Dr. Irma Hunt 
Management / Marketing / Entrepreneurship Department
Associate Professor Management
Faculty Fellow, Center for Teaching & Online Learning (CETL)

Grove Hall 135 
Phone: 717-477-1607
E-Mail: ILHunt@ship.edu 
Office Hours  

Academic Degrees 

Doctor of Education, (Ed.D)  Penn State University  

Master of Business Administration, (MBA), Specialization:  Management of Global IT,
The American University, Washington, DC  

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), University of Texas at Austin  

Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Texas at Austin 

Research and Teaching Areas

We live in a truly global environment.  Today’s business is global.  My teaching focus is to provide students with a solid foundation in all areas of the business discipline.  I provide knowledge on Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Operations Management, and Quality, Supply-Chain Management, Human Resources, Management Information Systems and Information Technology for Business Education, as well as Real Estate and Real Estate Finance.

As I teach students, I hope to instill in them: the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, excellence in achieving individual goals; organization and success, and making the maximum contribution possible to our global community.  

Other Areas of interest:  Innovative Pedagogy, Experiential Learning, Collaborative Learning, Moving Courses to an Online Environment, Changing Student Needs, Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior, Real Estate, Retirement, and Financial Planning.  

Courses Taught

MGT 331 - Principles of Management
BUS 304 - Managerial Communications
MIS 142 - Business Computer Systems
FIN 405 - Real Estate Finance and Investment 
FIN 340 - Principles of Real Estate
BSN 101 - Foundations of Business Administration
BUS 305 - Business Information Processing
BSN 110 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
EDU 428 - Methods of Teaching Business Education
EDU 495 - Supervision of Student Teachers in Business Administration
BSN 513 - Organizational Behavior
MBA 596 - Business Practicum


Certified Online Instructor, 2013 - Present
PA Certified Teacher in the areas of Computer Science, Technology and Business
      (3 years teaching K-12) 

Recent Publications and Presentations

Morrisette, S., Oberman, W., & Hunt, I. (2020). Comparative Suitability for Promotion:  Ethical Transgressions, Culture, and a Third Dimension of Appraisal. Management Research Review. Under submission.

Oberman, W., Hunt, I., Morrisette, S., & Taylor, R. (2020). Internships and Occupational Self-Efficacy: Impact and Gender Differences. Journal of Education for Business.  Under submission.

Morrisette, S. Oberman, W., Hunt, I., & Y. Edwards (2020). “Cheating, Culture, and Incentives: Who Deserves a Bonus?” Personnel Review. Under submission.

Hunt, I., Watts, A.D., & Bryant, S, K. (2018). “Walmart’s International Expansion: Successes and Miscalculations.” Journal of Business Strategy. 39(2) p. 22-29.

Hunt, I., Taylor, R.K., & Oberman, W. (2017). “Advisory Board Engagement: Assisting Undergraduates with Resume Development.” Journal of Education for Business. No 92(6), p. 288–295.

Hunt, I., Bryant, S.K., & R. K. Taylor (2016).  A Proposed Economic Development Cairn Model Designed to Enhance Small Town Success:  A Case Study of Two Communities.  Journal of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology.  No 19 (1), p. 25-42.

Hunt, I., Taylor, R.K., Winter, A., Mackie, J. & Fisher, D. (2016). Using the balanced scorecard to enhance undergraduate education in a first year business course: A pilot study. Journal of Education for Business. No 91(3), p. 132-137.

Hunt, I. & Winter, A. & Oberman, W. (2014) The Past, Present, and Future of Business Education at Shippensburg University.  Business Teacher Education Journal.  No. 40, p. 36-40.


Visual arts and older adult learners in retirement. The Pennsylvania State University, Sept. 2012.

Refereed Proceedings from Presentations

Hunt, I., Morrisette, S., & Oberman, W. (2020). Regional Entrepreneurship in 2020 Amid the Global Pandemic. Presented Virtually October 28, 2020 at The Academy of Business Research International Conference.

