Dr. Julie Ryan

Dr. Julie Ryan
Professor of Economics and Business
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Ph.D., Capella University, Business Administration, 2000

  • School of Business Administration
  • Focus:  International Business, with a concentration in Economics
  • Dissertation research: Economic business cycles and the impact on merger antitrust

M.A. in History, Temple University, 1997

  • Tracks: Economic and Business History, Women’s History
  • Research seminar topic: Economic impact of 19th century women’s clubs

M.B.A., St. Mary’s College, California, 1987

  • Track: Finance
  • Additional course concentration: Economics
  • Thesis research: The economic impact of small business on small populated towns

B.S., University of California, Davis, California, 1979

  • Major: Applied Behavioral Science
  • Track: Community Health Counseling
Teaching Philosophy: 

My teaching encourages students to incorporate as much of the real world as possible into their curriculum.  To that end, my courses focus on the application of theory, which allows students to explain real-world headlines and scenarios.  It is critical today for students to understand the economic realities in which businesses operate.


Dr. Julie Ryan has been a full-time member of the faculty at Immaculata University since 1999.  She has 21 years of teaching experience; three of those years were spent in Tokyo.  Dr. Ryan teaches economics and international business at the undergraduate level and economics and finance in the College of Graduate Studies.  She brings 10 years of corporate experience to the classroom and serves on a number of committees for the University.

Teaching Experience:

  • 2012-2013, Faculty Coordinator for Internships, Title III Grant Position
  • 2002-2004, Business/ACCEL Coordinator
  • 2002-2005, Coordinator for the Health Care Track in Organization Leadership
  • 2001-2002, Chairperson, Department of Business, Accounting, Economics
  • 1997-1999, Adjunct faculty member at Philadelphia-area colleges and universities:
    • West Chester University
    • Neumann College
    • Arcadia University
    • Delaware County Community College
  • 1992-1994, Temple University, Tokyo, Japan, Adjunct Instructor of Economics
  • 1991-1993, Nichibei Kaiwai Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, Instructor of Business English
Courses Taught: 
  • ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 203 Principles of Economics
  • ECO 313 Honors – The Great Economic Debate
  • ECO 327 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECO 328 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECO 381 Global Economics
  • ORG 342 Managerial Economics
  • ECO 322 Comparative Economics
  • ECO 320 Development Economics
  • BUS 301 International  Business
  • FIN 383 International Finance
  • FIN 311 International Financial Markets
  • FIN 362 Introduction to Finance
  • BUS 303/HIS 303 History of American Business
  • Practicum
Research Interests: 

My current research examines the link between politics, business cycles and merger antitrust enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission.  This research adds more than a decade of economic data and two presidential parties to the results of my dissertation, published in 2000.

  • Julie H. Ryan, (2004). “International Financial Markets” for the Financial Management Accelerated Program.  The module is copyrighted.
  • Julie H. Ryan, (2000). “Politics and Business Cycles:  Determinants of Merger Antitrust Enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission Under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act.”  (Dissertation). University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UMI 9981948).
  • Julie H. Ryan, “The Economic Consequences of Global Interdependence” in Global Business, E-commerce, and Marketing.  Publication forthcoming.
  • May 5, 2009, “The U.S. Economic Outlook:  Reality versus Media Hype” at State Farm, Glen Mills, PA
  • April 14, 2009, “Work and Gender in Japan,” Immaculata University
  • July 1, 2008, “The U.S. Economy: How Does it Play in the Classroom?” Panelist and Presenter, College of Marin, Kentfield, California
  • November 15, 2005, “The Immigration Debate” Faculty Panelist/Presenter, sponsored by the Global Interdependence Center in Philadelphia, PA. 
  • September 2007, September 2006, September 2005, September 2004, September 2003, “The Importance of Internships” Guest Speaker at the Immaculata University Workshop on Internships
  • June 26, 2003, “Women in Business,” Guest Speaker at the Immaculata University Summer Program in Science and Technology
  • 2002-2006, “The Art of Research,” Guest Speaker for Business Department Seminars
  • October 1, 2000, “The Passion of Education,” Keynote Speaker for Immaculata College Honor Society Induction
  • October 1999, “The Economic Consequences of Global Interdependence” paper presented at a scholarly forum entitled Global Business, E-commerce, and Marketing in Toronto, Canada.
  • November 1998, “Marriage, Family, and Culture in Japan,” presented as part of a week-long series on culture and the impact on business transactions, Temple University

Conferences Attended:

