Teacher of the Year

John Ruddy : 2014 Teacher of the Year

 John Ruddy

Each year, the Graduating Senior class selects its Teacher of the Year.  This year's honoree is Professor John Ruddy of the Accounting Department.  The Student Government President will present the award during Class Night on May 30th.  Please join me in congratulating Professor Ruddy for receiving this special honor.  John A. Ruddy, CFA, CPA received his bachelor's of science degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton in 1991, where he graduated cum laude. As an undergraduate, he represented the University of Scranton in the 1991 U.S.H.A. Collegiate Handball Regional Championships where he placed 2nd in the Northeast region. Shortly after his graduation, he earned the Certified Public Accountant designation from the State of Pennsylvania. In 1996, he earned a Master's in Business Administration in Finance and Investments from the George Washington University where he graduated with a 3.97 grade point average. In 2006, he obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Finance at Pace University in New York City. He has taken and passed all the coursework and comprehensive exams related to his terminal degree. He is currently working on his dissertation proposal which pertains to the credit ratings and credit default swap spreads of financial institutions.

In regards to research, Mr. Ruddy pursues topics in accounting, finance and education. In November 2013, he applied for and received a University stipend to pursue research in Information Literacy which he applied to the cross listed course "Financial Statement Analysis" and "Financial Reporting and Research". In addition, Mr. Ruddy co-authored a manuscript titled "The Volcker Rule: Accounting Treatment and Implications for Investments in Debt Securities". The manuscript has been accepted by the CPA Journal and it is expected that the article will be published in the June 2014 issue.

Mr. Ruddy joined the University of Scranton’s Accounting Department as a faculty specialist in January 2013. In October 2013, he was the recipient of the Kania School of Management 2013-2014 Outstanding Professor of the Year award. As a practitioner, he has worked in both accounting and finance. He started his career as an auditor for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He also worked as a financial consultant and manager for the Big Four firm, KPMG. He subsequently worked as a Vice President for Wells Fargo Securities (formerly Wachovia Securities and First Union Securities) and as a Director for Citigroup Global Financial Services. Most recently, he worked as a Structured Products Specialist with the Black Swan Consulting Group. He also served as the Finance Committee Chairman for the Scranton Preparatory School’s board of trustees and he regularly volunteers for charitable organizations, such as the American Red Cross.

Teacher of the Year Award

Each year the Graduating Senior Class selects its "Teacher of the Year." Graduating seniors please cast your vote for the faculty member who you believe exhibits the following characteristics:

  1. Maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and fairness.
  2. Inspires interest in the discipline through personal enthusiasm and dedication.
  3. Is consistently effective in communication.
  4. Is available outside the classroom.
The Previous Winners are:
  • Dr. Ronald Deitrick (2013)
  • Dr. Georgios A. Stylianides (2012)
  • Dr. Michael A. Hardisky (2011)
  • Dr. Marlene J. Morgan (2010)
  • Dr. Jack O'Malley (2009)
  • Fr. Ron McKinney, S.J. (2008)
  • Dr. Daniel V. Fraustino (2007)
  • Dr. William J. Parente (2006)
  • Dr. Michael Sulzinski (2005)
  • Dr. Kathleen Montgomery (2004)
  • Dr. William Rowe (2003)
  • Dr. Michael D. DeMichele (2002)
  • Dr. Daniel P. Mahoney (2001)
  • Dr. Thomas P. Hogan (2000)
  • Dr. Gary E. Mattingly (1999)
  • Dr. Richard J. Klonoski (1998)
  • Dr. E. Springs Steele (1997)