The Power of Framing - Dr. Gail Fairhurst

March 21, 2019

The Saint Vincent College LEARN Speaker Series: Dr. Gail T. Fairhurst, Distinguished University Research Professor of Organizational Communication at the University of Cincinnati.

Fairhurst's presentation covers discursive leadership and specializes in organizational and leadership communication processes, including those involving paradox, problem-centered leadership and framing.

She is the author of three books, including “Discursive Leadership: In Conversation with Leadership Psychology” and “The Power of Framing: Challenging the Language of Leadership,” which has recently been translated into Mandarin. Fairhurst has also published more than 90 articles and chapters in communication and management journals and books.

Fairhurst is a Fellow of the International Communication Association, Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association and a Fulbright Scholar. She has consulted with such firms as Proctor & Gamble, McDonald’s, Boeing, General Electric, State Farm Insurance, Kroger, Cincinnati Bell, the U.S. Air Force and many others.

Saint Vincent College’s LEARN (Listen, Evaluate, Analyze, Reflect and Navigate) was started in 2013 and features speakers on contemporary issues or personal growth. It works to prepare students for the world today.

Models of Leadership - Dr. Jeffrey Godwin

April 13, 2018

 Dr. Jeff Godwin is an Associate Professor in the McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government. He joined the McKenna School faculty in 2010. Dr. Godwin earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech, an MBA from West Virginia University, a Masters in Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a B.S in Business Administration at William and Mary College.

Prior to joining Saint Vincent College, Dr. Godwin taught for twelve years at West Virginia Wesleyan College where he was Chair of the Business and Economics Department for ten years as well as being Director of Wesleyan’s MBA Program for two years.

Dr. Godwin’s corporate experience includes being a bond underwriter and Chief Operating Officer for Hospice Care Corporation. Dr. Godwin also consults in the areas of Organizational Behavior, Leadership Development, and Strategic Planning.

Dr. Godwin is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and he has served in a variety of capacities within the Church.

Dr. Godwin’s research interests are primarily in the areas of Transformational Leadership, Self-Leadership, Organizational Culture, and Goal Setting. He is widely published and he has made numerous presentations about his research publications.

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Self-leadership and Self-talk - Dr. Christopher Neck

March 21, 2018

Chris Neck is an associate professor of management at Arizona State University where he holds the title University Master Teacher. From 1994 to 2009, he was part of the Pamplin College of Business faculty at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in management from Arizona State University and his M.B.A. from Louisiana State University.

His research specialties include employee/executive fitness, self-leadership, leadership, group decision-making processes and self-managing teams. He has authored 11 books, as well as more than 100 publications in scholarly journals.

Many major organizations have participated in his management development training. He has been cited in numerous national publications including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Houston Chronicle and Chicago Tribune.

 Outside of Neck's professional interests, he is also a dedicated runner and has completed 12 marathons.

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Investing in Your Physiological 401(k) - Dr. Nicholas Racculia

November 22, 2017

Dr. Nicholas Racculia is an Associate Professor of Finance in the McKenna of Business, Economics and Government at Saint Vincent College. He is a class of 2000 Bearcat, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Economics. He holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Princeton University working under dissertation advisor Burton Malkiel. His research is primarily in the field of Venture Capital and his teaching includes Corporate Finance, Investments, Portfolio Theory, Valuations and Modeling and the Boyer School course, the Science of Human Strength. He is owner/operator of Iron City Athletic Club, a small black iron gym in Greensburg, PA. He earned his starting Strength Coaching Credential in 2012 and he is a member of the SSCA. Dr. Racculia is a member of the Acme Family Endowment Board of Directors and he sits on the Team Children’s Advisory Board at Children’s Hospital. His email address is

Accreditation Review of the Alex G. McKenna School - Dr. Chuck Fazzi

October 19, 2017 | Dr. Fazzi is a Professor of Accounting in the McKenna School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree, MBA, and Ph.D. in Accounting from the Penn State University. Dr. Fazzi teaches accounting and specializes in Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting, International Accounting, and Advanced Financial Accounting. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society in Business administration, and is a past Society President. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, American Institute of CPA’s, and the Pennsylvania Institute of CPA’s where he serves on the Professional Ethics Committee and the Relations with Schools and Colleges Committee. Dr. Fazzi is also actively involved in the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and also serves on the Teaching Excellence Committee. Dr. Fazzi is certainly an expert in the accreditation process.

Managing Intergenerational Conflict in the Workplace - Dr. Mike Urick

September 20, 2017 | Dr. Michael Urick is an Assistant Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at St. Vincent College.  He received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati, his MBA and MS from Duquesne University, and his Bachelor’s from St. Vincent College.  Dr. Urick teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to organizational behavior and culture, human resources, communication and conflict, and research methods.  The Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program, which he directs, has been ranked as a “Top 50 Best Value Masters of Management” in two recent rankings.  Dr. Urick is Six Sigma Green Belt certified and is the recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching” award from the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati as well as the Quentin Schaut Faculty Award from Saint Vincent College.  Internationally, Urick was recognized by the Institute for Supply Management as “Person of the Year” in the learning and education category in 2015.  

Mike is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Leadership and Management.  In addition to dozens of pieces being published in journals and books, Mike is a regular speaker on age-related issues in the workplace throughout the US and internationally and is an active consultant on issues related to leadership, workplace interactions, organizational culture, and ethics.  Mike has served as a reviewer for a variety of academic publications including the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Journal of Social Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.  In his monthly blog on Saint Vincent’s website, Urick blends his research and teaching interests to suggest practical and actionable items for readers to use in their current or future work situations.

Mike is currently vice president of ISM-Pittsburgh and is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and APICS.  Prior to academia, he worked in a variety of roles related to auditing, utilities, and training and development.

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Introduction to the McKenna School Podcast

September 14, 2017

Introducing the McKenna School podcast at Saint Vincent College with host Dr. Mark Abramovic, professor of business administration, and guest Dr. Gary Quinlivan, dean of the McKenna School.