Economics and Business Administration Faculty Presbyterian College Clinton SC

Even though several of our faculty members have impressive records of publishing, the focus in the department is on teaching. We genuinely enjoy spending time in the classroom teaching subjects which we are passionate about to talented young people. Two of our department’s professors have been honored as PC’s Professor of the Year (Dr. Smith and Prof. Scarborough), and one was also named the South Carolina Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Prof. Scarborough).

Dr. Suzanne J. Smith

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Robert M. Vance Professor of Business Administration
Department Chair
B.S., Presbyterian College
B.E., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Clemson University
Joined PC Faculty: 1987
864.833.8454
ssmith@presby.edu

Courses

  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Operations Management
  • Computer Applications for Business
  • Managerial Communication
  • Doing Business in China (2009, 2012)

Awards

Presbyterian College Professor of the Year, 2001
Presbyterian College SGA Spirit of PC Award, 2001
Presbyterian College Outstanding Young Alumna Award, 1999

Professional and Service Activities

Southeast Decision Sciences Institute (SE DSI)

  • Program Chair, 2016
  • President Elect, 2017
  • President, 2018

Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) member
Laurens County Health Care System Board member

Recent Presentations and Publications

“Understanding the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) as a Measure of Critical Thinking,” Presentation at Decision Sciences Institute annual conference, November 2015.

“The Effect of Required Student Presentations in Operations Management Class,” Proceedings of Southeast INFORMS, October 2015.

“A Review of the Higher Education Crisis Literature and Implications for Business Faculty Members,” Proceedings of Southeast INFORMS, October 2014.

Outsourced: Romantic Comedy Meets World Economic Data and Cross Cultural Management Concepts in Heat Maps,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2014.

“Using Peer Evaluation to Support Class Participation Grading in the Managerial Communication course,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2013.

“Healthcare and Higher Education: Shared Lessons in Lean,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2012 (co-authored and co-presented with Sandra Thompson).

“Connections for Healthcare Quality – The Linkage Between the Introduction of Lean Principles in Higher Education and their Application in a Healthcare Setting,” Presentation to Decision Sciences Institute, November 2011 (co-presented with Sandra Thompson).

“A Comparison of Classroom Response Systems: Handheld Clickers vs. Cellphone Texting,” workshop presented at Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2011.

“Client Satisfaction Surveys: A Process Improvement Tool for Law Firms,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2010 (co-authored and co-presented with Brenda L. Stewart).

“Faculty Assessment of Internships: Creating a Better System,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2009 (co-authored and co-presented with Linda Jameison.”

“Internships and Outcomes: Learning Through Collaboration,” presented at ACPA, March 2008 (co-presented with Linda Jameison).

Developed DVD highlighting students, faculty, and employers in the PC internship program with Linda Jameison, 2008.

Favorite Quotations

“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”
– Thomas A. Edison

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
– C. S. Lewis

Dr. Rachel Childers

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Assistant Professor of Business Administration
B.A. Economics, Bowling Green State University
M.A. Economics, Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. Economics, University of Kansas
rgchilder@presby.edu

Areas of Specialty

Health Economics
Financial Economics
Applied Microeconomics

Publications

Being One’s Own Boss: Self-Employment and Risk Attitudes.” (2011). American Economist.
Vol. 56.  No. 1.

Works in Progress

“Writing Tort Reform Laws: Do Differences Matter.” Journal of Law and Economics. Under revision.
“Differential Disposition of Emergency Department Patients.”
“An Examination of the Effects of Insurance Status on Trauma Patient Outcomes.”
“Effects of Insurance Status on AMI Mortality: A Novel Approach.”

