Dennis Shaughnessy

Lead Faculty Dennis Shaughnessy

Den­nis Shaugh­nessy founded the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute, an aca­d­e­mic unit within the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness, and is its first and only Exec­u­tive Direc­tor.  Pro­fes­sor Shaugh­nessy pro­vided the seed cap­i­tal to start SEI in 2007, and remains its prin­ci­pal donor.  Pro­fes­sor Shaugh­nessy cre­ated the under­grad­u­ate cur­ricu­lum for social enter­prise stud­ies at NU in 2008, which now lead to either a busi­ness major within the entre­pre­neur­ship con­cen­tra­tion or an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary minor.  He also intro­duced social enter­prise to the MBA pro­gram at NU.   His courses range from an intro­duc­tion to global social enter­prise and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, to impact invest­ing and micro­fi­nance, as well as field research pro­grams in the Domini­can Repub­lic (Haiti), South Africa and Nicaragua.  These unique field pro­grams and on cam­pus courses and sem­i­nars have led to NU’s social enter­prise pro­gram being one of the largest and most diverse among under­grad­u­ate insti­tu­tions world­wide, with nearly 500 stu­dents from NU and part­ner insti­tu­tions engaged in social enter­prise research, learn­ing and ser­vice each year.  He also cre­ated and teaches sem­i­nars in social enter­prise in NU’s Hon­ors Pro­gram, includ­ing impact invest­ing pro­grams in which stu­dents invest cap­i­tal from out­side donors in orga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing enter­prise solu­tions to global poverty.   Pro­fes­sor Shaugh­nessy is also the fac­ulty advi­sor to the SEI Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion, the SEI Newslet­ter and the SE Review, and has won numer­ous awards for his teach­ing.  In addi­tion to his role as Exec­u­tive Pro­fes­sor at NU, Pro­fes­sor Shaugh­nessy is also a Dis­tin­guished Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at TSiBA of Cape Town, South Africa (a free uni­ver­sity for dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents) and INTEC of Santo Domingo, DR, where he teaches courses in social enter­prise.  Pro­fes­sor Shaugh­nessy is an investor and a phil­an­thropist as well, sup­port­ing social enter­prises that bring inno­v­a­tive and high impact solu­tions to global poverty. In addi­tion to his work at NU and SEI, Pro­fes­sor Shaugh­nessy has more than 25 years of expe­ri­ence as a busi­ness exec­u­tive, cor­po­rate direc­tor, lawyer and pub­lic ser­vant. His advanced degrees include a doc­tor­ate in law (Univ. Mary­land), and mas­ters degrees in busi­ness (NU) and social pol­icy (Univ. Michigan).