College of Business Faculty Biographies

Stacy Boyer-Davis
Assistant Professor - Accounting

Stacy Boyer-DavisDr. Stacy Boyer-Davis is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Northern Michigan University. She also serves as the College of Business Assistant Department Head for Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Cyber Defense, Finance, and Risk Management programs. In addition, Stacy is the Global Campus Extended Learning and Community Engagement (ELCE) scholar (2019-2021).

Stacy received her Ph.D. in Business from Capella University. She earned three Masters' degrees from Keller Graduate School of Management: Human Resources, Business Administration, and Accounting and Financial Management, and a BS degree in Accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She has over twenty years of accounting and leadership experience serving governmental, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations.

Stacy has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Finance, the Journal of Business and Educational Leadership, and the Journal of Business and Accounting. Her research interests include the implications of the human-technology interface in the accounting field, high-impact teaching practices (HITP) in accounting programs, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as it relates to synchronous and asynchronous course design and delivery.

Stacy has received several teaching awards including the College of Business Outstanding Graduate Teacher (2019), Global Campus Excellence in Online Teaching (2018), and the College of Business Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher (2018).

In her spare time, Dr. "Stacy" enjoys hiking, reading, listening to music, watching documentaries  and spending time with her husband (Jim), daughter (Autumn), and two cats (Valentina and Louise).

Gary Brunswick
Professor - Marketing

Gary BrunswickDr. Gary J. Brunswick holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University, and currently holds the rank of Professor of Marketing at Northern Michigan University. His research interests include marketing strategy, services marketing and e-commerce. He also holds an MBA from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and two undergraduate degrees from Northern Michigan University (Associate Degree, and Bachelor of Science - Summa Cum Laude).

Dr. Brunswick has received the Distinguished Faculty Award from NMU, as well as the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, along with several other teaching awards within the College of Business, including the MBA Program Professor of the Year Award. Dr. Brunswick also received the NMU Excellence in Teaching Award, and the NMU Students Choice Award. In addition to this, Dr. Brunswick was selected to be the commencement speaker for the December 2018 NMU Commencement Ceremonies.

In addition to teaching at NMU since the Fall of 1991, Dr. Brunswick has also taught courses in Marketing at universities in Finland and Germany over 8 different summers, and has engaged in a wide range of consulting activities.

He has published over 100 refereed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, book reviews, consulting reports and other publications, and some of his work has appeared in over 15 different business and marketing journals, including two of the top journals in Marketing.

The works of Dr.  Brunswick have appeared in the following journals: Journal of the Academy of Marketing ScienceJournal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, The Marketing Management Journal, The Journal of Professional Services Marketing, The Journal of Service Science, The International Journal of Case Studies and Research, The Journal of the International Academy of Case Studies, The Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, The Journal of Business Case Studies, The Global Journal of Business Pedagogy, and The Academy of Marketing Studies Journal.

Paul Byrnes
Assistant Professor - Accounting

Paul ByrnesDr. Paul Byrnes earned his Ph.D. in Accounting and Accounting Information Systems from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He also holds a Master of Accountancy degree from Michigan State University, and has undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Management, and Psychology from Lake Superior State University. Paul is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and brings more than a decade of practical work experience from the private sector in the areas of accounting, administration, and management.

Paul is currently an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Northern Michigan University. He has published research papers in refereed journals including Accounting Horizons, Journal of Information Systems, and the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting. He has also published several research papers through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). His primary research interests entail automation of functions within the accounting and auditing domains to enhance productivity, application and development of machine learning technologies to assist with data analytics challenges, and incorporation of the REA framework in addressing database design issues.

Michael Crum
Assistant Professor - Management

Michael CrumDr. Michael D. Crum is an Assistant Professor at Northern Michigan University. He has a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. He also holds an MBA, a Master’s in Strategic Finance, and a Bachelor’s degree with majors in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University Southeast. He has taught a number of courses in management and entrepreneurship at NMU. 

Michael has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Business Research, the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences. He is currently working on several research papers focusing on the following research and pedagogical topics: (1) how productive entrepreneurship can manifest itself in economies plagued by corruption and substantial regulatory burdens, (2) how entrepreneurs can be successful when they lack legitimacy, (3) how methods of constructing numerical taxonomies (i.e. cluster analysis) can be applied to answer research questions in the field of entrepreneurship, and (4) how Monte Carlo simulations can be used to enhance entrepreneurial finance courses.

Michael has a number of hobbies, including reading, traveling, biking, fishing, building models, and tinkering with electronics. He also enjoys collecting books, minerals, model steam engines, and Lionel trains. 

Tom Isaacson
Associate Professor - Public Relations

Tom IsaacsonTom Isaacson (Ph.D., Michigan State University 2012) is an Associate Professor of Public Relations and PRSSA Faculty Advisor at Northern Michigan University. Dr. Isaacson started at NMU in 2012 and teaches a variety of core courses in the PR curriculum along with specialty courses in sports PR and international PR.Prior academic appointments include full-time work at Marquette University, graduate assistant teaching at Michigan State University and summer appointments at the American University of Rome. For 12 years, he brought students to Rome, Italy, and Cannes, France, for a 6-week Advertising/PR study abroad program. The program included attendance at the world’s largest advertising festival, the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.


