May 22, 2019  
Undergraduate Day Catalog - 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Day Catalog - 2018-2019

The Rinker School of Business

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Leslie Turner, D.B.A., Dean



  • Lawrence Burgee, Ph.D.
  • Mike Chen, Ph.D.
  • Mary Kay Copeland, Ph.D.
  • John Hayes, Ph.D.
  • Ann Langlois, D.B.A.
  • Claire Nash, Ph.D.
  • David J. Smith, D.B.A., Chair, Graduate Program

Associate Professors

  • Cora Barnhart, Ph.D., Chair, Undergraduate Program
  • Lane Cohee, D.B.A
  • Jeffrey Kennedy, D.B.A
  • Velma Lee, Ph.D.
  • Ariel Viale, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

  • Michael Tillett, M.Acc., C.P.A.


  • Barbara VanderWerf, M.B.A.


The Rinker School of Business (RSB) upholds the mission of Palm Beach Atlantic University by preparing its graduates for entry into the business world. To achieve this objective, the professors stress Christian worldview ethics in the making of sound business decisions, in the use of one's talents, and in business communications. Rinker School graduates must (1) understand the significant economic realities of our society; (2) demonstrate competence in business and major concentrations; and (3) develop an understanding of a Christian worldview in order to address the increasing complexities of the business world.

Rinker School of Business Vision Statement

The Rinker School of Business will be the preferred choice of those seeking a Christ-centered business education. We will be recognized for our focus on Christian theism based ethics, teaching excellence, research, and consulting.

Rinker School of Business Mission Statement

Through a Christ-centered educational experience, we prepare students to be ethical business leaders that will operate effectively in a global business and social environment. Graduates of the Rinker School of Business will be committed, compassionate, competent, and confident business professionals.

Rinker School of Business Core Values

Our core values stem from the Palm Beach Atlantic University core values. The University statement on American Free Enterprise includes this excerpt:

"Palm Beach Atlantic University confidently affirms the values and institutions that historically have informed American society—religious liberty; traditional Judeo-Christian morality; limited, constitutional government; the Rule of Law; personal and political accountability; and capitalism—the system of free enterprise."

Accordingly, the Rinker School of Business proudly teaches, confirms, and extols the benefits and virtues of the free enterprise system. When free enterprise is conducted within the guidelines of Biblical principles of ethical behavior, it generates goods and services, jobs, wealth, and other benefits to society in a manner more efficient than any other system. This understanding of the system of free enterprise is integrated into the curriculum and courses of our business degrees.

Our statement of Christian faith integration for the Rinker School of Business aligns with university core values.

We believe that God has specific purposes for businesses and for those who work in business.  Those purposes are:

  1. to provide the community with beneficial goods and services.
  2. to provide an opportunity for work to allow God's people to use their creativity.
  3. to provide the necessary funding and support for churches, missions, and non-profits that serve God's people by generating funds, and employing people.

By our own life examples, and by our intentional integration of Christian faith principles, we will lead  students to understand that honest, ethical business practices can serve these purposes and also bring honor to God. We are guided by the whole of scripture, but a summary rationale of our statement of faith integration is Proverbs 11:1, "A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight." The second part of this verse emphasizes that God delights in ethical business practices.

  • Christ-centered. Everything that we do has Christ at the center. We integrate a Christian theistic worldview into business courses.
  • Business ethics. Our courses include Christian theism so as to develop business professionals with the highest ethical standards.
  • Focus on free enterprise. Our programs highlight the critical role of morality in the free enterprise system.
  • Development of student maturity. Our programs develop students who are:
    1. Committed. Through our faculty's counsel, our students commit to invest the time and effort required to be ethical business leaders.
    2. Compassionate. Through our community involvement, students demonstrate compassion for those in the business and social community.
    3. Competent. Through our innovative curriculum, students display competence of leading issues in their chosen fields.
    4. Confident. Through our faculty's collegiality and scholarly commitment, students develop confidence in their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Research and consulting. Students and faculty serve the community by engaging in research and consulting projects.

The Rinker School of Business is committed to the highest standards of academic quality. To help maintain these quality standards, the RSB conducts assessments at the end of each semester. During this process, students taking business courses complete course evaluations, surveys, and other instruments that assist the RSB in evaluating our business programs. All students taking business courses are required to complete assessment activities each semester. The results of the assessment activities contribute greatly to continued quality improvement within the Rinker School of Business.

Rinker School of Business: Programs of Study

The Rinker School of Business provides educational opportunities that enhance the abilities and performance of the students. In particular, decision-making and communication are stressed. The School offers a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in accounting, finance, international business, management, and marketing. Minors in business administration and military science are also available. Students are strongly encouraged to take a foreign language.

Students in the Rinker School of Business will be provided the opportunity to earn a double major, if desired. They will be allowed to count their: General Education courses, Business Core courses, and electives for both majors. However, Major course requirements (minimum 32 credits) will not be double counted. If course overlap exists between majors, acceptable substitutions will need to be made, as determined by the Program Chair or Dean.

Students in the Rinker School of Business will be permitted to minor in Military Science (ROTC). They must meet the requirements set forth by the University and be designated as ROTC Cadets.

Degree Requirements

Prospective business majors or minors must complete MAT 1853 - College Algebra  or higher with a grade of "C-" or better, and are highly encouraged to take this course during their freshman year. All students majoring in the Rinker School of Business are required to complete the General Education Requirements  for the Bachelor of Science degree.

All business majors and minors must receive a grade of "C-" or better for successful completion of business courses. Coursework in which a student does not receive a "C-" or better can only be taken twice. Courses which students take in the RSB core or tracks cannot be taken for credit at another institution if a grade of "C-" or less was received in coursework at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Degree requirements in the Rinker School of Business, regardless of the major, are broken down into four sections: General Education Requirements (43 credits, all majors), Business Core Requirements (45 credits, all majors), Major Requirements, including any track options (24-30 credits, depending on major), Use General Electives to complete a total of 120 credit hours.

International Business majors are required to take a mandatory international business trip. This trip cost is in addition to tuition and will need to be planned for accordingly. Trips occur in either the junior or senior year.

Internship in Business (BUS 4713 ) is required for all business majors.  An internship requires at least 30 hours of site work for each credit hour.  Students have the option to take a 2nd internship if they desire.

Upon approval of the advisor, the director of graduate programs, and the dean, senior students are permitted to enroll in one or two graduate courses within the Rinker School of Business.  These courses would count as electives in the undergraduate degree and will also be applied to the appropriate graduate degree (MBA or MAcc).  Six credit hours of graduate coursework is the maximum permitted.



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