Deena Burris, Ph.D.

Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Business

Contact Information

  • 251-6844
  • 115 Delany Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 11:35 am - 12:15 am
  • Thursday 11:35 am - 12:15 am
  • Note: And by appointment, or Zoom

Dr. Burris joined the UNC faculty as Associate Professor in fall 2014.  She received a Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies, and a B.A. in Business Administration and English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Her research interests include equity financing for microfinance institutions, development finance, and NGOs and development.  Prior to joining the faculty at UNC Asheville, Dr. Burris was a tenured faculty member at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and was in international banking prior to academia.  She enjoys traveling around the world and has led several study abroad programs.


  • Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A. in International Studies with specializations in International Business, International Trade, and East Asia from the University of Denver
  • B.A. in Business and English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Courses Taught

  • BUS 130 - Introductory Seminar in Organizations
  • BUS 220 - Foundations of Management
  • BUS 398 - International Management
  • BUS 403 - Global Finance and Marketing
  • LA 478 - Global CitizenshipRecent Select Publication

This faculty member teaches in UNC Asheville's Humanities Program.

Recent Select Publications

  • Burris, D & Kane, B; Curriculum Redesign for the Small, Liberal Arts Business Program: Tools for Enhancing Classroom and Student Learning Objectives, Journal of the Academy of Business Education; Accepted for publication; Anticipated publication fall 2016.
  • Burris, D;  Crowdfunding as a Financing Tool for Western North Carolina For-Profit Companies, Appalachian Journal; Revised and Resumbitted spring 2016; Awaiting publication decision.
  • Burris, D., Cole, D., Clark Muntean, S., "Resolving Common Problems with Introductory Management Courses in Liberal Arts Universities”, Journal of Management Education: New Approaches to Introduction to Management Courses. Submitted summer 2016.
  • Burris, D;  Public Equity Capitalization of Microfinance Institutions: Testing the Validity of Grassroots Development Theory in Economic Development Using Investor Decision Theory.   2010, Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-8383-4160-6.

Research in Progress

  • “Public Equity Capitalization of SKS Microfinance: A Post IPO Five Year Analysis.” Analysis of the Indian microcredit organization, SKS.  The research examines SKS’s issuance of an IPO (public equity capital) and the success and challenges of subsequent equity issuances over a five year period.