Ph.D. Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Ma, 2018 - Present
Post- Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands September 2008 - December 2012
DBA, Doctoral Degree in Business Administration in International Business, SNHU, May 2005
MBE, Master of Business Education, SNHU, May 2002
M.S., Master of Science in International Business, SNHU, May 2001
MBA, Master of Business Administration, New Hampshire College, May 1999
Master of Liberal Arts in Government- Political Science - International Relations, Harvard University, 1993
Teachers Certificate Education (Master Level Courses) in Social Studies University of Massachusetts, at Lowell, Graduate School of Education, 1993- 1994
B.A., Political Science - International Relations, Minor in History, University of Massachusetts, May 1986
Southern New Hampshire University, 2007-Present
Southern New Hampshire University, Visiting Faculty, 2006-2007
KHas University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005 - 2006
Rivier College, Nashua, NH, August 2003 to December 2004
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, 2000-2005
Rotenberg School, North Chelmsford, MA - Principal High School August 1998 - August 2002
Rotenberg School, North Chelmsford, MA - Social Sciences and Math Teacher August 1994 - August 2002
Balengou, Yaunde Cameroon, Africa Voluntary Instructor February 1993- May 1993
Dr. Aysun Fiçici is currently a professor of International Business and Strategy at Southern New Hampshire University. She received her doctorate in International Business, with a concentration in International Business and Strategy. She is also a research fellow at University of Massachusetts directed on Global Studies and International Political Economy. Her current research foci include political economy and globalization, international negotiations, regionalism, regional blocs and their trade relations, corporate governance and social responsibility, joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions, and geopolitics and geostrategy.
Dr. Aysun Fiçici has been in the academia for most of her life. She has also worked for a multinational firm for ten years while in academia. She has worked, lived, taught, traveled, conducted negotiations, and attended conferences and gave speeches and presentations in six continents. Her teaching philosophy and strategy is supported by relentless research and publications.
Dr. Aysun Fiçici constantly engages in philanthropic activities and strives for educating the people of the world through her unlimited belief in intellectual propensity.
Global Studies, Political Economy and International Relations
Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
Regionalism, Regional Trade Blocs and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Migration and Negotiations
Regional Specialization in West Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe
Area Specialization in the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea, and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, including Exclusive Economic Zone, Complex International Projects, and International Treaties
2018 - X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificate in theoretical and practical teaching in global setting
2016 - X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificate in theoretical and practical teaching in global setting
2016 - Best Presenter Award - University of Oxford, Brasenose College, Oxford - England - Oxford Round Table in Religion, Women and History
2015 - Best Paper Award Academy of International Business (AIB) US-West
2015 - X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificate in theoretical and practical teaching in global setting
2014 - Best Presenter award University of Cambridge, IFIM Manufacturing School, Cambridge - England
2014 - X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificate in theoretical and practical teaching in global setting
2009 - V Congresso de Administracao da ESPM / Excellence in writing scholarly/ scientific papers - Sao Paulo Brazil
2009 - SAIDI School of Organizational Behavior, Manila Philippines Award for running Negotiation Seminar
2008 - III Simposio Internacional de Administracao e Marketing /Excellence in Presenting Scholarly papers - Sao Paulo Brazil
Dr. Bill Lightfoot brings to the table over 15 years of global senior leadership experience, including seven years overseas in multicultural organizations. He most recently served as Managing Director of Village Inc. Africa, where he developed a new business model for driving economic development in rural communities. He has also served as Dean of Brenau University’s College of Business and Mass Communication and as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Institutional Advancement, and Strategic Planning at the International University of Monaco.
Dr. Lightfoot earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University before moving on to earn his MBA in General Management from the University of North Carolina. He also earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University and possesses a CCMP (Certified Change Management Professional) Certificate from the Association of Chance Management Professionals.
MA, PhD, International Finance, The Ohio University, Max Fisher College of Business, 1988-1992
MS, Finance, Istanbul University, 1986-1987
BS, Operations Research and Statistics, ME, Technical University, 1979-1984
Southern New Hampshire University, 1998-Present
Rochester Institute of Technology-College of Business, 1995-1998
Istanbul University, School of Business Administration, 1993-1995
Azerbaijan State University of Economics, 2017
Augsburg University of Applied Sciences Blue Chip Lectures on Finance, 2015-Present
Harvard Summer School, 2006-Present
US Business School at Prague, 2004-2006
Dr. Bülent Aybar is a professor of international finance and the Director of Ph.D. Program at SNHU. Dr. Aybar's main teaching and research interests are in international corporate finance, international business and emerging markets. His current research work includes empirical analysis of various aspects of emerging market multinationals, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and risk management in Emerging Market context. His doctoral level teaching focuses on seminars in Multinational Corporate Finance Economic Reform and Growth in Emerging Markets.
