Dennis completed a BS in Management at East Carolina University and a PhD in Economics at the University of New Mexico. At the University of New Mexico, he was a PhD Fellow with the Latin American and Iberian Institute to support his research on entrepreneurship and risk attitudes in Brazil. During his graduate work, he also co-founded two firms that focused on supporting entrepreneurship and innovation. After completing his PhD, he was an Associate Economist with a consulting firm working on an SBA funded project. He then joined Armstrong State University and founded the Small Business Institute there and served as the Solomon's Sr. Community Engagement Fellow. After three years at Armstrong State University as an Assistant Professor, he joined the Department of Management and the Miller School of Entrepreneurship at ECU.
His research interests include entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions, global entrepreneurship,economic development, experimental economics, public policy and risk. He enjoys teaching entrepreneurship, family business, innovation, global entrepreneurshipand applied microeconomics courses.