Utica College’s business and economics faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarly accomplishments as well as for their real-world business experience. Collectively they represent a wide range of expertise and research interests, including health care financing, public school aid formulas, banking, and managing change.
At the same time, at Utica College, teaching is the faculty’s first priority. Small classes provide opportunities for close interaction between and among faculty and students, and the relationships students form with their professors often last a lifetime.
The overwhelming majority of faculty are doctorally trained; several additionally hold an M.B.A. Faculty regularly share their expertise by serving as members of professional organizations, presenting at scholarly conferences, and consulting with local businesses and government agencies. These connections help faculty develop internship opportunities for students, and also serve as networking resources for UC graduates seeking employment.
The faculty’s scholarly accomplishments, professional experiences, and academic credentials combine to provide students majoring in business and economics programs with a dynamic and fulfilling learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.
Rick G. Fenner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Economics
Professor Fenner joined the UC faculty in 1989 after earning his M.B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University. Read more about Dr. Fenner.
Candace T. Grant, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Professor of Practice Management
Professor Grant is Associate Dean of Business Programs and Professor of Practice – Computers and Ethics. She currently sits on the Academic Assessment Coordinating Committee (AACC). Read more about Dr. Grant.
Glen A. Hansen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
Glen Hansen, Associate Professor of Accounting and coordinator of the Accounting Program, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration and MS in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester. Read more about Dr. Hansen.
Stephanie R. Nesbitt, J.D.
Program Director, MBA
Prof. Nesbitt, Assistant Professor and Director of Risk Management and Insurance, received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law, her M.B.A. from Syracuse University and her B.A. in Speech Communication from Ithaca College. Read more about Prof. Nesbitt.
Atasi Basu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
The author of numerous articles in statistics and business journals, Dr. Basu has previously taught at Syracuse, LeMoyne, Purdue, and the Indian Institute of Technology. She currently sits on the Professional Development Committee. Read more about Dr. Basu.
Elizabeth W. Burback, M.S.
Assistant Professor Public Relations/Digital Marketing
Elizabeth W. Burback, Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Digital Marketing, received her M.S. in Communication and Media Technologies from RIT and her B.A. in Communication from LeMoyne College. Read more about Prof. Burback.
Donna M. Dolansky, M.B.A.
Professor of Practice-Accounting
Professor of Practice Donna Dolansky joined the Utica College faculty full-time in 2016. She received her M.B.A. in General Business in 2016 from Utica College and her B.S. in Accounting from Boston College. Read more about Prof. Dolansky.
Mary Cooper, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Dr. Cooper earned her Doctorate in Business Administration from Creighton University, her Master’s degree in Education from SUNY Oswego and her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Le Moyne College. Read more about Dr. Cooper here.
Samuel E. Ferrara, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice-Management & Strategy
Samuel Ferrara, Professor of Practice-Management and Strategy, earned his Doctorate of Organizational Studies from the University at Albany. He has 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing both in North America and Europe. Read more about Dr. Ferrara.
Zhaodan Huang, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Zhaodan Huang, Professor of Finance and Director of Research, faculty advisor to the Utica College Investment Club, received his Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. Read more about Dr. Huang.
Margaret J. Morgan-Davie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Margaret Morgan-Davie joined the Utica College faculty part-time in 2001 and full-time in 2010. She received her Ph.D in 1991 and M.A. in Economics in 1985 from Cornell University. Read more about Dr. Morgan-Davie.
Brett J. Orzechowski, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Management and Media
Brett Orzechowski, Assistant Professor of Management and Media, joined the faculty in 2015 after serving as CEO/Publisher of The Connecticut Mirror, a public policy news organization in Hartford and Washington, D.C. Read more about Prof. Orzechowski.
Thomas (Tom) A. Rossi, D.B.A.
Professor of Management
Professor Rossi joined the Utica College faculty in 1979 and also has more than 20 years of combined banking, human resources management consulting, teaching, and coaching experience. Read more about Prof. Rossi.
Mehmet Sencicek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
Dr. Sencicek earned his international baccalaureate degree from United World College of the Atlantic in S. Glamorgan, U.K., his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada-Reno and his Ph. D. from City University of New York. Read more about Dr. Sencicek.
Patricia (Pat) A. Swann, M.S.
Professor of Public Relations & Journalism
Patricia Swann is the senior public relations and journalism faculty member at Utica College and the author of the textbook “Cases in Public Relations Management: The Rise of Social Media and Activism”. Read more about Prof. Swann.
Christopher M. Tingley, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Strategy
Chris Tingley, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Strategy, received his DBA from Walden University in 2015, his MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2006, and BA in Communication Arts from Gannon University in 2004. Read more about Prof. Tingley.
Mark L. Vrooman, D.A., MHRM
Assistant Professor of Management
Dr. Vrooman earned his Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Franklin Pierce University, his Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics and Associate’s degree in Business Management from SUNY Empire State College. Read more about Dr. Vrooman here.
EDUCATION EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR/ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Matthew Marmet, Ph.D.
Education Experience Coordinator
Born and raised in the Mohawk Valley, Professor Marmet received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. From there, he went on to the University of Connecticut where he received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology. Read more about Dr. Marmet.
Thomas J. Armitage
Adjunct Lecturer of Public Relations
Thomas Armitage is a high-energy, socially consumed digital marketer. With a passion for telling stories, he puts his creativity to use in building content that is optimized and attractive on the ever-changing, ever-growing web. Read more about Prof. Armitage.
Director of Graduate Program Operations
Adjunct Lecturer of Management
In addition to teaching in the MBA program, Tracy Balduzzi’s full-time position is the Director of Graduate Program Operations. She oversees the Office of Graduate Studies, an office that provides non-academic services to all Utica College graduate students. Read more about Prof. Balduzzi.
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
Leslie Corbo is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in both the BS and MS Cybersecurity programs. Professor Corbo is a Senior Information Security Program Manager for PhishMe, Inc., providing services to fortune 500 companies in educating their workforce in IT-related areas. Read more about Prof. Corbo.
Sim J. Covington, Jr., M.S.
Adjunct Lecturer of Management
Sim J. Covington, Jr. is currently the Director of Career Services at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). His responsibilities include providing all facets of career services to both undergraduate and graduate students seeking internship, employment, and graduate/professional school opportunities. Read more about Prof. Covington.
Dr. Wayne Hollman
Adjunct Professor of Finance
With over 30 years of professional experience in the finance and financial services industry, Dr. Hollman has held responsible positions of authority with some of the top brokerage firms in the nation. Read more about Dr. Hollman.
Robert (Bob) W. Jones, M.S.
Adjunct Professor of Economic Crime
Bob Jones has more than forty years experience leading risk management programs. He teaches in the college’s M.B.A. in Economic Crime & Fraud Management program and chairs the FCM Program Committee. Read more about Prof. Jones.
Director, Economic Crime Management
Suzanne Lynch has extensive experience in risk analysis, fraud control implementation and investigations in the financial services industry. Formerly vice president for security and risk management at MasterCard Worldwide, she has held fraud management positions at Goldman Sachs and Comerica Bank. Read more about Prof. Lynch.
John Markert, M.B.A.
Adjunct Lecturer of Accounting
John Markert has a long and robust career in business finance and accounting. The Vietnam veteran has worked for industry leaders such as JPMorgan Chase and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Read more about Prof. Markert.
Herbert Rau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Professor Rau joined the Utica College faculty in 2006. Professor Rau’s area of research and academic interest is business, organizational theory, marketing, and systems thinking. Read more about Dr. Rau.