Faculty Briefs


faculty_photo1John Gustincic, JD, CFE, director of the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise and associate professor, Accounting, Michigan Campus, presented at the 76th Annual Michigan Business Education Association Convention on the topic of enterprise law. He coordinated a number of events during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, including the Bauervic Business Pitch Competition. Gustincic developed and facilitated Northwood’s First Annual Family Business Forum, resulting in the formation of a new student organization, Family Alliance Success Team (FAST). Most recently, he served as director of the 2016 Learning About Business (LAB) Free-Enterprise Camp which achieved record attendance and proved to be a positive experiential earning event for high school students.  

faculty_photo2Clifford L. Harris, associate professor, Economics, Michigan Campus, recently lectured to students attending the third annual Learning About Business (LAB) Free-Enterprise Camp in June. Around 50 high school students from around the country stayed on the Michigan campus to gain hands-on experiences correlating to real-world business challenges.


Header picture caption:  Clifford Harris walks the runway at the 2016 Style Show, Play with Style.



faculty_photo3Jim Hopp, associate professor, department chair of Entrepreneurship, department chair of Franchising Management, attended the International Franchise Association annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, February 20-22. There are more than 3,700 franchisors, franchisees and suppliers who attend this event. Northwood was able to again showcase its Franchising Management major as the only one available in the country. In June of 2016, Hopp was able to participate in the 3rd annual LAB camp on the campus of Northwood with more than 50 high school students from as far away as California participating.



faculty_photo4Dennis Witherspoon, associate professor and Finance Department chair, Michigan Campus, recently completed his third year residency requirement at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning. During his residency, he voluntarily developed and participated in a poster presentation entitled, “Mortgage LTVs and Life Satisfaction for Retired Homeowners.” Research conducted for his presentation addressed theoretical framework, hypotheses, methodology, and statistical analysis using SAS.