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MS in Human Resources Faculty

William G. Wallick, Ph.D., SPHR
Melissa A. Bevacqua
Terri Freeman Smith, Ph.D., SPHR
Ken Zula, Ph.D., SPHR
Steven J. Szydlowski, M.B.A., M.H.A., D.H.A.
Robyn Dickinson
Eileen Barrett Notarianni, SPHR
Joan Tordoff
Annette M. Cremo, Ph.D. CPC
Kristin Fino
Deborah K. Mills
Michael M. Costello
Lori A. Bruch, Ed.D., CRC, LPC
Kenneth T. Walker, MBA, CSP
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

Michael J. Olivette (2007) Associate Dean, Panuska College of Professional Studies (2007), B.S., Iona College, M.S., Ph.D., Syracuse University

Human Resources Online Faculty

William G. Wallick, Ph.D., SPHR William G. Wallick, Ph.D., SPHR is an associate professor and director of the Graduate Human Resources program at the University of Scranton. Dr. Wallick has worked as a human resource practitioner and academic for the past 33 years. He is a life certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). 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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Melissa A. Bevacqua Melissa A. Bevacqua is an adjunct professor in the Department of Healthcare Administration and Human Resources at The University of Scranton. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate human resources programs and in the The University of Scranton's Emerging Leaders Program. Her areas of academic interest include recruitment and staffing, leadership concepts, and organizational development.

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 more than eight years of implementing innovative recruitment strategies at two very different institutions. 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.

Ms. Bevacqua spends her free time reading, traveling, and decorating her home. She also enjoys volunteering within the community.

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Terri Freeman SmithTerri Freeman Smith, Ph.D., SPHR Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Health Administration and Human Resources Department at The University of Scranton (PA) and director of the University’s undergraduate Human Resources Administration (HRA) program. 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). 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 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 very active 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, 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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Ken Zula, Ph.D., SPHR Ken Zula, Ph.D., SPHR is an Assistant Professor of Health Administration and Human Resources in the Panuska College of Professional Studies at the University of Scranton. Dr. Zula has worked in the field of health care administration, non-profit management, and human resource for over 12 years. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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 for one the largest behavioral health care provider in Pennsylvania. 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 focuses on the linkages between talent and organizational strategic direction setting. His research articles have been published in several journals including: The Journal of Leadership Studies, Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ), Human Resource Development Review (HRDR), and the Journal of American Business Education. In addition, he has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences including the International Conference on Business and Economics Research (IBER) in Barcelona, Spain and Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Zula is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Academy of Management (AOM), and the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD).

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Steven J. Szydlowski, M.B.A., M.H.A., D.H.A. Program Director, Community Health Education Program, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate and Graduate Health Administration Program Mr. 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. Mr. 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.

Practical experience in the subject matter strengthens teaching and enables him to combine theory and practice in the education of his students. It has also enhanced his scholarship, focused on the broad areas of international health, integrative medicine, and community health. Aside from his professional interests, Mr. Szydlowski enjoy golfing, traveling, music, and spending time with his family.

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Robyn Dickinson Robyn 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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Eileen Barrett Notarianni, SPHR Eileen 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 twenty year career, Eileen has served in both marketing and human resource roles.

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Joan Tordoff In 2006, Ms. Joan Tordoff joined the University of Scranton as adjunct faculty member teaching Workplace Learning and Developments and Staffing and Selection courses. Ms. Tordoff earned a B.S. in Operations Information Management and an M.S. in Human Resource Administration from the University of Scranton.

Professionally, Ms. Tordoff is an independent consultant working as an SAP Technical Trainer and Organizational Development expert with Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, CA. A list of previous Training and Development and Organizational Development consulting positions include: Lockheed Martin, Archbald, PA, Denver, CO, Valley Forge, PA and Sunnyvale, CO., State Workers’ Compensation Bureau, Scranton, PA and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Collegeville, PA.

Future plans include pursuing a Ph.D in Workforce Education and Development in 2011-2012. When not on travel, Ms. Tordoff resides in Archbald, PA with her husband, Alan and their cats and dog.