Morrisette, S., Oberman, W., & Hunt, I. (2020). Cheating, Culture, and Incentives.  Presented at the 18th Annual International Conference on Management, June 29-30, 2020 in Athens, Greece.

Hunt, I. (2019). MBA Communication: Analysis & Innovative Change. The Association for Business Communications 84th Annual International Conference in Detroit, Michigan.  Oct. 23-26.

Hunt, I. Juarez, L. & Howard, J. (2018).Facilitating Achievement through Coaching: A New Model of Inquiry and Iterative Processes. Facilitating Achievement through Coaching: A New Model of Inquiry and Iterative Processes in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 24-26.

Hunt, I. & Taylor, R.K. (2017). Business Closures: Communicating Bad News to Employees, Suppliers, and Communities. The Association for Business Communications 82st Annual International Conference in Dublin Ireland.

Hunt, I. & Taylor, R.K. (2016).  Advisory Board Usage:  Giving Real-World Counsel to Undergraduates for Resume Development.  The Association for Business Communications 81st Annual International Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 19-22nd.

Hunt, I., Bryant, S.K, & Watts, A. (2016).  Walmart Corporate Strategic Impacts Internationally and Domestically. The 26th International Conference International Trade & Finance Association,  Los Angeles, CA, May 22-25th.

Hunt, I., Oberman, W.D., Juarez, L., & Benton, J. (2015). How do you recover? Comebacks after Negative Mentoring Experiences. In Dominguez, N. & Gandert, Y. (Eds.). 8th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: Mentoring & Coaching at Work. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico.  

Hunt, I., Taylor, R., Mackie, J. Winter, A., & Fisher, D. (2015) Using the Balanced Scorecard to Enhance Undergraduate Education in a First Year Business Course:  A Pilot Study.  38th Annual Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology Conference Proceedings. State College, PA: Penn State University.

Hunt, Irma L. and Sarah K. Bryant.  (2014).   Regional Economies in Two Small Towns in Different States:  Can a Model be designed to Predict Success or Failure?  Academy of Business Disciplines 16th Annual Conference, Fort, Myers, Florida, November 2014.   

Bryant, Sarah K. and Irma L. Hunt, “Developed or Developing? Regional Economies within Countries,” International Trade and Finance Association International Conference, Keysari, Turkey, May 2014.

Hunt, I., Eberly, J. (2013) Information Overload and the Effects of Web Searching with Emerging Web 3.0 Technologies; Academy of Business Disciplines National Conference.

Hunt, I. L. (2012).  Moving business education courses online.  Academy of Business Disciplines National Conference. 

Hunt, I. (2012). Older Adult Learners in Retirement.   Adult Education Research Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York.  

Hunt, I. (2012). Visual Arts and Older Adult Learners in Retirement.   Penn State Student Symposium, State College, Pennsylvania.  

Hunt, I. (2011). Women and Financial Planning.   American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Hunt, I. (2011). Retirement and Adult Learners.   6th Annual Adult Education Doctoral Research Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  

Refereed Book Chapters

Reviewer in John Wiley & Sons Boone & Kurtz's (14th Ed) Contemporary Business:  Chapter on Entrepreneurship.

Student-Faculty Research

University Cybersecurity Poster Session with Jacob Painter at the Shippensburg University Faculty-Student Research Conference (2016). 

Walmart Strategy:  Global and Domestic Impacts with Sabrina Kelly, Gabe Clymer, Thomas Luden, Robert Cauthon. (Domestic Impact Closures) and with Colin Storz and Stephanie Madera (Walmart International Closures: Brazil Strategies) and Mark Tressler and Katie Fisher (Walmart Strategy Domestically).  Also with Drs. Allison Watts and Sarah K. Byrant.  Shippensburg University Faculty-Student Research Conference (2016). 

