VSB Welcomes Seven Faculty Members to its World-Class Team


VILLANOVA, Pa., September 28, 2015 - Villanova School of Business (VSB) hired seven faculty members to join its existing world-class teacher-scholars.

“At VSB, we take great pride in our first-rate faculty,” said Interim Dean Daniel Wright, PhD. “Our faculty is filled with renowned researchers who know how to teach and prepare our students for the business world. We are excited to announce our newest faculty members and even more pleased to see how they will positively impact our VSB community.”

The newest faculty members are:

  • Pankaj C. Patel: Dr. Patel comes to VSB after teaching as an associate professor of management at the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics from Spalding University and received his master’s and doctorate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. With his computer science background, Patel has made technology and governance his primary area of research, with operations in new ventures being a secondary area of study. He has published articles in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Managements, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He has also made over 60 presentations at national and international conferences and has co-authored a paper that recently received the 2012 Decision Sciences Journal Best Paper Award. He joins the Management department as an Associate Professor and as the Frank J. and Jane E. Ryan Endowed Chair in Strategy and Innovation.
  • Jennifer Altamuro: After graduating from St. Joseph’s University and earning her doctorate in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, Jennifer Altamuro taught as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and as an assistant professor at The Ohio State University. She has done extensive research in the field of finance and has been featured in publications like The Accounting Review and The Journal of Accounting and Economics. She has also done numerous presentations at high-ranking universities like Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Pennsylvania. She now joins VSB as an Assistant Professor in the Accounting department.
  • Erica Harris: Dr. Harris graduated from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business as a Dean’s List student with Honors and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She earned her master’s from the University of Miami, and her doctorate from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. After serving as an instructor, research assistant, and teaching assistant at Temple University, Harris became an assistant professor at Rutgers University where she taught for four years and received the Camden 2014 Faculty Research Award. Her primary area of research is centered on nonprofit accounting. She is also a certified public accountant in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania, and a member of the American Accounting Association. She joins the Accounting department as an Assistant Professor.
  • Caitlin Dannhauser: A familiar face to the Villanova community, Caitlin Dannhauser graduated from VSB in 2005 with summa cum laude honors and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She served as a teaching and research assistant at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management where she also earned her doctorate in Finance. She is currently involved in multiple research projects in the fields of empirical asset pricing, investments, institutional investors, and market microstructure. She is an Assistant Professor in the Finance department.
  • Michael Curran: Ireland native Michael Curran received his bachelor’s degree in Math and Economics, his master’s in Economics, and his doctorate in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Last year, he attended the Lindau Nobel Meetings, an annual, globally recognized forum for the transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists; he was one of 450 who were invited to attend out of 20,000 possible recipients. Though his primary research field is international financial macroeconomics, Curran also spends time researching new macroeconomics, computational economics, and econometrics. He joins the Economics department as an Assistant Professor.
  • Zeynep Kabukcuoglu: Dr. Kabukcuoglu earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, located in her homeland of Turkey, and her master’s in Economics from Boston College. She received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh last June and also worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Economics during her time there. Specializing in the fields of macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, and financial economics, her professional experience includes working as a research assistant at Boston College and Harvard Business School. She is also a recipient of the University of Pittsburgh, 2014-15 David B. Houston Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America Scholarship, an award given to students whose academic interests and career plans focus on human rights and social justice, particularly in Latin America. She is an Assistant Professor in the Economics department.
  • Keith P. Wright: Co-founder of Simplicity On-Demand LLC, Keith Wright returns to the realm of education after spending nearly a decade in global sales and business operations. An accomplished global software sales and services leader, Wright holds two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in Business Administration from Ryerson University and another in IT Education from the University of Toronto, and earned his master’s with a concentration in information systems and marketing from the University of Calgary. Before focusing on software sales, Wright spent nine years as the Chair and Professor of the Mount Royal University Business School in Calgary, Canada. During his time at MRU, he co-led the launch of a new small business and entrepreneurship degree program, co-wrote and implemented a curriculum plan for the program, and taught small business and retail classes. He received the “E” Award for teaching excellence from the University Student’s Association. He joins the Management and Information Systems (MIS) department as an Instructor.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, the Center for the Study of Church Management & Business Ethics and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.

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