DBA Student Earns National Award for Dissertation

Congratulations to Joy Chacko!

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) awarded University of Scranton Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student Joy Chacko the Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Award for his DBA program dissertation study entitled “The Effects of Internal Audit Management Training Ground and Reporting Relationships on Internal Auditors’ Judgments.”

The IIA’s dissertation award is typically given to one dissertation a year under the oversight of the Committee of Research and Education Advisors. This committee is comprised of both academicians and practitioners actively involved in the profession of internal auditing. The selection process is competitive and includes the following criteria: relevance of the topic to internal auditing; soundness of methodology; coherent organization and clarity of presentation; and quality of data (where applicable). With an international membership of more than 200,000 members, the IIA is among the largest and most respected professional organizations for accountants.

“It is an honor for me to receive this extremely competitive award. I am so excited and inspired. The IIA’s Doctoral Dissertation Award is considered the most prestigious award for a dissertation in the internal audit area,” said Chacko, who also thanked his DBA dissertation committee members for their guidance.

Members of Chacko’s dissertation committee include University of Scranton accounting professors James Boyle, DBA, dissertation committee chair, and Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, Accounting Department chair and DBA program director, as well as West Chester University accounting professor Anthony Cataldo, Ph.D.

While a DBA student at Scranton, Chacko, Chandler, Arizona, has co-authored a paper published in Internal Auditing entitled “Addressing the Talent Management Challenge in Internal Auditing” and a paper accepted into the American Accounting Association’s (AAA) Mid-Year Conference entitled “The Influence of Unethical Pro-Organizations Behavior on Internal Auditors’ Fraud Detection.”

Scranton’s DBA program is well-structured and uniquely designed to blend academia and industry with the Ignatian element to transform students,” said Chacko. “The experienced faculty are recognized both in academia and in industry for their professional experience and knowledge and have outstanding records of publishing in top academic and professional journals. While in the program, many students have already published and continue to publish. Indeed, I chose the right program that adds value to the 21st-century calls and would recommend this program to others.”

Before enrolling in Scranton’s DBA program, Chacko earned four graduate degrees (including an MBA) and has over 16 years of senior management experience in various industries. His practice expertise includes operational improvement and business transformation. His research interests include internal auditing, internal controls and corporate governance.

Housed in the Kania School of Management, the University’s DBA program began in the fall semester of 2017. Last year, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recognized the University’s DBA program for “Innovations and Best Practices in Canada, Latin America and the United States.” The program was developed with a concentration in accounting, to provide experienced practitioners with a practical pathway to an academic career. The program offers participants flexibility, while still providing for the development of the knowledge and skill set necessary to become a “scholarly academic” – one who is qualified to teach at a school of business that possesses or is seeking formal accreditation by AACSB International.

Accounting Professor Making a Difference

University of Scranton accounting professor Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., was recently re-elected to serve as chair of the Allied Services Foundation Board of Directors. Allied Services is the leading provider of post-acute healthcare and human services for northeastern and central Pennsylvanians with disabilities and chronic illness. Dr. Boyle has served on the Foundation Board since 2010 and also serves as chair of its Skilled Nursing Center, Personal Care, and Continuing Care Retirement Community Boards.

Dr. Boyle is chair of the University’s Accounting Department, director of the University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program and the founder and director of the University’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate 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.

At Scranton, Dr. Boyle was awarded the Faculty Senate Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award for 2019. He was named the Kania School of Management’s (KSOM) Alperin Teaching Fellow for 2015 to 2018 and received the KSOM Advisory Board’s Award for Curriculum Innovation for 2017-2018. 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. In addition, four research papers he has authored with fellow KSOM faculty members have received the Institute of Management Accountants’ 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.

What Makes us one of the Best Business Schools?

The Princeton Review listed The University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management among the nation’s “Best Business Schools” for 2020, marking the 15th consecutive year that Scranton has been included in the listing of just 248 of the most elite business colleges in the nation. Scranton was included among the list of “Best On-Campus MBA Programs,” which was published online in November.

