Faculty and Staff

Gregory Delemeester

Greg Delemeester

Title: Milton Friedman Professor of Economics

Department: Business & Economics

Education: Ph.D. in Economics, Texas A&M University, 1989; Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Michigan State University, 1981

Research Interests: Experimental Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Courses (Fall 2014): Economics of Sports, Principles of Microeconomics

Courses (Spring 2015): Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Law & Economics

Phone: (740) 376-4630

Email: greg.delemeester@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

A student can expect to work on applying the economic way of thinking to a variety of current policy issues. Students can also expect to participate — both as “lab rat” and “mad scientist” — in classroom experiments designed to illustrate various economic principles.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy attending MC sporting events, lectures, theatre shows and participating in various sporting activities — including volleyball, wallyball, softball, and golf.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Either format is fine depending on the circumstances.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Aside from the various classrooms that I teach in, I am partial to Court 2 in the bottom of Dyson Baudo where a group of faculty play a mean game of wallyball every Friday afternoon.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?




Julie Harding

Julie Harding

Title: Assistant Professor of Marketing

Department: Business & Economics

Education: MBA, University of Louisville, 1998; Bachelor of Science in Journalism, West Virginia University, 1988

Courses (Fall 2014):

Principles of Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research

Courses (Spring 2015):

Principles of Marketing, International Marketing, Marketing Management

Phone: 740-376-4634

Email: jch005@marietta.edu

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/julie-harding/52/5b2/850/

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Students in my classes will feel challenged and have unlimited opportunities to think critically and to engage in “real life” application of their learning. As a former executive who understands the needs of business, I feel strongly about adequately preparing students to enter the workforce. I want to share my wealth of “real life” experiences, but I also want students to have the opportunity to independently discover and consider new ideas and concepts. In my classroom, students will experience a great deal of discussion and engagement, but also humor . . . and, unfortunately, this humor is often at my own expense!

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The students! I am constantly amazed by my students . . . how they think, their aspirations, their spirit and their commitment to excellence. Many things excite me about Marietta College, but it always comes back to the students.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I generally enjoy any type of activity that will take me outdoors. Running, hiking and biking are among my favorites, but now that I once again live in a “river town,” I am also anxious to hit the water with my kayak. I also love to bake . . . when I need a bit of a mental break, there’s nothing quite like heating up the oven and throwing around some sugar and flour!

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Carrying an e-reader in a briefcase is a much simpler endeavor than lugging around a 500-page book. So, when I used to travel as part of my career, I preferred e-books. Now having retired from work travel, I find myself turning solely to “hard copies” . . . I love the feel of a book in my hands.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The classroom! To me, nothing brings quite as much joy as interacting with students, helping them learn new concepts and also learning from them. The classroom is just a special place.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

While I have yet to attend many events, my first Matriculation was an unbelievable experience! And, as a big sports fan, I’m anxious to begin attending sporting events and supporting our student athletes.



Grace Johnson

Grace F. Johnson

Title: McCoy Professor of Management & Accounting

Department: Business & Economics

Education: Master of Accountancy, University of South Florida, 1988; Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of South Florida, 1986

Research Interests: Accounting — internal control, financial reporting disclosures; International Business — rural development, migration

Courses (Fall 2014): Introduction to Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, Business in Global Contexts

Courses (Spring 2015): Introduction to Financial Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Accounting Research

Phone: (740) 376-4631

Email: johnsong@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Doing a lot of reading, engaging in a lot of class discussion, and making strong connections between the world of the textbook and the business world.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Small classes allow me to work with students as individuals.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I am an avid kayaker. Hiking, walking, taking photographs, bowling, swimming, reading, and working in my garden are also enjoyable pastimes.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

No doubt about it: a paper book. Reading is a kinesthetic activity; I have to touch, see, and smell the pages of a book, journal, or newspaper to get the full impact of the words on a page.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

There’s a line of tall pine trees in between Erwin and Irvine Halls. I like to stand under them at all seasons of the year and smell the pine scent, look for hawks building nests in the treetops, and touch the bark of the trees.



Jacqueline Khorassani

Jacqueline Khorassani

Professor of Economics

Dept: Business & Economics




Office: THMS 104

Degrees: Ph.D. in Economics (West Virginia University), 1997; Master's in Economics (University of Oregon), 1982; Bachelor's in Public Relations and Social Affairs (College of Mass Communication, Tehran, Iran), 1975

Year appointed: 1994

Dr. Khorassani’s current research focuses on the inverted classroom pedagogy. She also has conducted research on the causes and effects of the shadow economy as well as the moral hazard effects of deposit insurance.

Dr. Khorassani is the recipient of the “Innovative Teaching Award” at Marietta College. She has also been recognized twice as a finalist for the McCoy Teaching Award. In addition to Marietta College, Dr. Khorassani has conducted classes and seminars at various domestic and foreign universities such as Ohio University, West Virginia University, University of International Relations in Beijing, China, South West University of Economics & Finance in Chengdu, China, Methodist University in Piraciaba, Brazil, and Centro Universitario Metodista Izabela Hendrix in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Dr. Khorassani has presented in the international meetings such as “The Symposium on The Reform of Curriculum for Academic Finance Programs and Bilingual Teaching in Finance” in China. She has published in the Journal of Economic and Finance.



