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Faculty Profiles

Chambliss, Karen

Instructor, Bisk College of Business

Personal Overview

Karen Chambliss, Ph.D. began her academic career when she joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida in 1995. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration (concentration in Finance) from Florida Atlantic University, and has taught finance courses in undergraduate, MBA, DBA, and Executive MBA programs since 1992. She has published peer-reviewed articles in academic journals such as The Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Financial Research, The National Accounting Journal, and others.

Dr. Chambliss, Dr. Michael Slotkin, and Dr. Alexander Vamosi consulted with the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) founders in the early years, providing them with economic impact assessments which were used by the organizers to raise grant money and sponsors for the growing event. Since those early days, the SCBWF held in January of each year in the Titusville area is now one of the largest birding and wildlife festivals in the United States.

Originally from southwestern Ohio, Dr. Chambliss is reminded of the Midwest culture in various parts of Brevard County. Thankfully, the weather is not one of those similarities! She now lives in Grant with her significant other, Mike, and their three fur babies, Zippity, Curry, and Luna, where they all enjoy the abundance of wildlife.

Educational Background

B.S.B. Wright State University

MBA Wright State University

Ph.D. Florida Atlantic University

Courses Taught

FLORIDA TECH

  • BUS 3302 – Money & Banking
  • BUS 3401 – Corporate Finance
  • BUS 3404 – Personal Financial Planning
  • BUS 4401 – Investment Analysis
  • BUS 5440 – Financial Management
  • BUS 5446 – Investment Management
  • BUS 5447 – Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MGT 6007 – Advanced Studies in Business Financial Analysis

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

  • FIN 3404 – Investment Analysis
  • FIN 3414 – Intermediate Finance

Academic Research

Academic Funded Research

  • Principal Investigator (w/Slotkin, M.H. and Vamosi, A.R.):  Center for Applied Business Research, Economic Impact Study of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, November 2005
  • Principal Investigator (w/Slotkin, M.H. and Vamosi, A.R.):  Center for Applied Business Research, Economic Impact Study of the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, November 2004
  • U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Educational Partnership Program Grant, entitled “Addressing Environmental Obstacles to Developing a Market Economy through a Partnership Program in Environmental Studies.”  Florida Institute of Technology/Budapest University of Technology & Economics (Hungary) FY 2001-04 
  • Presented “Eco-Briefing:  Birding & Wildlife Festivals” to a joint Florida Tech-BME delegation in May 2002.  Participated in faculty exchange visits to Hungary in June-July 2002 & 2003 and the U.K. in August 2004.
  • Hungarian Science & Technology Foundation, U.S.-Hungarian Science & Technology Joint Fund Grant, workshop entitled “Ecotourism.”  June 2002 
  • Presented “Birding & Wildlife Festivals:  Will Festivals Promote Nature Tourism in Hungary?” to a joint Florida Tech-BME delegation in Eger, Hungary (Eszterházy Károly College).

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “The EITC in Undergraduate Business Education,” (with T. Lease and M. Slotkin), The National Accounting Journal, 2007
  • “Preventing Revenue Recognition Problems through Internal Controls:  A Best Practices Approach,” (with L. Bean), Internal Auditing, May/June 2003, 18/3, pp. 10-14
  • “Entry Requirements in Online Versus Traditional MBA Programs,” (with M. Slotkin and B. Pierce), Journal of the Academy of Business Education, Spring 2003, Volume 4, pp. 119-125
  • “A Survey of Social Security Retirement Programs in Selected Countries,” (with D. McCarty and S. Zhao), The Second International Symposium on Multinational Business Management, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China, December 12-14, 1996; published in Proceedings of The Second International Symposium on Multinational Business Management.  Published as a selected paper in Research on Transnational Corporation Management, Nanjing University Press, 1998, pp. 100-110 (Chinese) and pp. 211-225 (English)
  • "Explaining Variation in Risk across Insurance Companies," (with S. Borde and J. Madura), Journal of Financial Services Research, September 1994, pp. 177-191
  • “The Changing Risk Profile of U.S.-Based Multinationals Exposed to European Community Markets," (with J. Madura and F. Wright), Journal of Financial Research, Spring 1994, pp. 133-146

