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Dr. Stephen R. Hiatt


stephenhiatt.jpgDr. Stephen R. Hiatt
Professor of Business

Contact Info:
Phone: (704) 637-4103  


B.S., Brigham Young University; M.B.A., Ph.D., Arizona State University

Dr. Hiatt graduated from Mt. Airy High School where he was active in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was also a member of the Math Club and Future Teacher’s of America.

Hiatt served a 27-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany and became fluent in German. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in German from Brigham Young University in 1970. After 4 years as a Russian Linguist in the U.S. Air Force, he completed an M.B.A. at Arizona State University in 1976 with an emphasis in Marketing while working full time in retailing and wholesaling. Hiatt completed Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 1983 with a major in Management and supplementary fields of Marketing and International Business.

Hiatt has been an adjunct faculty member for the following: Arizona State University, Park College, Golden Gate University, University of Northern Colorado, American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), Gardner-Webb, and Pfeiffer University.

He has been a full time faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and Catawba College, where he is presently a full professor with tenure. Hiatt has taught courses in Motivation and Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, as well as Marketing and Information Systems. At UNK, he was the director of the MBA Program and became involved in workshops and consulting activities. At Catawba, he has been the director of the Philip Morris Center for Organizational Renewal for 13 years. In that capacity, he has continued to do workshops and consulting. His most frequent topics have been leadership, motivation, human relations, and strategic planning.

Hiatt has also been a facilitator for board and strategic management retreats and planning sessions for several organizations; has developed several business plans for area businesses; has been the publisher and editor of The Hospice Management Newsletter for 5 years; and has held several leadership positions in his church.

He completed AACSB-sponsored Information Systems Institute at the University of Minnesota and currently teaches primarily Information Systems courses at Catawba College.