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Rutgers School of Business – Camden

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As an increasing number of businesses are embracing societal impact as a vital business capability, the Rutgers School of Business at Camden (RSBC) remains steadfast in critically assessing out own impact while upholding our commitment to positioning business schools as catalysts for social good. With over 50% of our students being first-generation, our primary responsibility is preparing our students today as successful and responsible leaders of tomorrow, thereby delivering upward mobility and intellectual enrichment to future generations. Accordingly, RSBC continues to invest in our students through scholarships to ensure college affordability. To illustrate, in the 2022-23 academic year alone, RSBC provided over $4.7 million in financial aid and scholarships. The undergraduate student debt at RSBC, inclusive of transfer student debt, stands at almost half the national average. Simultaneously, the median starting salary for RSBC undergraduates six months after graduation was $61,250.

Through both curricular and co-curricular activities, we instill a sense of social responsibility in our students at RSBC. For instance, students engage in business improvement projects with small enterprises, organize fundraisers for local non-profits, and act as mentors for their peers and high-school students. Within their courses, they delve into topics such as responsible consumption, ethical use of technology and data, mitigating bias in decision-making, the ethics of dynamic pricing, fostering inclusive organizational governance, promoting environmental sustainability, and combating bribery in international organizations, among others. Moreover, we continue to expand our students’ perspectives through engagement with influential business leaders, such as Suzanne Ackerman, Steven Selfridge, and Kris Kolluri, who reflect a deep and sustained commitment to “doing good is good business.” 

Our faculty themselves are actively engaged in socially responsible research within their respective fields. Across its seven main research clusters, many RSBC faculty conduct research on topics such as workplace diversity, responsible consumerism, gun violence, emergency management, slavery in global supply chains, resident matching for enhanced health outcomes, green investments, and the influence of growing nationalism on sustainability initiatives, among others. Faculty consistently contribute to reputable journals known for their international recognition and impact. For their demonstrated commitment to societal good, our faculty serve on a variety of boards that lead regional economic development and policy matters.

Finally, the school has made significant investments in partnerships to advance school-wide initiatives that benefit society. Key among these are partnerships with Professional and Executive Education at Rutgers (PEER) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which contribute to workforce development and regional economic growth. Furthermore, our collaborations have resulted in conferences focusing on Environmental Justice and Sustainability in Real Estate, which have provided platforms for students and the community to engage in meaningful dialogue.

Since its inception, the efforts of our advisors, SEED officers, and other staff members, as well as faculty, have profoundly transformed lives, whether through academic excellence or scholarship. In the remaining three years of our current strategic plan, we will persist in refining and expanding our impact through bold initiatives. For our continued success in delivering these transformations, we look forward to your continued support.

With appreciation,

Monica Adya, PhD
Dean & Professor of Management

The last three years have probably been some of the most transformative shifts for higher education. Although we tend to call these advances disruptive, they have forced us to think holistically about how we must evolve. In this newsletter, I share three initiatives – let’s refer to them as back to the basics, being in the present, and looking to the future.

Perhaps attributable to some disciplinary partiality, at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, we recognize that some business education can be greatly beneficial to professionals, irrespective of function or industry, whether for-profit or not. We also recognize that, while for many, a holistic knowledge of business comes from full degree completion, others may first want to gain a basic knowledge through smaller learning modules. To this end, this fall, we launched a 12-credit graduate certificate in Fundamentals of Business with required courses in Accounting and Finance and sufficient flexibility to customize the certificate to one’s preferred emphasis. This certificate also strengthens the pathways we provide to our students to stack these certificates towards a full degree. We also revamped core business courses at the undergraduate level to strengthen our foundations in business communications, business essentials, and information technology such that our later undergraduate courses can better rely on these foundations to scaffold a more advanced curriculum. We went back to the basics to strengthen for the future.

