Ethan Waples

Ethan Waples, Ph.D., serves as the Associate Dean and Director of the Master of Business Administration program of the Department of Business at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Felix Flores

Felix Flores, Ph.D., serves as an associate professor of the Marketing Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Chandler Reilly

Chandler Reilly, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include economics of defense contracting, defense research and development policy, economics of military base redevelopment and public choice economics. His primary focus is on applied microeconomics and political economy.

In addition to teaching, Reilly has collaborated on numerous articles focusing on the economics of bureaucracy. Notably, he co-authored “University Affiliated Research Centers: Evasive Entrepreneurship within the Department of Defense,” featured in the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. Additionally, his contributions extend to publications such as “Bureaucratic Rent Creation: The Case of Price Discrimination in the Market for Postsecondary Education,” which appeared in Constitutional Political Economy. Currently, Reilly is actively researching the impact of informal institutions on colonial relations in Maine.

Before joining MSU Denver, Reilly served as graduate lecturer of Economics at George Mason University.

Reilly earned his Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Riverside.

Adam Melnick

Adam Melnick, J.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, small business, “conscious” business, social entrepreneurship, social impact business, sustainable business, and access to funding. Currently, he teaches Small Business Entrepreneurship, Organizational Management, Entrepreneurship Feasibility, and Entrepreneurial Business Plan.  

In addition to teaching, he is a consultant at the Colorado Small Business Development Centers Network, Rebel Bread, and FMK Agency, and a licensed attorney in both Colorado and Pennsylvania. As an active participant in the Denver community, Melnick is the co-founder and organizer of the Denver Good Business Week and is a board member for Blue Star Recyclers and committee chair for the CBUS Small Business Development program.  

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Melnick served as senior entrepreneurship officer and in-house counsel at Colorado Lending Source.  

Melnick earned his Juris Doctorate in Environmental Law from Pace University, a Master’s from Yale University, well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science from Muhlenberg College. 

Jeff Peshut

Jeff Peshut, JD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His expertise includes commercial real estate brokerage, asset management, portfolio management and land use consulting. He currently teaches Real Estate Practice and Law and Intro to Real Estate. Peshut is a principal with RealAsset Solutions, LLC, a Licensed Colorado Independent Real Estate Broker and Licensed Colorado Attorney. He is also the creator of the real estate forecasting website/blog,

With more than 35 years of professional experience, Peshut is an active leader of many professional investment and real estate companies, serving as past senior vice president at Clarion Partners as well as vice president and director of marketing and leasing at Lowe real estate company in Colorado.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Peshut taught Real Estate Law in the Leeds School of Business and Real Estate Transactions in the School of Law, both at the University of Colorado Boulder., Additionally, he served as adjunct instructor of Real Estate Broker Pre-Licensing and Continuing Education with Kaplan Real Estate Education, where he created and taught “Commercial Transactions for Residential Brokers”.

Peshut earned his Juris Doctorate in real estate and corporate planning and a Bachelor of Science in Finance concentration in Investments and Banking both from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

Julian Friedland

Julian Friedland, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the College of Business at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise lie in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, ethics and technology including artificial intelligence; moral psychology; and general philosophy. He currently teaches global corporate social responsibility.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Friedland worked as a professor of business ethics at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Colorado Boulder. He has experience teaching philosophy as a visiting professor at the University of Hartford. Friedland has also done freelance work as a technology-ethics consultant. He is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Friedland is currently conducting research in these interlinked areas: social-impact strategy, leveraging moral self-awareness as an incentive and new means by which the reflective mind may be activated through digital choice architectures. His work has appeared in a range of books and international journals, including the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Organizational Behavior, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review and Philosophical Investigations. Friedland also writes in national magazines and newsprint such as the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Conversation, the Humanist and the Forward. He gave a TEDx Talk at Trinity College Dublin titled “How AI Can Help Us Live More Deliberately” in March 2019.

Friedland received his doctorate in philosophy magna cum laude from the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2000, a master’s in philosophy from San Francisco State University in 1994 and a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1990. He earned a certificate in Teaching Critical Thinking during his master’s program from the State of California.