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Annette M. Cremo, Ph.D. CPC Dr. Annette Cremo is an education, training and human resource development consultant. She develops, designs, and delivers programs to meet the diverse needs of organizations in the private and public sector. She specializes in organization and management development as well as executive coaching. Annette teaches graduate courses for The University of Scranton (human resources) and for The Pennsylvania State University (training and development). Her areas of expertise include human resources, program development, instructional design, training implementation, organization needs assessments, and internal and external customer service audits. Dr. Cremo works in a variety of organizations educating individuals about leadership essentials and releasing the power within themselves. Annette is renowned for developing clear and grounded leaders who build on their natural talents and strengths. She coaches leaders to focus on the right things to achieve the right organizational results. Organizations report after working with Annette that they are able to build high performing teams and create strategic leadership development plans that address short and long term goals. She is certified to administer of the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator. DISC, 20/20 Insight 360 Evaluation, CCL Evaluations. EBW Emotional Intelligence Assessment, and Color Code Personality Assessment. She is also a Certified Professional Coach with clients throughout the US. http://www.perform-plus.com/

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Kristin Fino Kristin Fino is an adjunct faculty member at The University of Scranton. She teaches in the graduate human resources program. Her primary area of academic interest is organizational development and effectiveness.

Ms. Fino has nearly fifteen years of professional experience in the human resources field with a focus on employee relations, compensation, and organizational development and effectiveness. In her current role, she is responsible for driving and supporting organizational development and change through consultation on workplace trends and issues and utilizing creative problem solving to achieve optimal solutions to support the business strategy. Additionally, she has project managed two employee engagement surveys, with more than 20,000 employees participating in each. She drove the results analysis, ongoing results action planning and assessment of the effectiveness of the change efforts.

In addition to working full time in the field of employee relations and organizational development and effectiveness, Ms. Fino has been an adjunct faculty member at Keystone College in the undergraduate business program for ten years.

Ms. Fino graduated from King's College with a B.S. in Accounting. She also earned a master's degree in Human Resources Administration from the University of Scranton.

Ms. Fino spends her free time with her dog. She also enjoys volunteering at the Luzerne County SPCA.

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Deborah K. Mills Deborah K. Mills, CCP, SPHR 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 also within the community.

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Michael M. Costello Michael 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 holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Scranton, Marywood University, Misericordia University and The Commonwealth Medical College. 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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Lori A. Bruch, Ed.D., CRC, LPC Lori 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 33 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 nine 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 employment).

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Kenneth T. Walker, MBA, CSP Kenneth T. Walker, MBA, CSP is an adjunct professor in the Human Resources program at the University of Scranton. He is an independent health and safety consultant with his own company, Endless Mountains Safety Consulting, Inc. He has served for seven years as an officer in the US Army after graduation from the US Military Academy at West Point, spent 12 years in various manufacturing operations within Procter and Gamble and then spent 11 years leading the industrial hygiene, safety, fire safety, equipment safety and emergency response functions for a Fortune 200 size facility. While working at P&G, he earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Scranton. After retiring from P&G, he started EMSC and attained the Certified Safety Professional designation.

Ken is co-author of the book Occupational Health in Public Health Practice. This book was published in 2009 and is targeted to combine the best practices of the Public Health Services and the Occupational Safety and Health organizations. Ken has extensive experience in implementing behavior based safety processes, electrical safety procedures and equipment and ergonomic assessments of workplaces. He has presented to an International audience regarding the safety issues associated with an aging workforce as well as numerous safety conferences locally on a variety of topics.

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Peter C. Olden, Ph.D., MHA Peter C. Olden earned a BS degree in Business at Miami University and an MHA degree at Duke University. He worked fourteen years in senior management at a community hospital, teaching hospital, and regional medical center. To prepare for a career change, he then returned to school and earned a PhD in Health Services Organization at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Olden joined the University of Scranton in 1993 and is now a full Professor. He has served as both a program director and department chair at the university. Courses he has taught include health services management, human resources management, strategic planning, and others. Dr. Olden conducts research, speaks, publishes, and consults on management, organizations, and the U.S. health system. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Healthcare Management and Health Care Management Review. He has contributed chapters to several books and is now writing his own management book. Pete has presented on management and human resources at national conferences and has taught management workshops in Central Europe.

Dr. Olden contributes to his professions by serving on committees and editorial boards along with peer-reviewing grant proposals, conference proposals, and journal manuscripts. The American College of Healthcare Executives honored him with its Service Award in 2008. He also provides volunteer service to several not-for-profit health organizations, especially the American Cancer Society, which he serves at the local, state, and national levels.

Pete grew up in central NJ and has lived in several Eastern states. He is married with two grown sons. Besides enjoying his work, he enjoys playing and listening to music, watching college basketball, reading, and travelling in the US and abroad.

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Robert J. Spinelli, DBA Assistant Professor and Director, Undergraduate Health Administration Program Dr. Robert J. Spinelli is presently an assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. Dr. Spinelli currently serves as Director of the Undergraduate Program in Health Administration and 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 Bachelors 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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