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Faculty Fellows

Each year the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship funds four fellowships for Pace University faculty to grow our diverse portfolio of research projects with a focus on the identification and analysis of issues facing nonprofits and social enterprises. Fellows are selected by the Faculty Steering Committee in a double-blind review based on the strength of the submitted project. During their fellowship year, each faculty member works on a specific case study or academic research project that actively engages current Pace students. These fellows participate in the Wilson Center Faculty Steering Committee for a 3-year term and present their work in at least one Pace research showcase. Full application details for the program are available.

Current Faculty Fellows

2015-2016 Fellows

Casey Frid, PhD, Lubin School of Business, Assistant Professor, Management & Mgt. Science

Collective Identity and Social Entrepreneurship: Insights from Rural Brazil.

Lijun He, PhD, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor, Public Administration

Patterns of Foundations' Strategic Change on Impact-Investing: A Comparison of a public foundation and private foundation.

Carol Roye, EdD, College of Health Professions, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Professor, Lienhard School of Nursing

Promoting Health in Haiti: Developing a Partnership Between an Impoverished Nation and an NGO to Develop Advanced Practice Nursing Education, A Case Study.

Jason Whitesel, PhD, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies

Community Capacity-Building Efforts in a Nonprofit Organization for Older Gay Men: A Case Study of the Prime Timers.

Past Faculty Fellows

2014-2015 Fellows

Claudia Green, PhD, Lubin School of Business, Associate Professor, Management & Mgt. Science

Case Studies regarding Social Entrepreneurship in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Eric Kessler, PhD, Lubin School of Business, Henry George Professor, Management & Mgt. Science

Critical Success Factors for Service Leadership and Service Learning.


Mark Weinstock, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Lecturer, Economics

Marketing Challenges for Museums: The Case of the National Museum of the American Indian.

P.V. Viswanath, PhD, Lubin School of Business, Professor, Finance and Economics

Microfinance and Microenterprise in Kenya.

2013-2014 Fellows

Matthew Bolton, PhD, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Global Norm Entrepreneurship: Exploring the Role of Non-Profits in Developing Emerging International Law on Weapons.

James Lawler, PhD, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Professor, Information Technology

A Case Study for Empowering a Non-Profit Organization to Better Help Individuals with Disabilities through an e-Health Managed Care Cloud Computing System.

Yvonne Rafferty, PhD, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Professor, Psychology

The Recovery and (Re)Integration of Children Who Have Been Trafficked for Commercial Sexual Exploitation: A Compilation Promising Practices and Policies.

Namchul Shin, PhD, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Professor, Information Technology

Coping with Challenges for Nonprofit Organizations: Information Technology Coupled with Organizational Innovation.

2012-2013 Fellows

David Caputo, PhD, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, President Emeritus & Professor, Political Science

Expenditure and Tax Decisions Dealing with the National Debt and their Implications for Nonprofits and Social Enterprise.

Jean F. Coppola, BS, MS, MS, PhD, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Associate Professor, Information Technology

A gerontechnology study focused on improving cognitive functioning and quality of life for people diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer Disease.

Hillary Knepper, PhD, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor, Public Administration

Human Capital Investment During Times of Fiscal Austerity: Examining Volunteer Management Effectiveness.

Emily Welty, PhD, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Beyond Poverty Tourism: analyzing the impacts of short-term volunteer trips in the international non-profit sector.

2011-2012 Fellows

Melissa Cardon, PhD, Lubin School of Business

Case Study of Little Village Playhouse (co-authored with Theresa Lant, PhD).

Michelle Land, J.D., Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Sciences, Adjunct Instructor in Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Case Study of Big Apple Circus

Francis Marchese, PhD, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Extending Art Museum Conservation Practice to Time-based Digital Art

Lixin Tao, PhD, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Research on Best Information Technologies for Effective Social Entrepreneurship

2010-2011 Fellows

Melissa Cardon, PhD, Lubin School of Business

Entrepreneurial Passion: Sources and Sustenance (co-authored with Michael J. Glauser) Click for full text

Abstract: Entrepreneurial passion helps coordinate cognition and behavior of entrepreneurs, providing the fire that fuels innovation, persistence, and ultimate success. But where does entrepreneurial passion come from? Using a phenomenological approach, we conduct a qualitative study of 80 entrepreneurs and analyze their oral histories to explore the sources of entrepreneurial passion, as experienced by entrepreneurs. Our discovery process in the interviews suggests six major sources of entrepreneurial passion: passion for building/developing the venture, passion for people, passion for the product or service, passion for inventing, passion for competition, and passion for a social cause.

