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Ken Zula, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
William G. Wallick, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Melissa A. Bevacqua
Terri Freeman Smith, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Steven J. Szydlowski, MBA, MHA, DHA
Robyn Dickinson
Eileen Barrett Notarianni, SPHR
Deborah K. Mills
Michael M. Costello
Lori A. Bruch, Ed.D., CRC, LPC
Peter C. Olden, Ph.D, MHA
Robert J. Spinelli, DBA

Panuska College of Professional Studies

Debra A. Pellegrino (2007) Dean, Panuska College of Professional Studies (2007), Professor, Education (2007), B.S., M.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ed.D., Saint Louis University

Victoria H. Castellanos (2012) Associate Dean, Panuska College of Professional Studies (2012), B.S., Montana State University, M.S., Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Human Resources Online Faculty

HR Faculty Ken ZulaKen Zula, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is an assistant professor of Health Administration and director of the Graduate Human Resources program at the University of Scranton The University of Scranton.

Dr. Zula has worked in the field of human resource management, non-profit management, and health care for over 15 years. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute, and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management.

He holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Misericorida University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Development (HRD) from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to entering academics, he held progressively more responsible senior human resource management positions including Vice-President of Human Resources/Chief Privacy Officer. In addition to his position in academics, Dr. Zula is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Xceed America, Inc. which provides administrative, human resource, and support oversight to struggling not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Zula’s research interest and focus is on human capital planning and strategic human resource management. In particular, his research has focused on the linkages between talent and organizational strategic direction setting and has been published in several prominent empirical research journals. Currently, Dr. Zula is serving as President of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (NEPA-SHRM) and serves as the liaison between the chapter and university for student involvement in HR activities.

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HR Faculty Bill WallickWilliam G. Wallick, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is an associate professor in the Graduate Human Resources program at the University of Scranton. Dr. Wallick has worked as a human resource practitioner and academic for the past 39 years. He is a life certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds the SHRM-SCP certification. He earned a master's degree in Human Resources Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Development from the University of Scranton and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his career in academia, he held progressively responsible senior leadership positions in human resource management.

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HR Faculty Melissa BevacquaMelissa A. Bevacqua is an adjunct professor in the Department of Healthcare Administration and Human Resources at The University of Scranton.

She teaches in the graduate human resources program, and has also taught in our undergraduate program. Her areas of academic interest include the recruitment and retention of high performing employees, leadership development concepts, and management best practices.

When she is not in the classroom, Ms. Bevacqua also serves as Associate Director of Admissions at The University of Scranton. Her career in undergraduate admissions has spanned over fifteen years of implementing recruitment strategies at two different institutions, counseling thousands of prospective students and families, and managing and leading a staff of young professionals. She has presented her work at state conferences for secondary school and admission counselors.

Ms. Bevacqua graduated magna cum laude from The University of Scranton with a B.A. in Spanish and minors in French and Italian. She also earned a master's degree in Human Resources Administration from The University of Scranton, and received the 2006 Outstanding Human Resources Administration Graduate Award. In 2013, she was honored with the Provost’s Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ms. Bevacqua enjoys traveling, and maintains a second residence just outside of Washington, DC in North Bethesda, MD. Her time spent in the U.S. Capitol gives her unique insights and perspectives which she readily shares. In her free time, she enjoys reading, shopping, trying new restaurants and vacationing each year in Charleston, SC.

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HR Faculty Terri Freeman SmithTerri Freeman Smith, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is an assistant professor in the Health Administration and Human Resources Department at The University of Scranton.

Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development (WFED) from the Pennsylvania State University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She teaches undergraduate, graduate, and web-based courses in Human Resources Management.

She was nominated for Best Dissertation through ASTD Research institute-Her doctoral dissertation, Exemplary Performance in Four Areas of Expertise in Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP): A Critical Incident Analysis explored and identified the characteristics and behaviors that differentiate a typical performer from an exemplary performer. Her research contributed to the development of the rubric used for the core work product submission for the first national ASTD Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification exam.