Digital Citizenship:  Information Overload and the Effects of Web Searching and Web 3.0 Technologies with Justin Eberly at Shippensburg University Faculty-Student Research Conference (2013).

Honors and Awards

Financial Group Advisor of the Year Award, 2017.

Alpha Kappa Psi MIS Professor of the Year Award, 2014.

Gary Overly Dean’s Award (2014).

Academic Mentorship Award honored at Scholar/Athlete Faculty/Staff Luncheon, Spring 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Faculty of the Month Award for Outstanding support in Academics, Spring 2013 by Women’s PanHellenic Council.

Dale Kann Faculty and Student Research Award, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, (2013 and 2016).

The recipient for the 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 Harry R. Frehn Faculty Fellowship Award Shippensburg University, College of Business.

Inducted into the Pi Omega Pi, Beta Lambda Chapter.  National Business Teacher Honor Society, 2011.

Beta Gamma Sigma, Member. 

Professional Experience, Leadership & Service

Graduate Council (2018 - Present)

MBA Director 2018 – 2020

Distance Education Subcommittee (2018 - 2020)

College of Business Council (2018 - 2020)

Beta Gamma Sigma, Faculty Advisor (2012- 2020)

Presidential Leadership Academy (2018 - 2020)

University Forum (2017 - 2019)

Vice-Chair, University Forum (2017 - 2019)

Chair, Search Committee for BSN 101 Instructor, (Summer 2019, Spring 2015)

DPAC Chair (2017 - 2019) 

Vice Chair of Booster Club, Shippensburg High School Cross Country & Track (2017 - 2020)

Rotary International   Member (2017- 2020) 

Search Committee for PCDE Director (Spring 2020)

Attended 2018 Mid-Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA Conference) Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey (Oct 7-9th)

Search Committee for Student Engagement Director (Spring 2019)

Search Committee for Director of Diverse Student Retention (Summer 2018)

APSCUF  Commencement Committee (2018 - 2020)

Planning and Budget Committee (2018 - 2020)

Advisory Board – Milton Hershey School (2016 - 2020)

Foundation Board of Directors – CPARC of Franklin & Cumberland Counties (2016 - 2018)

Hope Diversity Scholarship Committee (2016 - 2018)

ABD Journal, Editor-in-Chief, (www.ship.edu/abdjournal) (2013 - 2016)

APSCUF/SU representative to the University Technology Council - Emerging Technologies Subcommittee. (2014 - 2015)

Academic Day Committee (2013, 2014 and 2015)

Faculty Search Committee Member for Accounting Professor (2014, 2015)

Judge for Phi Beta Lambda Statewide Competition (2015)

Judge for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Pennsylvania State Chapter. Hershey PA, (April 13, 2014)  Business Plans

Judge for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Pennsylvania State Chapter. Hershey PA, (April 13, 2013)   Desktop Application Programming Event

Faculty Advisor for Toastmasters International (2012 - 2014)

Faculty Search Committee Member for Art History Professor (2012)

Secondary Education Council, Business Faculty Representative (2011 - 2019)

Teacher Education Council, Business Faculty Representative (2011 - 2019)

Student Recommendations and Reference Letters

This information is for students who would like to request recommendation letters from me for applications for graduate school, GA positions, scholarships or employment references. I want to make sure that I can give a fair and accurate recommendation, so please read the following before you request the recommendation:

Information to Send to Me

If I do not already have this information (from a research project you've worked on, etc.), please provide me with the following:

  • Resume and current transcript or degree audit
  • Paragraph on your future plans (personal statement)
  • The current list of schools, jobs, etc. where you are applying


You should formally ask me (via a professional email or in person) to write the letter of recommendation for you at least two weeks before the earliest due date.

Declining a Recommendation

For your sake and mine, you need me to be honest and helpful with my opinion of you. There may be times when I will have to decline a request for a recommendation because I don't know you well enough to comment on you or I think another faculty member be a better reference for you. I will let you know why if I decline, but please don't take it personally.