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EricHake.jpgEric R. Hake, Ph.D.

Office: KET 302
Phone: (704) 637-4293 


  • Dean of the Ketner School of Business
  • Professor of Economics
  • B.A., Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Dr. Hake joined Catawba in 2010. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Hake is Secretary to The Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), an international organization of economists and other social scientists devoted to analysis of economics as evolving, socially constructed and politically governed systems. AFEE publishes the Journal of Economic Issues (JEI).

- Macroeconomics
- Monetary Theory
- Economic History


stephenhiatt.jpgStephen R. (Steve) Hiatt, Ph.D.

Office: KET 316

Phone: (704) 637-4103

  • Professor of Management
  • B.S., Brigham Young University
  • M.B.A., Ph.D., Arizona State University

- Management
- Operations Management
- Strategic Management
- Small Business Management
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Associate Professors

JamieSlate.jpgJames Wesley (Jamie) Slate, Ph.D.

Office: KET 204

Phone: (704) 637-4407

  • Associate Professor of Economics
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • B.A., Economics, Christopher Newport University VA

Dr. Slate teaches economics and statistics for Catawba College and joined the faculty in January of 2002. His research focus is on economic education. He is a member of the Academy of Economics & Finance and serves on the editorial board of the Business Education Innovation Journal.

- Microeconomics
- Business & Economics Statistics
- Environmental Economics
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PamThompson.jpgPamela L. (Pam) Thompson, Ph.D.

Office: KET 212
Phone: (704) 637-4323 


  • Associate Professor of Information Systems
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Information Systems
  • M.B.A., James Madison University
  • B.B.A., James Madison University, Management Information Systems

- Applications Programming
- Networks and Telecommunications
- Web Design
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Assistant Professors

KenClapp.jpgDr. Kenneth W. Clapp
Office: CHA
Phone: (704) 637-4446

  • Senior Vice-President and Chaplain of the College
  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
  • Director of Catawba's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values
  • B.A., Catawba College
  • M.Div., Yale University
  • D.Min., Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Post-doctoral study, Harvard University

- Business Ethics

Dr. Kenneth Clapp has many responsibilities at Catawba, from campus chaplain to Senior Vice-President in the campus administration to part-time teacher in the Religion & Philosophy department, and he has now been selected to be the Director of the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba. He is also deeply involved in the lives of students on campus. Read more »


mookcook.jpgSasikarn Cook, Ph.D.
Office: KET 325
Phone: (704) 637-4723

  • Assistant Professor of Marketing

With professional experience in advertising and retailing fields, Dr. Chatvijit-Cook’s teaching focuses on branding, marketing strategy, and consumer research. Her research interest includes non-ownership economy and consumer behavior in the retail environments. She joined Catawba College in 2017 with a goal to provide Catawba students with real-business based opportunities and first-hand experiences of business owners, entrepreneurs, and marketers from well-known brands such as Food Lion, YMCA, and other local companies.  


karengaskill.jpgKaren B. Gaskill, MS, CPA, CGMA
Office: KET 326
Phone: (704) 637-4257

  • Chair, Department of Accounting
  • Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
  • Doctoral Candidate, Jacksonville University
  • M.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Accounting with concentration in Information Systems)
  • B.A., Catawba College

Karen Gaskill has more than twenty years of experience in professional accounting practice.  She has taught business law, managerial finance, advanced accounting, tax, auditing, and other financial and managerial accounting courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Professor Gaskill is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) with extensive experience in public accounting and private industry.  Read More »



Yan S. Gibson, CFE, CPA, MMPA
Office: KET 321
Phone: (704) 637-4406

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • M.M.P.A., University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • M.A., East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China
  • B.A., Shanxi Teacher’s University, Shanxi, China


jenniferyurchisin.jpgDr. Jennifer Yurchisin
Office: KET 319
Phone: (704) 637-4186


  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • M.A., B.S., University of Minnesota

Dr. Jennifer Yurchisin is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing at Catawba College. Prior to joining Catawba in 2017, she taught at Texas State University, the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching, Dr. Yurchisin conducts research on consumer behavior and the retail industry. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies, International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management,Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Journal of Business & Psychology, and others. In 2010, she co-authored the textbook, Fashion and the Consumer for Berg Publishers. When she’s not at Catawba, Dr. Yurchisin may be volunteering at a thrift store or an animal shelter or just spending time with her dog, Morticia.


Administrative Assistant

angeliabates.jpgMs. Angelia Bates
Office: KET 304
Phone: (704) 637-4405 


  • Administrative Assistant for the Department of Mathematics and the Ketner School of Business

Angelia serves as administrative assistant for the Ketner School of Business and the Department of Mathematics.

Special Mentors

bryanapplefield.pngMr. Bryan Applefield

Applefield, a college trustee and a 1966 alumnus, has been hailed as having "substantial leadership experience in business and a long-term commitment to Catawba College as an alumnus and a trustee." Applefield is passionate about Catawba delivering to its students and is fully committed to the mission of the institution.


Mr. Claude B. Hampton, Jr., D.B.A

  • Adjunct Professor in Business
  • Executive Vice-President, Nabisco Brands USA (Retired)
  • B.A., Catawba College
  • M.S., Syracuse University
  • Graduate study, Harvard Business School
  • D.B.A. (honorary), Catawba College.



AlCarter.jpgMr. J. Alvin Carter, MBA
Office: KH 336
Phone: (704) 637-4406

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Business

  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • M.B.A., Georgia State University


jackgreen.jpgJohn Boyd (Jack) Green, Jr., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Marketing
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Business Studies, University of Warwick (Coventry England)
  • M.B.A., Marketing, SUNY-Albany
  • B.S., Business Administration, Providence College