In the short time since 2021 when educational institutions were wrestling with the shift to online learning, big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence have made it incumbent on us to continue to adapt. For instance, an immediate question for us is – do we focus on harnessing the strength of AI to enhance learning or do we limit its adoption in the classroom? What we are most excited about is how our faculty are integrating generative AI to enhance student learning and engagement, to improve critical thinking skills, and to serve as thought leaders in the integration of AI in pedagogy. Other faculty are teaching AI from technical, ethical, and human dimensions, reflecting the multi-dimensional impact of technologies. At the same time, our faculty are using AI in their research, such as exploring the intersection between analyst reports and organizational culture. We are proud that our response to new technologies and trends has been to embrace and move forward with creative adoption.

As human and ethical dimensions take on greater significance, we continue to serve as thought leaders on themes of societal impact, as evident in our featured faculty research on gun violence and on diversity in the workplace. But our responsibilities don’t stop with research and teaching. They extend to finding ways to serve as convenors around important themes that will impact our future. In partnership with the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA), we recently hosted a conference on Environmental Justice that brought together policy makers, corporations, community partners, students, and Camden residents to dialog on this important topic that will shape our future for generations to come. Such conventions will naturally lead to crucial research, discourse, and policy development to ensure that decisions we take today do not undermine our future generations.

As we refresh the basics of our business education and assess our present offerings and opportunities, we continue to create opportunities to bring together various perspectives and stakeholders who can help chart the course for a stronger future.

