|Dr. Venessa Funches is an assistant professor of Marketing. She taught at numerous institutions before joining the AUM faculty, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Jefferson State Community College, Miles College and Stillman College. Funches received her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Marketing and her B.S.M. in Marketing from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her work experience includes several sales and marketing positions with companies such as Philip Morris USA, Prudential, SouthTrust and Nationwide Financial. Her teaching interests are focused on personal selling, principles of marketing, new product development and retailing.