Dr. Aybar is an active researcher and frequent participant in academic and professional forums in his field. His publications appeared in refereed journals such as Emerging Markets Review, Journal of International Business Studies and International Review of Financial Analysis. Dr. Aybar is a member of Academy of International Business, European International Business Academy and European Finance Association. Dr. Aybar regularly serves as a referee for journals such as International Journal of Emerging Markets, Emerging Markets Review, Journal of International Business Studies, International Business Review, Journal of World Business, European Management Review, Thunderbird Review of International Business and Journal of Banking and Finance. In addition to his teaching at SNHU, Dr. Aybar also regularly lectures in several short-term graduate programs in the U.S. and abroad such as Harvard Summer School Economics Program and Augsburg University of Applied Sciences International Business and Finance Program. Dr. Aybar is also a Fulbright US Scholar.
Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions
FX Risk & FX Risk Management
Emerging Market Multinationals
Corporate Finance in Emerging Markets
International Equity Issues, ADRs and ETFs
Risk/Return Characteristics and Valuation of MNCs
DBA, International Business, Concentration in International Finance, SNHU, 2002
MS, International Business, SNHU, 1999
BA, Management, Interpersonal Communication, Marquette University, 1977
Southern New Hampshire University, 2006-Present
University of Botswana, 2015-2016
University of Maryland (online), 2007-2009
Xavier University, 2002-2006
Southern New Hampshire University, 1999-2001
Dr. Broaden is currently a professor of International Business and Organizational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University. She received her doctorate in International Business, with a concentration in International Finance. Her current research focus is in entrepreneurship, trade and foreign direct investment, and management practices. She is particularly interested in FDI to African nations and has recently published in this area. She is also interested in the shifting patterns of FDI within emerging markets and the re-shoring of FDI by manufacturing firms.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Broaden worked in several multinational firms where she was an executive managing international human resource activities as well as being a member of the company's strategic management team. In her last assignment she lived in Toronto Canada for three years and managed operations in Canada and France. A key assignment was talent management and Dr. Broaden was responsible for recruiting and placing global talent.
Dr. Broaden holds the Certified Global Business Professional designation from NASBITE International, which is the qualification in Global Commerce and she is a member of the Foreign Direct Investment Association. She is a member of numerous trade and professional groups in her field.
She was awarded the coveted Fulbright Scholar in 2015-2016 and spent a year teaching and conducting research at the University of Botswana.
Trade & Foreign Direct Investment
Regional Specialization in Africa
2016 - Edward Shapiro Faculty Research Grant
2015 - Fulbright Scholar, Gaborone, Botswana
2010 - Nominated for the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award, Southern New Hampshire University
2008 - Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), NASBITE International
2005 - Who's Who among America's Teachers®, 2005
2005 - Outstanding Faculty Award, Xavier University Business School
PhD, State University of New York
MBA, Western New England University
BS, University of Hartford
Southern New Hampshire University, 1988-Present
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992-2007
Harvard University, 1987-1990
Boston University, 1987-1988
Massood Samii is professor of International Business and the director of Institute for International Business at Southern New Hampshire University. Previously he directed the Ph.D. program and chaired the International Business Department. He was a senior lecturer at MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1992 to 2007. Earlier, he was with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he did research on global energy and oil markets. He served OPEC Secretariat in Vienna Austria for several years as a senior economist and the head of the finance section. During his tenure at OPEC, he was involved in a numerous projects including OPEC Long Term Strategy and Oil Pricing Strategy.
Dr. Samii has also directed numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Education. In 2004, he was recognized by the Governor of State of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire International Trade Association (NHITA) for outstanding contribution to the State's International Business and Trade. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Governor Office of International Commerce (OIC) and of the Texas A & M International University Ph.D. program. In addition, he has done numerous executive training and consulting internationally.
Dr. Samii has lectured and published widely on issues of energy, economic development, risk analysis, and international business. His articles have appeared in the journals of Energy Policy, Energy and Development, OPEC Review, Petroleum Management, the International Trade Journal, and Thunderbird International Business. He was an official observer representative to the IMF Interim Committee, World Bank Development Committee, and UNCTAD Trade and Development Committee. He is on the editorial board of a few International Journals. His books titled International Business and Information Technology and Foundation of Global Business: A System Approach. His area of research includes Risk Analysis and Management, Foreign Direct Investment, International, International Business Strategy, Dynamic Strategy, and International Oil and Energy Market.
Megan Gassman is a lecturer in the international business department at SNHU, though she has been a fixture at SNHU for years: Gassman served as an adjunct instructor at SNHU beginning in 2012. Since then, she has taught courses ranging from Introduction to International Business to Sports, Society, & Ethics. After moving to Colby-Sawyer College for an Assistant Professor position in the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department, Gassman returned to SNHU in 2016.
While serving as an adjunct professor at SNHU in 2014, Gassman was nominated by her students for the Excellence in Teaching Award, underlining her dedication to her classes. She is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management and the Academy of International Business.
Gassman is an SNHU alumna, having earned her B.S. in Sport Management in 2009 and her Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Sport Management in 2011. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in International Business, and expects to complete the program in 2017.