Dr. Jody Lipford

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Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.S., Francis Marion College
M.A., Ph.D., Clemson University
Joined PC Faculty: 1991
jlipford@presby.edu

Awards

Templeton Prize for Best Paper published in the Journal of Private Enterprise. 2007

Faculty Scholarship Award for Presbyterian College, 2011-12 academic year

Courses Taught

Introductory Microeconomics;
Introductory Macroeconomics;
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory;
Money, Banking, and Financial Markets;
Comparative Economic Systems;
Economics of Property Rights;
Capitalism: Foundation and Functions

Areas of Specialty

Public finance, public choice, property rights

Professional Memberships

Association of Private Enterprise Education, 2002-present

Regional Advisory Commission to State Board of Economic Advisors, 2001-present

Publications and Professional Development

Lipford, Jody W. and Jerry K. Slice. 2015. “High Fixed Costs, Economies of Scale, and Financial Viability in College Athletic Spending.” Working Paper. Presbyterian College Department of Economics and Business Administration.

Lipford, Jody W. and Bruce Yandle. 2012. “Taxpayers and Tax Spenders: Does a Zero Tax Price Matter?” The Independent Review 16:517-531

Lipford, Jody W., Tate Watkins, and Bruce Yandle. 2011. “Prosperity in South Carolina: An Analysis of 46 Countries for 2000 and 2008.” Clemson University Office of Economic Development.

Lipford, Jody W. and Bruce Yandle. 2010. “Environmental Kuznets Curves, Carbon Emissions, and Public Choice.” Environmental and Development Economics 15:417-438

Lipford, Jody W. and Bruce Yandle. 2010. “Not the Time to Cap and Trade.” Regulation. Vol. 32, No. 4, Winter 2009-2010: 3.

Lipford, Jody W. and Bruce Yandle. 2009. “The Determinants of Purposeful Volunteerism.” Journal of Socio-Economics 38: 72-79.

Lipford, Jody and Bruce Yandle. 2008. “Louisiana’s Performance in the New Knowledge Economy.” Mercatus Center, Working Paper No. 08-14.

Lipford, Jody W. 2007. “Short Run Macroeconomic Performance and Economic Freedom: Can Economic Growth Rates be Higher and More Stable?” Journal of Private Enterprise 23: 3-29.

Lipford, Jody W. and Jeffrey Pompe. 2005. “Putting Private Lands into Public Hands: Explaining Voter Choices to Purchase Public Lands.” Journal of Private Enterprise 20: 1-24.

Presented “Explaining Voter Choices to Purchase Public Land” (co-authored with Jeff Pompe), Association of Private Enterprise Education Meeting, April 2004.

Presented “South Carolina’s Jocassee Gorges—Private Vice or Public Virtue?” (co-authored with Bruce Yandle and Jerry Slice), Association of Private Enterprise Education Meeting, April 2004.

Professor Cindy Lucking

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Associate Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.A., Northwestern University
M.S., DePaul University
Joined PC Faculty: 2010
cblucking@presby.edu

Courses Taught

  • Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing

Professional Experience

Public Accounting
Audit and tax services
Smith, Culumber & Coval, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

Internal Audit

Senior Internal Auditor
Northwestern Healthcare Systems
Chicago, IL

Higher Education

Assistant Professor
Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, IL

Corporate Accounting

Senior Financial Accountant
ResortQuest Northwest Florida, LLC
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Community Service

U.S. Forest Service Wilderness Ranger
Sawtooth NRA, Idaho & Bridger—Teton National Forest, Wyoming
Guardian ad Litem, Chicago, IL

Professional Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Beta Alpha Psi
Delta Mu Delta

Interests

Running, gardening, architectural preservation

Professor Karen Mattison

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Assistant Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.S., Clemson University
M. Acc., Auburn University
Certified Public Accountant (SC) CPA
Joined PC faculty: 2016
864.833.8370
kmattisn@presby.edu

Courses Taught

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial and Cost Accounting
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Intermediate Accounting III

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA)
Institute of Management Accounting (IMA)
American Accounting Association (AAA)

Professional Experience

Higher Education

Erskine College
Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Department Head

Wofford College
Adjunct Professor

Presbyterian College
Adjunct Professor

Non-profit Accounting

Presbyterian College
Controller
Assistant Controller
Staff Accountant

Public Accounting – Audit and Taxation

Hyland, Ruddy and Garbett CPAs,
Mt. Pleasant, SC

McKnight, Frampton and Co., P.A.
Charleston, SC

Conference Presentations

“Designing Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Classes”
Panel Discussant-Faculty and Campus Leadership Summit
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, April 2016

