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. She has won several awards for innovation and excellence including the Fitz Dixon Award, the Lindback Award, and the 2010 International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. She has also 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 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. 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 is an Associate Professor of Management at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She received her Ph.D. in the area of human resources and organizational behavior from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and her MBA form LaSalle University. She is currently a co-editor of the Current Empirical Research section of the Organization Management Journal. She is also an active member of the Management and Organization Teaching Society (formerly the OBTS Society of Management Educators), where she served as a program coordinator for their 2017 conference, an At-Large Board Member from 2010-2013, and a finance committee member form 2007-2008. Her current research interests include social, emotional, and cultural intelligences, expatriation, repatriation, knowledge management, and older workers. She frequently presents at academic conferences and research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Global Mobility, Organization Management Journal, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, and the Journal of Knowledge Management.
Teresa Fain, MS AIS, MS Project Management
Adjunct Professor in the School of Business Administration
Professor Fain has over 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. She is an adjunct professor teaching Accounting and Accounting Information classes.
Annetta Fortune, Ph.D., CPA
Associate 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.
Professor of Marketing and Director of the Sport Management Program
Dr. Larson founded and co-chairs the Widener Sport Management Advisory Board. His teaching has been recognized with multiple graduate awards. He serves on the Board of Directors for the International Academy of Business Disciplines. His work has been published and presented in fifty journals and conferences. His current research interests include brand innovation and fan interaction. 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 in 1992, the 2008 School of Business Administration Distinguished Research Professor award, and 2010 Widener University Outstanding Researcher award, and 2015 Distinguished University Professor 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 Nominating and Governance Committee chair of FundVantage Trust, an independent mutual fund series trust in Delaware.
Donna Weaver McCloskey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration
With degrees in Finance, Management Information Systems (MIS) and Decision Sciences, Dr. McCloskey’s research interests include the outcomes of telecommuting, the adoption of new technologies, and data analytics. She 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.
Babatunde Odusami, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, CFA
Professor 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, and Quantitative Finance. At Widener, he teaches graduate corporate finance, investment analysis, and financial planning.
E. Jose Proenca, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs
Dr. Jose Proenca is the Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Business Administration. He teaches a range of MBA courses focusing on leadership, change management, managing for results, community health management, and developing management skills. He received his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Proenca has over 20 years of experience conducting leadership training and management skills development workshops for organizations in a variety of industries. Prior to entering academics, Dr. Proenca worked in the hospital industry and held manufacturing and marketing management positions in the pharmaceutical industry. His research has focused on organizational and workforce management issues and appeared in leading journals. Dr. Proenca is a six-time winner of the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award at Widener University.
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 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. 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.