The School of Arts & Science includes 18 academic departments with 7 nationally accredited programs from a variety of disciplines. Arts & Science faculty are leaders in their fields of study publishing over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly works and over 200 professional conference presentations in the 2017-2018 academic year. Faculty excellence is further evidenced by the competitive grants received from the National Science Foundation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a multitude of internal grants to serve Iona’s students and underserved populations from the surrounding community. The School of Arts & Science is also home to endowed professorships in Jewish-Catholic Studies and Chemistry. Professors are experts in their fields and were invited speakers on media outlets such as CNN, Fox, Al Jazeera, BBC, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Business school faculty members include the founder and president of the Uncorrelated Fund, an innovative fund platform; one of the world’s most highly cited researchers with over 42,000 citations to his work in Google Scholar; editor and chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Systems and recipient of the Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Fuzzy Systems Association; and the founder of one of the first computer security organizations in the United States. Seven new faculty joined the LaPenta School of Business in the Fall of 2018, and the School currently has six active searches for faculty to join us in Fall 2019.
Iona faculty in the LaPenta School of Business are actively engaged in scholarship, generating 28 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 peer-reviewed books, and 20 peer-reviewed book chapters in 2017-18.
Business school faculty led 36 presentations in the 2017-18 academic year on topics including classroom technology, blockchain risk, sustainable value practices, and the social security system. Business faculty also made substantial revisions to undergraduate and graduate curricula in 2017-18, including a major update of the MBA curriculum.
With a student/faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Iona College has 174 full-time faculty members, 89% of which are either tenured or on the tenure track. The faculty is increasingly diverse with 48 women and 22% underrepresented minorities. More than 93% have a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
Endowed academic positions recently established include the Board of Trustees Endowed Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Sunghee Lee; Endowed Professor and Founding Director of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Dr. Christoph Winkler; Dolce Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows (rotating); and Gardiner Foundation Endowed Professor, Dr. Nora Slominsky.
Recent and current Executives-in-Residence include Ross Greenburg, long-time HBO Sports president and award-winning filmmaker; George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN and Marty Daly Senior Vice President & Director of News & Late Night Sales for the CBS TV Network.
Invited speakers are welcomed to campus each year including world renowned scientists through the Bullen Lecture Series and notable academics through the Jack Rudin & John G. Driscoll Distinguished Lecture series. In 2015 Iona launched the “Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership” series with William McGurn, Wall Street Journal columnist and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush (October 2015). Since its launch, speakers have included Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea (May 2016); Steve Forbes, Chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media (October 2016); Frances Hesselbein, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient and Renowned Leadership Development Expert (October 2017) and Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. (October 2018.