I absolutely love teaching. In fact, it is the single most satisfying part of my job. My goal as a teacher is to encourage innovation and creative problem solving in my classroom. I have an active, collaborative teaching style and have always felt that my job is to coach students to be lifelong self-learners, as opposed to relying on a teacher to walk them through the learning process. Ultimately, helping students learn how to learn is the best outcome I can achieve in my classroom.
Before joining Philadelphia University in 2011, I was founding Director of the School of Engineering at James Madison University (JMU), Department Head of Integrated Science & Technology (ISAT) at JMU, and a faculty member in the Materials Science & Engineering Department (MSE) at Virginia Tech (VT). While at VT, I was also Director of the College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary “Green Engineering” program. Before joining academia, I was employed by E. I. DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware as a Senior Engineer in the Advanced Composites Division of the Fibers Department and in the Polymer Physics Group of the Central Research Department.
My research is in the areas of materials selection & design, systems dynamics, modeling and simulation, composite materials characterization and manufacturing, polymer characterization and processing, and sustainable manufacturing processes.
I have supervised more than 30 graduate students (PhD and MS), published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and refereed conference papers, and presented more than 75 invited lectures and conference presentations (including two invited Gordon Conference presentations). According to the Citation Index, my work has been cited in the literature more than 200 times. I have secured in excess of 6 million dollars in funded research, approximately half of which was from industrial sources. In addition to these research activities, I also remain active in industrial consulting and in teaching industry short courses.
"A New Model For Interdisciplinary Education", Dr. Ronald Kander & Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, 2013 AIGA Design Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
"An Adventure in Extreme Curriculum Integration to Stimulate Innovation and Collaboration", Dr. R. G. Kander, 2012 American Society of Engineering Education Conference, San Antonio, TX."
Not all problems are created equal: From problem-based learning theory to research on complex problem solving and implications for the engineering classroom", Pierrakos, O. , Watson, H., Kander, R., Russell, J. & Anderson, R., 2010 Frontiers in Education Conference, Arlington, VA.
My goal as the academic dean of the School of Business Administration is to provide students with the cutting-edge skills and knowledge that will allow them to succeed at every stage of their careers. Tapping into the dynamic, innovation-focused environment of PhilaU, the School of Business Administration has redesigned our business education to help students navigate a successful future regardless of the economic conditions ahead.
As Founding Dean of the School of Management at Union College, Founding President of Union Graduate College (a spin-off from Union College), and Founding Dean of the Providence College School of Business, and now Dean of the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University, I have had unique opportunities to hone my own leadership skills and my ability to develop dynamic teams capable of bringing transformative change to these organizations. Earlier in my career I spent ten years with what is now Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the U.S., acting essentially as an, “innovator/problem solver without portfolio.”
I have provided extensive consulting and conducted research for over 20 years in the areas of strategic planning and outcomes assessment, particularly in the health care arena.
External evaluator for two major Philadelphia Health Department grants, 2012-present.
Malhotra, R., Lehrman, S., Malhotra, D., "Benchmarking Managed Health Care Companies", Best Paper Award, NEDSI, 2013.
Voss, R., Gardner, R., Baier, R., Butterfield, K., Gravenstein, S., Lehrman, S. E. (2011), The Care and Transitions Intervention: Translating from Efficacy to Effectiveness. Arch Intern Med, 171(14).
I am passionate about teaching! My teaching is learner centered, and my pedagogy reflects my attempts to provide an environment for students to actively learn through multiple mediums and from one another. I strive for students to not only understand and integrate the core concepts but also learn to appreciate its significance in the business world and in their own personal lives.
FINC-301 (Financial Management), FINC-303 (Intermediate Financial Management), FINC-318 (International Finance), FINC-411 (Seminar in Finance), and MBA-629 (Financial Policy and Planning)
Academic consultant for leading publishers (Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Addison-Wesley).
My research has focused primarily on corporate bankruptcy, managed portfolios, and international finance.