She holds professional membership in ASTD formerly called the American Society for Training and Development, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education (PAACE). She is active in local level in the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of SHRM (NEPA-SHRM) and was NEPA-SHRM Chapter president for 2008. Her research agenda and professional interests are in the area of organizational performance improvement, competency modeling, employment law and research in the application and methodology used in teaching the adult learner. She has been published in Human Resource Development Review (HRDR) and Performance Improvement Quarterly (PIQ).

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HR Faculty Steven SzydlowskiSteven J. Szydlowski, MBA, MHA, DHA is an associate professor in the Health Administration and Human Resources Programs and program director of the Graduate Health Administration Program. Dr. Szydlowski's work in health care administration education started in 1999 when he joined the University of Scranton as adjunct faculty in the Kania School of Management and Panuska College of Professional Studies. He was appointed full-time in 2004. Dr. Szydlowski's previous executive positions at a community hospital, physician group practices, health finance, and a regional community health initiative gave him broad experience in the field in which he teaches, and exposure to the health administration programs, enabling him to prepare students effectively and efficiently. Aside from his professional interests, Mr. Szydlowski enjoys golfing, traveling, music, and spending time with his family.

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HR Faculty Robyn DickinsonRobyn Dickinson currently serves as the associate vice president for information resources & deputy chief information officer at The University of Scranton; a role that includes oversight of the following information and technology services departments — Information Security, IT Development & Applications, Institutional Research, Project Management, and IT Services (desktop support, instructional technology, help desk). She is responsible for leading the University’s information management program and IT customer service initiatives, areas that combine the efforts of these departments. She has worked in management at the University for twelve years and prior to that worked for nine years at Lehigh Carbon Community College in the institutional research and strategic planning areas.

Robyn's educational background includes a bachelor's in Education from Bucknell University and a master's in Higher Education from Penn State, which included the core courses from their MBA program. She has completed the Society for College & University Planning’s three-course Planning Institute. Robyn also teaches in the University of Scranton’s online Human Resources program.

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HR Faculty Elieen Barret-NotarianniEileen Barrett Notarianni, SPHR received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Scranton and a Master of Business Administration from Marywood University. In addition to her adjunct faculty position, she is a member of the Human Resource staff at the University of Scranton. Prior to working at the University, she was employed at Universal Printing Company, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, and Coopers & Lybrand, which is currently known as Price Waterhouse Coopers. Throughout her 20-year career, Eileen has served in both marketing and human resource roles.

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HR Faculty Deborah MillsDeborah K. Mills is an adjunct professor in the Department of Healthcare Administration and Human Resources at the University of Scranton. She teaches in the graduate human resources program. Her areas of academic interest include strategic planning, organizational development and total rewards, and she has served in the academic world for the over 15 years.

Ms. Mills has worked as a human resources practitioner for 30 years, holding progressively responsible positions with experience in: workforce planning; recruiting, selection and placement; compensation and benefits; coaching, counseling training and organizational development, recruiting and selection, employee relations, compensation and benefits and human resources management. Her human resources career has included work in the finance, auditing, health care, environmental, and dietary service industries, and is currently a Compensation Consultant within the electric utility business.

Ms. Mills graduated with honors from King’s College with a B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Social Work and Sociology, and minor in Theology. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Scranton with a master’s degree in Human Resources Management. She has also earned numerous human resources-related certifications and has enjoyed volunteering her service to the profession through leadership positions within various human resources organizations and within the community.

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HR Faculty Michael CostelloMichael M. Costello currently serves as a consultant to the Moses Taylor Health Care System. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Costello holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Juris Doctorate degrees. His teaching and publishing interests are in the areas of health law and policy, health economics, international health care, long-term care administration and clinical and administrative ethics.

Mr. Costello is a full time member of the faculty of the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources. He is a member of the clinical adjunct faculty at Commonwealth Medical College and has held adjunct positions at Keystone College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, and University of Central Florida. He also holds visiting professorships at Trnava and St. Elizabeth Universities in Slovakia and the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

At the University of Scranton, he is a member of the Order of Pro Deo et Universitate. He is a faculty inductee of Alpha Epsilon Alpha Communications Honor Society and Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society for Health Care Administration. He is also an honorary inductee of Pi Alpha Alpha public administration honor society at Marywood University. He also received the Faculty Service Award from Hanley College and the Provost’s part-time faculty award for Reaching Excellence at the University of Scranton as well as the University’s Frank O’Hara Award for university service.

