The Center's mission is to provide information to citizens, policy makers, and other researchers about the extent, scope, and effects of occupational regulation.
Schwab Hall 315
Loretto, PA 15940
Meet our staff
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. 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. 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.
The official CSOR database website is now live at www.csorsfu.com check it out!
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.
Check out their SFU story
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
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 of CSOR
Office: Schwab Hall 315 Email: Alanna Wilson 814.472. 2863
Meet Our Graduate Assistant
John (JJ) Hazenstab
Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, JJ recently graduated from Saint Francis University with B.S. in Marketing and Economics. As an undergraduate, he was heavily involved in SFU’s business clubs and Greek life. Outside of CSOR, JJ enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and traveling. Upon completion of his degree, he would like to pursue a career where he can continue performing economic research.
Meet Our Fellows
Jenna Ponticello- Junior
Jenna is an avid dressage rider from Clinton,
Pennsylvania. She decided to come to Saint Francis University because she fell
in love with the beauty of the rural campus. Jenna thoroughly enjoys the personal
and professional relationships with both fellow students and professors in the School of Business. She has
also joined many clubs in addition to becoming a research fellow at the Center
for the Study of Occupational Regulation.
After graduation, Jenna plans to remain in the Pittsburgh area and
become a Certified Public Accountant. Her dream is to eventually move to
Lexington, Kentucky and become involved in the business of the equestrian
Hannah Retherford – Junior
Major: Finance And
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.
(Lexie) DeLullo - Sophomore
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 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.
The CSOR Fellowship Application is available to apply online.
Please complete application
Meet Our Graduate Research Fellow
Ilya Kukaev is a Fulbright scholar from Russia. He earned his Master's degree in Economics from Lehigh University where he began his research on the topic of the Russian occupational regulation system. Prior to joining the Knee Center for Study of Occupational Regulation, Ilya has worked as a research assistant at Lehigh University on time series econometric models in R. In his free time, Ilya enjoys ice-skating, jogging, and going to the cinema.
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