Online MBA Faculty
A Faculty of Experts and Civic Leaders
At Widener, we prepare 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 you first and focuses on providing the knowledge, skills, and cross-functional perspective needed to succeed in today’s business environment.
Yvonne Lederer Antonucci, PhD
Professor in the School of Business Administration, SAP University Alliance Coordinator, and the Director for the Business Process Management Center of Excellence
Yvonne Antonucci is a professor in the School of Business at Widener University, where she is also the SAP university alliance coordinator and the Business Process Management Center of Excellence director. Her teaching areas include business process management, process analysis and design, and enterprise systems.
Antonucci has won several awards for innovation and excellence including the Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award, the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 2010 International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. She's the recipient of several grants, has been published in numerous international journals, and has presented at conferences in the area of business process management (BPM), information technology outsourcing, inter-organizational collaboration methods, and enterprise systems, and has been a frequent speaker at international BPM industry events.
Antonucci serves on the North American SAP University Alliance Board as well as the Philadelphia ABPMP (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) board. 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.
The focuses of Antonucci's current research projects include analysis of synergies between digitalization and BPM, analysis of BPM Skills, and the adoption of VPNs within SMB. She holds a PhD in information sciences from Drexel University and a master's degree in management science/industrial engineering from Lehigh University.
- BPI 600 Business Process Management: Modeling to Monitoring
- IS 601 Business Process Analysis and Process Automation
- MIS 430 ERP Systems and Workflow Management
Kerri C. Brannen, PhD
Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration
Kerri Brannen is an associate professor of management at Widener University.
The focus of Brannen's research includes social, emotional, and cultural intelligences, expatriation, repatriation, knowledge management, and older workers. Her research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Global Mobility, Organization Management Journal, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, and the Journal of Knowledge Management.
Brannen received her PhD in human resources and organizational behavior from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and her MBA from LaSalle University.
- BUS 605 Leading Organizations and People
- BUS 551 Organization Behavior and Management
Danielle J. Durant, PhD, MBA, MS, BS
Assistant Professor, Healthcare Management
Danielle J. Durant joined Widener as an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management in summer 2018.
She holds a BS in finance with a minor in economics, an MBA in management, and a PhD in public administration concentrating in health management, politics, and policy from the State University of New York (SUNY). She also holds an MS in engineering management from Clarkson University.
Durant began her teaching career at Clarkson University, where she taught Principles of Marketing, Personal Selling, and Strategic Management. She went on to work as teaching assistant at SUNY Albany for Introduction to Public Policy. While at SUNY, she also worked as a graduate fellow for the New York State Department of Health, working directly under the NYS Medicaid director.
In 2015, Durant began working for the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) in the Quality, Advocacy, Research and Innovation (QARI) division under the New York State Partnership for Patients contract. This $15 million federally contracted program aimed to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and improve quality in 11 initiative areas.
She also spent some time in the for-profit side of HANYS working for Practice Advancement Strategies, providing program support for primary care reform initiatives. Upon joining Widener, she remained a consulting researcher for the QARI division at HANYS conducting program evaluation and researching best practices for the prevention of hospital-acquired conditions, health care quality and process improvement, and physician burnout.
Teresa Fain, MS AIS, MS Project Management
Adjunct Professor in the School of Business Administration
Teresa Fain is an adjunct professor teaching accounting and accounting information classes at Widener University.
Fain has more than 15 years of finance, IT, and project management experience in a variety of industries, including chemicals, aerospace, retail, and construction materials. She has expertise in the SAP FICO, project systems, and materials management modules, as well as the SAP BPC system for financial planning and consolidations.
Annetta Fortune, PhD, CPA
Associate Professor of Strategic Management in the Department of Management and Health Care Administration
Annetta Fortune is an associate professor of strategic management at Widener University.
Fortune's research centers on the factors that influence business dynamics and market evolution. Specifically, she explores the influence of firm capabilities on performance and survival with a particular interest in the evolutionary implications of her research findings.
Her secondary focus concerns exploring the dynamics of emergent and adolescent settings. Recent publications by Fortune appear in the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Business and Management, and the American International Journal of Social Science.
Fortune received her PhD in management and strategy from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
- BUS 605 Managing Organizations and People
- BUS 675 Managing for Results
Claudia Guerrazzi, PhD
Assistant Professor in the School of Business Administration
Assistant Professor Claudia Guerrazzi teaches courses in health care policy, management, and statistics at Widener University.
The current focus of Guerrazzi's research is 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.
Guerrazzi received her PhD in health services administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained both her MSc and BSc degrees in economics and management of public administration in Italy, from Bocconi University and the University of Siena, respectively.
- QA 251 Elementary Statistics
- HCM 601 Health Care Policy
Theresa L. Harm, CPA, MBA, MS, CPCU
Adjunct Professor in the School of Business Administration
Theresa Harm is an adjunct professor teaching accounting and accounting information classes at Widener University.
Harm has more than 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, and process and project management.
The focus of Harm’s research includes sustainability reporting impacts on accounting behavior, corporation, and investment results.
Harm is currently enrolled in the Pace University Doctoral Program in Business with a concentration on finance.
Jerry Hionis, PhD
Jerry Hionis holds a PhD in economics from Temple University. His primary areas of research include conflict theory with an emphasis on civil conflicts and Warlord-like competition, Islamic economic and financial theory, and the economic and market structure of the comic book entertainment industry.