He is a member of the Board of Regents at the University of Scranton and formerly served as President of the University of Scranton Alumni Society.

Mr. Costello has published several articles in professional publications and has made a number of academic presentations to professional organizations and academic societies. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Haworth Press, Inc., the publishers of several health care journals as well as the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Health Management and Public Health, published by the Health Management Institute at the University of Trnava, Slovak Republic and the Journal of Health Sciences Management and Public Health, published by the National Institute of Health, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He formerly served as President of the Healthcare Management Forum, a regional affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and received the senior level Regents Award for the Northeastern Pennsylvania region of ACHE.

Mr. Costello retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College.

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HR Faculty Lori BruchLori A. Bruch, Ed.D., CRC, LPC is an associate professor and director of the graduate Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Scranton. Dr. Bruch has worked as a rehabilitation counselor and academic for the past 37 years. She earned a master’s degree in Counselor Education from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Her doctorate is from the George Washington University in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Leadership. Her dissertation was on the Implementation of Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act. She is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. As a rehabilitation counselor, Dr. Bruch has worked extensively with employers on the employment of people with disabilities. In 1989, she developed a course on disability and Work that was an ongoing offering in the Human Resource Studies curriculum. Over the past thirteen years, Dr. Bruch has collaborated with Dr. Bill Wallick in research related to the employment, inclusion, retention of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. She has made numerous presentations related to the employment of people with disabilities at the global, national, state, and local levels. For any class member who may not be familiar with rehabilitation counselors, the following definition describes the role of a rehabilitation counselor. A rehabilitation counselor is a counselor who possesses the specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities to achieve their personal, social, psychological and vocational goals. Rehabilitation Counselors and Human Resource professionals share much in common (particularly an interest in inclusion throughout the employment process).

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HR Faculty Peter OldenPeter C. Olden, Ph.D. earned a BS in business at Miami University and an MHA at Duke University. He worked as a hospital executive for fourteen years at a community hospital, teaching hospital, and regional medical center. Initiating a career change, he earned a PhD in Health Services Organization & Research at Virginia Commonwealth University and began his academic career. Pete is currently a Professor at the University of Scranton (PA). For more than twenty years, he has taught courses about management, human resources, marketing, and other subjects. His scholarship pertains to managing healthcare organizations, population health, the U.S. healthcare system, and health administration education. Dr. Olden wrote and published with Health Administration Press the undergraduate textbook Management of Healthcare Organizations: An Introduction (now in its 2nd edition). Pete has served on editorial boards and published in journals including Health Services Research, Journal of Healthcare Management, Health Care Management Review, Milbank Quarterly, Health Care Manager, Journal of Health Administration Education, and others. Dr. Olden has presented his scholarship at the Academy of Management, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, American Public Health Association, Academy Health, at other conferences, and in other countries. Pete has been active in scholarly and professional associations. He earned Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives and this organization has honored him with its Service Award. Dr. Olden has given service to professional and community organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

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HR Faculty Robert SpinelliRobert J. Spinelli, DBA is presently an assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources and serves as Director of the Undergraduate Program in Health Administration at The University of Scranton. He teaches courses in Health Care Finance, Administration, Leadership, Planning, Marketing, and other Health Administration concentrations. He has been employed in the health care field all of his professional career and spent 26 years as a Hospital/Health Care System CEO. Dr. Spinelli’s background and research interests are in the areas of Leadership and Finance and understanding how our nation should pay for the unique and innovative resources of the US Health Care System.

Dr. Spinelli received a DBA from Nova Southeastern University and an MPH from Columbia University in NYC. He also holds an MBA from the University of Scranton and a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Temple University.

Dr. Spinelli is active in the community and enjoys spending his spare time participating in youth sports activities with his children.

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