“Integrating Accounting and Social Entrepreneurship”
Faculty Fellows Presentation
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Faculty Spring Workshop, April 2015

“Using Real Data to Enhance Learning” in Accounting Information Systems Class
Effective Teaching Practices Forum
A Poster Session of Pedagogy and Course Best Practices
Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting-American Accounting Association, August 2014

Community Activities

First Presbyterian Church, Clinton
Clinton Community Garden
Clinton Federated Woman’s Club
VITA Volunteer Income Tax Preparer – United Way

Hobbies and Interests

Photography, cooking and Disney

Professor Norman M. Scarborough

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William Henry Scott III Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
B.S., M.S., Clemson University
Joined PC Faculty: 1979
nmscarb@presby.edu

Courses

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law
  • Computer Applications for Business
  • Business Statistics

Areas of Specialty

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small business management
  • Teaching and technology

Awards

2005 PC Professor of the Year
2005 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (C.A.S.E.) South Carolina Professor of the Year
2010 Longenecker/USASBE Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Faculty Marshall

Publications and Professional Development

Author of eight books, including:

  • Effective Small Business Management
  • Essentials of Small Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Building A Business Plan with Lotus 1-2-3
  • Business: Gaining the Competitive Edge
  • plus several articles

Visit website for current book projects: www.prenhall.com/scarborough

Involved in a variety of community service activities, including the Laurens County Healthcare System (2000 – 2008), the Laurens County Community Foundation (2009 – 2015), First Baptist Church, Laurens County School District 55, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and others.

Serves on Clinton City Council

Attends the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) conference annually.

Hobbies

Shooting sports and fly fishing

Dr. Jerry K. Slice

JerrySlice

Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.S., Clemson University
M.S., Ph.D., Mississippi State University
Joined PC Faculty: 1989
jkslice@presby.edu

Courses Taught

Principles of Microeconomics;
Principles of Macroeconomics;
Intermediate Microeconomics;
Capitalism: Foundations and Function;
Globalization;
International Marketing;
International Trade;
Environmental Economics;

Areas of Specialty

Microeconomics, international economics, environmental economics

Professional Membership

Regional Advisory Commission to State Board of Economic Advisors, 2001-present

Attends USC Economic Outlook Conference and UNCW Teaching Economics Conference annually

Community Service Activities include:

Laurens County Senior Options, Laurens County SC Humane Society, Community Outreach and College Connection of First Presbyterian Church

Publications and Professional Development

Slice and Lipford. “Adam Smith’s Roles for Government and Contemporary U.S. Government Roles: Is the Welfare State Crowding Out Government’s Basic Functions?” The Independent Review 11, no. 4:485-501.

Slice, Lipford, and Yandle, “South Carolina’s Jocassee Gorges–Private Vice or Public Virtue?” PERC Research Study RS 02-2, Political Economy Research Center, Bozeman, MT. Presented to Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference, April 2004.

Slice and Malone. “Marketing Alternatives for Broilers of Various Sizes” and “The Relative Profitability of Producing Broilers of Various Weights” MAFES Publications, 1986.

Wye Faculty Fellow, sponsored by The Aspen Institute, 2005.

Hobbies

Canoeing and kayaking

Dr. Tobin Turner

TobinTurner

Associate Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.S., Presbyterian College
MBA University of Stirling, Scotland
Ph.D., Clemson University
Joined PC Faculty: 2010
jtturner@presby.edu

Courses Taught

Business Analytics
Strategic Management

Areas of Specialty

Business Analytics
Strategy
Entrepreneurship

Professional Experience

Operational consultant for the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Beaufort, SC)
Marketing and Operations, RaceTrac Petroleum (Atlanta, GA)
Adv. Production Manager, Milliken & Company (Laurens, SC)
CEO, Palms LLC (Greenville, SC)

Hobbies and Interests

Outdoor activities and traveling