Philip Pfaff, PhD Professor of Economics and Finance

Philip Pfaff, PhD

B.Mgt.E., Production — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S., Economics — Fordham University
Ph.D., Economics — Michigan State University

Dr. Pfaff began his career in the private sector, first as an industrial engineer for General Electric Co. and later as a systems analyst for Chemical Bank in New York City. Today he focuses on the study of financial planning and quantitative methods for business.

He is the author of Financial Modeling, published by Allyn & Bacon in 1990, as well as articles in such scholarly publications as the Journal of Financial Education, The Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Review of Economics and Business. Incorporating an essential consideration of ethics into the study of business, he conducted an ethics workshop for Arthur Andersen in St. Charles, Illinois, and published two ethics-related articles in the Canisius College Teaching Quarterly.

Dr. Pfaff also has led workshops for his fellow Canisius College faculty members on creative ways of using technology in the classroom. In the fall of 1999, he launched “e-world pizza,” a network-based, interactive simulation to introduce new MBA students to business and e-commerce. He has designed three courses offered at Canisius: “Financial Modeling,” “Reading Financial Statements,” and the MBA course “E-Commerce.”

Among other college assignments, he is a past president of the Faculty Senate and has served on the Undergraduate Business Curriculum Committee.