Why Emotional Intelligence is Necessary for Every Step of Your Career

Accounting and finance professionals who show higher emotional intelligence are more likely to obtain higher organizational positions according to research discussed in a Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) podcast by Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., chair of the Accounting Department and director of the University’s internationally recognized DBA program.

In the episode 62 IMA’s “Count Me In” podcast, which aired nationally on April 27, Dr. Boyle discusses the four major components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management; social awareness; and relationship management. He also discusses training to develop skills in each of these areas, and explains in more detail the traits of each of these components that are valued throughout your career, as well as specific traits that are advantageous at different levels of advancement, such as at the supervisory, managerial or executive career levels.

At Scranton, Dr. Boyle also serves as director of the University’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program. He, along with accounting faculty members James Boyle, D.B.A., and Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D., led the University’s effort to establish a Business High School Scholars Program.

A Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Management Accountant, Dr. Boyle has more than 25 years of industry executive experience. He has served in executive roles in startup, middle market and Fortune 500 companies where he has held the positions of chief executive officer, president, chief operations officer and chief financial officer.

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Dr. Boyle was profiled in 2018 as one of just six “Professors to Know in Business Programs Based in the Northeast” selected by Bschools.org, an online resource for entrepreneurs. The professors, who teach at business schools in the Northeast with online MBA programs, were selected based on their professional experience and knowledge.

Dr. Boyle, who joined the faculty at Scranton in 2009, was awarded the Faculty Senate Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award for 2019; the Kania School of Management’s (KSOM) Alperin Teaching Fellow for 2015 to 2018; and the KSOM Advisory Board’s Award for Curriculum Innovation for 2017-2018. In addition, he has twice earned the KSOM Teacher of the Year award and earned the Provost Excellence Awards for the Scholarship of Teaching in 2014 and for Scholarly Publication in 2012. He was awarded the Outstanding Accounting Educator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2015. Also, four research papers he has authored with fellow KSOM faculty members have received the IMA’s Lybrand Medals for “outstanding papers.”

Dr. Boyle earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton, a MBA from Columbia University and a doctorate from Kennesaw State University.

IMA is one of the largest and most-respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. In 2017, the University’s undergraduate accounting program earned endorsement by IMA, which recognizes select programs across the county that meet rigorous educational standards, enabling students to pursue and earn the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) credential. IMA also recognized Scranton’s student chapter as one of just five Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Connection and Creativity – Don’t Miss This Event!

Join Drs. Tiffany Bodonada & Sonja Lund, assistant professors in the Department of Counseling & Human Services, for an evening of conversation to connect and create! All faculty, staff, students and alumni are welcome to attend from 7 to 8 p.m. on  May 26, 2020.

Register here.

Our Exceptional ABA Faculty – Meet Dr. Michael E. Kelley.

The University of Scranton has hired Michael E. Kelley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, as a faculty member in the Counseling and Human Services Department. He holds a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBAD) degree, which is doctoral designation for Board Certified Behavior Analysts with doctoral training in behavior analysis.

The University of Scranton serves as the executive hub for the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE), which is part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar regional initiative led by the AllOne Foundation intended to significantly enhance the service delivery system for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families living in 13 counties in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kelley will take a leadership role with University’s ACCE executive hub, housed in the Panuska College of Professional Studies, to establish educational and scientific efforts to develop and deploy empirically-based information for improving care to those with ASD in the local community. Over time, Dr. Kelley hopes to develop a National Model of Excellence for clinical service, training and research in Autism and related developmental disabilities.

Dr. Kelley will also teach in the University’s post-graduate Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, which the University began to offer in the fall of 2019. The 18-credit program for professionals working in psychology, education, child care, occupational therapy, speech and language disorders, and counseling will prepare students to meet the requirements needed to take the Behavior Analysis Certification Board examination.

Dr. Kelley most recently served as the executive director of the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Institute of Technology, in addition to being a professor there. He previously served as an assistant professor at University of Nebraska Medical Center and as director of the Medical Center’s Severe Behavior Program, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kelley taught as assistant research professor at University of Southern Maine and as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kelley’s research has appeared in 50 peer-reviewed publications and he has received grants from National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, among others. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and has previously served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University, his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He was a pre-doctoral intern and post-doctoral fellow at Marcus Institute and Emory University School of Medicine. He is a Licensed Psychologist in Florida.

We Celebrate Nurses!

Nurses deserve to be celebrated, especially now.

Check out this collection of stories and Royals Respond honor roll entries that highlight our Royal Nurses!

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Testament to our Sense of Community

One thing you will always get with a Scranton education is a strong sense of community, even in these difficult times. See what our faculty, staff, students and area residents are doing to keep the community strong in the Royal News article below.

A group of community organizers, led by University of Scranton faculty, staff, and students together with community partners, are asking area residents to share stories of resiliency. On April 30, they held an online dialogue, “Finding Community Amid Coronavirus,” to kick off the effort, with 25 participants joining from a range of backgrounds, spanning generations and across diverse racial/ethnic identities.

“In light of the current pandemic, we are asking area residents to share stories of when they or their community found the strength to overcome a difficulty. We hope reflecting on lessons of resilience we have from our pasts can help us face the coronavirus challenges of today,” said Julie Schumacher Cohen, assistant vice president for community engagement and government affairs at the University. “We know we have so many experiences that make up the story of Northeastern Pennsylvania – the coal mining era, economic hardship, military service, the journeys of refugees and immigrants. And across it all, the bonds of family, friends, and community are a common thread.”

Residents can easily submit their stories at Scranton.edu/findingcommunity and submitters can remain anonymous if they so choose. Images related to the stories can also be uploaded. The stories will be shared on the University’s website, social media, and other outlets, and may be accessed for University research or creative purposes.

“In this time of social distancing, we are trying to find ways to create community, to foster mutual understanding, and to build connections. By sharing and reflecting on our collective and diverse stories of resilience, we hope to help our neighbors draw strength and exercise empathy as we encounter this coronavirus pandemic, which has brought new struggles. The online dialogue allowed us to form a virtual community to share experiences; now we want to amplify that effort, keeping in mind that while we may be in different boats, we are truly in this ocean together. Collecting these stories also will help us catalogue this unique and challenging time for the future,” said Teresa Grettano, Ph.D., associate professor of English and theatre, and a co-leader of the University’s dialogue initiative efforts. The dialogue was modeled after a recent national dialogue series organized by Essential Partners, a national non-profit organization based in Boston, which the University has collaborated with over the past three years.

Additional Scranton faculty, staff, and students leading the effort are: Carolyn M. Bonacci, Community and Civic Engagement Coordinator; Tiffany Bordonada, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling and human services; Cyrus P. Olsen III, D. Phil, associate professor of theology and religious studies; Amy Simolo, Ed.D., faculty development specialist for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence; along with University of Scranton student Conor Nealon, Duryea, who serves as an intern in the Community and Government Relations Office. Community members also involved with the project are: Gus Fahey, President and CEO, Valley in Motion; Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D., IHM Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Professor Emerita, Marywood University; and Donna Korba, IHM Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Director of the Office of Justice and Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC).

This article was originally posted to Royal News.