Business Management Faculty
Steve Varela, Program Director
Steve Varela joins Calumet College as Business and Management Program Director in the Department of Business and Information Systems. Prior to coming to Calumet, he was a Visiting Professor of Management at Fort Hays State University’s China campus and also an Assistant Professor of International Business at Tunghai University located in Taichung, Taiwan.
Steve received his B.S. in Computer Science/MIS from DePaul University, an M.S. in Telecommunications from DePaul University, and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. He is currently completing his doctorate in International Management from the International School of Management based in Paris, France.
Prior to joining academia, Steve served in various business development positions for AT&T, Motorola, and Iridium across the America’s while living in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico.
Steve’s teaching interests include applied management, international organizational behavior and cross- cultural negotiation. Steve developed new courses such as East West Negotiation for Asian audiences in Taiwan and also localized first year of studies courses while at Northeastern University.
His primary research interests are in the field of international negotiation and cultural intelligence. Specifically, Steve is interested in the influence of cultural intelligence on the outcomes of individuals and teams operating in multicultural environments.
Steve resides with his family in New Carlisle, Indiana. In his free time, he practices the art of international venture management as each member of the Varela family hail from a different continent.
Office: Room 505
Phone: (219) 473-4313
Desila is a faculty member in the Business Department at Calumet College of St Joseph, recently promoted to Associate Professor. She teaches a variety of undergraduate classes including small business, strategy, marketing, supervision, and introduction to business. In addition, she currently serves as the Program Director for the Master of Science in Management Program and the Faculty Advisor for the Student Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). She has been involved in many non-profit organizations throughout Lake and Porter County as a trainer, coach, strategic planner, project manager, interim human resource manager, project manager, and recruiter.
Desila has been a featured speaker for highly regarded national and state conferences and presented professional research papers at the Midwest Business Administration Association and The Academy of Business Disciplines annual meetings. She received the Bob Baird Award for her work at the 2004 National Business and Economics Society Conference. Desila has been published in numerous academic and industry journals. Most recently she co-authored research on Sexual Harassment Programs Using Behavioral Science Research, which has been published by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Desila is the president of a local training and project management company, Organizational Development Solutions, Inc. She is a past president for the Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality, is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, a Certified Training Consultant and past SIG Director for the National Association for Healthcare Quality. She is past president of the Northwest Indiana Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), a member of the 2013-3014 Indiana SHRM Conference Planning Team, and a member of the Indiana SHRM State Council, serving as the Foundation Director. She is also a member of the E-engaging, and on the Board of Directors for the Porter County Community Foundation. She was chosen as the 2014 Woman Business Person of the Year by the SBDC. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Purdue University and a Masters from the University of Notre Dame.
Joseph is the lead Marketing professor in the Organization Management program at Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ), Whiting, Indiana. Joseph is currently teaching ORMN 408 Principles of Marketing Management. This course gives students an overview into the science and art of 21st century marketing.
Joseph also teaches undergraduate courses in Marketing Research, Public Relations, Supervisory Management, Ethics, Business Communications, Compensation and Benefits and Labor Relations. Joseph also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resources Management in both face-to-face and online formats.
Joseph is the founder and President of Client Contact Center Solutions, an innovative consulting firm, whose specialty is performance improvement, organizational development and change processes, training and training development as well as diversity and inclusion programming. Prior to launching Client Contact Center Solutions, Joseph held senior leadership positions with Fortune 100 companies in global customer care, sales and training and operations initiatives in the Telecommunications, Commercial Property Management and Financial Services industries.
Joseph has presented at various educational, leadership and professional development conferences and most recently delivered training at the 6th Annual Diversity and Business Symposium Job Fair in Merrillville, Indiana.
In 2011, Joseph was awarded the Notable 90 award from the University of St. Francis. In celebration of the University’s 90th founding year, the Notable 90 award recognizes distinguished alumni for having made significant professional, personal and civic contributions to improve the communities in which they live and work. In 2013, Joseph was recognized by Calumet College of St. Joseph with the Faculty Appreciation award. The Faculty Appreciation award is given to faculty who consistently inspire students to achieve outstanding academic excellence as a foundation for assuming demanding 21st century careers. In 2014, Joseph was recognized by Calumet College of St. Joseph with the Teacher of the Year award.
Joseph holds B.B.A., M.B.A. and M.S.T.D. (Master of Science in Training and Development) degrees all from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Joseph is pursuing his doctoral degree in educational leadership.
Contact Information Program Director: Steve Varela
Telephone: (219) 473-4355
FAX: (219) 473-4259