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K. Caleb Chan, Ph.D.

Professor of Business
Poling Center Room 213
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Born and raised in Hong Kong, I came to the U.S. to further my education in 1985 in King College with a degree in Economics and Business. I went on and completed my Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Decisions Sciences from Georgia State University (Atlanta, Georgia) in 1993. I joined the faculty at Spring Arbor University and have been teaching in the MBA and undergraduate business programs since then. My areas of expertise include statistical analysis, forecasting, and international business. I had led eight cross cultural trips to China and Cambodia between 2004 and 2016. I was selected twice as recipient of the Faculty Merit Award (1997, 2005). In 2009, I was named recipient of the Harold Darling Keeper of the Concept Award. I have served as the Faculty Advisor for the Spring Arbor University Enactus Team from 2002-2021. Between 2011 and 2015, I was involved as co-external evaluator of the Duke University Ph.D. Pipeline Opportunity Project that helps mobilize under-represented minority students to pursue a Ph.D. in business.

Outside the SAU community, I am involved as board members in the Free Methodist Foundation (Spring Arbor, Michigan) and MyPlace (Jackson, Michigan), which is a newly founded non-profit organization to provide low cost housing to youth who aged out of the foster system in Jackson area.

I have been married to Koch (who also came from Hong Kong) for over 30 years. We have two sons, Clifton (29), a high school English teacher in Indonesia, and Chester (25), an electrical engineer who is married to Angelina. The newlywed couple live in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


  • Ph.D.: (Business Administration, Major: Decision Sciences Minor: Management Information Systems Dissertation Topic: Building and Testing An IT-Enabled Value-Adding Partnership Model: An Empirical Study.) Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, December, 1993


I came here in 1993 as a young faculty thinking that I’d stay for a couple years and then move on to greener pastures.  Little did I know that God had a bigger plan for me and my family.  Two years quickly became twenty when my family and I realized that SAU is the green pasture God always has in mind for us.  Over the years, I have been involved in teaching both undergraduate and MBA students.  I found teaching both age groups stimulating and rewarding.  It is fun to watch students wrestle with ideas, seek to apply them and grow to love the discipline.  The notion of combining business and missions also intrigues me.  I want to help my students see the value of a business education and how they can help advance God’s Kingdom using their business talents and skills, as well as characters founded on biblical principles. At SAU, I can focus on teaching students, not just the subject matter.  This makes the world of difference in a teaching career for me.

Memberships and Affiliations

Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA)


Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA)


Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)

Faculty of Member Institution

Free Market Forum (FMF), Hillsdale College

Event Participant

Acton Institute

Event Participant

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters

Conference Participant

Awards & Honors



1. Chan, K. Caleb & Lewis, R. (2022). Social Entrepreneurship Education for Gen Z Students and Beyond. 2022 MASAL Virtual Conference, March 11, 2022.
2. Lewis, R. & Chan, K. Caleb (2022). The relationship between dividend policy and stock performance following the Covid-19 stock market collapse. 2022 MASAL Virtual Conference, March 11, 2022.
3. Chan, K. Caleb & Lewis, R. (2021). Applying Chaos Theory to the changing landscape of higher education. 2021 MASAL Virtual Conference, March 12, 2021.
4. Lewis, R. & Chan, K. Caleb (2021). COVID-19 Effects on a Student Managed Investment Fund and Leadership Development. 2021 MASAL Virtual Conference, March 12, 2021.
5. Chan, K. Caleb, Lewis, R., & McCown, J. (2019). Developing long-term strategies and policies for the Student Managed Investment Group: lessons learned from over a decade of running the group. 2019 Pacific Rims Management Conference, August 4, 2019, Bellingham, WA, West Washington University.
6. Shook, C. & Chan, K. Caleb. (2018). Developing a cultural intelligence framework for global human resource development. 2018 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Conference, March 8, 2018, Mount Pleasant, MI, Central Michigan University.
7. Chan, K. Caleb. (2018). Community groups as a means to fostering modern slavery abolition education: a case study of the set free group’s impact on participants’ awareness of social justice issues and personal spiritual formation. The International Network Scientific and Practical Conference, September 27, 2018. (presented online).
8. Woods, R., Skarritt-Williams, K., Chan, K. Caleb, Waters, K. & Agodzo, D. (2016). Motivations for Reading the Left Behind Book Series: A Uses and Gratifications Analysis. Journal of Media and Religion, 15:2, 63-77, DOI:10.1080/15348423.2016.1177343
9. Overton-Adkins, B. & Chan, K. Caleb. (2016). Duke Ph.D. Pipeline Project Report. Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE), University of Michigan, Spring 2016.
10. Hu, Y. C., Jiang, P., Yen, G. F. & Chan, K. Caleb. (2016). Applying grey relational analysis to find interactions between manufacturing and logistics industries in Taiwan. 2016 Pacific Rims Management Conference, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung Li District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Best Conference Paper Award.
11. Jiang, P., Yen, G. F., Hu, Y. C. & Chan, K. Caleb. (2016). Evaluating key factors of developing green logistics for logistics providers in China using multiple criteria decision making. International Journal of Management Theory and Practice. Volume 17, Number 1, August 2016.
12. Reuben, L., Overton-Adkins, B., & Chan, K. Caleb. (2015) Pathways to success within higher education: from enrollment to employment. Annual Conference of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, April 10, 2015, Charleston, SC.
13. Chan, K. Caleb, Norris, S. & Molitoris, I. (2015) Integration of ethics and spiritual formation into the curriculum of the Gainey School of Business at Spring Arbor University. Spring Arbor University-Vronezh State University Virtual Conference, March 26-27, 2015. (presented online)
14. Chan, K. Caleb. (2013). Being salt and light to the non-business faculty and students: practical ways to help others impact the contemporary world. Poster Presentation, 2013 CBFA Annual Conference, Olivet Nazarene University, IL.
15. Woods, R. & Chan, K. Caleb. (2012). Motivations for reading The Left Behind Book series. Unpublished Manuscript.
16. Bohus, S., Woods, R. & Chan, K. Caleb. (2005). Psychological sense of community among students on religious collegiate campuses in the Christian evangelical tradition. Christian Higher Education, 4:19-40.

Recent Research

Social Entrepreneurship Education for Gen Z Students and Beyond
Student Managed Investment Polices and Strategies
Business and Missions: Theory and Applications
Christian-owned Companies Mission, Vision and Core Values

Other Relevant Experience

1. Co-external evaluator of the Duke University Ph.D. Pipeline Opportunity Project (2011-2015) that helps mobilize under-represented minority students to pursue a Ph.D. in business.
2. Treasurer, Board of Directors, MyPlace (Jackson, Michigan)
3. Member, Board of Directors, Free Methodist Foundation and GuideStreams Financial Services (Spring Arbor, Michigan)
4. Freelance Business Consultant