About Us


  • Dr. Thaddeus McEwen, professor, coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Program and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his B.S. from The University of Technology, Jamaica. He has published in such peer-reviewed publications as The Journal of Small Business Management, The Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, The Entrepreneurial Executive, The Business and Professional Ethics Journal, The Journal of Education for Business, and The International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Science, among others.

    Teaching Interests: 
    Entrepreneurship, Management Concepts and Business Environment. 
    Research Interests: Ecopreneurship, STEM Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Teaching and Learning

  • Dr. Verona Edmond, assistant professor of management (entrepreneurship), received her Ph.D. in entrepreneurship from Syracuse University, her M.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her B.S. in social services from North Carolina A&T State University. She is a member of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the Academy of Management-Entrepreneurship Division, and the North Carolina Association of CPAs.

    Teaching Interests: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Finance, Entrepreneurial Marketing. 
    Research Interests: Trust, New Venture Teams, New Venture Creation.

  • Dr. Christina Tupper, assistant professor of management (entrepreneurship) has a B.S. in Management and Entrepreneurship, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Strategic Management and International Business. She has experience working in numerous small businesses and with entrepreneur-led companies.

Recent Faculty Research and Publications

Verona Edmond

  • Brannon, D. L. & Edmond, V. P. (2016), Business model research using an evolutionary theory perspective. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 15(4), 243-258
  • Edmond, V. P. & Brannon, D. L. (2016). The Choice of New venture partner: The role of trust and familiarity, Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, 22 (1), 65
  • Edmond, V. P., Brannon, D. L, Stewart, A., & Williams, J. (2016). The role of Gender in Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills training. Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, 43(1)
  • Brannon, D. L. & Edmond, V. P. (2016). A socioemotional wealth perspective in small family firms. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, 22(1), 51
  • Edmond, V. P. (2011). Trustworthiness, Familiarity and gender: An empirical investigation of the new venture partner choice (Interactive Paper). Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 31(10), 4.
  • Morris, M., Schindehutte, M., Edmond, V. & Watters, C. (2011). Inner city engagement and the university: Mutuality, emergence and transformation. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 23(5-6), 287-315.
  • Edmond, V. & Wiklund, J. (2010). The historic roots of entrepreneurial orientation research. In H. Landström & F. Lohrke, (Eds.), The Historical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Research. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publisher, 2016

Thaddeus McEwen

  • McEwen, T. (2016). Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Environmental Goods and Services Industry. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 6(10), 218-251.
  • McEwen, T. (2013). Ecopreneurship as a solution to environmental problems: Implications for college level entrepreneurship education. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 264-288.
  • McEwen, T. (2013). Ecoprofit: An environmental management approach for promoting sustainable development within companies and communities, Leadership and Organizational Management Journal, 2013(3), 43-62.
  • McEwen, T. (2013). An examination of the barriers that impact the implementation of environmental sustainability practices in small businesses, Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, 25(1), 115-139. (Best Paper Award-Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, 2013).
  • McEwen, T. (2012) Integrating STEM competencies into entrepreneurship education, Business Education Forum, 64(4), 32-27 (with B. McEwen)
  • McEwen, T. (2012). What, why and how of ecopreneurship: Implications for entrepreneurship education. Proceedings of the Academy of Entrepreneurship International Conference, October 2012
  • McEwen, T. (2010) Integrating entrepreneurial learning in general education, Business Journal for Entrepreneurs, 2010 (4), 63-79.
  • McEwen, T. (2010). Teen interest in entrepreneurship: Implications for college-level entrepreneurship education, Proceedings of the 2010 Association of Small Business and Conference (with B. McEwen)

Christina Tupper