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Associate Professor Steve Tanzilli, J.D.

Point Park University faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of students in the School of Business. That's one reason the classes are small — so you have a lot of face-to-face contact with your professors. Point Park faculty are known for their real-world experience as well as the research conducted in their fields of expertise. In addition to full time faculty, there are many adjunct faculty that bring ongoing professional experience to the classroom.

Faculty Accomplishments, Presentations and Media Interviews

M.H. Sidky, Ph.D., professor of global management and organization, participated in the Global Development and Humanitarian Aid training at La Roche College, June 2-13, 2014. He presented workshops on global issues in humanitarian aid and development and global forced migration.

Steve Tanzilli, J.D.
,
associate professor and chair of the SAEM department,  presented May 30, 2014 on the topic “Representing Athletes off of the Field” at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference.

Michele Langbein, Ph.D., associate professor of business management, presented "Ethical Shades of Gray and Our Fiduciary Duty" at the March 19, 2014 meeting of the Institute of Management Accountants, Pittsburgh chapter.

Robert Skertich, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and director of nontraditional business programs, recently gave the commencement address at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighters December 2013 graduation ceremony.

Dimitris Kraniou, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Global Management and Organization, Archish Maharaja, Ed.D., assistant professor and director of the M.B.A. program and Dawn Parasolick, 2012 Point Park M.B.A. alumna, presented papers at the American Society for Competitiveness 24th Annual Conference held in Pittsburgh, Nov. 7-9, 2013.

James Haley, Ph.D.
,
Michele Langbein, Ph.D.,Archish Maharaja, Ed.D., Gita Maharaja, Ed.D., M.H. Sidky, Ph.D. and M.B.A. alumna Dawn Parasolick presented their research at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology held Oct. 17-18, 2013 in State College, Pa.

Steve Tanzilli, J.D.,
associate professor and chair of the SAEM department, was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review article ""Lemieux name invaluable to UPMC's planned Cranberry sports complex," which ran on Oct. 4, 2013.

Elaine Luther, D.Sc.
, professor of business management, was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Business Times for the articles "Top 10 Tips on Consumer Marketing for Food," on March 14, 2013 and "Deals can mitigate risk of losing valued employees," on June 7, 2013.

Helena Knorr, Ph.D.
,
associate professor of organizational leadership, was featured as a "Newsmaker" in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on April 4, 2013.

Elaine Luther, D.Sc., professor of business management, was interviewed by KDKA-TV for the segments "Website Turning Unwanted Gift Cards into Cash," on Jan. 7, 2013 and "Best Buy Announces Store and Online Price Match," on Feb. 18, 2013.

SAEM professors Steve Tanzilli, J.D., Teresa Gregory, M.F.A. CFRE and Ed Traversari, M.B.A., were featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "SAEM program at Point Park helps students find jobs," on Jan. 24, 2013.

Elaine Luther, D.Sc.
,
professor of business management, was interviewed by KDKA-TV for the segments "Pepsi sold in Japan claims to block fat" on Nov. 12, 2012 and "Marketing Expert Separates Hottest Holiday Toys from Hype," on Dec. 7, 2012.

Dimitris J. Kraniou, Ph.D.,
professor of international economics and management and chair of the Department of Global Management and Organization, presented "Exonomics and Meta Law: A Discussion on Extraterrestrial Economics and Outer Space Law" on Nov. 19, 2012 at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts.

Ed Traversari, M.B.A.
,
professor of SAEM, was the feature of the Sept. 14, 2012, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article "Veteran concert promoter introduces students to the profession."

Gita Maharaja, Ed.D., adjunct faculty member, is the author of a chapter on emotional intelligence in the book Management: Theory, Research, and Practice. In addition, she was a recipient of the Leadership Award at the International Conference on Advances in Management in both 2011 and 2012, and presented two papers titled “Exploring the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership style of managers in multinational corporations” and “The impact of emotional intelligence on the academic performance of graduate students."

Archish Maharaja, Ed.D., C.P.A.
, assistant professor and M.B.A. program director, received the 2012 Leadership Award at the International Conference on Advances in Management in Nassau, Bahamas.  Also at the conference, Maharaja presented a research paper on "Ethical Considerations in Hiring and Organizational Code of Conduct — A Forensic Accounting View."

