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MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D.

MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D.

Dean

mcdonaldms@lasalle.edu

215.951.1059

MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D. was named Dean of La Salle University’s School of Business in July, 2017 after a comprehensive national search.  McDonald joined La Salle in March 2011 as the School’s Associate Dean and served as Interim Dean for seven months.  McDonald earned her Bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross and her Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law.

As Interim Dean, she facilitated the development and launch of La Salle’s new 100% online MBA, worked to increase undergraduate enrollment, and helped to launch a partnership with Uber, their first with a Philadelphia university, to bring convenient and low-cost transportation to students, faculty and staff.

Under her watch, the School of Business received several external recognitions including the Princeton Review’s list of Best 294 Business Schools 2017—La Salle’s first inclusion in this prestigious citation- as well recent rankings in US News and World Report’s Best MBA programs and Best Job placement for Full-time MBA programs.   McDonald has raised the media profile of the Business School’s programs through her appearances and commentary on local TV and radio.   Her research interests include the legal and ethical issues of social networking and its impact on employment decisions; legal and ethical issues surrounding students with intellectual disabilities access and success in postsecondary education and insights on current workplace place issues and the changing landscape for professional women.  Publications include articles in academic journals, a co-authored book chapter, and op-ed and book review pieces for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

McDonald has been responsible for maintaining the AACSB accreditation for the School of Business and creating the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. She helped re-establish the Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity, the largest student organization in the school.  MarySheila is responsible for the School’s social media presence which includes overseeing and updating the School of Business’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.   She serves on numerous university and school committee including Assessment, Social Media, Explorer Café, Academic Affairs, University Council and Service Learning Advisory Board.  She has been La Salle’s primary liaison with Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School since its founding 6 years ago.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Media’s Increasing Role in Employment Decisions
  • Changing Landscape for Professional Women
  • Access to Postsecondary Educational Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • First Amendment rights in employment
  • Experiential and service learning in undergraduate and graduate business programs
  • Outcomes Assessment
  • Contemporary trends in Graduate Business Education

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Temple University School of Law
  • Bachelor of  Arts, College of the Holy Cross

Teaching

  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • Business and the Law
  • MBA 840 Responsible Decision Making

Refereed Articles

Hidy, K. M. & McDonald, M.  (2013). Risky Business: The Legal Implications of Social Media’s Increasing Role in Employment Decisions.   Journal for Legal Studies in Business.

Malhotra, D.K. & McDonald, M. (2011).  Recent Trends in Corporate Governance Practices in the U.S.   International Journal of Corporate Governance.

Book Chapters

Refereed

Roszkowski, M., Spreat, S., & McDonald, M. (2013). Trends and Challenges in Serving Students with Disabilities in Post-secondary Education. Siran Mukerji (IGNOU, India) and Purnendu Tripathi (IGNOU, India) (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education (pp. 25). Hershey, Pennsylvania:  IGI Global.

Presentation of Non-Refereed Papers

National

2014, January Liberal Learning and Professional Education: Effecting Educational Innovation.   AAC&U’s Annual Meeting: Quality, E-Quality, and Opportunity: How Educational Innovations Will Make–or Break–America’s Global Future.” Washington, District of Columbia.

Regional

2013 Maximizing the Professional and Personal Risks and Rewards of Technology: A Provocative Review and Discussion of Recent Legal, Ethical & Social Trends.   Independence Blue Cross Lunch and Learn, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2013 December Legal Ramifications of Social Media Marketing.   Rutgers Business School; Executive MBA Program, Newark, New Jersey.

Lafond, A. & McDonald, M. 2011, May Killing Two Birds with One Stone: Utilizing VITA Certification for Outcomes Assessment and Service Learning Experience.   Business Professor Teaching Summit, Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2010 Malhotra, D.K. & McDonald, M. Recent Trends in Corporate Governance Practices in the United States.   Northeast Business and Economics Association, Morristown, New Jersey.

Other Intellectual Activities 

New Measures for Success.  Op-ed Philadelphia Inquirer September 2, 2013

Book Review of  The Good Girls Revolt How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 9, 2012

Gender Pay Gap.  Christian Science Monitor Commentary February 11, 2014

Don’t Let the Summer Heat Warp Your Sense of Proper Office Dress.

Newark Star Ledger June 2, 2014

Conference Presentations

2016:  MAACBA Annual MBA Directors’ Forum at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey.   Chaired annual meeting of MBA Directors in MAACBA

2015:  MAACBA, Lake George, New York.  That was Then, This is Now: Marketing MBA & Graduate Business Programs to Digital Natives

2015:  MBA Directors’ Forum, Montclair, New Jersey.  Chaired annual MBA Directors’ Forum at Marist College.

2011:  MAACBA, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Building a Sense of Community among Busy MBA Students MBA course Delivery: On-line vs. Hybrid vs. Neither Strategies on Providing Career Assistance to MBA Students

2011:  MAACBA MBA Directors’ Forum, Garden City, New York.

2009:  MAACBA, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Chaired MBA session on the Increasing Demands of MBA Students for Career Services at annual MAACBA Conference at Shippensburg University.

2008:  MBA Directors’ Forum, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.  Chaired annual MAACBA MBA Directors’ Forum hosted by Wilkes University.

2008:  MAACBA, Washington, District of Columbia.  Chaired Session on Outcomes Assessment of MBA programs at annual MAACBA Conference held at American University.

2005-2007:  Working Together Tax Seminar for Accountant and Attorneys/CPE and CLE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chaired and hosted the annual day-long conference for 200 tax professionals from the public and private sector on Philadelphia University’s campus.

Reviewer

Academy of Legal Studies in Business

Discussant

2011:  PHENND Community Engagement at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Plenary Panel: Making the Case: Community Engagement as an Essential Part of a Business Education

Presentations

2016: SEI Lunch and Learn, Oaks, Pennsylvania. Work-Life Balancing Strategies

2013:  Independence Blue Cross Lunch and Learn, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Maximizing the Professional and Personal Risks and Rewards of Technology: A Provocative Review and Discussion of Recent Legal, Ethical & Social Trends

2012:  Department of Housing, Urban Development.  Women’s History Month Presentation focusing on the evolution of women’s roles in higher education.

2006: Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Women’s Law

Awards

President’s Teaching Excellence Nominee
May, 2010

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
Multiple Year Nominee (2005, 2003)

Outstanding Teaching Award
School of Business Administration 2003– 2004

Instructional Excellence Award
Recognized for distinguished teaching in the Adult educational programs
September 1993

Awards

President’s Teaching Excellence Nominee
May, 2010

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
Multiple Year Nominee (2005, 2003)

Outstanding Teaching Award
School of Business Administration 2003– 2004

Instructional Excellence Award
Recognized for distinguished teaching in the Adult educational programs
September 1993

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