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Research & Scholarship

Top-tier learning requires faculty who are continuously committed to advancing their areas of study through instruction, scholarship, and engagement. Fairfield students benefit directly from the extraordinary work being done by our faculty and are often included in collaborative research projects and engagement activities. Our faculty are committed to intellectual and professional engagement, and their research can be found in a wide variety of well-respected publications and media outlets.

Fairfield Dolan Faculty Scholarship

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business is committed to the Jesuit Catholic tradition of educating the whole person (cura personalis) by fostering an engaging and diverse learning community of educational excellence and relevancy, with nationally recognized programs and innovative curricula, informed by the balanced teaching, research, and service contributions of outstanding faculty and staff, and supported by local and global partnerships.

Katsiaryna Salavei Bardos, PhD
Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Bardos had her paper “Corporate Social Responsibility, Product Market Perception and Firm Value” accepted for publication in Journal of Corporate Finance. The paper is co-authored with Mine Ertugrul and Lucia Gao.

This paper examines whether corporate social responsibility (CSR) is used to signal product quality and whether CSR affects firm value through its positive effect on product market perception. Using a proprietary database, findings indicate that visible CSR, such as environmental and community involvement, positively impacts product market perception, particularly for standardized goods and in competitive industries, and that this impact is more pronounced for product quality attributes. Furthermore, the paper details how CSR indirectly increases firm value through an improvement in product market perception and concludes that product market perception is a channel through which CSR creates firm value.

Gregory Koutmos, PhD
Professor of Finance

Dr. Koutmos published his paper “Measuring the Relative Return Contribution of Risk Factors,” co-authored with Drs. Knif, Kolari and Pynnomen in the Journal of Asset Management, 2019, vol. 20, issue 4, 263-272.

This paper shows that the relation between the returns on the banking industry, risk factors, and other industries often are asymmetric. Lagged banking industry returns seem to improve predictability but the positive impact of a one-month lag of the return on the banking portfolio is much higher in the lower part of the return distribution. However, after the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, the cross-autocorrelation with banks has changed and it has become negative in the upper part of the distribution. Returns on banks also seem to lead returns on five risk factors. This relation, however, is not robust across the distribution.

Philip Maymin
Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management

Dr. Maymin contributed to Essentia Analytics with a piece titled "Coronabias and the Fat Tail".

Behavioral science has done a marvelous job of pointing out the mistakes most humans make in estimating probability, and the extent to which we are influenced by each other, in making irrational decisions. As a form of criticism and a prod for clearer thinking, these discoveries are invaluable. However, we must be careful when applying those insights to asymmetric, extreme events like a global pandemic. Behavioral scientists and politicians who assume that people are behaving irrationally may themselves be falling prey to a form of meta bias: an ironic application of the curse of knowledge and the illusion of control.

Philip Lane
Associate Professor of Economics

Phil Lane, PhD, associate professor of economics, was quoted in the News 8, WTNH.com article "As national unemployment rates break records, the future of small businesses in CT are uncertain amid coronavirus crisis".

Michael Puleo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr. Puleo was quoted in two Bloomberg News articles about corporate executives pledging shares amid the coronavirus economic crisis: Wealthy Facing Margin Calls Show Pitfalls of Pledged Shares and SoftBank’s Son Is Betting on Himself After Go-Private Talks.

Fairfield Egan Faculty Scholarship

In the Jesuit tradition, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies strives for cura personalis or education of the whole person. The result of such an education is the development of nursing professionals, who are morally reflective healthcare providers, working to deliver care to patients and families with consistent sensitivity to cultural differences and issues of social justice. Fairfield Egan's faculty are recognized around the world for their expertise in addressing the broad issues that impact global health.

Audrey Beauvais, DNP, MBA, RN
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Nursing

Audrey Beauvais’ book, Leadership and Management Competence in Nursing Practice was awarded First Place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Nursing Management and Leadership category.

Sally O. Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, CNL and Deborah List, PhD

Associate Professor Sally Gerard and Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Health Deborah List, PhD were awarded continuation of funding for the Public/Population Health Learning Hub by AACN.

Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE
Undergraduate Nursing Program Director and Associate Professor of Nursing

Linda Roney was interviewed for the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Spotlight related to incorporating wellness with nursing students and the holistic and self-care retreat coordinated last year.

Tanika Eaves Simpson ’96, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor

Tanika Simpson will be giving a workshop presentation at the 17th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) to be held 7 - 11 June 2020 at the Brisbane Convention & exhibition Centre, Australia. Tanika was also appointed to the Task Force on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience, a collaborative project between the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Erikson Institute, funded by the Irving Harris Foundation.

Cynthia Bautista, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FNCS
Associate Professor of Nursing

Cindy Bautista was elected Director-at-large for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Amanda Harper-Leatherman, PhD and Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE

Linda Roney and Amanda Harper-Leatherman who published a book chapter, made a national podium presentation and now have shared the specific strategies of their forensic nursing research project as a QSEN teaching strategy that will be published online in an open-access format.

Jenna LoGiudice, PhD, CNM, RN
Program Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice - Nurse Midwifery Program (DNP-NM) and Associate Professor of Nursing

Jenna LoGiudice was appointed Education Consulting Editor for the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH) for a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2020.

Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, CNL and Deborah List, PhD

Associate Professor of Nursing Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, CNL, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Health Deborah List, PhD were awarded continuation of funding for the Public/Population Health Learning Hub by AACN.

Jessica Planas, PhD, RN, MPH, CHES

Associate Professor Jessica Planas, PhD, RN, MPH, CHES was selected to receive the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region award to fund her project, “Empowering Youth to Access Reliable Health Information.”

Alison Kris, PhD, RN, FGSA and Jessica Planas, PhD, RN, MPH, CHES

Associate Professors Alison Kris, PhD, RN, FGSA and Jessica Planas, PhD, RN, MPH, CHES earned sabbatical leaves and Assistant Professor Christa Esposito earned a pre-tenure leave during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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