As we wrap up the academic year at RSBC, we take this opportunity to look back in order to move forward. With the vision to grow in reputation as a business school that serves as a catalyst for transformation through research, academic excellence, and engagement, SBC faculty and staff identified multiple initiatives to support  our three strategic priorities: (a) deliver societal impact through student transformation and research excellence, (b) enhance RSBCs growth and reputation, and (c) grow internal capabilities to deliver on strategic goals. I share below our key accomplishments in each of these areas. Goal 1 – Societal Impact: DELIVER SOCIETAL IMPACT THROUGH STUDENT TRANSFORMATION, RESEARCH EXCELLENCE, AND PARTNERSHIPS Our program offerings have continued to grow and prepare students with forward-looking skills and knowledge. RSBC launched its MS in Finance in Wealth Management last year. This year, we received approval for an undergraduate B.S. degree program in Human Resource Management (HRM) and are awaiting approval for a graduate certificate in Fundamentals of Business. Two additional undergraduate majors in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as well as Business Analytics and IT, are at various stages of development and approval. This year, RSBC graduated over 500 students, including 144 graduate students and 357 undergraduate students. Of those from whom data was collected:
  • Undergraduate-Level Students
    • 56% are employed full-time or part-time or participating in full-time service programs.
    • 22% are enrolled in graduate/professional school/continuing education.
    • 22% are seeking employment.
    • Salary Average = $60,880
  • Graduate-Level Students
    • 94% are working full- or part-time.
    • 2 are enrolled in a program of continuing education.
    • Salary Average = $69,443
Graduates, such as Regina Whittick, corroborate our commitment to delivering high-quality and affordable education to learners as and when they are ready. Each day we reinforce our commitment to that mission. Student engagement was prioritized through a 30% increase in courses designated as experiential learning; 22 invited guest speakers who presented in class or through student networking and professional development events; participation in our peer mentor program by 27 unique mentors and 33 mentees; and student recognitions in international case competitions, including the Gamma Case Competition in Korea. Enhancing the growth and reputation of RSBC as an anchor business institution in South Jersey necessitates ongoing engagement with corporate and community partners. RSBC initiated two important speaker events this year:
  • Eminent Scholar Series: In Fall 2022, Jonathan Doh, Associate Dean of Research and Global Engagement, Rammrath Chair in International Business at Villanova University, spoke on sustainability and climate change.
  • Eminent Business Leader Series: In Spring 2023, Kenneth Frazier, Former CEO of Merck shared his journey and perspectives in leadership in Spring 2023. We are thankful to the Holman Foundation for supporting this event.
RSBC also held the 2nd Annual Rutgers University–Camden Real Estate Symposium (RU CARES) on April 19, 2023. Over 90 faculty, staff, students, alumni, and corporate partners attended the symposium, which focused on Sustainability in Real Estate. The panelists held top positions in companies, such as The Kislak Company, Inc., Toll Brothers, The Michaels Organization, Wawa, Mercer Oak Realty, and ImpactWise LLC, among others. Building on our commitment to lifelong learning, we continue to expand our corporate partnerships that offer important tuition discounts to their employees desirous of returning for undergraduate or graduate education. The partnership between the RSBC-supported Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Professional and Executive Education at Rutgers (PEER) led to the launch of leadership development for entrepreneurs in the cities of Salem and Camden, a program crucially important to our goal of contributing to regional economic growth. Goal 2 – Growth and Reputation: ENHANCE RSBC’S GROWTH AND REPUTATION We continue to find ways to enhance awareness around education as a positive value proposition through high-school programs, such as BizEd. This year, our undergraduate team initiated a summer BizEd event that connected nearly 60 high-school students to 20 professionals who shared valuable insights into business careers and college success. Between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023, our faculty published 32 articles and 4 book chapters in high quality outlets recognized for their academic rigor and influence. Research published by Drs. Kristie McAlpine, Chester Spell, and Rong Ma are some exemplars of impactful publications featured in high-profile outlets, such as the BBC, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Our faculty deliver research in important areas, such as leading virtually, environment and sustainability, gun safety, digital transformation, blockchain, and organizational leadership – research that translates equally well for non-academic partners as well as students. I encourage you to take a look at this website that highlights important areas that our faculty conduct research in. The development of these research clusters has greatly increased the visibility of our faculty with media. RSCB’s non-credit education unit, Professional and Executive Education at Rutgers (PEER), forged new partnerships and programming with several organizations, including Northeast Gas Association, CHOP, South Jersey Industries, and Jansen, through focused training programs in Lean Six Sigma and leadership, among other diverse topics. Other partnerships resulted in programs in high-opportunity areas, such as e-sports, virtual reality, and cybersecurity. At a time when a significant priority for the school has been to better integrate its academic offerings with those that deliver non-academic training, I am most excited about the progress we have made in scaffolding our non-credit programs into credit towards our full-degree programs, further emphasizing our commitment to stackable credentials. Goal 3 – Capability Enhancement: GROW INTERNAL CAPABILITIES TO DELIVER ON STRATEGIC GOALS Our last set of initiatives focused on enhancing internal efficiencies to put us in a strong position to deliver on our strategic goals. Most significant of these has been a thoughtful and streamlined alignment of our budget, staffing, and initiatives with our strategic goals. We are confident that our efforts this year will serve us well over the course of the next five years. Finally, and most importantly, we are forever grateful for the support of our alumni and friends who are deeply committed to the mentorship and success of our students. Their service through advisory boards, guest speaking, mentorship, and financial support provide deeply transformative opportunities for our students. We are grateful to Mr. Robert DiStanislao for his generous gift to support programming in entrepreneurship and innovation for our students. Mr. DiStanislao’s gift will build a strong academic and professional foundation for budding entrepreneurs and will support regional economic development in the long run. We are also delighted to welcome Mr. Steve Selfridge as our Executive-in-Residence in Fall. To this role, he brings not only extensive industry experience in numerous leadership capacities but also a deep commitment to student mentorship and success. For these and many other accomplishments in this past year, I am deeply grateful to our staff teams who worked tirelessly to deliver a positive and seamless experience. I hope you will take a moment to read about some of these wonderful team members who recently were recognized for their positive impact on our students. As always, I look forward to finding opportunities to meet with you to discuss how the school can better support you and, at the same time, how we can engage you better to support the growth and development of our students. Later this year, I will share more about initiatives to be implemented in the next year. Until then, on behalf of RSBC faculty and staff, I wish you a wonderful summer. Best wishes,
Monica Adya, PhD
Dean & Professor of Management
Even with an enduring commitment to the creation and dissemination of knowledge, it is but natural that academic institutions are more directly recognized for delivery of knowledge through teaching and academic excellence than for the discovery and creation of it. Even as faculty research impacts both academic disciplines and our industry and community partners, we still have some ways to go in strengthening cross-disciplinary and industry ties.
It is with this intention that RSBC undertook a project to elicit research clusters around which our faculty’s collective and unique areas of expertise lie. The result of this undertaking highlights seven key areas of faculty expertise that cross departments or disciplines – digital innovation and transformation, markets and pricing, environmental, social and corporate governance, people and organizations, leading in the workplace, behavioral science in organizations, and organizational strategy and sustainability. These interdisciplinary clusters reflect how industry works – crossing disciplines and functions to address institutional needs.
So, what next? This consolidated view of our faculty expertise has three potential opportunities, some that we have begun to benefit from already.
  • Foremost is the opportunity for our business faculty to find synergies across disciplines. For instance, Dr. Karti Puranam (operations management) and Dr. Briance Mascarenhas (strategy and entrepreneurship) are collaborating on projects, one of which was recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), that are providing alternative solutions to medical practices including national resident matching.
  • Second, the research clusters lend an opportunity to bring together faculty across schools and colleges. This extends the possibility of joint grant writing and collaboration around progressive and impactful areas such as sustainability, workplace wellness, and health equity.
  • Finally, the clusters will enable us to expand partnership with industry through joint projects, faculty externships, consultation, and professional and executive training and development. Importantly, these industry engagements are deeply valuable as they come full circle in equipping our faculty to deliver applied knowledge and pragmatic skills to our students.
As you review these clusters, I ask you to consider how you could be instrumental in creating opportunities for our faculty and, through them, for our students by making mutually beneficial connections that can elevate our strategic goal of impact and transformation through research. For your support, my colleagues and I are forever grateful.
Best wishes,

