School of Business

Management Adjuncts

Marissa Fahrig

melissa fahrig photoMarissa Fahrig is beginning her teaching career in 2014 at Missouri Southern State University.  Most recently, Fahrig aided in the creation and continued growth of the nationally recognized not-for-profit organization, Art Feeds. Fahrig has worked closely on program management and expansion nationally and internationally, she possesses a wide array of hands-on experiences.

Management Information Systems

MBA, Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo., 2012
BS, Missouri Southern State University, 2010

Adjunct Professor of Management

Lacey R. Finley

lacey finleyLacey R. Finley has taught on-line classes since 2007 and joined the adjunct faculty at MSSU in 2008.

Business Communication - Online
Principles of Business Education - Online
Teaching Business/Methods - Online

PhD Student in Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University, 2008, Current
Master of Science in Business Education, Emporia State University, 2006
Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication, Emporia State University, 2001/ Minor: Business

Adjunct Professor of Management

Amanda Fosdick

amanda fosdick Amanda Fosdick has been an adjunct instructor with Missouri Southern State University since January 2012. She is a Commercial Lender/Assistant Vice President at a local financial institution and has ten years of banking experience. She is a Carthage Area United Way Board Member, a Carthage Bright Futures site council chair, a Carthage Chamber of Commerce ambassador and was recently named one of the Joplin Regional Business Journal’s 15 People to Watch under 40.

GB 320: Business Communication

MBA, William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri 2011
BSBA-Management, with minors in Human Resources Management and Spanish, Missouri Southern State University, 2008

Adjunct Professor of Management

James Smallwood

Jim Smallwood, MBA, specializes in the areas of Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics, and Accounting.  Professor Smallwood began his career as an adjunct faculty member at Missouri Southern State University in 2008.  He has also taught courses for the University of Missouri – Columbia, William Woods University, and Crowder College.  His graduate studies were focused in the areas of corporate finance, banking, and strategic marketing analysis.  His undergraduate coursework  included the areas of finance, economics, and accounting.  He currently owns and operates an accounting and business management consulting business focused on aiding small businesses with their business design/practices and accounting functions.

Fundamentals of Organizational Management, Principles of Marketing

Courses previously taught at other institutions: 
Introduction to Banking, Principles of Management, Statistics for Business, and Personal Finance at the undergraduate level.  Also, Financial Management and Analysis and Economics for Managers at the graduate level.

Master of Business Administration, University of Missouri – Columbia, 1997; 
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Economics and Finance, Missouri Southern State University, 1995;                
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting, Missouri Southern State University, 2010                   
Associate of Applied Science – Mortuary Science, Kansas City Kansas, Community College, 1992

Adjunct Professor of Management

Brandon Spaeth

Spaeth photo Brandon Spaeth has an academic background including a BS in Marketing and MBA from Northwest Missouri State University. He has been teaching university-level business courses since 2001. Brandon also conducts research for many organizations and earned his "Professional Researcher Certification" in 2009.  Brandon's primary research areas include customer and employee satisfaction as well as economic development.

Organizational Behavior

Master of Business Administration, Northwest Missouri State University,  1999
Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Northwest Missouri State University, 1997               

Adjunct Professor of Management

Eric Wright

Wright photo Erik Wright, PHR, began his teaching career at MSSU in 2012 as an Adjunct Professor in the Plaster School of Business in the management department. He currently serves as the Employee Services Manager for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, OK and has worked in management and human resources management since 2006.

He currently is an Applied Technologies in Performance Improvement doctoral student at the University of North Texas in Denton, Tex.  His research interests are: Cultural influences on Training & Development, Human Resources Management, and workforce development.

Fundamentals of Organizational Management & Management Information Systems

MBA, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo., 2011
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management, MSSU, 2009.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Human Resources Management, MSSU, 2011.

Adjunct Professor of Management