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Passionate Teachers and Active Scholars


Learn from seasoned teachers who are actively engaged in their fields. In addition to teaching, our faculty members conduct research, publish scholarly articles and engage in business consulting. This enriches their curriculum, and connects students to the professional world outside the classroom.

Engaged Teachers and Researchers

The faculty members at St. Thomas are dedicated practitioner-scholars. They strike a balance between theory and practice through teaching, research and consulting work. With their active research and frequent publications, St. Thomas business faculty are advancing our understanding of management, business ethics, finance, marketing and more. As a student here, you’ll learn from experts who are at the top of their game, both as teachers and scholars.

In our high-touch, personalized learning environment, the entire St. Thomas community is invested in the success of every student. We use an applied learning model, which means faculty gives students hands-on experience and real-world examples of classroom concepts. We use simulations, case studies, service learning projects and other experiential learning tools. When you learn by doing, you’re better prepared to hit the ground running at work.


Learn from a diverse faculty: 20% international; 9% minority; 33% female

Rama Hart, PhD
Associate Professor, Management
Janine Sanders Jones, PhD
Associate Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management
Lawrence Chui, PhD
Associate Professor, Accounting
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Rama Hart, PhD

Throughout her career, Dr. Hart has trained business leaders, students, faith leaders, and educators on how to make equitable changes in their organizations. An advocate for equity and inclusion at St. Thomas, Hart teaches organization development and inclusive leadership courses at Opus College. She is also one of the core facilitators of the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) cohort on campus.

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Janine Sanders Jones, PhD

Before joining the St. Thomas faculty, Sanders Jones worked as an industrial and process engineer for Merck & Co. Her current research interests include quality management, process management and organizational culture. She has a BS in chemical engineering from Ohio University, an MS in industrial administration from Purdue University and a PhD in business administration from the University of Minnesota.
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Lawrence Chui, PhD

Lawrence Chui's research focuses on improving auditors' judgment and decision performance. He aims to develop tools that help auditors assess fraud risk more effectively. Recently, he has examined the differences in mindset between financial statement auditors and forensic specialists, to identify factors that would improve an auditor's ability to address potential fraud in company financial statements.
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Featured Articles & Publications


Should I Stay or Should I Go? Identity and Well-being in Sensemaking About Retention and Turnover

Authors: University of St. Thomas faculty Teresa Rothausen, Kevin E. Henderson, James K. Arnold and Avinash Malshe

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Accounting Documentation Software: An Overview of Options and Results from a Lucidchart Software Evaluation

Authors: Chelley Vician of the University of St. Thomas and Elizabeth M. Pierce of Saginaw Valley State University

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Industry Networks and IPO Waves

Authors: Mufaddal Baxamusa of the University of St Thomas and Abu M. Jalal of Suffolk University

Read Finance Article

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Research Projects & Facilities

St. Thomas Opus College of Business faculty have many exciting research projects underway. We support our faculty’s research with facilities and a variety of resources. Learn about our Principled Leadership research, “Managing Up” study, the Behavioral Research Center and more.

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Centers & Institutes

Our research centers and institutes create a conduit between the Opus College of Business and the community. They inform policy, provide resources to students and the public, and impact the way Minnesota does business.

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Leaders in Business Ethics

We have one of the largest and most prestigious business ethics faculty in the U.S

Strength in Numbers

Over 90 full-time faculty members

Academic Excellence

Our faculty members have doctoral degrees from top institutions:

  • Duke University
  • Michigan State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University