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Dr. Abe Harraf, Professor

Dr. Abe Harraf

"As a third generation educator whose parents and grandparents were school teachers and principals, the profession of teaching is a calling that goes deep in my veins. I enjoy interacting with students, sharing knowledge, and assisting in their pursuit of academic endeavors."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Economics – Utah State University, 1984
  • M.Ed. in Education – Sul Ross State University, 1980
  • MBA – Sul Ross State University, 1979
  • B.A. in English – College of Translation, 1977

Career Highlights:

  • Affiliated Faculty of University of Trieste, Italy
  • Affiliated Faculty of University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Chief Editor – "Journal of Business and Economics"
  • Provost – University of Northern Colorado, 2007-2012
  • Provost – Southern Utah University, 2002-2007
  • Vice Chancellor & Dean – Embry Riddle University, 1997-2002

In which online program do you teach?

MBA – General

Which classes do you teach online?

MBA: 550 Foundations of Economic Analysis, MBA 650: Economics of Managerial Decisions (core courses in the MBA curriculum)

What do you want students to learn in these courses? What is the expected learning outcome?

To understand and utilize the application of economics in managerial decisions and optimize the use of scarce resources in arriving at sound business choices in order to maximize return on investment and profit.

What types of projects can online students expect in your courses?

Research projects, presentation, case study, chapter quizzes, midterm and final.

What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

Be committed and persistent. Do not give up no matter what. Manage your time effectively. Interact with your instructors. Collaborate with your peers. Learn as much as you can.

Why did you start teaching?

As a third-generation educator whose parents and grandparents were school teachers and principals, the profession of teaching is a calling that goes deep in my veins. I enjoy interacting with students, sharing knowledge and assisting in their pursuit of academic endeavors.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"In Search of Excellence" by Robert H. Waterman Jr. and Tom Peters

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

Avid Racquetball player, national and international political news enthusiast, enjoys reading Dan Brown fiction books.

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