Joseph Morreale, PhD, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

The Impact of the “Great Recession” on the Financial Resources of Nonprofit Organizations Click for full text

Abstract: This research paper analyzes the impact of the recent Great Recession on nonprofit organizations. More specifically, it studies the impact of the recession on their ability to raise funds and remain financially viable. The four key research questions discussed are: What has been the overall impact of the Great Recession on nonprofit organizations?; How has the Recession impacted the fundraising capability of nonprofit organizations?; How well have different types of organizations weathered the Great Recession’s impact on their revenue sources?; and What strategies have nonprofit organizations found to be useful in surviving this severe downturn? The study uses the most recent data on nonprofit financing from 2007-2010. The results show that nonprofits as a whole have seen general declines in contributions and funding. But there are clear differences in the impact of the eleven sectors studied. Moreover, the size of the organization matters as does its main source of revenue. The paper concludes with a set of strategies that have been successful at stemming the decline in nonprofit funding. The study provides valuable insight into the ability of nonprofit organizations to survive such difficult economic times and also to reveal the various practices that have been successfully utilized for their survival.

Noushi Rahman, PhD, Lubin School of Business

Back to Square One: An Examination of Social Entrepreneurship Centers and Programs (co-authored with Rebecca Tekula) Click for full text

Abstract: Prominent social entrepreneurship (SE) centers and programs in North America, Europe, and Asia are examined in terms of their position in the institutional structure, initial and additional funding, teaching initiatives, research achievements, and outreach activities. Performance was computed using a transparent coding scheme. Low correlations with institutional endowment and SE center/program performance offer some evidence of discriminant validity of our rankings approach. Performance scores were used to rank-order SE centers and programs. Such an approach to examine SE center/program performance goes beyond the perception-based ranking instruments that popular magazines employ to evaluate subject-specific rankings. We examined data from 28 centers/programs, and in addition to an unweighted approach to rankings, we also computed regression-weighted rankings of these centers/programs. Implications for SE centers/programs, social entrepreneurs, SE scholars, and funders are discussed.

Christelle Scharff, PhD, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Teaching Mobile Solution Development in a Global Context: Comparing Solutions Proposed by Students in the Developed and Developing World (co-authored with J.M. Preira, R. Kay, and S. Hang.) Click for full text

Abstract: This paper presents and reflects on the different approaches of teaching mobile solution development at Pace University in the US and in different universities in Senegal in the last three years. The evolution of the objectives, contents, and targeted mobile technologies of the different courses are described based on our lessons learned and the state-of-the-art technologies and practices used in the industry. Students developed mobile solutions aimed at improving life on campus in the US and in Senegal, sometimes collaboratively. These initiatives permitted us to do a cross-cultural exploration of what students saw themselves as needing and how mobile technology can meet these needs given the nature of the specific and local constraints of their institutions, infrastructures, and cultures. This paper summarizes the findings of this exploration and presents recommendations for faculty interested in teaching mobile solution development in a global context.

2009-2010 Fellows

Bruce Bachenheimer, Lubin School of Business, Pace University: “Pitch Contest.” As a Wilson Center Faculty Fellow, Professor Bachenheimer was able to focus more attention on the Social Venture category of the Pace Pitch Contest.

Dario Carrera, University of Rome Tor Vergata: Social Enterprise Creation: From Social Business Idea to Social Innovation. An Analysis of Best Practices in European Social Enterprise Incubators. Presented Fall 2009 at the International Social Innovation Research Conference at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

Gregory Holtz, PhD, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Pace University: Method of Outcome Measurement for Not-for-Profit Organization.

Noushi Rahman, Lubin School of Business, Pace University: Performance Dynamics of Social Entrepreneurs. Presented at the highly competitive Satter Conference at NYU Stern School of Business in Fall 2009.

2008-2009 Fellows

Noushi Rahman

2007-2008 Fellows

Bruce Bachenheimer

Robert Isaak

Grant P. Loavenbruck

2006-2007 Fellows

Dennis S. Anderson

Alan B. Eisner

Grant P. Loavenbruck

2005-2006 Fellows

James Gabberty

Brian J. Nickerson

Joseph M. Pastore, Jr.