His published works include "Non-Parasitic Warlords and Geographical Distance" in Economics of Peace and Security Journal. Vol. 10, No.1.
Brian V. Larson, PhD
Professor of Marketing and Director of the Sport Management Program
Brian Larson founded and co-chairs the Widener Sport Management Advisory Board. His teaching has been recognized with multiple graduate awards including the Widener School of Business Administration Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award.
Larson serves on the board of directors for the International Academy of Business Disciplines. His work has been published and presented in 50 journals and conferences, including the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship.
The current focus of Larson's research includes brand innovation and fan interaction, and assessing complex sports marketing service quality at sporting events. His teaching interests include marketing strategy, marketing research, and sports marketing.
Larson received his PhD in marketing from Oklahoma State University.
- BUS 635 Marketing
- MKT 300 Marketing Principles
- SMGT 340 Sport Sales and Marketing
Dan Li, PhD
Dan Li believes in providing education that is both exciting and rigorous while empowering students through experiential learning. She holds a PhD in marketing and advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and is interested in digital marketing, social media, marketing analytics, and international marketing.
Before her graduate study, Li worked as an SEM manager at Mindshare and key account director of international markets at iPinYou. As a digital marketing professional, she led her team to serve many multinational brands, including Nestlé, BP, Cisco, Caterpillar, and LG Electronics.
Her research combines quantitative and qualitative methods to study consumer behavior and digital marketing. She investigates sources that generate consumer happiness and improve consumer well-being. Her works have been published in the Review of Marketing Research and presented at conferences including Academy of Marketing Science and American Academy of Advertising.
Li is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Academy of Marketing Science, and the American Academy of Advertising.
Iqbal (Monty) Mansur, PhD
Professor of Finance
Iqbal 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 Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992, the 2008 School of Business Administration Distinguished Research Professor Award, a 2010 Widener University Outstanding Researcher Award, and a 2015 Distinguished University Professor designation, Mansur is known for the rigor and relevance of his coursework. He has published and presented research in more than 70 prestigious journals and conferences.
The focus of Mansur's current research is asset valuation with particular attention given to the behavior of asset risk. Presently, he serves as an independent director, and nominating and governance committee chair of FundVantage Trust, an independent mutual fund series trust in Delaware.
Mansur received his PhD in financial economics from the University of Cincinnati and holds both a BS and MS in economics.
- FIN 305 Investments
- FIN 620 Mutual Fund Investments
- FIN 630 Asset Valuation
Donna Weaver McCloskey, PhD
Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration
Donna McCloskey is an associate professor of management at Widener University.
McCloskey is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), 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.
The focus of McCloskey's research centers on the outcomes of telecommuting, the adoption of new technologies, and data analytics.
McCloskey received her PhD in Decision Sciences and Information Systems from Drexel University. Prior to receiving her doctorate degree, she received degrees in finance, management information systems, and business administration.
- BUS 518 Applied Quantitative Analysis
- BUS 615 Information Systems and Data Analytics
- MGT 680 Project Management
Babatunde Odusami, PhD
Associate Professor, CFA
Babatunde Odusami is an associate professor of graduate corporate finance, investment analysis, and financial planning at Widener University.
Odusami is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a Microsoft Certified professional. Outside of 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, and Quantitative Finance.
Odusami holds an MBA with a concentration in management information systems, as well as an MS and a PhD in financial economics.
- BUS 568 Finance Foundations for Managers
- BUS 655 Strategic Financial Management
- FIN 604 Securities Analysis and Investment Management
- FP 600 Overview of Financial Planning in the Information Age
E. Jose Proenca, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs
Jose Proenca is the associate dean and director of graduate programs in the School of Business Administration at Widener University. He teaches a range of MBA courses focusing on leadership, change management, managing for results, community health management, and developing management skills.
Proenca has more than 20 years of experience conducting leadership training and management skills development workshops for organizations in a variety of industries. Prior to entering academics, he worked in the hospital industry and held manufacturing and marketing management positions in the pharmaceutical industry.
Known for his excellence in research, Proenca has focused primarily on organizational and workforce management issues and appeared in leading journals. He is a six-time winner of the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award at Widener University.
Proenca received his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- BUS 601 Leadership
- MGT 622 Developing Management Skills
- HCM 661 Managing Community Health
Michael D. Rosko, PhD
Professor of Health Care Management
Michael Rosko is a professor of health care management at Widener University.
Rosko is a published health economist with three books and more than 80 articles under his name. He received the first ever Award for Outstanding Research at Widener University as well as the Fitz Dixon Award for Civic Engagement.
The dominant theme in 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 in Health 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.
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.
Rosko holds a PhD in business administration, in addition to MBAs in finance and economics.
Irfan Safdar, PhD
Professor of Accounting and Managerial Decision Making
Irfan Safdar teaches accounting and managerial decision making in the MBA program at Widener University.
The focus of Safdar's research includes 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.
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 an MBA from University of Rochester. He received his PhD in accounting from Texas A&M University.
- ACCT 205 Managerial Accounting
- FIN 497 Financial Management
- BUS 645 Accounting & Managerial Decision Making
Stephen W. Thorpe, EdD
Assistant Professor in the School of Business Administration and Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Stephen Thorpe joined Widener University as director of institutional research in January 2006.
Prior to coming to Widener, Thorpe 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.
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.
Thorpe received his EdD from the University of Delaware and holds both an MBA and BS in computer and information sciences.
- BUS 615 Information Systems and Analytics