career at Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration in 1995. Prior to teaching he was a tax manager at Deloitte and Touche in Chicago and Minneapolis and also worked as a consultant for Texas Instruments. Dr. Smith sat for and passed the CPA exam on his first attempt in 1984.

Dr. Smith currently serves as the department head for Accounting and Finance. He is serving on the Faculty Welfare, Faculty Assessment and the Faculty Personnel committees. In the past, Dr. Smith has served on the university's Strategic Planning Committee, Student Research Grant Committee, and the Long-Range Planning Committee. He has also served as the co-advisor for the MSSU Accounting Club as well as Delta Mu Delta Honorary Society.

Courses: Tax Accounting I, Tax Accounting II

Degrees: PhD in Accounting, University of North Texas, 1997

                Masters in Accounting, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1984

                BSBA in Accounting, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1983

Department Head of Accounting and Finance

Plaster Hall Office 309H


Dr. Nii Adote Abrahams

Dr. Nii Adote Abrahams

Dr. Nii Adote Abrahams began teaching at the School of Business Administration in 1999 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to coming to MSSU, Abrahams worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Georgia and as an Economist for the Economic and Regulatory Analysis Section of the Department of Planning and Budget for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Dr. Abrahams has also worked for Southwest Baptist University as an adjunct professor for their MBA program.

Dr. Abrahams is originally from Ghana which is where he received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science. He worked at the University of Ghana for two years as a graduate research and teaching assistant after receiving his undergraduate degree.

Since coming to SOBA, Dr. Abrahams has served as the President of Faculty Senate, Editor of Southern Business and Economic Review, and on the MSSU Strategic Planning and Steering Committee. He has also served as the Department Head of Finance and Economics for five years. Abrahams has served as the MBA Coordinator as well as co-director of the MSSU-UniQ Partnership for Excellence in Accounting and Finance. He co-authored a three year USAID grant proposal for economic renewal for Haiti in which seven Haitian students from the Universite Quisqueya attended MSSU to receive baccalaureate degrees in accounting and finance.

Courses: Microeconomics, Money and Banking, and Managerial Economics

Degrees: Graduate Studies in Finance, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2008 - Present

                 PhD in Agricultural Economics - Penn State University, University Park, PA, 1996

                 Master of Science in Resource Economics - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1993

                 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Agricultural Science - University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana, 1988

Professor of Finance and Economics

Plaster Hall Office 310F


Dr. Jonathan O. Adongo

Jonathan Adongo photoJonathan O. Adongo is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the School of Business at Missouri Southern State University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Jenning A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Adongo also holds a MA in Economics and a BA in Economics and Public Administration both from the University of Botswana. His current research interests focus on applied work in financial markets, monetary economics, and labor economics. Within these fields he has investigated topics in venture capital, private equity, and output forecasting using stock market returns. His research has appeared in journals such as Applied Economics.

Courses: Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Economics of Law

Degrees: Ph.D. Economics, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, 2013

                MA Economics, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, 2004

                BA Economics and Public Administration, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, 2000

Assistant Professor of Economics

Plaster Hall Office 310D


Dr. Brian Nichols

Dr. Brian Nichols

Dr. Brian Nichols has been teaching at Missouri Southern since 2000, except for 2 years while he completed his doctoral coursework. Prior to teaching, Nichols worked both in the public and private sector for as a controller for two different corporations. In 2007, he received the Missouri Southern Outstanding Teaching Award. Nichols also was awarded the 2008 Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.Dr. Nichols serves as the adviser for the Finance and Investment Club. He also teaches the Portfolio Management class in which students manage an actual investment portfolio from a grant through Missouri Southern's foundation. Nichols currently serves on ten different committees for MSSU including the Strategic Planning Task Force, Executive Budget Committee, and Graduate Council. He helped to develop the Edward Jones Investment Center, located in Robert W. Plaster Hall and used by hundreds of students since opening in 2006.

Courses: Principles of Macro Economics, Financial Management, Investments, and Portfolio Management

Degrees: PhD, University of Arkansas, Fayettville, Arkansas, 2008

                MBA, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1994

                Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO, 1993

Associate Professor of Finance and Economics

Plaster Hall Office 310G


Dr. Richard Rawlins

Dr. Richard Rawlins

Dr. Richard Rawlins has been teaching Finance and Economics at the School of Business Administration for over 20 years. Dr. Rawlins' interest in the field of Finance and Economics began when he was a college student. He was fascinated by how the real world application applies to any business, including farming.

Prior to coming to MSSU, he taught as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Arkansas and as a Teaching Assistant at Oklahoma State University. He has performed credit analysis for various law firms. In addition, Dr, Rawlins owns and manages a 900-acre farm in southwest Missouri where he raises over 250,000 hens and 150 dairy cows annually.

Dr. Rawlins has given presentations on capital budgeting, personal finance planning, farm management capitol, and cash budgeting. He served on the Executive Committee for the Institute of Chinese Financial Planners.

While teaching at MSSU, Dr. Rawlins has served on numerous committees for the University including the Long Range Planning and Accreditation Committees. He also worked as the Department Head for Finance, Economics, and International Business. He developed the Financial Planning tract at SOBA which is accredited by the Financial Planning Association. He has enjoyed working with student organizations, as well and has been the Sponsor for the MSSU Investment Club, attending annual student trips to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Courses: Macroeconomics, Financial Management, Estate Planning, Financial Strategy

Degrees: Certificate of Financial Management, Institute of Managerial Accountants, 2007

                 PhD, Business Administration, University of Arkansas,1998           

                 Master of Science, Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University,1988 

                 Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri,1986

Professor of Finance and Economics

Plaster Hall Office 310E