Ann Echols joined the Juniata faculty in 2012 and is an Associate Professor of Accounting, Business and Economics. Prior to coming to Juniata College, Echols taught for Ohio University's MBA Program, and for Bucknell University's School of Management. In addition, between 2000 and 2010, Echols taught at Penn State. She taught Strategic Management for Penn State's Smeal College of Business, in addition to teaching for the iMBA, and for various other programs in Health Policy and Administration, Engineering Leadership, and Industrial and Labor Relations. 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. Echols' industry experience is in the Accounting sector, where she worked as a tax accountant, a financial analyst, and also performed financial reporting for PGA National Land Development Corporation, and Palm Beach County Tourist and Development Council, both in Florida (1988-1992).
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 honor 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, traveled to Mexico, Romania and Ukraine, and most recently to Iceland with Volunteers for Peace.
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 where she was award high honors for her reviewing talents. She is presently working on SoTL research pertaining to Management and Service.
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, Non-Profit Leadership, and Introduction to Business, in addition to offering seminars and workshops on various business topics.
Ann is actively involved in several volunteer activities, and incorporates service learning into her classes at Juniata College when she can. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Centre County. She enjoys gardening and caring for her many dogs, and cats. She lives with her husband, Stuart, in Port Matilda, PA.