Monica Adya, PhD
Dean & Professor of Management

Across industries, trends that were visible in the horizon have expedited, sometimes exacerbated, over the past couple of years. Higher education is no different. Technological disruptions, evolving student preferences, andexpectations of a more meaningful impact have mandated that we at Rutgers School of Business–Camden (RSBC) reimagine our charge as a leading public business school in New Jersey.

The timing of this mandate couldn’t be better. This year, we launch our new strategic plan, a roadmap to 2028, that underscores the impact, flexibility, and agility that are so essential to the success of our vision to serve as a catalyst for transformation through research, academic excellence, and engagement. This vision is built on three strategic goals:

  • Deliver societal impact through student transformation, research excellence, and partnerships.
  • Enhance RSBC’s growth and reputation.
  • Grow internal capabilities to deliver on strategic goals.

Foremost, we must intensify our efforts to empower through high-quality business education. Delivering high-quality, affordable education that intellectually and economically transforms our and students has been our missionand will remain an area of continuous improvement. Fundamental to this is caring for the whole student and delivering opportunities that build on their grit to grow their personal and professional selves.  

Our new plan extends this goal of intellectual and economic transformation to our business and community partners. In the next five years, we will strength our partnerships, convene thought leaders, develop our communities, and serve as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Academic and research excellence is built on a strong foundation of excellence – of people and infrastructure. Translating our faculty’s high-caliber research for impactful consumption by industry is a key priority. Our staff, deeply rooted in our communities, will grow as thought leaders. And our alumni and friends who have experienced first-hand the transformative work at RSBC, will be engaged as crucial partners.

This strategic plan is about relationships. And your relationship with will be crucial to our success. Join us in actualizing our vision and making a difference, one student at a time.

Best wishes,

Monica Adya, PhD
Dean & Professor of Management

These past 18 months have been about transformation driven by technology, human relationships, and our relationship with nature, to name a few. Rutgers School of Busines­­­­s–Camden was poised for this transformation due to our continuous investments in innovative programming, a strong and positive internal culture, and our commitment to student success.

