Patricia A. Hutton, PhD Professor of Economics and Finance

Patricia A. Hutton, PhD

BSA, Agricultural Economics — University of Manitoba
PhD, Agricultural Economics — University of Wisconsin

Superior achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service led to Dr. Hutton’s selection as the 2001 Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Professor, an honor presented by the Canisius College Alumni Association. She is known for her wit, good humor, and involvement in campus activities.

Her enthusiasm for the subjects she teaches is evident in the magnitude of her research. Her work has been published and presented in both the U.S. and Canada. Author or co-author of more than 26 articles and papers. Her current research focuses on explanations of macroeconomic variables with special interest in developing a theory of why firms may make non-contingent wage contracts. She serves as a referee for four scholarly publications: the Journal of Macroeconomics; the Review of Economics and Statistics; the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Dr. Hutton designed two courses offered at Canisius: “The Economics of Work” and the MBA course “Quantitative Decision-Making.” She has held more than 30 committee assignments at the college, serving on the Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Committee, Honors Program Committee, and advisor to the Center for Teaching Excellence, and has chaired the Committee on the Status of Women and the Human Resource Committee. She is a member of the American Economics Association, the Southern Economics Association, and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

Dr. Hutton founded and advises the Canisius College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) which develops and implements educational outreach projects intended to empower others to improve theri economic well-being.  The club has also started a student-run business, QuadGearTM, which is providing hands-on entrepreneurial education.

In 2009, she received the Jack Kahl Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from SIFE USA during the opening ceremonies of the SIFE USA National Exposition held in Philadelphia, PA. The award honors those who have done the most to advance the entire SIFE organization during the current academic year. To read more, click here.

In 2007, Dr. Hutton was the first recipient of the new Peter Tower Professorship.  She will use the professorship to support the SIFE team. The award, given to faculty in the college's Richard J. Wehle School of Business, provides resources to create innovative programs for undergraduate and graduate students which foster entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development in Western New York.