Robert Skertich, Ph.D.
, assistant professor of public administration and director of nontraditional programs, was featured in the April 26, 2012 article "A newsmaker you should know: Point Park professor well-versed on area's Cold War history."

Lori Molinari, D.B.A., associate professor of business management, presented her paper titled "Reducing E-Waste of Consumer Electronics Through Reverse Logistics" at the Reverse Logistics Association Conference and Expo on Feb. 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ed Traversari, M.B.A.
,
assistant professor in the sport, arts and entertainment management program, is quoted throughout the article "Big acts become less likely to aim for big venues."

Helena Knörr, Ph.D.,
associate professor of organizational leadership, co-authored the scholarly articles "Employee Organizational Citizenship Behaviour: The Direct and Indirect Impact of Ethical Leadership" and "From Top Management to Entrepreneurship: Women's Next Move" which were published in the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and the International Journal of Manpower, respectively.

Teresa A. Gregory, M.F.A., CFRE,
assistant professor of the sports, arts and entertainment management program, hosted a workshop titled "Prospect Research on the Internet" on Aug. 27, 2011 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Steve Tanzilli, Esq., associate professor and director of the sport, arts and entertainment management program gave a lecture on Aug. 9, 2011 at the Allegheny HYP Club on the impact sports and entertainment have on corporate America and how to properly market and manage today's professional athletes and celebrities.

James Michael Haley, Ph.D.
, professor and H.J. Heinz Endowed Chair of business management, created a YouTube channel on ethical leadership, which has reached more than 1,300 views.

Robert Skertich, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and director of nontraditional programs, was featured in the Pine Creek Journal article "Hampton firefighter proves it's never too late to earn a degree" and gave a presentation on April 5, 2011 about the former Nike Missile site, a historic military facility located next to Pittsburgh's North Park. Read the article on the presentation in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dimitris J. Kraniou, Ph.D., professor of international economics and management and chair of the Department of Global Management and Organization, discussed issues of immigration and migration affecting Greece and its economy, the European Union and Greek society at Carnegie Mellon University's International Film Festival on March 20, 2011. Kraniou's presentation was part of the Greek Film Soiree, sponsored by the American Hellenic Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. In addition, Kraniou lectured on the topic "Economic Issues of Outer Space" at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts on March 16, 2011.

Elaine Luther, D.Sc.
, professor of business management, was interviewed by KDKA-TV for the segment "Backlash Grows Against Teacher Salaries," on Nov. 10, 2010.

Archish Maharaja, Ed.D., C.P.A., assistant professor of business management and director of the Master of Business Administration program, authored and presented "Economics of Operating an Independent Physician Practice" along with co-author and co-presenter Gita Maharaja, Ph.D., Point Park adjunct faculty member, at the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology (NABET) conference on Oct. 20, 2010 in State College, Pa.  Also, Maharaja authored and presented "Sustainability for Multinational Corporations through Knowledge Creation and Management" along with co-author Dimitris J. Kraniou, Ph.D.

On Oct. 19, 2010, M.H. Sidky, Ph.D., professor of global management and organization, presented his paper on "Sovereign Debt Crisis and the Socio-Political Impacts of Austerity: The Case of Greece and the European Union" at the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology (NABET) conference in State College, Pa.  Sidky teaches Global Environment of Business and organizational behavior classes in the M.B.A. program at Point Park University and has presented his work at numerous conferences on similar topics.

Two Point Park University School of Business faculty members presented papers at the Second Annual "Sustainable Enterprises of the Future" International Conference held Sept. 12-15, 2010 at Robert Morris University. Lori Molinari, D.B.A., associate professor of business management presented "Reducing E-Waste of Consumer Electronics Through Reverse Logistics" and was presented with the "Best Paper" award for the conference. Michele L. Langbein, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Undergraduate Accelerated Business program presented "The Importance of Ethical Business Practices for Sustainability" and an abstract titled "The Impact of Web 2.0 Technologies on Business Sustainability."

On Aug. 29, 2010, Archish Maharaja, Ed.D., C.P.A., assistant professor of business management, participated in a panel discussion at Duquesne University on "How to Start Your Business." It was held by the Professional Coaching Certificate program at Duquesne's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. Maharaja shared his advice on starting a business, managing finances and creating and maintaining accounting records. He also provided some valuable insight on operating and sustaining a profitable business.

