VSB Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

Villanova, Pa., August 22, 2016 – The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is proud to announce the addition of three new faculty members to join its elite team of teacher-scholars.

“As the number-one undergraduate business program and one of the top-ranked graduate business programs in the nation according to Bloomberg Businessweek, one of VSB’s highest priorities is to hire outstanding faculty members who are leaders in their field of study to prepare and inspire our students to launch careers in any field of business,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB.

The newest faculty members are:

Kathleen M. Iacocca, PhD

Kathleen M. Iacocca, PhD: Dr. Iacocca joins the Management & Operations department as an assistant professor after serving as an assistant professor at her alma mater, the University of Scranton, for the past five years. After graduating with a BS in Finance and an MBA from the University of Scranton, she received her PhD in supply chain marketing and marketing science from Rutgers University’s School of Business. Iacocca’s written works have been featured in many notable business publications including the International Journal of Production, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, and the International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare whose editors selected her article “Resell versus direct models in brand drug distribution” as the recipient of the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence in 2014. While at the University of Scranton, she was awarded the “Kaina School of Management Professor of the Year” Award in 2012 as voted on by the students.

Manuela Priesemuth, PhD

Manuela Priesemuth, PhD: After serving as an assistant professor at the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, Dr. Priesemuth joins VSB’s community as an assistant professor in the Management & Operations department. She graduated with a BS in Business Administrations from the College of St. Mary, Nebraska, an MBA in International Business from Creighton University, Nebraska, and a PhD in Department Management from the University of Central Florida. Her areas of research interest include workplace deviance, leadership, behavioral ethics/prosocial behavior, and organizational justice. Priesemuth’s research and written works have been featured in many professional journals including Business & Society, The Leadership Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, and most recently the Journal of Organizational Behavior. In 2015, she was awarded Wilfrid Laurier University’s Merit Award for Academic Excellence for her achievements in research, teaching, and service.

Raisa T. Velthuis, PhD

Raisa T. Velthuis, PhD: A native of the Netherlands, Dr. Velthuis received her BS and MS in Econometrics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She earned her MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester and her PhD in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). Her areas of research interest includes empirical asset pricing, hedge funds, mutual funds, investments, and financial institutions. While at PSU, Velthuis also served as an instructor in Derivative Markets and worked as a teaching assistant in Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, and in Modern Portfolio Management. She joins VSB’s Finance department as an assistant professor.

About Villanova University School of Business

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 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 or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute 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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