Prior professional experience includes technology PR agency work in the Seattle area, working with early-stage companies seeking VC funding or positioning for future acquisitions. The bulk of the PR strategy and tactics for these companies focused on media and analyst relations. His sports PR work crossed the gamut of levels – NCAA Division I, Division II, Pro Sports, Minor-league Sports – while holding full-time or internship positions with Ferris State University, MSU, Chicago White Sox and Greensboro Bats.

During the summer 2014, Dr. Isaacson served as NMU’s acting AVP of Identity, Brand and Marketing while a search was completed to fill the position permanently. In that position, he assisted with the launch of a new external branding campaign and developed internal launch concepts.Research interests include crisis communication in sports and WOM communication. Dr. Isaacson authored or co-authored three book chapters on Sports PR. His most recent chapter, published in a book titled Reputational Challenges in Sport (2018), is about the PR work behind the Chicago White Sox current rebuilding effort. Research has been published in Mass Communication and Society and Journal of Advertising Research.

Jim Marquardson
Assistant Professor - Computer Information Systems

Jim MarquardsonDr. Jim Marquardson is an Assistant Professor of Information Assurance & Cyber Defense. Jim earned his Ph.d. from the University of Arizona in Management Information Systems where he researched novel ways to detect lies using modern technology. Jim has published articles in journals such as Decision Support Systems, Interacting with Computers, and the Journal of Information Systems Education. His research interests include human-computer interaction, persuasive technology, information security, data analytics, and education.

Jim has worked in information technology at Zions Bank and Exxon Mobil. He chose to return to academia so that he could prepare the next generation of information technology professionals. Jim uses a hands-on approach to teaching cyber security topics. His students build computer networks, create virtual machines, and develop software.

Jim enjoys mountain biking, baking, college football, ethical hacking, programming, and music.

Madison Ngafeeson
Assistant Professor - Information Systems

Madison NgafeesonDr. Madison Ngafeeson is an assistant professor at the College of Business, Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with emphasis in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas-Pan American, in Edinburg, TX; a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Southern University at New Orleans, in New Orleans, LA; and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Buea, in Buea, Cameroon.

Madison is a passionate teacher and researcher. His general teaching and research interests are in the areas of the adoption, implementation, diffusion and use of information systems in organizations. His major research focus is health information technology management. Madison’s publications appear in reputable national and international conferences as the Decision Sciences Institute and the European Conference on Information Systems; as well as journal outlets such as the International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, the International Journal of Electronic Government Research, and the International Journal of Electronic Finance.

Madison served in the healthcare industry as a medical laboratory technician and a dental assistant internationally before joining the academe. He also served as a national president for a not-for-profit organization before going to graduate school. Madison feels blessed to be able to bring these diverse and rich experiences into the classroom, and to be part of a growing information systems program here at NMU’s College of Business.

Gary Stark
Associate Professor - Management

Gary Stark

Dr. Gary Stark holds a Ph.D. from University of Nebraska and BS & MBA from Kansas State University (two blocks from where he grew up in Manhattan, Kansas). His research tends to fall into two areas -- research on teaching and learning and research at the boundaries of Organizational Behavior and Social Psychology. He enjoys teaching in the disciplines and sub-disciplines of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and Research Methods.
Gary has short cases published in three different books, and in journals as varied as Journal of Management Education, International Journal of Business Administration, Educause Quarterly, and Academy of Management Learning & Education.

Gary is OB1 (essentially, Vice President and “Keeper of the Magic”) for the Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, an international society of approximately 500 members, and has been Program Chair for their annual conference. He is also an Associate Editor for Organization Management Journal.

His Hobbies/Interests include kayaking on Lake Superior and the Marquette area’s beautiful rivers and inland lakes, singing, racquetball, hiking Marquette’s beautiful woods/river trails and downhill and XC skiing. Dr. Stark loves snow, cool weather, and teaching. You will rarely see a more animated professor.

Jessica Thompson
Associate Professor - Public Relations

Jessica Thompson

Dr. Jessica Thompson (PhD University of Utah, 2007) teaches courses in environmental and social responsibility, new media and public relations. She is also a trained facilitator and mediator and holds an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Adaptive Management of Environmental Systems.

Her research is focused on team and organizational communication about complex ecological issues, such as climate change resilience and sustainable development. Recent research projects include working with interdisciplinary teams studying resilience in Mongolia, ecosystem services in the Gulf of Mexico, and building communication capacity for climate change engagement at U.S. National Parks and USFWS Wildlife Refuges across the United States.

Dr. Thompson has published more than 35 peer reviewed manuscripts in numerous journals including Science Communication, Environmental Communication, Society and Natural Resources and Journal of Applied Communication Research. Her most recent project is an edited book about place-based learning, America’s Largest Classroom: What We Learn From Our National Parks, which is being published by the University of California Press and will be released in April, 2020.