Book Chapters

  • “Ecotourism and Public Advocacy Sustainability,” (with M. Slotkin and A. Vamosi), in Sustainable Pathways:  New Research and Practices:  Sigma:  Germany
  • “Enhancive Sustainability, Steady-State Sustainability, and the Structured Ecotourist,” (with M. Slotkin and A. Vamosi), in Regional Competitiveness-Social Responsibility:  Eger Liceum – Sorbonne 4: Paris
  • “The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival,” chapter in Environmental Studies:  Implications for Sustainability, 2005, edited by Gordon Nelson and Imre Hronszky, pp. 91-95
  • “Feasibility of Hungarian Birding and Wildlife Days,” chapter in Science Supporting Environmental Protection Florida Tech-BME Partnership Programme Yearbook 2004, edited by Gordon Nelson and Imre Hronszky, pp. 65-81 (co-authored with H. Csafor, M. H. Slotkin, J. Szlávik, A. R. Vamosi)
  • “Avitourism as a Pathway towards Sustainability,” chapter in Science Supporting Environmental Protection Florida Tech-BME Partnership Programme Yearbook 2004, edited by Gordon Nelson and Imre Hronszky, pp. 65-81 (co-authored with H. Csafor, M. H. Slotkin, J. Szlávik, A. R. Vamosi)
  • “Birding and Wildlife Festivals as a Mechanism to Promote Nature Tourism in Hungary,” chapter in How Science Can Support Environmental Protection, Florida Tech-BME Partnership Programme Yearbook 2003, edited by Gordon Nelson and Imre Hronszky, pp. 47-55

 Refereed Conference Papers:  Published Proceedings

  • “Ecotourism Potential in Hungary:  Evidence of Market Interest,” (with M. Slotkin and A. Vamosi), 2005, Proceedings of the Society for Advancement of Management International Business Conference, In Search of a Winning Strategy, Las Vegas, pp. 937-46
  • “A Centennial Celebration at Pelican Island: “The National Wildlife Refuge System’s 100th Anniversary,” (with M. Slotkin and A. Vamosi), 2004, Proceedings of the Society for Advancement of Management International Business Conference, Business—Back to Basics, Baltimore, MD, pp. 1181-192
  •  “Promoting Nature Tourism:  A New Twist,” (with Michael Slotkin and Alex Vamosi), presented at Society for Advancement of Management 2003 International Business Conference, April 10-13, 2003, Orlando, FL
  • “Cultural, Heritage, and Nature Tourism (CHANT):  Perspectives from Hungary,” (with M. Slotkin and A. Vamosi), Proceedings of the National Conference, Academy of Business Disciplines, Ft. Myers, FL, 2002 (CD format)
  • “Nature Tourism in the Florida Keys:  Performance Analyses and Strategic Planning,” (with M. Slotkin, A. Vamosi, and A. Cudmore), The Proceedings, Selected Readings for the Society for Advancement of Management, International Management Conference:  Business Issues in Transition, Washington, D.C., 2002
  • “Nature-based Tourism in Practice:  Empirical Analyses of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival,” (with M. Slotkin, A. Vamosi, and A. Cudmore), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the National Business and Economics Society, Maui, HI, 2002 (CD format).
  • “Ecotourism in Brevard County, Florida:  Estimating the Eco-Dollars Generated by the Space Coast Flyway Festival,” (with M. Slotkin, et al.), The Proceedings, Selected Readings from the Society for the Advancement of Management International Management Conference, Business Issues for the New Millenium, March 1999, pp. 449-460