  • “The Eurozone, Sovereign Debt Crisis Revisited.” Webinar presented by IHS Global Insight. January 18, 2012.
  • Four 80-minute online lectures by Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, on the Federal Reserve and the financial crisis. Spring 2012.
  • “The Challenges of Early Career Psychologists in Academia.” Part of the faculty lecture series at Immaculata University. November 15, 2010.
  • World Economic Forum webcast, IHS Global Insight. Eddystone, PA, October 18-20, 2010.
  • “Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Leaders.” Lecture by Jack Brennan, former CEO of the Vanguard Group. Immaculata University, October 18, 2010.
  • “Financial Interdependence in the World’s Post-Crisis Markets.” Global Interdependence Center. Philadelphia, PA, March 3, 2010.
  • “Global Workforce Mobility in the Current Recession.” Roundtable breakfast at the Global Interdependence Center. Philadelphia, PA, February 24, 2010.
  • “Engaging Learners: Perspectives and Strategies.” Faculty workshop, Immaculata University. January 13, 2010
  • “Fixing Global Finance,” with keynote address by Martin Wolf of Financial Times. Philadelphia, PA, March 9, 2009.
  • “General Education, Assessment and the Learning Students Need.” Conference hosted by AAC&U. Baltimore, MD, February 26-28, 2009
  • “Creating a Vibrant Learning Community.” Faculty workshop, Immaculata University. January 15, 2009.
  • “Taking Back our Economic Future.” Temple University, October 23, 2008.
  • “The U.S. Economy: What Next?” College of Marin. Kentfield, CA, June 30, 2008.
  • “The Future of Economic Integration in View of the Enlargement of the European Union.” Global Interdependence Center. Philadelphia, PA, February 27, 2008.
  • World Economic Outlook Conference hosted by Global Insight. Boston, MA, October 30-31, 2007.
  • “Turmoil in the Financial Markets.”  Global Interdependence Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA, October 17, 2000.
  • “European Union Economic Trade Conference.”  Global Interdependence Center.  Philadelphia, PA, April 16, 2007.
  • “Business Cycles and Capital Spending.” Bureau of Economic Analysis.    Philadelphia, PA, November 2, 2006.
  • “World Economic Trends.” Global Insight. Milan, Italy, May 9-11, 2006.
  • Annual conference for the Business Education Initiative at Wesley College. Dover, DE,  February 17-19, 2006.
  • “The Evolution of the European Monetary Union.” Conference sponsored by the Global Interdependence Center and the Irish American Business Chamber and Network.  Philadelphia, PA, December 8, 2005.  
  • “China in a Changing Global Economy.” The 24th Annual Monetary and Trade Conference, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. November 9, 2005. 
  • “The Roaring Nineties.” A seminar hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • with featured speaker: Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz. Philadelphia, PA, May 27, 2004.
  • “Global Issues and the U.S. Outlook.”  Global Interdependence Center.  Philadelphia, PA, April 14, 2004.
  • “Cross-Cultural Communication.”  Hosted by SEPCHE at Immaculata University.
  • March 20, 2004.
  • “Globalization.” Hosted by SEPCHE at Penn State University. State College, PA, March 12-14, 2004.
  • Conference hosted by the Business Education Initiative of Northern Ireland. Neumann College, February 13-15, 2004.
  • “Current Issues in Health Care Today.” Workshop hosted by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Baltimore, MD, June 22-26, 2003.
  • “Changing Global Economic Patterns: Risks and Opportunities.”  Global Insight. Brussels, Belgium, May 13-15, 2003.
  • “Embedded Assessment.” Hosted by SEPCHE at Arcadia University. April 11, 2003.       
  • “China: Trade and Opportunity.” The Global Interdependence Center. Philadelphia, PA, February 4, 2003.
  • “Who Speaks European?” Lecture by Jacques Darras. Immaculata University, November 15, 2002.
  • “Finance and Free Trade in a More Cautious World.”  The 21st Annual International Monetary and Trade Conference, Global Interdependence Center. Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2002.
  • “Dong Business in Europe – Focus on Italy.” Neumann College, October 16, 2002.
  • “Creating Effective Online Discussion Using WebCT” and “Creating Effective Online Assessment Forms Using WebCT.” Hosted by SEPCHE at Immaculata University. May 21, 2002.
  • “Course Management System: Exploring WebCT’s Basic Features.”  Hosted by SEPCHE at Immaculata University. May 20, 2002.
  • Reboot, Refresh, Redirect Student Research.”  Hosted by SEPCHE at Immaculata University. January 10, 2002.
  • “An Introduction to Addressing Faculty Challenges with Digital Tools.” Hosted by SEPCHE at Neumann College. May 15, 2001.
  • “Trends in Designing Online Education.” Capella University. Minneapolis, MN, July 22-23, 2000.
  • “Teaching and Training Online.” Capella University. Minneapolis, MN, July 21-23, 2000.  
  • “Global Business, E-Commerce and Marketing.” Toronto, Canada, October 2-3, 1999.
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) Globalization Grant to develop a new graduate course: Global Business and Leadership, 2005
  • SEPCHE Globalization Grant for resources to support the study of globalization and its effects on society, 2005
  • SEPCHE Globalization Grant to transition the course, The Great Economic Debate (ECO 313), to incorporate a global theme, 2004
  • SEPCHE Globalization Grant for resources on culture and diversity, 2004
  • SEPCHE Grant for Curriculum Development, 2002
  • Office of Sponsored Research, IGRAD Grant for the State of Pennsylvania, 2001. The grant proposal was later utilized for the purchase of a $50,000 portable business lab for the Business Department.
Professional Memberships: 
  • Global Interdependence Center
  • The Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP)
  • The American Economic Association (AEA)
  • The American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (ASBBS)
  • The Philly Ad Club
  • 2004 Recipient of the Mary E. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2003-2008, Who’s Who Among American College Teachers

“Politics and Business Cycles:  Determinants of Merger Antitrust Enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.”

The study examines the correlation between merger antitrust enforcement, as measured by merger challenges and second requests, and the presidential party or the state of the economy.  The study examines whether one of the main political parties is more active in merger antitrust enforcement than the other.  Moreover, the study examines whether the Federal Trade Commission relaxes or strengthens its enforcement of merger activities as the economy expands. 

Advisor:  Dr. Norman Pearson, Professor Emeritus

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