Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Completion Program
College of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago

Curriculum Development Faculty

Joseph Cherian, PhD

Joseph Cherian is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the College of Business Administration. He has taught marketing and strategy in the MBA programs and in several executive education seminars, and has served as Associate Dean for MBA programs at UIC.

Dr. Cherian received his PhD in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and two Master's degrees in Engineering Management and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He has taught courses in Product Planning, Marketing Research, Management and Theory, and Consumer Theory at the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels.

Michele Sexton Dorvil, MNA

Michele Sexton Dorvil is Assistant Dean of the Liautaud Graduate School of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University.

Prior to joining the faculty at UIC, she worked for the University of Notre Dame in managing a $5.2 million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti. She also taught a certificate program in Entrepreneurship. She speaks fluent Creole and conversational French.

Eugene F. Fregetto, PhD

Eugene Fregetto is Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC, MBA in marketing from DePaul University, and BA in journalism from Marquette University. He has been teaching entrepreneurship and marketing courses since 1982, and previously co-developed and taught in the MBA Entrepreneurship program at DePaul.

Professor Fregetto’s research examines minority and ethnic entrepreneurship including preferential government contracting programs, and the conceptual development and assessment of student learning in entrepreneurship. His publications include a chapter in Entrepreneurship: The Way Ahead, articles in the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and numerous conference proceedings for the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Small Business Strategy and the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and has held numerous Vice President and chair positions for USASBE, earning recognition as a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow. His extensive professional experience includes a 25-year career as government contract officer, administrative agent for a statewide consortium, and helping student teams work with local businesses.

Abagail McWilliams, PhD

Abagail McWilliams is Professor of Management and Executive Associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Business Administration. She earned her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees at Ohio State University.

Prior to joining the faculty at UIC, Dr. McWilliams was Assistant Professor in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business at Texas A&M University and Associate Professor at Arizona State University, where she was Director of MBA programs at the West Campus. Since 2002, she has been Visiting Research Professor in the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are corporate social responsibility, strategic management, and gender issues in labor mobility. Dr. McWilliams has published numerous journal articles on these topics and is the co-editor of the 2007 Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Michael Miller, JD, MBA

Michael Miller is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Managerial Studies Department at the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Professor Miller teaches the Capstone Course in Competitive Strategy (Executives in the Classroom) and MGMT 350: Business and its External Environment. He also teaches in the areas of Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, including in the Executive MBA program. Professor Miller is a graduate of UIC and received his JD and MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Before joining the faculty at UIC, Professor Miller worked in a variety of fields. He was with Red Lobster restaurants for seven years, learning all facets of restaurant management. He also has several years of sales and marketing experience in the corporate sector. After law school, he worked with the Federal Trade Commission for seven years as an attorney in the areas of Consumer Protection and Antitrust Law. For two years he ran the Chicago office of Jams/Endispute, the largest for profit-alternative dispute resolution firm in the country. He also has run his own law practice, focusing in the areas of Personal Injury Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is currently pursuing another degree, the Master of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Helen Roberts, PhD

Dr. Roberts is Clinical Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is also the Associate Director of the UIC Center for Economic Education.

The mission of the Center for Economic Education in the Department of Economics at UIC, is to promote high quality teaching of Economics and Consumer Economics at all levels of schooling (including K-12 and junior college) in the State of Illinois. It seeks to accomplish this through the provision of training in Economic Education for current and prospective teachers of Economics and Consumer Economics, as well as through community groups and research. After receiving her PhD from the University of Chicago, Helen Roberts joined the faculty at UIC, where she has taught undergraduate students, graduate students, professional students, and external education students, both, face-to-face and online. Dr. Roberts' subject matter courses ranged from economic and financial decisions in daily life, how to teach economics to all people of ages, and graduate topics in economics.

She has been Associate Director of the Center for Economic Education since its founding in 2000. Currently, she is training teachers how to teach economics and is researching financial literacy education for students K-12.