Established in 2016, The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) is an academic research center within the Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University. The Center's mission is to provide information to citizens, policy makers, and other researchers about the extent, scope, and effects of occupational regulation. Located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovated Schwab Hall, the center offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity.
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Dr. Edward Timmons
Position: Director of CSOR Department: Business Administration
Office: Schwab Hall 314
Email Dr. Edward Timmons
Position: Assistant Director of CSOR
Office: Schwab Hall 316 Email: Emily Vargo 814.472.3948
Position: Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs
Office: Schwab Hall 315 Email: Alanna Wilson 814.472. 2863
Position: Research Analyst Office: Schwab Hall 211 Email: Conor Norris 814.472. 1103
Meet Our Graduate Assistants
Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)
Alexis is from Altoona, Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of Penn State University where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Communications. Alexis was highly involved on campus. She served as a Vice President within her sorority, the Director of Altoona Benefiting THON, the Student Director of the Orientation Leader Program, and she was awarded the Walker Award from the Penn State Altoona campus. Outside of being a student, Alexis enjoys the outdoors and participating in physical activities to stay in shape.
Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)
Randall is from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He recently
graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University, in
Business Management and Public Administration. During his undergraduate studies,
he served as the Student Government Association Executive-Vice President and as
Senior Class President. He received the “2018 Mr. Frankie Award” as voted upon
by members of the Senior Class, University faculty and Administration. In his free
time, he enjoys reading, politics, history and traveling.
**If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Assistant for The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) contact Assistant Director of CSOR Emily Vargo.**
Meet Our Research Fellow
Ph.D Student - Economics
Jie is a
PhD candidate in Economics at Lehigh University. She holds MS in Economics from
Lehigh University and BA in history and economics from Peking University,
Beijing, China. Jie’s general research area is labor economics, health
economics and applied econometrics. Her research interest is in occupational
licensing in health care professionals. Her current research is an empirical
study into dental hygienist scope of practice and autonomy. She has recently
presented the study in Labor and
Employment Relations Association, and will also be presenting in Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in September 2018.
Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo - Junior
Majors: Accounting and Finance
Alexis is from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis because she loved the community- minded atmosphere of the campus. Besides being a research fellow for the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, she is also an active member of the Enactus team here on campus. Outside of her academic studies, she assists with the safety aspects and the human resource department at her father’s business. After she graduates, Alexis plans to move back home where her family is and apply the knowledge and skills she learned here at Saint Francis to the family business.
Jonathan Bruno - Senior
Major: Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Jonathan is from Queens Village, New York. He is a founder, and the first President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers at Saint Francis University. Jonathan is also a member of the club baseball team at SFU. Jonathan's favorite fun fact is that he is a triplet.
Hannah Retherford – Senior
Majors: Finance and Marketing
Hannah originally from Benton, PA, came to Saint Francis with a sense of leadership and academic purpose. Hannah is an active member in ENACTUS, Shields School of Business Student Advisory Board, Student Athlete Mentors, Flash Focus Leadership Group, and the Student Editorial Board of the Journal of Student Research. Outside of her academic studies, Hannah plays for the Saint Francis Field Hockey Team as forward/mid-fielder. Upon leaving Saint Francis Hannah hopes to gain experience with a Fortune 500 company.
Hannah grew up on a farm where she has two fainting goats named Gilbert and Gracie and a miniature donkey named Grey.
Marielle Cavallaro – Junior
Majors: History and Secondary Education
Minor: Exercise Physiology
Marielle is from Matamoras, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis to continue both her academic and athletic careers, as she is a member of the SFU field hockey team. Marielle works as a Student Ambassador to the Admissions Department and works for the Keirn Family World War II Museum for the History Department. She is also a member of many groups on campus, including Flash Focus Leadership Group, APPLE Team, and the Student Athlete Mentor program, for which she is on the leadership board. After Saint Francis, Marielle hopes to eventually end up working at her high school as a history teacher and field hockey and softball coach.