There is great excitement at the RSBC as we look to another exciting phase of our transformation – and for reasons that are better than the past 18 months! RSBC is preparing to launch our new strategic plan that will chart our course for the next five years. The data-driven process has engaged multiple stakeholders and includes initiatives that integrate social impact, capability enhancement, and the growth of our regional and national footprint. Beyond the Rutgers-Camden stakeholders, our advisory board members, alumni, and corporate partners have provided valuable insights into these initiatives. I look forward to sharing this plan with you later this semester and welcome your engagement with it.

At RSBC, we are proud that our business school imbues responsibility in everything we do: preparing students to strengthen the workplace, conducting path-defining research, and fostering social impact by empowering communities, businesses, and families. Our initiatives this year will continue to build on that foundation.

On behalf of the RSBC, I extend our profound gratitude for your engagement. For what lies ahead of us, I look forward to your partnership and will lean on you to help realize our vision.

Best wishes,

Monica Adya, PhD
Dean & Professor of Management

We are back on campus, as expected, with mixed feelings. While there is elation about the campus returning to some normalcy with in-person classes, seeing students in our hallways, and having real-time faculty exchanges, our mask mandates are a reminder of our transitionary state. As a society, we have come a long way since last year with the pandemic, even as more needs to be done.

The same is true of our work at SBC. We accomplished much last year – new and revised graduate programs and certificates, a greater emphasis on student engagement, and a developing strategy for deepening our positive impact on our stakeholders. Our faculty have remained prolific with their research, even as they have balanced the demands of pivoting to online and care for loved ones at home. It gives me great pride to share that this past year, our faculty published nearly 60 articles in high-quality journals such as JAMA, Journal of Management, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Journal of Marketing Research – top journals recognized by The Financial Times. Our faculty’s impact outside their academic disciplines is recognized through research features in outlets, such as The Economic Times and BBC, as well as invitations to serve on boards and as subject matter experts for policy makers.

Our past accomplishments have strengthened our foundation for the work that lies ahead. Our efforts this year are directed to updating our undergraduate curricula to reflect currency and student preparation for future jobs and graduate education. An important part of our undergraduate experience is student development outside of the classroom. Our prior Student Experience Center (SEC) is being re-envisioned to provide a more holistic approach to student development. This office, now known as Student Engagement, Empowerment, and Development (SEED), has created a student journey that delivers transformative co-curricular opportunities, including a pilot peer mentor program, case competitions, and career management skills to our students. Your support of SEED is crucial to its success.

An exciting and important accomplishment for us this past year has been the formation of our Rutgers School of Business Alumni Association (RSBCAA) I am deeply grateful to Suzy Swartz (SBC’85) and Cal Maradonna (CCAS’74, SBC’79) for leading the charge on this. Suzy has graciously agreed to serve as the inaugural President of RSBCAA. Our officers are busy planning events for this upcoming year and I look forward to your participation, as alumni and friends, to make this a long-lasting community for our current and future alumni.

As we wrap up our strategic planning this Fall, I am excited – as I hope you are – for the future that lies ahead of us. For what we have accomplished this past year, I am deeply thankful to our students, SBC faculty and staff team, our advisory board members, alumni, and corporate partners who have provided valuable insights into our initiatives. For what lies ahead of us, I look forward to collaborating with you and will lean on you to help realize our vision.