“We commend these schools for their outstanding MBA programs, each of which has stellar academic offerings as well as on-campus and off-campus experiential components,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor in chief, in a news release announcing the 2020 “Best Business Schools” lists.

The listing of business programs is compiled from an analysis of institutional data and survey data from students attending the business schools. The data incorporates career outcomes, academic rigor, admissions selectivity and other factors.

The profile of Scranton on the “Best Business Schools” website noted its “Jesuit values add an element of social responsibility to the work students do at the Kania School of Management (KSOM).” The profile also said Scranton is “focused on what will be required of an MBA graduate in today’s marketplace” and described the school as an “excellent learning atmosphere,” where “everyone is friendly and willing to help.” The Princeton Review also noted Scranton’s professors were accessible and “provide critical insight.”

The University’s Kania School of Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is widely considered the standard of excellence for business schools. Less than five percent of business colleges worldwide hold AACSB accreditation.

The Princeton Review also listed Scranton in its 2020 edition of the “Best 385 Colleges,” ranking Scranton among the nation’s “Best Science Labs” (No. 7), “Best Campus Food” (No. 10) and “Best Run Colleges” (No. 20). The Princeton Review also included Scranton in its 2019 “Guide to Green Colleges.”

In other national rankings, U.S. News and World Report included Scranton in a national ranking of the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” (No. 224) and ranked Scranton’s entrepreneurship program at No. 33, its finance program at No. 43 and its accounting program at No. 52 in the country. In the overall ranking for colleges, U.S. News ranked Scranton No. 6 among the “Best Regional Universities in the North,” marking the 26th consecutive year that Scranton ranked in the top 10 of its category.


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Interested in a DBA? Look no further!

AACSB recognized Scranton for providing a non-traditional research DBA in accounting that “promotes diversity and practice relevance by providing a flexible path for experienced practitioners to gain the knowledge and credentials required to succeed in tenure-track positions at AACSB accredited institutions.”

The University developed its DBA program in accounting in response to the pending shortage of accounting faculty, and The Pathways Commission on Accounting Higher Education of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) call to develop more flexible, non-traditional tracks to an accounting doctorate for experienced practitioners. AACSB also has recognized this need. Several Scranton accounting faculty members researched and published manuscripts in highly recognized journals, examining the national challenge as part of their research to develop the DBA program at the University. These journals included the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Horizons, Strategic Finance, and Management Accounting Quarterly.

The University’s DBA program in accounting, launched in the fall of 2017, is a research degree that was developed specifically to provide experienced practitioners with a practical pathway to an academic career, while still providing for the development of the knowledge and skill set necessary to become a “scholarly academic,” that is one who is most qualified to serve in a tenure-track position at a school of business that possesses or is seeking formal accreditation by AACSB International.

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New Success Stories in Progress!

The University of Scranton welcomed the third cohort of students into its doctor of business administration (DBA) program.

Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, associate professor, Accounting Department chair and DBA program director, faculty from the DBA program and DBA students from the first and second cohorts, joined together to welcome the new students into the program at an orientation session on campus.

Housed in the University’s Kania School of Management, the DBA program began in the fall semester of 2017.

The University’s DBA program, with a concentration in accounting, was developed to provide experienced practitioners with a practical pathway to an academic career. The program offers participants flexibility, while still providing for the development of the knowledge and skill set necessary to become a “scholarly academic” – one who is qualified to teach at a school of business that possesses or is seeking formal accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

The incoming DBA students are:

Andrew J. Gregorowicz of Jessup;

Marissa Hoffmann of Smithtown, New York;

Gregory Kogan of Brooklyn, New York;

Laura B. Lamb of Pennellville, New York;

Marie S. Lopes of Pawtucket, Rhode Island;

Stasia H. Morlino of Plymouth Meeting;

Thomas K. Parker of Rock Hill, South Carolina;

Nicole M. Piotrowski of New York, New York;

Elizabeth S. Quaye of Laurelton, New York;

Natalie A. Roberts of Rosedale, New York;

Nadine S. Samuels of West Orange, New Jersey;

Jessie C. Wright of Poland, Ohio.


Learn more about the DBA program at The University of Scranton.