Archish Maharaja, Ed.D., C.P.A., assistant professor of business management, presented four papers (co-authored with three Point Park University School of Business faculty members) at the 17th Annual International Conference on Advances in Management held July 14-17, 2010 in Atlanta, Ga. 

The papers included:

  • "Exploring the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Styles of Management in Multinational  Corporations" with co-authors Gita Maharaja, Ph.D., Point Park adjunct faculty member and Andrew McIntyre
  • "Knowledge Creation in Multinational Corporations" by Dimitris J. Kraniou, Ph.D., with co-author of Andrew McIntyre
  • "Can Educating Physicians Increase the Adoption Rate of Electronic Health Records?" with co-author Andrew McIntyre 
  • "Strategies for Physicians to Remain Independent from Hospital Systems" with co-authors Andrew McIntyre and Shannon
     Whitaker, M.D.

    Also at the conference, M.H. Sidky, Ph.D., professor of global management and organization, presented his paper on "Plato’s Cave and Clash of Realities: Meta-theoretical issues in Organizational Decision Making and Leadership."  Sidky teaches Global Environment of Business and organizational behavior classes in the Master of Business Administration program and has presented his work on similar topics at numerous conferences.

    In addition, Maharaja was chosen as chair at the conference for the track “Improving Effectiveness of Health Care." Additionally, for the second year in a row he was elected as trustee and will serve in that role for the 18th Annual International Conference on Advances in Management to be held in Cancun, Mexico from July 13-16, 2011.

On June 29, 2010, Michele L. Langbein, Ph.D.,associate professor and director of the Undergraduate Accelerated Business program presented the paper "Podcasting Advantages & Disadvantages in Education" at the 2010 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Langbein's article "Outcomes Assessment" was published in Volume 8, Issue 3 of Academic Leadership, a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Helena Knörr, Ph.D., associate professor of organizational leadership, presented papers at the Conference of the International Network of Business and Management Journals in Valencia, Spain from June 1-4, 2010.Cheryl Clark, C.P.A., M.B.A., was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure and Elaine Luther, D.Sc. and M.H. Sidky, Ph.D., were promoted to professor on April 1, 2010 by Point Park University President Paul Hennigan.

Helena Knörr, Ph.D.,
associate professor of organizational leadership, wrote an article which was published in the spring 2010 issue of International Journal of Manpower.  The article is titled "Developing the female entrepreneur from a HRM perspective: lessons from women who have reached top management."

Robert Skertich, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and director of nontraditional programs, was part of the National Disaster Medical System, which coordinates federal medical response during disasters. In Jan. 2010, he led a group of 25 physicians, nurses and paramedics from the Pittsburgh area to help staff a temporary hospital in Petionville (just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti) and has provided teams to travel with the U.S. Army to help people in need of health care.

James Michael Haley, Ph.D., professor and H.J. Heinz Endowed Chair in Business Management, delivered a presentation at University of Leicester, United Kingdom, from Nov. 14-15, 2009 at the International Conference on Global Trends in the Efficiency and Risk Management of Financial Services and the Financial Crisis.  His presentation was entitled "The Simplest Chaotic Model of Financial Crisis."

Robert Skertich, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and director of nontraditional programs, presented his paper on "Designing Decision Support for Complex Systems: Building Capacity for Coordinated Action among Public Health Organizations" at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  

Elaine Luther, D.Sc., professor of business management, developed and managed the second "Business Plan Contest" where student teams created business plans for products or services targeting the Point Park University community.  

Archish Maharaja, Ed.D., C.P.A., assistant professor of business management and director of the Master of Business Administration program, presented a poster on "Use of the Electronic Health Record in Private Medical Practices" at the 5th Annual World Health Care Innovation and Technology Congress held in Arlington, Virginia from Nov. 8-10, 2009.

On Oct. 29 and 30, 2009, Point Park University professors, Archish Maharaja, Ed.D., C.P.A., and M.H. Sidky, Ph.D., professor of global management and organization, presented papers at the Annual Conference of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology (NABET) in State College, Pennsylvania.  Maharaja's paper was titled "Use of the Electronic Health Record in Private Medical Practices" while Sidky's was titled "When the Center Fails: Perspectives on The End of Globalization as We Know It."  

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