Nia began teaching MSOM courses in January 2010. She has an M.B.A. from Tulane University, and a B.S.I.E. from the University of Arkansas. Nia worked for Texaco Natural Gas as an account representative/financial analyst handling the sale of natural gas to industrial customers in Louisiana where she administered contracts for supply, pricing, and customer development and assisted in financial hedging decisions regarding natural gas storage. She has taught as adjunct professor since 1998. In 2006, Nia taught high school students in Advanced Manufacturing, for a program created through a U.S. Department of Labor grant addressing the workforce needs of industry in Mississippi County Arkansas. Nia encourages students to consider careers in STEM disciplines and gain employment in local industry. Additionally, because of her background with her family farm, Nia has developed an interest in how globalization affects supply chains and job opportunities in the U.S., particularly in agriculture and manufacturing. In her Global Competition course these topics are researched and discussed at length.