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Peter Southard

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.S., Animal Science, Iowa State University 
    M.B.A., Drake University 
    Ph.D., Production and Operations, University of Nebraska
  • Research Interests
  • Health care and operations.

Peter Southard, PhD, is an associate professor of management at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.  He received his Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and his MBA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his PhD from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln in operations and supply chain management with a strong minor in management information systems.

Southard has taught courses for more than 20 years at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught courses in supply chain management, operations management, lean/JIT production, six sigma quality, operations planning and control systems, management information systems, business strategy and statistics.

Southard has published scholarly articles in journals such as Communications of the ACM, the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Quality Management in Health Care, the International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance, the International Journal of Production Economics, Benchmarking: An International Journal, Management Decision and the International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management. He has also published articles in two book chapters and several conference proceedings including the annual national meetings of the Academy of Managementthe Decision Sciences Institute and HICSS.

Southard’s industry experience includes eight years in financial services as a senior vice president and branch manager of a private bank, as well as six years with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the agency of the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). He also has consulting experience with the National Research Corporation of Lincoln, Nebraska.   


  • Kumar, S., & Southard, P. B. (forthcoming). Determining key characteristics of a telemedicine based healthcare service system design. IEEE Engineering Management Review,
  • Kumar, S., Southard, P. B., & White, M. (2016). Telemedicine: Determining "Critical to Quality" characteristics for a Healthcare Service System Design Based on a Survey of Physical Rehabilitation Providers. IEEE Engineering Management Review, (44)(2), pp. 41-55
  • Southard, P. B., Chandra, C., & Kumar, S. (2012). RFID in healthcare: A Six Sigma DMAIC and simulation case study. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, (25)(4), pp. 291-321
  • Southard, P. B., Kumar, S., & Southard, C. A. (2011). A modified Delphi methodology to conduct a failure modes effects analysis: A patient-centric effort in a clinical medical laboratory. Quality Management in Healthcare, (20)(2), pp. 131-151
  • Southard, P. B. (2008). Evaluating vendor-managed inventory (VMI) in non-traditional environments using simulation. International Journal of Production Economics, (116)(2), pp. 275-287
  • Southard, P. B., & Parente, D. (2007). A model of internal benchmarking: When and how?. Benchmarking: An International Journal, (14)(2), pp. 161-171
  • Southard, P. B. (2006). Toy trains and history lessons: Teaching your passion. International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, (1)(4), pp. 395-406
  • Southard, P. B., & Siau, K. (2004). A survey of online e-banking retail initiatives. Communications of the ACM, (47)(10), pp. 99-102
  • Southard, P. B. (2007). Best Practices for Online Procurement Auctions. In Diane H. Parente (Ed.), Reverse auctions and supplier consortia. Idea Group, Inc
  • Southard, P. B. (2007). Battleground Business. In Michael Walden and Peg Thoms (Ed.), The cost of securing the supply chain from terrorism. Greenwood Press

  • Twin City Model Railroad Museum - "The Train Doctor", Officer, Other Officer
  • Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)
  • Professional Service
  • International Journal of Production Economic, Reviewer
  • Management Decision (An Emerald Group Publishing Journal),, Reviewer

  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul (2012 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2008 - 2012)
  • Assistant Professor, Penn State University - The Behrend College Sam and Irene Black School of Business, Erie (2001 - 2008)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1997 - 2001)
  • Adjunct Instructor, American Institute of Business, Des Moines (1997 - 1997)
  • Senior Vice President, Story County Bank & Trust (BancSecurity Corporation), Ames (1992 - 1994)
  • Assistant Vice President, Security Bank BancSecurity Corporation), Prairie City (1986 - 1992)
  • County Supervisor, Farmers Home Administration (U.S.D.A.), Williamsburg (1982 - 1986)
  • Assistant County Supervisor, Farmers Home Administration (U.S.D.A.), Iowa Falls (1980 - 1986)
  • Regional Sales Representative, Monsanto Corporation,, Iowa City (1979 - 1980)