Professional Bio

Degrees

  • Ed.M, Education Policy and Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
  • Ph.D., Business Administration, emphasis in Business Strategy & Management, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE
  • LL.M., University of Denver, Denver, CO
  • J.D. & BA, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Professional Credentials & Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Colorado Professional Principal’s License
  • Colorado Professional Superintendent’s License

Academic & Professional Experience

Teaching:

  • Assistant Principal, Hinkley High School, Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, Colorado
  • Associate Professor, Department of Management, Colorado State University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Colorado State University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Management, University of Denver

Early Career:

  • Vice President and Manager, Corporate Trust First Interstate Bank of Denver, N.A.
  • Federal Tax Supervisor, Johns-Manville Corporation, Denver, CO
  • Tax Senior, Coopers & Lybrand
  • Assistant City Attorney, City of Omaha, Omaha, NE

Research & Scholarship

Publications

  • R. Spagnola: “Blended Delivery Format in Accelerated School Leadership Programs: Analysis and Commentary.” Learning Forward National Conference on Online Learning, Fall, 2012
  • R. Spagnola:  “A new model for the assessment and evaluation of student learning in a university teacher education program: The role of the Regis University portfolio gate system.” National Evaluation Institute, October, 2010.
  • R. Freese & R. Spagnola: “New challenges in international commercial disputes: Alternative dispute resolution under NAFTA.” The Colorado Lawyer, September, 1997, pp. 61-65.
  • R. Spagnola: “Improving productivity down under:  Exploring Australia’s best practices program.” SAM Advanced Management Journal, 1996, 61(4), Autumn, pp. 24-30.
  • P. Mallette & R. Spagnola: "State anti-corporate takeover laws: Issues and arguments." The Journal of Managerial Issues, 1995, 7(2), Summer, pp. 142-160.
  • P. Mallette & R. Spagnola: "State takeover legislation: The political defense." SAM Advanced Management Journal, Summer, 1994, 59(3), pp. 15-23.
  • R. Spagnola & R. Brannan: "International joint ventures: A perspective on organizational and accounting implications of global partnering for U.S. multinationals."  The International Journal of Accounting,  1994, 29, pp. 34-45.
  • R. McGowan, R. Spagnola, & R. Brannan: "The role of sector in determining organizational effectiveness: A comparative assessment." Public Productivity and Management Review, Fall, 1993, 17 (1), pp. 15-27.
  • R. Spagnola & R. Brannan: "International joint ventures: A perspective on strategic and accounting implications of global partnering."  Proceedings of the 1993 Midwest Regional Meeting, American Accounting Association, St. Louis, Missouri, April.
  • R. Spagnola & C. Spagnola: "Total quality management in commercial lending." The Journal of Commercial Lending, February, 1993, pp. 6-17.
  • R. Spagnola & C. Spagnola: "Total quality management in commercial lending." The Journal of Commercial Lending, 25 th Special Collection Series Focusing on Fundamentals, 1993, pp. 123-135.
  • R. Spagnola, D. Allen, & D. Eschen: "Loggers, industrialists, and spotted owls." Business Case Journal, Fall, 1993, pp. 1-22.
  • R. Spagnola & R. Brannan: "B, B & M Leasing." The Journal of Accounting Case Research, Spring, 1993, pp. 12-17.
  • R. McGowan, R. Spagnola, & R. Brannan: "The role of the governmental manager and organization effectiveness: A comparative assessment." Proceedings of the National Public Management Research Conference, Syracuse, New York, 1991.
  • R. Brannan & R. Spagnola: "Ytima creek project: Budgeting for political and operating costs." 1991 Annual Advances in Business Cases, (electronically published by Midwest Society for Case Research).
  • R. McGowan & R. Spagnola: "Developing new technologies" in Public Productivity Handbook, pp. 627-642, (M. Holzer, ed., 1992) (Marcel Dekker Administration and Policy Series).
  • R. Spagnola, C. Haldeman, & N. Sampson: "Techniques and technologies for building creative teams."  Proceedings of the Mountain Plains Management Conference, Ft. Collins, CO Sept, 1991.
  • P. Mallette & R. Spagnola: "A nationwide profile of state takeover legislation." Proceedings of the Western Academy of  Management, Santa Barbara, CA, March, 1991.
  • R. Spagnola: "The effect of overhead costs on ROA in a newly deregulated service industry." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, November, 1990, San Diego, CA.
  • R. Spagnola: "A strategic assessment of opportunities and threats for foreign investors considering an equity joint venture in Hungary: An analysis of the Hungarian business infrastructure." Proceedings-Budapest Conference on Strategies for Business Ventures in Eastern Europe, November, 1990, Budapest, Hungary.
  • R. Spagnola & L. Digman: "The environment for joint ventures with mainland China: An outsider's assessment." Proceedings of Pan Pacific Conference IV , Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, May, 1987.
  • R Spagnola: “Antecedents and outcomes of total quality in economic reform: An analysis of Australian best practice.” Presented at the Society for the Advancement of Management International Management Conference, March, 1996, Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • R. Spagnola: “Improving productivity down under:Exploring Australia’s best practices program.” American Society for Public Administration National Conference. Published in the abstracts, July, 1995, San Antonio, Texas.
  • R. Spagnola & R. Brannan: " A comparative view of Asia’s corporate clans: Examining Korea’s chaebols and Japan’s keiretsu.” Facing East/Facing West Multidisciplinary Conference on North America’s Relations with Asia/Pacific Countries sponsored by Western Michigan University. Published in the abstracts, May, 1995, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • R. Spagnola & R. Brannan: "A comparative view of Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. Policies on countertrade: Hegemony or harmony." American Society for Public Administration National Conference. Published in the abstracts, July, 1994, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • R. Spagnola & R. Brannan: "NAFTA and its impact on countertrade among Canadian, American, and Mexican Firms." Facing North/Facing South Multidisciplinary Conference on U.S., Canadian, and Mexican Relations and NAFTA sponsored by Western Michigan University. Published in the abstracts, May, 1994, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • R. Spagnola: "American Keiretsu: A new enterprise model for public-private sector synergy & U.S. international competitiveness." American Society for Public Administration National Conference. Published in the abstracts, July, 1993, San Francisco, CA.
  • R. McGowan & R. Spagnola: "An international view of telecommunications: A strategic resource for the 1990s." International Business Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, June, 1990.
  • R. Spagnola & R. Brannan: "B, B & M Leasing."  Presented at the 1990 Midwest Society for Case Research Case Writer's Workshop. Colorado State University.

Awards & Recognition

  • Chair, Regis University Strategic Planning Taskforce II.  Selected to Chair one of 6 University-wide task forces responsible for design and implementation of University strategic plan. 2010.
  • Administrator Award of Excellence. Aurora Public Schools. Awarded for exceptional service to students with special needs and gifted and talented students. 2003.
  • Who’s Who in America, millennium edition (54th), 1999.
  • Professor of the Year, 1998-1999. College of Business, Colorado State University.
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 5th biennial edition, 1998. Nominated Professor of the Year sponsored by the Colorado State University Alumni Association, 1998.
  • Nominated Professor of the Year sponsored by the Colorado State University Alumni Association, 1997.
  • Nominated Provost’s N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation, College of Business, Colorado State University’s, 1995.
  • Nominated State Board of Agriculture’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1994-1995 .
  • Nominated Professor of the Year Award, CSU’s College of Business, 1994-1995.

Grants Awarded

  • $8000 Morgridge Foundation Technology Grant for Regis University, 2010.
  • $1300 Colorado State University mini-grant for the creation of a Service Learning component in graduate international management course, 1995-1996 academic year.