Thomas Lasalvia

Thomas P. LaSalvia

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Business and Economics

Education: Ph.D. in Economics, Binghamton University, 2014; Master of Arts in Economics, Northeastern University, 2008; Bachelor of Science in Financial Services, Roger Williams University, 2004

Research Interests: Residential choice, City level economic development

Courses (Fall 2014): Principles of Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, Labor Economics

Courses (Spring 2015): Principles of Microeconomics, Urban Economics, Comparative Economic Systems

Phone: (740) 376-4623

Email: tpl001@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Passion and the opportunity to create knowledge.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Being a member of a vibrant community and building lasting relationships.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Golfing, cooking, and experiencing Marietta’s downtown with my family.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?


What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The Christy Mall. There are beautiful buildings to look at and always an opportunity to run into someone interesting.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I have only been here a short time but I love athletics and the arts, so I am looking forward to attending the students’ games and performances.



Debora Lazorik

Debora Lazorik

Associate Professor of Business & Economics

Dept: Business & Economics




Office: Thomas 122A

Degrees: B.A. College of St. Francis, M.S. George Williams College

Year appointed: 1980

Ms. Lazorik has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as the coordinator of the sports management major, teaching many sport-related courses and overseeing the internship program. Lazorik spent more than 25 years as a coach, teacher and administrator at Marietta. She has served on several NCAA committees and had a leadership role in the Ohio Athletic Conference by bringing women's athletics in as members in 1985.

She was the College's full-time athletics director from 1991-2007. She worked tirelessly at helping Marietta focus on equity and fundraising in the athletic department. She is the winningest women's basketball coach at Marietta with 131 victories in 12 seasons. She also coached volleyball for six seasons.

In 1988, she received the Professional Achievement Award from the St. Francis Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the College of St. Francis in 1977 and her Master of Arts in Recreation Administration from George Williams College in 1984.



Duong Le

Duong Le

Title: Assistant Professor of Finance

Department: Business and Economics

Education: Ph.D. in Finance, University of Oklahoma, 2009; Master of Business Administration (concentration in Finance), University of Oklahoma, 2004; Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Foreign Trade University, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2000

Research Interests: Derivatives and Risk Management in Energy Markets

Courses (Fall 2014): Business Finance, Investments, International Finance

Courses (Spring 2015): Business Finance, Risk Management, Portfolio Management

Phone: (740) 376-4769

Email: dtl001@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

In a finance course, it is important to understand the intuition behind the formula rather than memorizing it. The important focus of my teaching is on application and real-life examples that help students appreciate the practical importance and relevance of the theoretical concepts studied.

I subscribe to the philosophy that people learn by doing and therefore students can expect to have weekly homework and quizzes to practice the skills we learn in class. I strongly believe that students learn not only from my lectures but also from their own mistakes.

My goal is that most students complete my courses with a feeling that they have learned something valuable and useful and I fervently desire to see them succeed.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I greatly value the supportive and caring environment that Marietta College provides between professors and students. I also appreciate Marietta College’s strong liberal arts foundation and our students’ academic accomplishments.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I love hiking on national and state parks’ trails and biking with my family around Marietta. On snowy days, I enjoy reading books at home.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Although there are advantages of using an e-book, I still prefer flipping through the pages of a book. I guess a book’s cover design, the weight and smell, the thickness of the paper, and the font choice really strengthen my reading experience.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

I love the benches in the shade of the trees between Thomas Hall and Erwin Hall. It is such a serene place to “smile, breathe, and go slowly”.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I am very much impressed with Marietta College’s Matriculation ceremony, especially when all faculty, staff, and students lined up outside the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center cheering for new students. It was at that moment I realized how honored I am to become a part of Marietta College family.



David Mead

David Mead

Associate Professor

Dept: Business & Economics




Office: THMS 109


Year appointed: 2011

Mead earned his MBA from Xavier University and graduated with an undergraduate degree in business from Otterbein College. He has had an extensive career in public accounting, banking and not-for-profit organizations, and was an associate with a large international accounting firm. Mead also spent over 25 years in senior accounting and finance roles in large regional and community banks and was Chief Financial Officer for two publicly traded financial institutions. In addition, he served as an interim Chief Executive Officer at a publicly traded financial institution and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for that institution. Professor Mead's field of interest is the interplay of accounting and finance in the broader business perspective, particularly in large, complex organizations.



Paula Lewis

Paula Lewis

Academic Secretary

Dept: Business & EconomicsHistory, Philosophy, Political Science & Religion




Office: THMS 122

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Management (Marietta College), Associate Degree in Business Administration (Marietta College).

Year appointed: 1996

Ms. Lewis serves as secretary to the Department of Business & Economics as well as the History, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion Department.

She joined the College in 1996 as secretary for the Counseling and Career Center. Ms. Lewis has also worked as the Special Events Coordinator and the Coordinator of Conferences Services. Prior to joining Marietta she served as the Insurance and Risk Manager for The Pizza People. Ms. Lewis graduated from Marietta College in May 2010 with a Bachelor's in Management. She also has an associates in Business administration from Marietta College.

Ms. Lewis resides outside of Marietta with her husband, Jeff, and son, Nick.