Dr. Borga Deniz

Assistant Professor, Management

Office: Crocker Hall 215
Phone Number: 508-215-5718
Email: bdeniz@framingham.edu

Operations Management
Business Policy and Strategy

Prof. Karen Druffel

Associate Professor, MIS

Office: Crocker Hall 203
Phone Number: 508-626-4852
Email: kdruffel@framingham.edu

Organizational Behavior
Information Systems Management
Legal Environment of Business

Prof. Ken Grunes


Office: Crocker Hall 209
Phone Number: 508-215-5507
Email: kgrunes@framingham.edu

Professor Grunes brings 40 years of local High Tech industry expertise into the classroom. His record achievement in Enterprise Sales and Marketing serves as an inspiration to all FSU Business students. His range of course content spans first year Freshmen as well as graduating Seniors enrolled in their final semester capstone courses. Professor Grunes began teaching his first Business Marketing courses 40 years ago at Bentley College. He has adapted his current course instruction to reflect the latest technology advances as they relate to consumer buying behavior and social media platforms.

While serving as an Operation Research Systems Analyst for the U.S. Army, Professor Grunes was the youngest graduate to ever earn an MBA from Boston College. As a Systems Engineer with IBM, Professor Grunes defined a new approach to Customer Relationship Marketing. Having held corporate Marketing and Sales Management positions at Polaroid and Hewlett Packard, Professor Grunes pushes the boundaries of an interactive Business Education at FSU.


Marketing Principles
Marketing Research
Organizational Behavior
Business Policy and Strategy
Strategic Marketing

Dr. Michael Harrison

Associate Professor, Marketing

Office: Crocker Hall 205
Phone Number: 508-626-4667
Email: mharrison2@framingham.edu

Dr. Michael J. Harrison is an Associate Professor in his 9th year as a faculty member in Framingham State University’s Department of Business where he teaches International Business, Marketing Research, Managing Across Cultures, Sales and Sports Marketing.

He has over 22 years of business experience working with world class organizations as a Training and Development Manager, Program Manager and Performance Consultant. He is published in the International Business and Economics Research Journal, the Global Business Economics Anthology, the Journal of Critical Thinking, the Business and Management Review and he has presented scholarly articles at Oxford University and Cambridge University. Dr. Harrison authors the annual 495/MetroWest Partnership’s Regional Employer Survey & Forecast in conjunction with the MetroWest Daily News and Milford Daily News.

Dr. Harrison is in his 6th year as the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for Framingham State University and in his 4th year as the Conference FAR for the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC). He was named Faculty of the Year by the Framingham State University undergraduates in 2011 and in 2015 was nominated for the Oxford Journal Global Top 50 Educators Award which recognizes educators dedicated to the success of their students both inside and outside the classroom setting.  

He holds a Doctor of Business Administration, an MBA, a Master of Science in Management, a Bachelor of Science in Finance and the Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) from the Marketing Research Association.


Marketing Research
Sports Marketing
International Marketing

Prof. Ella Karat


Office: Crocker Hall 216
Phone Number: 508-215-5898
Email: ekarat@framingham.edu

Promoting a love for marketing and branding is what Ella Karat probably is best known for. Before pursuing a  career in academia, she has worked for top 20 Global Advertising Agencies and handled clients that are Fortune 100 companies such as Coca-Cola, Proctor&Gamble, Unilever, MasterCard, Pfizer, MSD, Bayer and Nestle to name a few.  She has extensive knowledge in building results driven strategies and thrives in marketing related projects.

Ella Karat is also multilingual and multicultural, she has lived and worked on three continents, and is very accustomed to diversity.  She likes and prefers working on cross-functional events as well as with cross-cultural teams.


Marketing Principles
Brand Management
Advertising and Promotional Strategy
International Marketing

Prof. Norm Kelson

Assistant Professor, Accounting

Office: Office: O’Connor 139
Phone Number: 508-626-4568
Email: nkelson@framingham.edu


Accounting Information Systems
Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Dr. Robert Krim

Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Director of Entrepreneur Innovation Center

Office: Crocker Hall 208
Phone Number: 508-626-4674
Email: rkrim@framingham.edu

Dr. Krim is Director and co-founder of FSU’s Entrepreneur Innovation Center. He initiated FSU’s Entrepreneurship Concentration and currently teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation, among other courses. As an entrepreneur, he started, and led, two companies successfully for twenty-five years. He spent more than a decade (1997-2010) founding and leading the Boston History and Innovation Collaborative, a Boston-based research and tourism partnership. A Harvard College graduate, he has graduate degrees in 4 disciplines, including US History and a PhD/MBA from Boston College. He is known for his leading research on what has made Eastern Mass. one of the top 3 innovative regions globally over the past four centuries. His “Bump and Connect” explanation is used by many. His academic focus is on the intersection of innovation and history.

