Dr. Michael Fratantuono

Adjunct Senior Fellow
Centre for Global Higher Education Futures

Dr. Michael J. Fratantuono received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington in 1988 and in that same year joined the Dickinson Economics Department.  In the summer of 1992, he was selected to be a PEW Faculty Fellow in International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he received intensive training writing case studies and in the case method of instruction.  After earning tenure at Dickinson in 1994, he served from 1995 to 1997 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College.  Just prior to his departure, in recognition of his teaching performance, he was awarded the Department of the Army Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service. 


Upon his return to Dickinson he made a lateral move from the Economics Department to take on the role of first Department Chair for the newly created Major in International Business and Management.  At that time, he also rejoined the faculty of Dickinson’s Major of International Studies.  For the past twenty years, he is the only Dickinson Professor who has simultaneously been a member of both departments.  As well, he has recently stepped forward to contribute to the Dickinson Certificate Program in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  In 2004, by a vote of his fellow faculty, he won the annual Dickinson Outstanding Educator Award.  He was named winner of the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for Inspirational Teaching by vote of the graduating class of 2006.   During his time at Dickinson, he has designed and taught more than thirty different courses and has utilized a variety of pedagogical methods. 


In conjunction with the Strategic Studies Institute of the War College, he and a colleague first organized and facilitated a workshop among scholars, military officers, business people, and government officials from India and the US to address issues of sustainable development, and then served as editors of the book-length Workshop Proceedings which were published by the SSI in 2014.  He has partnered with colleagues to provide strategic consulting services to both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  His most recent research efforts focus on developing and applying a system-based model of collaborative structures and processes in different settings, from local community initiatives, to programs national in scope, to collaborative international endeavors involving the U.S. military.