Best wishes,

Monica Adya, PhD
Dean & Professor of Management
Throughout the challenges of the past year, the Rutgers School of Busines­­­­s–Camden has met this crisis head-on by evaluating the impact that we make in delivering on our mission and planning for the work that lies ahead of us. Some of this impact is quantifiable – our Online Bachelor’s Degree in Business has been ranked #11 nationally and #1 in the state of New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report and our Online MBA was ranked #76 and #2 by the same measures. A new online graduate certificate in Modern Financial Technologies will debut later this year and our recently launched Online MS in Business Analytics enrolled over 35 students in its very first year. The accomplishments of our alumni and their positive impact on our communities are the best testaments to our mission as a public higher education institution. One such exemplary alum of the Rutgers–Camden business school, Kris Kolluri, was honored last month by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as a 2021 Influential Leader. With much pride, I note that Kris is one of only 25 outstanding graduates of AACSB-accredited business schools from around the world. These honorees are recognized for being influential catalysts for social change. We began this month by celebrating Women’s History Month to recognize the important role that women play in furthering our progress but also to raise awareness around issues that women continue to face worldwide – from access to education and healthcare to equity in the workplace and in representation. Despite progress made over the past several decades, much more work lies ahead of us. At the School of Business–Camden, we continue to take important steps in developing and supporting women leaders. This year, we reinitiated the Women in Business Alliance student organization, which provides a forum to develop and empower our women business students and attain personal and professional success. The business school also partnered with Wings for Growth, a non-profit organization with a deep commitment to empowering women through positive mentorship. Four students from our Professional MBA and Online MBA programs were selected as Wings for Growth mentees. These students will enhance their leadership skills through a 10-month collaborative project with Wings mentors. Additionally, featured in our newsletter today is Dr. Kristie McAlpine, one of our many promising faculty, whose research has important relevance to industry and design of work. Finally, I am delighted to welcome three new members to our Dean’s Leadership Council; all women leaders who are making a difference in the lives of others through their work: Veronica Hawkins, Vice President for Talent Strategies and Solutions at NFI IndustriesToni Pergolin, President and CEO of Bancroft Inc.; and Chaya Pamula, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of PamTen Inc. as well as a non-profit, SheTek. More than ever before, equity and inclusion are driving leading brands and organizations. I am proud that our business school imbues these critical attributes in everything that we do: preparing students to strengthen the workplace, conducting path-defining research, and fostering economic growth by empowering communities, businesses, and families. On behalf of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, I extend our profound gratitude for your engagement. There are many ways that you can continue to support our work: supporting student scholarships through the Dean’s Academic Excellence Fund or the Responsibility Challenge Fund,; hiring our students for internships and full-time positions; or serving as a guest speaker, to name a few.
I hope you enjoy the highlights in this newsletter and wish you and your loved ones the best of health.
Best wishes,
Monica Adya, PhD
Dean & Professor of Management
Nearly eight months ago, I began my new role as Dean of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, just as universities shifted from in-person to remote instruction. The year 2020 has certainly tested us in many ways, as individuals and as a society. As we continue to deal with the pandemic and its social and economic ramifications, and as we reflect on the unrest stemming from a fundamental expectation of equal rights for all, we recognize our critical role in developing a generation of future leaders who can positively impact their professional and personal worlds. It is time to reimagine our impact as a business school at a leading public institution. At RSBC, we are focusing our efforts on using past innovations as a springboard to envision the next decade so that our students, industry partners, and community think of Rutgers School of Business–Camden first – as a world-class leader in research and education, and in developing thoughtful leaders who can shape the future of our organizations and our communities. Our initiatives this year include strategic planning, expanding our student experiences, revising our graduate and undergraduate offerings, and heightening the visibility for Rutgers and our School of Business. As a friend and partner of Rutgers University-Camden, you will be a crucial partner in this re-imagination. We build this foundation on you – our alumni and friends. You support our efforts through scholarships and by opening doors for our students to see a world to which they can aspire. I hope you will continue to endorse these initiatives by contributing to the Dean’s Academic Excellence Fund which goes to support our student scholarships, by creating internship opportunities for our students, serving as a guest speaker, or supporting the Dean’s Strategic Initiatives Fund that go toward creating new opportunities for our students, faculty, and community partnerships. Our partnership will strengthen our ability to prepare the business professional who can deliver value to business and to society as an innovative, thoughtful, and empathetic leader. On behalf of Rutgers School of Business-Camden, I extend a deep-felt gratitude for your continued engagement. In this newsletter, we feature our students, staff, and faculty – all of whom have demonstrated tremendous creativity and commitment through these fluid times. Their stories highlight not only how Rutgers School of Business–Camden delivers impact in unique ways, but also the character of our institution.
I wish you and your loved ones the best of health and good cheer.
Best wishes,
Monica Adya, PhD
Dean & Professor of Management
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