Social Entrepreneurship
Cultivating and Managing Innovation
Entrepreneurship Internship Practicum

Dr. Zhe Li

Associate Professor, Director of Certified Financial Planning Program

Office: Crocker Hall 206
Phone Number: 508-626-4886
Email: zli@framingham.edu

Managerial Finance
Principles of Financial Literacy
Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Insurance
Quantitative Modeling for Business and Economics

Dr. Erastus Ndinguri

Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Assistant Director of Entrepreneur Innovation Center

Office: Crocker Hall 212
Phone Number: 508-626-4882
Email: endinguri@framingham.edu


Organizational Behavior
Human Resource Management
Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Business

Dr. Sandra Rahman

Professor, Marketing

Office: Crocker Hall 218
Phone Number: 508-626-4853
Email: srahman@framingham.edu

Dr. Sandra Sutherland Rahman is a professor of Marketing and former chair of the Department of Business at Framingham State University, USA.   She has published on international firm/stakeholder discourse regarding labor conditions in developing countries as well as issues related to stakeholder responsibility. Her dissertation is entitled “The Global Stakeholder's Message, The Firm's Response, and An Interpretation of the Ensuing Dilemma: From Tin Sheds to Brick Houses was based on the trade relationship and decision making influence of stakeholders on Bangladeshi garment manufacturers and US importers regarding the use of child labor. Dr. Rahman is active in promoting entrepreneurship and new business opportunities to undergraduate students in the US and abroad through guest lecturing, organizing a business plan competition in Bangladesh, and teaching workshops to faculty and students in Malaysia and Indonesia. Dr. Rahman has taught summer workshops on Teaching with the Case Study Method at the University Technology of Malaysia as well as marketing classes in Bangladesh, China and Malaysia. She has created and led over 10 international faculty led trips and was instrumental in developing the Doing Business Abroad course at FSU where students studied on campus at FSU and then traveled to China, Russia and Brazil.  For the past 25 years, she has continued her research and regularly presents her work at domestic and international conferences around the globe.


Marketing Principles
Doing Business Abroad
International Marketing

Dr. Jorge Riveras

Assistant Professor of Strategy and International Business

Office: Crocker Hall 210
Phone Number: 508-626-4572
Email: jriveras@framingham.edu

Dr. Jorge Riveras is an Assistant Professor teaching Strategic Management and International Business courses.  Dr. Riveras became interested in Academia after working for more than two decades in global business and is a true believer of bringing real-world experience to the classroom. Prior to Framingham State University, Dr. Riveras served as an adjunct professor and visiting assistant professor at Suffolk University, an Instructor in Harvard Summer School as well as a Teaching Fellow and a guest lecturer in Boston College, UMASS Boston, Framingham State University, Plymouth State University, and Southern New Hampshire University. Dr. Riveras is particularly interested in the areas of globalization, strategic alliances, sales management, and the political impact on business. He founded a company in Venezuela, which represented global manufacturers of analytical instruments for QC and research fields. He has also served as International Sales Manager and Vice President – Director of Sales and Marketing for a Massachusetts-based technology firm.  Dr. Riveras has developed strategic alliances, negotiated contracts, created promotional material, and conducted market research. Dr. Riveras has experience with training a global sales force and has presented seminars on business and technology in more than 30 countries. Dr. Riveras is bilingual in English and Spanish, has a working knowledge of Portuguese, and has traveled to more than 60 countries.

Dr. Riveras earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, a MBA from Suffolk University, and his PhD in International Business from S. New Hampshire University.


Management Across Cultures
Business Policy and Strategy

International Business

Prof. Jay Sherry

Marketing and Finance

Office: Crocker Hall 207
Phone Number: 508-215-5508
Email: jsherry@framingham.edu


Marketing Principles
International Marketing
Personal Financial Literacy

Prof. Beverly Soriano

Assistant Professor, Accounting

Office: Crocker Hall 106
Phone Number: 508-626-4856
Email: bsoriano@framingham.edu


Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Cost Accounting

Prof. Rachel C. Sykes, CFA

Assistant Professor, Finance

Office: Crocker Hall 204
Phone Number: 508-626-4856
Email: rsykes@framingham.edu

Professor Sykes is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Framingham State University, with expertise in investments, retirement, and financial planning, as well as corporate and multinational finance.  She brings over 20 years of professional experience working in the investment industry at firms such as Wellington Management Company and Fidelity Investments.  Professor Sykes gained her passion for investing through her roles in portfolio management and research, where she managed equity portfolios and conducted research on defined contribution retirement plans.  Professor Sykes began teaching part time in 2015, and joined the faculty on a full-time basis in 2017.  She teaches Managerial Finance, Corporate Finance, Principles of Financial Literacy, Retirement and Estate Planning, and Case Studies in Financial Planning. She earned her MBA from Suffolk University and is a CFA Charter holder.  In her personal time, she enjoys practicing and teaching yoga.


Principles of Financial Literacy
Retirement and Estate Planning
Case Studies in Financial Planning
Managerial Finance
Corporate Finance

Dr. Patricia Thomas, Chair

Associate Professor, MIS and Quantitative Methods

Office: Crocker Hall 201
Phone Number: 508-626-4016
Email: pthomas1@framingham.edu


Introduction to Business Systems
Quantitative Modeling for Business and Economics