October 01, 2018

Lori Ellison joined the university’s Department of Management this fall as assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship.

Ellison was drawn to Susquehanna’s growing entrepreneurship program and the opportunity to collaborate more with student entrepreneurs in smaller class sizes. This fall, she will teach Principles of Management and a new sustainable entrepreneurship course.

Ellison previously was an assistant professor at Towson University in Towson, Md., where she taught courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and society, business ethics and sustainability, and management and leadership. She was the faculty coordinator of Towson’s twice-yearly, live strategy case competition and received the Towson University Office of Academic Innovation’s Innovation in Teaching Award in 2017.

She has worked with three different university-based entrepreneurship centers and focuses her research on best practices and university/community partnerships for social entrepreneurship.

“I’ve always been passionate about entrepreneurship, the role of business in society and the potential for universities to work with entrepreneurs to promote the positive impact of business in the community,” Ellison says.

“Business educators and entrepreneurs are still discovering how business can best serve social needs. The social impacts of business include not just technological advancements and economic growth, but also issues related to social justice, culture, equality, healthcare and the environment.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and international affairs from Indiana University and working at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ellison earned a master’s degree in professional accountancy from the Kelley School of Business at Indianapolis and a doctorate in management from the University of Maryland.