Business and Economics

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Carol Cirka

Prior to a career change to academia, Dr. Cirka worked for 10 years in the telecommunications industry for AT&T and Bell of Pennsylvania (now Verizon). She is a co-founder and current director of the U-Imagine! Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies, an initiative of Ursinus that seeks to foster development of entrepreneurial thinking and action in every student, regardless of major or post-college career plans. The U-Imagine! Center currently sponsors the U-Innovate! Competition and the U-Inspire! Speaker series.

Dr. Cirka teaches courses in management, organizational behavior, business strategy, leadership and human resource management. Her current research interest focuses on discretionary behavior in organizations with a specific emphasis on diversity and everyday ethics. She serves on the editorial boards of two management journals: Group & Organization Management and The Journal of Management Education.


Professor Emerita of Business and Economics


Business and Economics


  • B.A., Penn State
  • M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., Temple University


Digital Marketing
Research Methods
Business Strategy
Organizational Leadership
Human Resource Management
Management & Organizational Behavior

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship education
Everyday ethics in organizations
Discretionary employee behavior
Disability and discrimination

Recent Work

Cirka, C. (2017).  Behavioral competencies in project management: A teaching exercise. Forthcoming, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, PA

Cirka, C., Cumpstone, M., Jaroff, R., & Nicoara, O. (2017). Clashing cultures: Expanding entrepreneurial thinking across the disciplines in a liberal arts college.  Workshop presented at the USASBE Annual Meeting, January 2017, Philadelphia.

Ishqaidef, G., & Cirka, C.C. (2015). Under the microscope: Discrimination in the temporary staffing industry. Eastern Academy of Management Meetings, Philadelphia, PA.

Price-Babson Symposium in Entrepreneurship Education. Participated in this week-long intensive symposium on the Babson College campus in May 2014 with funding awarded by the Ursinus College Strategic Planning Fund.

Cirka, C.C., Jaroff, R., & Kontostathis, A. (2015). Putting entrepreneurial competencies to work in a liberal arts college setting. Workshop presented at the 2015 USASBE Conference in Tampa, FL (January).

Cirka, C.C., Jaroff, R., Kontostathis, A., & Winegar, T. (2014). Entrepreneurship at Ursinus: Putting the “plus” in liberal arts plus. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the Society of College and University Planning, Philadelphia, March 25.

Proffitt, W.T., & Cirka, C.C. (2014). Liberal arts college venture competitions – They’re contagious! Presented at NCIIA Open 2014, San Jose, CA on March 21.