Online MBA Faculty
A Faculty of Experts and Civic Leaders
Widener University prepares you to lead in your field with an advanced curriculum taught by nationally recognized industry experts. Our faculty of exceptional scholars, analysts, and business professionals puts students first and focuses on providing the knowledge, skills, cross-functional perspective, and local partnerships needed to succeed in today’s business environment.
Yvonne Lederer Antonucci, Ph.D.
Professor in the School of Business Administration, SAP University Alliance Coordinator and the Director for the Business Process Innovation Center of Excellence
Dr. Antonucci, is a full professor in the School of Business at Widener University in Chester Pennsylvania U.S.A. where she is also the SAP university alliance coordinator and the Business Process Innovation Center of Excellence Director. Her teaching areas are primarily in Business Process Management, Process Analysis and design, and Enterprise Systems of which she has won several awards for innovation and excellence. She has received several grants and has published in numerous international journals and conferences in the area of business process management (BPM), information technology outsourcing, inter-organizational collaboration methods, and enterprise systems, and has been a frequent invited speaker to various international BPM industry events. Yvonne also serves on the North American SAP University Alliance Board and is one of the Philadelphia ABPMP (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) chapter founder, continuing her service as the board president. In addition she served on the National ABPMP Education Board where she helped develop BPM curriculum standards and contributed to the first release of the Common Body of Knowledge for BPM. Her current research projects include analysis of synergies between digitalization and BPM, analysis of BPM Skills, and the adoption of VPNs within SMB. Yvonne holds a Ph.D. in information sciences from Drexel University and a master’s degree in Management Science/Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.
Kerri C. Brannen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration
Dr. Brannen received her Ph.D. in the area of human resources and organizational behavior from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Her current research interests include social, emotional, and cultural intelligences, expatriation, repatriation, knowledge management, and older workers. She frequently presents at academic conferences and is published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.
Anetta Fortune, Ph.D., CPA
Professor of Strategic Management in the Department of Management and Healthcare Administration
Dr. Fortune’s research centers on studying the factors that influence business dynamics and market evolution. Specifically, she explores the influence of firm capabilities on firm performance and survival with a particular interest in the evolutionary implications of her research findings, which leads to a secondary focus on exploring the dynamics of emergent and adolescent settings. Recent publications by Dr. Fortune appear in the Strategic Management Journal, theJournal of Business and Management, and the American International Journal of Social Science.
Claudia Guerrazzi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the School of Business Administration
Dr. Guerrazzi is currently teaching Elementary Statistical Analysis and Health Policy. Her teaching goals are: enabling students to really and fully understand concepts through the learning process that characterizes each student; fostering students' interaction and collaborative problem-solving; and allowing students to apply what they learn and to develop critical thinking. Her research interests are related to the strategic management of innovation in organizations, especially technological innovation in organizations that operate in industries that intend to serve the public good, such as health care and public administration.
She received her PhD in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained both my MSc and BSc degrees in economics and management of public administration in Italy, from Bocconi University and the University of Siena, respectively.
Theresa L. Harm, CPA, MBA, MS, CPCU
Adjunct Professor in the School of Business Administration
Professor Harm is an adjunct professor at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. since 2015. She has over 20 years of Financial Leadership experience in the Insurance Industry. She was responsible for SAP administration and implementation projects, along with several process integration projects while leading a $2b business unit. Her industry experience includes: Cash Management, Budget/Forecasting, Strategic benchmarking, SAP Accounting Processes, Process and Project Management. Theresa is currently enrolled in the Pace University Doctoral of Finance program and her research interests include: Sustainability reporting impacts on Accounting behavior, Corporation and Investment results. Theresa is an adjunct professor teaching Accounting and Accounting Information classes.
Brian V. Larson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing and Director of the Sport Management Program
Dr. Larson founded and co-chairs the Widener Sport Management Advisory Board. His work is published in several journals and he has presented his research at thirty-five conferences. His current research interests include assessing complex sport marketing service quality encounters. Teaching interests include marketing strategy, marketing research, and sport marketing.
