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Faculty Profiles: Patel, Ranjna

This guide provides information on Bethune-Cookman University faculty, including their research interests, accomplishments and activities, and brief biographical details.

Dr. Ranjna Patel

Position Title: Interim Dean, College of Business & Entrepreneurship
Office Location: Holmes Building -Room 310
Office Phone: 386 481 2800


List of degrees:

  • Kent State University-DBA in Business Administration with a 3.5 GPA. Major areas of study included: Organization and Analysis. Minor: Decision Sciences 1985
  • M.S. University Baroda, India  Received a BCom in 1970 and a MCom in 1972 in Management.



  • Propel/Apple HBCU Impact Grant, 2022
  • Bethune Cookman College Summer Research Grant Recipient, 1982, 2000 and 2004.

Courses Taught at B-CU

Management, Leadership, Statistics, Research Methods and Organizational Behavior and HR.

Service, Outreach Activities, Community Partnerships

  • Business and Professional Women's Club-2001-2003.
  • Southwestern Business Administration Association-2001- 2004.
  • Vice President of the Management Association at M.S. University, Baroda, India, 1970-72
  • Board Member, American Cancer Society, Volusia County, 1992-1995
  • Member, American Cancer Society- Minority Task Force, 1992-1995

Brief Biographical Sketch

Interim Dean-College of Business & Entrepreneurship and Professor and Chair Department of Leadership & Administrative Sciences, School of Graduate Studies, Bethune Cookman University

Professor/Director Accelerated Business Administration Program Department of Leadership Studies; School of Graduate & Professional Studies

Department Head-Department of Business Administration, School of Business-Bethune-Cookman College. Managing the Business Administration Program with Concentrations in Management and Management Information System. Teaching Business Statistics, HR Management, Quantitative Methods Production Management, Seminar in Diversity in the Workplace and Business Ethics Seminar.

Faculty Fellow-Department of Defense-Pentagon, Policy Office, Washington, DC-Responsible for developing a Procedures Document for Policy Career Development Office.


Rethinking the brain: an applied emotional intelligence model using expanded choice sets for improved decision making. Joint paper by Bree Morrison and Ranjna Patel. Presented at the International Mustang Conference, February 26-28, 2015. Awarded the best paper at the conference.

The Role of Increased Emotional Intelligence and Individual’s Preference for Applying More Adaptive Decision-Making Strategies. Joint paper by Bree Morrison and Ranjna Patel. Presented at the international Interdisciplinary Business- Economics Advancement Conference, November 2015.

Assessing Barriers to Online Learning for Minority Students in an Online Graduate Program. Joint paper by Dr. Ranjna Patel and Dr. Cecily Ball. Presented at the 21st. International Online Learning Conference October 2015.

A Study of Transfer of Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes after Graduation from MS in Transformative Leadership Program. Joint paper by Sharon Piety-Nowell, Michael Humphreys, and Ranjna Patel. Presented at the 2010 IABR (Business) Conference and the 2010 ITLC Conference, Orlando Florida Jan. 2010


The Impact of the Euro on the Perceived Economic Growth of Bulgarian Economy: US and Bulgarian Perspectives by William Ziegler and Ranjna Patel: International Business: Research, Teaching and Practice; Volume 1, 2007.

Using PHStat and Camtasia Studio2in Teaching Business Statistics. Patel, Ranjna and Fienson, Carla. Journal of College Teaching and Learning, Vol. 2 Number 9, September 2005.

Healthy Wealthy & Wise: The Establishment of an Academic State of the Art Institution of Higher Learning for the Caribbean-Basin in Freeport, the Bahamas. Joint paper by William Ziegler and Santonio McPhee. Presented at the Academy of International Business-South East (USA) Clearwater, Florida Nov. 2003. Published in the proceedings.

An Examination of the Perceptions of International Students and Domestic Students Toward Higher Education. Joint paper by William Ziegler and LaTasha Long:presented at the Academy of International Business-South East (USA) Clearwater,
Fl Nov. 2003. Published in the proceedings.

A Comparative Study of Professors’ and Students’ Perceptions of International Students: Do College Professors Understand International Students? Joint paper by Hannah Muchene, Moses Wanyoike, William Ziegler and Ranjna Patel to be
presented at The Academy of International Business-South East; November 7-8, 2002. Published in the proceedings.

Doctoral Dissertation: Intergroup Relations in Organizations: A Development and Exploratory Test of a Model. Kent State University May, 1986. 

The Impact of Euro on the Perceived Economic Growth of the Bulgarian Economy:American and Host Country Perspectives. Joint paper by Peter Djanev, William Ziegler and Ranjna Patel to be presented at the Academy of International Studies; 2002.
Published in the proceedings.

Intragroup Process - A Model and Test of a Theory. Joint Paper by Tom Falcone, Ranjna Patel and Arlyn Melcher. Presented at the AIDS Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 1979. Published in the proceedings.

Intergroup Relations: A Model and Exploratory Study. Joint paper by Tom Falcone, Ranjna Patel, Mark Bomba and Arlyn Melcher. Presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of Academic Management, Atlanta, Georgia, August, 1979. Published in the proceedings.

Awards and News

  • Professor Kolhedkar Gold Medal for obtaining highest score at the Master's (MCom) Final Exams.
  • Bethune-Cookman College Excellence in Teaching Award, April, 1999.
  • Bethune-Cookman College Excellence in Research Award, 1989
  • Kellogg Fellowship, Business Administration Doctoral Studies1979- 80

Current Research/Service Projects

  • Member Academy of Management 2000-present
  • Member Southern Management Association 2001-2007
  • Member-Academy of Management Gender & Diversity Task Force 2002- present
  • Member, Academy of Management Committee on the Status of Women1999-2005
  • Trustee-Hindu Society of Greater Daytona Beach
  • Member-Committee on Fund Relief Drive for the Earthquake Victims of Gujarat
  • Member Southern Management Association 200-2007.