Major in Economics

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Business and Justice Studies

Economics Major


Utica College's business and economics faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarly accomplishments as well as for their real-world business experience. Collectively they represent a wide range of expertise and research interests, including health care financing, public school aid formulas, banking, and managing change.

At the same time, at Utica College, teaching is the faculty's first priority. Small classes provide opportunities for close interaction between and among faculty and students, and the relationships students form with their professors often last a lifetime.

The overwhelming majority of faculty are doctorally trained; several additionally hold an M.B.A. Faculty regularly share their expertise by serving as members of professional organizations, presenting at scholarly conferences, and consulting with local businesses and government agencies. These connections help faculty develop internship opportunities for students, and also serve as networking resources for UC graduates seeking employment.

The faculty's scholarly accomplishments, professional experiences, and academic credentials combine to provide students majoring in business and economics programs with a dynamic and fulfilling learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Atasi Basu

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone: (315) 792-3167
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 507

Professor Basu is an Associate Professor of Accounting. She joined the UC faculty in 2005. Professor Basu earned a Ph.D. in accounting from Syracuse University, as well as both a master's and a Ph.D. in statistics from Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India. ...More About Atasi Basu

Visiting Instructor of Public Relations

Ms. Elizabeth W. Burback

, M.S.
Asst Professor PRL/Dig MKT

Phone: (315) 223-2472
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 517

Elizabeth W. Burback, Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Digital Marketing, received her Master of Science in Communication and Media Technologies from Rochester Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from LeMoyne College. ...More About Elizabeth W. Burback

Professor Donna Dolansky, M.B.A.

Ms. Donna M. Dolansky

, M.B.A.
Professor of Practice-Accounting

Phone: (315) 792-4406
Office: 181 Genesee Street Suite 525

Professor Dolansky has been working in the accounting industry since 2000. She spent 7 years working at the public accounting Ernst & Young LLP in Boston, with a 2 year rotation in their London office. ...More About Donna M. Dolansky

Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Richard (Rick) G. Fenner

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics

Phone: (315) 792-3112
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 115A

Professor Fenner is Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies at Utica College. ...More About Richard G. Fenner

Samuel Ferrara

Dr. Samuel E. Ferrara

, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice-Management & Strategy

Phone: (315) 792-3060
Office: 181 Genesee Street Suite 525

Samuel Ferrara, Professor of Practice-Management and Strategy, earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Brockport State University, his Master's of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College and his Doctorate of Organizational Studies from the University at Albany. ...More About Samuel E. Ferrara

Candace T. Grant, Ph.D.

Dr. Candace T. Grant

, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice MGT

Phone: (315) 223-2481
Office: 181 Genesse Street, Suite 502

Professor Grant is Associate Dean of Business Programs and Professor of Practice - Computers and Ethics. She currently sits on the Academic Assessment Coordinating Committee (AACC). ...More About Candace T. Grant

Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Glen A. Hansen

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone: (315) 792-3372
Office: 181 Genesse Street, Suite 508

Glen Hansen, Associate Professor of Accounting, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration and MS in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester. He also received an MBA and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. ...More About Glen A. Hansen

Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Zhaodan Huang

, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance

Phone: (315) 792-3247
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 504

Zhaodan Huang, Professor of Finance and Director of Research, faculty advisor to the Utica College Investment Club, received his Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. ...More About Zhaodan Huang

M. Morgan-Davie

Dr. Margaret J. Morgan-Davie

, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics

Phone: (315) 792-3406
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 523

Margaret Morgan-Davie joined the Utica College faculty part-time in 2001 and full-time in 2010. She received her Ph.D and M.A. in Economics in 1991 from Cornell University and her B.A. in Music and German from Oberlin College. She has been teaching in upstate New York since 1989. ...More About Margaret J. Morgan-Davie

Professor Stephanie Nesbitt

Ms. Stephanie R. Nesbitt

, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Risk Management & Ins.

Phone: (315) 792-5292
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 509

Stephanie Nesbitt, Assistant Professor and Director of Risk Management and Insurance, received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law, her M.B.A. from Syracuse University and her B.A. in Speech Communication from Ithaca College. ...More About Stephanie R. Nesbitt

Brett Orzechowski

Mr. Brett J. Orzechowski

, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Journalism and Management

Phone: (315) 223-2564
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 518

Brett Orzechowski, Assistant Professor of Management and Media, joined the faculty in the School of Business and Justice Studies in 2015 after serving as CEO/Publisher of The Connecticut Mirror/Connecticut News Project, Inc., a public policy news organization in Hartford and Washington, D.C. He previously taught at Quinnipiac University with a particular emphasis on reporting stories using nonlinear, interactive digital media, and public affairs reporting with a focus on data and analytics. ...More About Brett J. Orzechowski

Associate Professor of Management

Mr. Stephen (Steve) G. Peek , II

, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Management

Phone: (315) 792-3329
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 506

Professor Peek joined the Utica College faculty in 1987. ...More About Stephen G. Peek

Associate Professor of Marketing

Dr. Thomas (Tom) A. Rossi

, D.B.A.
Professor of Management

Phone: (315) 792-3085
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 505

Professor Rossi joined the Utica College faculty in 1979 and also has more than 20 years of combined banking, human resources management consulting, teaching, and coaching experience. ...More About Thomas A. Rossi

Professor Mehmet Sencicek

Dr. Mehmet Sencicek

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics

Phone: (315) 223-2541
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 526

Dr. Sencicek's research interests include the effects of devaluation on trade balance, the relationship between "inverting the classroom" and learning outcomes and financial economics. ...More About Mehmet Sencicek

Patricia Swann M.S.

Professor Patricia (Pat) A. Swann

, M.S.
Professor of Public Relations & Journalism

Phone: (315) 792-3243
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 503

Professor Swann is a former Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of journalism and public relations. ...More About Patricia A. Swann

Christopher Tingley

Dr. Christopher M. Tingley

, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Strategy

Phone: (315) 792-4405
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 524

Chris received his DBA from Walden University in 2015, his MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2006, and BA in Communication Arts from Gannon University in 2004. ...More About Christopher M. Tingley


Rick Fenner, Ph.D.
Chair, Economics and Finance
123 DePerno Hall

(315) 792-3112
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