Ann Echols joined the Juniata faculty in 2012 and is an Associate Professor of Accounting, Business and Economics, specializing in Management. Most recently, before coming to Juniata, Echols taught for Ohio University's MBA Program, and for Bucknell University's School of Management. In addition, between 2000 and 2010, Echols was at Penn State, where she taught a wide variety of management and business-related classes for the University Park campus and for Penn State's Online iMBA through its World Campus, and where she worked for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Between 2000 and 2005, Echols was an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. Prior to this, Echols taught at Virginia Tech in the Pamplin School of Business (1994-2000), and also served as an executive educator for the Pamplin College of Business' Management and Professional Development Programs from 1998 to 2000.
Her bachelor's degree is in Accounting from Texas A&M University, College Station, and she holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Both of her doctorate degrees are from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (Technical Education, and Business Management). The University Council for Vocational Education co-awarded her the 1st Place Outstanding Dissertation award for her research on predicting individual's entrepreneurial outcomes based on high school choices. Echols has studied in Germany, chaperoned undergraduates studying abroad in China, and travelled most recently to Ukraine, and to Iceland with Volunteers for Peace. Echols started her career in the private sector, working as an accountant and financial analyst in West Palm Beach, Florida (1988-1992).
Dr. Echols has published research in such journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Business Strategy and the Environment, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and the Journal of High Technology Management Research. Prior to coming to Juniata College, Echols' research areas included: Entrepreneurship, High Technology Strategy, the Resource Based View of the Firm, Firm-Level Social Networks and Firm Knowledge. Echols has served as Ad Hoc Reviewer for Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, the Academy of Management Learning & Education Journal, and for the Academy of Management Journal. She served for several years as a reviewer for The Academy of Management annual conference as well. She is presently working on SoTL research pertaining to Management teaching and learning, as well as on advancing her understanding of workplace issues.
Dr. Echols has taught courses in Strategic Management, Business Operations, Business Statistics and Quantitative Methods, Social Issues in Business, Business Ethics, Organizations and the Workplace, Introduction to Management/The Management Process, and Introduction to Business, in addition to offering seminars and workshops on various business topics.
Ann is actively involved in many volunteer activities, including Board work and incorporating service learning into her classes at Juniata College. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Centre County. She enjoys gardening and caring for her many dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs. She lives with her husband, Stuart, and daughter, Karina, in Port Matilda, PA.