Iqbal (Monty) Mansur, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Dr. Mansur has been teaching at Widener since 1985 and has become an integral part of the growth of this institution. He has held numerous leadership positions on campus such as Chair of the Management Department as well as co-chairing multiple task forces related to the development of university and strategic plans such as the Middle States Accreditation task force and the AACSB Accreditation task force. Recognized for his excellence in academics with the university’s Lindback teaching award, the 2008 School of Business Administration Distinguished Research Professor award, and 2010 Widener University Outstanding Researcher award, Dr. Mansur is known for the rigor and relevance of his coursework. He has published and presented research in over 70 prestigious journals and conferences.
The focus of his current research is asset valuation with particular attention given to the behavior of asset risk. Presently, he serves as an Independent Director and Audit Committee chair of FundVantage Trust, housed under BNY Mellon Asset Servicing.
Donna Weaver McCloskey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration
With degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems, Business Administration, and Decision Sciences, Dr. McCloskey’s research interests include the outcomes of telecommuting, the adoption of electronic commerce, and data analytics. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management, has received multiple teaching awards, and is published in numerous journals including Journal of End User Computing, Enterprise Operations Management, Information Resources Management Journal, Journal of Information Systems Education, and Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, among others.
Babatunde Odusami, Ph.D.
Prof. Babatunde Odusami holds an MBA with concentration in Management Information System, as well as an MS and a Ph.D. in Financial Economics. He is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a Microsoft Certified professional. Outside the academia, he is the principal consultant at Bancrest Global Advisors, a consulting company that provides expert advisory services for business and financial valuations, and business analytics. He has published articles in the Journal of Business and Economics,Energy Economics, andQuantitative Finance. At Widener, he teaches graduate corporate finance, investment analysis, and financial planning.
E. Jose Proenca, Ph.D.
MBA Program Director and Department Head of the Management and Healthcare Administration Department
E. Jose Proenca, Ph.D. is Professor of Healthcare Administration and Head of the Department of Management and Healthcare Administration. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Proenca has over twenty years of experience conducting leadership training and management skills development workshops for organizations in a variety of industries, including health care, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and gaming industries. His research on organizational and workforce management issues has been published in leading journals. Dr. Proenca is a five-time winner of the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award at Widener University. Prior to entering academics, Dr. Proenca worked in the hospital industry and held manufacturing and marketing management positions in the pharmaceutical industry.
Michael D. Rosko, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Care Management
Dr. Rosko is a published health economist with three books and over eighty articles under his name. The dominant theme in Dr. Rosko’s research has been the performance of health care organizations. His work examines how hospitals and nursing homes respond to: public cost containment initiatives, payment policy by HMOs, and financial pressures associated with uncompensated care. His recent publications include articles inHealth Economics, Health Services Research, Inquiry, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Medical Care Research and Review, many of which he now serves as a member of the editorial board. Dr. Rosko received the first ever Award for Outstanding Research at Widener University as well as the Fitz Dixon Award for Civic Engagement.
Professor Rosko has ongoing collaborations with the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in which he tests and refines estimates of hospital and nursing home inefficiency using a technique called stochastic frontier analysis, a form of regression analysis. He was an expert panelist on the Robert Wood Johnson–sponsored study on Hospital Ownership and Performance and a consultant for the Health Systems Efficiency Measurement Panel, sponsored by the Ellison institute for Global Health Initiatives of Harvard University.
Irfan Safdar, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting and Managerial Decision Making
Professor Safdar received his bachelor's in physics from Haverford College and went to work at Smith Barney, an investment bank. He holds an MS in Finance from Boston College, and an MS in Applied Economics, and MBA from University of Rochester. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M University. His research interests include the interaction between accounting and capital markets, valuation, and fundamental analysis. He has published articles in the Journal of Management Science and Journal of Accounting Literature. Professor Safdar teaches Accounting and Managerial Decision Making in the MBA program at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Stephen W. Thorpe, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor in the School of Business Administration and Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Professor Thorpe joined Widener University as director of institutional research in January 2006. Prior to coming to Widener, he served as vice president for academic affairs at Neumann University. For nearly two decades, he has held several responsible positions in higher education, having served as assistant provost of institutional research, planning, and assessment at Drexel University and director of institutional research at LaSalle University.
Professor Thorpe was also the executive director of the Computer Center and director of institutional research and planning at Wesley College. He served on the steering committee of the North East Association for Institutional Research and was president of the organization in 2012. In 2009, he was selected to join the faculty of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Foundations of the Institutional Research Institute.
He has also served on the research board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania and as an accreditation evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.