Emily Pollack - Sophomore
Majors: Accounting and Finance
Emily is from North East, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis for the atmosphere of the campus and it offered everything she wanted academically. Emily is a research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupation Regulation, along with being a member of Enactus here at Saint Francis. After graduation, Emily plans on getting her CPA license and pursuing a career in forensic accounting.
Ryan Alu - Sophomore
Majors: Software Engineering, Cyber Security, and Math
Ryan graduated from Central Bucks High West. He currently serves as the class of 2021 Vice President and plays on the SFU Division I Men's Volleyball Team. Ryan is a member of the Honors Program, CSOR, Enactus, Troubadour (School Paper) and the Gaming Club. You may find Ryan in disguise at times as the school’s mascot Frankie the Friar.
Randee McGee - Sophomore
Majors: Accounting and Economics
Minor: Political Science
Randee is from Leechburg, Pennsylvania. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere and the faculty. Besides being a research fellow for CSOR, Randee is a member of both the Red Flash marching band and the pep band, a member of the Ethics Bowl team, and a sitting member on the Executive Board of SGA. Upon graduation, Randee hopes to either start a career in politics or work in the corporate world.
Kristen Hile - Freshman
Majors: Finance and Economics
Kristen is from State College, Pennsylvania. She chose to
attend Saint Francis University for the outstanding reputation of the Shields
School of Business. Along with being a research fellow for CSOR, Kristen is a
member of both the Red Flash marching and pep bands and has been playing the
trumpet for over ten years. After graduation, Kristen plans to pursue a career
in corporate finance
Taylor Ponchione - Freshman
Majors: Finance and Accounting
Taylor is a graduate of United High School in Dilltown, Pa. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere of the campus community. Taylor plans to be involved with student government and community service groups on campus. After graduation, Taylor hopes to gain experience while working overseas.
CSOR offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity. Student fellows will conduct, analyze, and present research that will go towards developing a national database of occupational regulation focusing on healthcare occupations. Students will also have potential opportunities to travel and share their findings at national conferences.
Apply for a CSOR Fellowship
The Hill TV sent film crews to The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation to interview Dr. Edward Timmons about licensing and regulations.
Watch the video
“We look forward to our continued partnership with CSOR as we work to ease overly burdensome requirements and make licenses more portable, especially for military spouses."
Learn more about the project
Saint Francis University’s Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) is pleased to announce that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has officially proposed reforms of several state job licensing boards.
Learn more about the historic reforms
Dr. Timmons highlighted some anomalies with respect to occupational licensing laws in Texas.
CSOR hosted Dr. Dick Carpenter, Director of Strategic Research for the Institute for Justice. He discussed his new book, Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.
Graduate and undergraduate students from the Shields School
of Business at Saint Francis University presented their research findings on April 16th at the Dr. Albert Zanzuccki Endowed Chair 9th Annual Spring Poster Session. Students
who have conducted research on a topic related to business, marketing
analytics, human resources or economics were encouraged to submit their
School Of Business 9th Annual Spring Poster Session
On October 21st, CSOR collaborated with the Institute for Humane Studies' at George Mason University to host a colloquium focused on criminal justice reform. Professor Brian Meehan from Berry College facilitated the discussion entitled: "Reforming the System: Criminal Justice in the U.S."
CSOR Student Colloquim
CSOR Fellows J.J. Hazenstab and Geoff Ford presented their academcis research at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Private Enterprise Education in Lahaina, Hawaii.
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CSOR Hawaii Conference
Geoffrey Ford, recent SFU alumus and former CSOR reseach fellow, secured employment with a division of Leonardo DRS in Johnstown, PA, as a Program Finance Analyst in the Navel Electronics division. During his time at SFU, Geoff majored in economics, minored in finance, and served as the president of the Society of Economic Analysis club.
Geoffrey Ford's Spotlight
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