Susan McTiernan

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Susan McTiernan, D.M.Dean School of Business

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Villanova University, Hofstra University & Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Susan McTiernan has been Dean of the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University since 2014, where she is also Associate Professor of Management.  She was formerly Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University. Dean McTiernan has also served at the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University and at the Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University (New York), where she consistently earned awards for exceptional administrative performance and outstanding contributions to the institution. While at St. John’s, Dr. McTiernan led efforts to restore the presence of the Tobin College at the University’s lower Manhattan campus after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Dr. McTiernan possesses extensive experience in academic affairs and accreditation; strategic planning, resource development, fundraising and advancement; meeting enrollment and quality goals; external affairs; institutional positioning; faculty development and teaching and research. She has served as an elected member of the Graduate Management Admission Council’s Board of Directors and in leadership roles within AACSB International as a member of the steering committee for the Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) Affinity Group and as chair of the Associate Deans’ (ADAG) Affinity Group. Dr. McTiernan was a founding co-chair of AACSB’s New Deans’ Learning Community Affinity Group. She recently completed a term as President of the Northeast Business School Deans’ Association (NEBDA), AACSB’s regional business deans’ organization that is comprised of sixty business schools in the northeast United States. Dr. McTiernan is a frequent presenter at AACSB conferences and serves regularly as a member of accreditation peer review teams for the organization.

Dean McTiernan is a Fulbright Scholar (Federal Republic of Germany) and, among other organizations, holds membership in the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) of New York; The Boston Club; The Academy of Management; The International Association for Business and Society (IABS); the J. William Fulbright Association and Beta Gamma Sigma. She has served on the committee on corporate governance and board directorships for the FWA and has been the principal author of the organization’s annual report on the status of women and minoritized groups among most highly compensated executives and members of boards of directors of the 100 largest publicly traded companies in the metropolitan New York region — The FWA 100 — published in conjunction with the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance. Dean McTiernan co-chairs the Nonprofit Section of the Committee on Gender Equality within the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative that is part of the United Nations Global Compact based at the U.N. in New York. She is also a member of the Academic Relations Committee of the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI).  

Dr. McTiernan earned her doctorate in management at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she was a Packard Foundation Scholar and a Fellow of the University’s Mandel Center for the Study of Nonprofit Organizations. She holds a master’s degree, earned with distinction, from Hofstra University and a bachelor’s degree, earned cum laude, from Villanova University. Dr. McTiernan’s research focuses on leadership, organizational behavior and women in organizations and her work has been cited by AACSB International, Newsday, Businessweek, Forbes, USNews and World Report and Crain’s NY Business, among others, and has been published in top tier journals and proceedings, including the Academy of Management Learning and Education. Dr. McTiernan has taught courses in organizational behavior, leadership, ethics and strategy at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. She serves as a reviewer for the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal and as a reviewer-at-large for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. In 2017, Dr. McTiernan received the Patricia M. Flynn Distinguished Woman Leader in Management Education Award from the Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) affinity group of AACSB International. The award recognizes women thought leaders whose leadership, research, educational initiatives and support for diversity have had a positive impact on business education and business schools.