Co-authored with Bhargava, V., Malhotra, D. K.and M. Singh. “An Empirical Investigation of Volatility Spilover between the Indian and the US markets” International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2012, Volume 7, 3:289-304.
Co-authored with Malhotra, R., and Malhotra, D.K. “Using DEA analysis to Rate Bonds,” Journal of Business and Economic Studies, Spring 2010, 16:58-75.
Co-authored with Chien-Chung, N., Chang, Y., and K. Hung “The Assymetric Impact of Financial Intermediaries Development on Economic Growth,” International Journal of Finance, 21:6035-6079.
Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), MBA (Morgan State University), BCom(honors) and MBE (University of Delhi, India)
Teaching is about unlocking potential and introducing opportunity to young professionals. I believe that my job as an educator is to prepare people to meet the challenges of our society with confidence.
Principal Designer, Mike Leonard, Designer
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Partner, Duzeo Product Design
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Owner/Principal Designer, Designship
Philadelphia/Bala Cynwyd, PA
Founding Partner/Principal Product Designer, The Design Works
Manager, Advanced Product Design, Exxon Office Systems
I am studying reusable learning objects and their impact upon Project based-learning outcomes in post-secondary Design Education. This study will examine the relationship pre-recorded, online content has to on-ground studio/lab based disciplines.
Presentation: THE NEXUS SPRINT
Bigger, Better, Faster Innovation through Partnership
Front End of Innovation Conference, Boston, May 2013
Jack Klett has been working in higher education administration since 2000. In his role as Associate Dean, Jack is involved with academic program development, academic program administration, academic policy development, graduate student development initiatives, institutional partnerships, among other projects related to graduate studies at Philadelphia University. Jack also teaches undergraduate courses such as Business, Industry & Work in American History, Business Models, and a service-learning course, SERVE-101.
Jack began his higher ed career working in enrollment management, providing him with the experience of being involved with students from admission through graduation and beyond. He remains involved in enrollment and retention as an active partner with the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Prior to entering the university administration field, Jack served as Coordinator of Constituent Services for Congressman Rush Holt of NJ. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Rider University and his graduate degree at Villanova University in the field of political science. There, he focused on the transformational power of the internet as a many-to-many medium within the realm of political communication and voter mobilization.
Mark A. Sunderland is an accomplished textile engineer and industry expert. He is currently the Director of Academic Operations for the Kanbar College of Design Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University. Mark is also the title Textile Engineer and Strategist for the Kanbar College. At the university, he has taught courses in advanced textile structures and performance materials at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His expertise extends to advanced technical design, engineering and technology in sports and performance.
Mark has more than 30 years of experience in the field of engineered advanced textile materials and products. He was COO/partner of a knitted textile manufacturing company for 10 years, with a facility in Philadelphia and contract manufacturers globally, producing fabrics for the advanced fabric performance and apparel market. He has a complete understanding of moving textile materials and products through the global supply chain.
For the past 18+ years, Mark has worked as a consultant in textile engineering, design and product development. His work is focused in textiles, advanced product performance, industrial and medical (biomedical and implanted medical devices), performance (athletic), sports material technology and technical/smart materials.
Mark has a diverse work experience in business and operations, including entrepreneurial pursuits, to compliment his field expertise.
Partner M&D Group—Business and Textile Consulting--1996 to 2008
Partner (33% Owner)—Ambler Sports Academy, Ambler, PA--Baseball Instruction-2006 to 2011
Partner (50% Owner)—AKM, Inc. Transportation Co. Yardley, PA--1998 to 2009
COO—Allivine Knitting Mill, Inc., Philadelphia, PA--1984 to 1996
Anderson-Little Co. Fall River MA. (Woolworth Corporation/Footlocker) 1977-1984
Bachelor of Science-Philadelphia University
Degree: Textile Marketing and Management
Masters of Science-Philadelphia University
Degree: Textile Engineering