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Eric Malm, PhD
Professor of Economics and Business Management  

Since joining the business department in 2007, Eric Malm, PhD, has taught a wide variety of courses covering economics, technology, small business management, and community development. A common thread in his courses is the desire to link traditional textbook material with the world outside the classroom. In many cases, his students work on individualized assignments where they can connect the course material to subjects they find personally meaningful. 

Currently, Malm is working on an affordable housing initiative in Norristown, and has been able to create an ECG course on Housing Affordability and Access.  He is grateful for the opportunity to connect the Cabrini campus and surrounding community in this way.

In 2017 and 2018 Malm published two books, Academic Transformation: A Design Approach to the New Majority, and Serving the New Majority Student: Working from within to Transform the Institution. These books focus on how universities should adapt to the needs of non-traditional students. As lead editor, Malm worked to secure a contract from Rowman and Littlefield and worked collaboratively with contributors from across higher education to create a timely and important book series. 

Whether sharing best practices in a faculty technology community, or negotiating faculty, staff and student roles in a campus-community partnership, the ability for people to work together for a common cause is central to Malm’s work and approach.  

Prior to joining Cabrini, Malm co-founded two businesses—a market research company serving the utility industry, and a venture-backed e-marketing company. He has earned a B.A. in economics and business from Lafayette College, and a PhD from Temple University.

Areas of Expertise

Business technology; technology in education; educating adult and non-traditional students; service learning;  environmental economics; applied microeconomics


  • Co-authored Serving the New Majority Student:  Working from within to transform the institution. (March 2018)
  • Co-authored Academic Transformation: A design approach for the New Majority (October 2017)
  • Co-authored“Strategies for engaging volunteers by uncovering individual motivations” in the International Journal of Volunteer Administration (June 2012)
  • “Toward a Student-Centered Measure of Learning Management System Utilization” in the Journal of Educational Technology Systems (June 2012)
  • Co-authored “The Art of Partnership: Engaging Individuals to Empower a Community” in Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement (Nov. 2012)

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