Faculty Profile: Christine Cahill

Professor Cahill with students in EuropeAssociate Professor of Business Administration
Assistant Dean for the School of Business

“Because STAC is a liberal arts college, business students learn analytical thinking, critical thinking, and communication skills—essential skills that enrich the educational experience and make our students truly unique”

After a fulfilling and successful 13 years practicing corporate law, Professor Christine Cahill made a major lifestyle change—something she, and the students she teaches—couldn’t be more thankful for.

As a partner in a large law firm in New York City, Professor Cahill found herself working long days…and evenings…and weekends. Despite her love for and commitment to her career, as a wife and young mother, her work schedule was less than ideal.

“I enjoyed the legal field, my work, and the people I met, but I realized there might be a different career path for me,” Professor Cahill says. “I thought hard about what really fulfilled me in my career, and I figured out that what I really liked about my job as a lawyer was mentoring young associates; I liked the teaching aspect.”

As luck would have it, a teaching position opened up in STAC’s School of Business for which Professor Cahill was perfectly suited. Now, as an associate professor and assistant dean, she teaches a host of business law, sports law, international law, ethics, and environmental law courses to STAC’s undergraduate and MBA students.

In addition to a full slate of teaching responsibilities, Professor Cahill mentors students pursuing undergraduate research opportunities. Each year, Professor Cahill brings a team of STAC business students to the national IACBE (the school’s accrediting body) case study competition, where they demonstrate their ability to analyze a current case including management, marketing, legal, ethical and financial perspectives and discuss recommendations for action. STAC’s student team took first place in the 2016 competition.

Professor Cahill also organizes trips to some of Europe’s top destinations so students can see their international law classes come to life. Past trips have included stops in London, Brussels and Amsterdam, including The Hague.  She is pictured above (second from the left) with a group of students during a trip to Europe.

“It’s important for students to learn outside the classroom,” Professor Cahill says. “To be able to integrate classroom knowledge with a travel experience and give students a hands-on opportunity to explore international locations is powerful.”

Professor Cahill says her law background and practical experience are critical to her teaching and her students’ learning.

“I can teach material on secured transactions from a textbook, but I can also go into my professional experience and discuss deals I actually worked on in my legal career,” Professor Cahill explains. “I can show students the contracts  that are necessary for the transaction and explain the things that can be challenging  from my own experience.”

Although her career change was a big one, she has never looked back. She says she is inspired on a daily basis by supportive colleagues and students who are eager to learn.

“Faculty and staff stay at STAC for a long time, and there’s a reason,” Professor Cahill says. “People are happy here.”

B.A., Political Science, Binghamton University
J.D., Indiana University School of Law
Member of the New York State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association and the Rockland County Bar Association