Refereed Conference Papers

  •  “Event Eco-Tourism with an Eye towards Hungary:  Lessons from Florida,” (with M. Slotkin and A. Vamosi), 2003 BE: (Business-Environment Learning Leadership) Conference, Ecosystems and Enterprise:  Perspectives on Education for Sustainable Business. Florida Atlantic University-Fort Lauderdale, http://powerpoints.wri.org/bell_2003/2003_bell_06_chambliss_slotkin_vamosi.ppt.
  •  “Public Goods, Biodiversity, and Municipal Land Acquisition:  Reflections on the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program in Brevard County, Florida,” (with M. Slotkin and D. Hott), presented at The Association of Private Enterprise Education 1998 Conference, April 7, 1998, Dallas, Texas

 Consulting/Technical Reports

  • “The Economic Impact of the 10th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival,” (with Slotkin, M., and Vamosi, A.), July 2007
  • “The Economic Impact of the 9th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival,” (with Slotkin, M., and Vamosi, A.), Center for Applied Business Research, Florida Institute of Technology, April 2006
  • “The Economic Impact of the 8th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival,” (with Slotkin, M., and Vamosi, A.), Center for Applied Business Research, Florida Institute of Technology, 2005
  • “The Economic Impact of the 7th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival,” (with Slotkin, M., and Vamosi, A.), Center for Applied Business Research, Florida Institute of Technology, 2004
  • “The Economic Impact of The Centennial Celebration and Pelican Island Wildlife Festival,” (with Slotkin, M., and Vamosi, A.), 2003
  • “The Economic Impact of the 6th Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival,” (with Slotkin, M., and Vamosi, A.) Center for Applied Business Research, Florida Institute of Technology, 2003
  • “The Economic Impact of the 2nd Annual Florida Panhandle Birding & Wildflower Festival,” (with Harrington, J., Lynch, T., Slotkin, M., and Vamosi, A.), Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis, Florida State University and Center for Applied Business Research, Florida Institute of Technology, 2003

Recognition & Awards

  • Florida Tech Most Valuable Panther September 2006
  • Honored by Delta Mu Delta Honor Society in recognition of outstanding service to the organization, 1999
  • Florida Tech Student Leadership’s School of Business Teacher of the Year, 1996 and 1998
  • Outstanding Graduate Assistant, Wright State University
  • Outstanding Financial Services Graduate, Wright State University

Professional Activities

  • CFO & Advisory Board Member, Obolus, LLC, 2015-2019
  • Co-founder, Treasurer & Director, Præcipio EFS, Inc., 2007-present
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Nov. 2004-2019
  • Florida Real Estate Broker’s License, 2011-2017
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 2001-2007
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Financial Education, 2000-2002, 2005-2007
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Business Education, 1999-2001
  • Review Board, Journal of Business Disciplines, 2002-2007
  • Interim Associate Dean, School of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, Summer 2000

Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, Inc. 2016-present
  • Moderator, Faculty/Industry Forum, “Financial Literacy,” April 13, 2007
  • Board of Directors, Brevard Nature Alliance 2006-07 to 2009-10
  • WFIT Success Sessions, Financial Literacy Seminar, “Your Personal Economy/The End Game:  Owning Your Own Home,” February 2005
  • Investing for retirement in current volatile markets, WFIT radio interview with Jay Wilson, two segments August 2002.       
  • Invited lecture on Personal Financial Planning lecture to Florida Tech Engineering students March 2002
  • Business Partners’ Advisory Council, Academy of Business & Finance, Melbourne High School, 1997-present
  • United Way of Brevard, Funds Assessment Panelist, 1997-2000
  • Retirement Planning, WFIT radio interview with Paula Schroeder Nelson, January 1999
  • Faculty Volunteer, Panther Cubs Elementary School Tutoring Program, 1997-1998
  • Melbourne Art Festival, Statistics Committee ad hoc member, 1996-1999
  • Coordinator, Personal Finance Workshop, a six-part series developed for Wright State University board members’ spouses, January-March 1991