Valerie P Denney

Assistant Professor, College of Business
Department of Decision Sciences
Worldwide College of Business
Worldwide campus

Areas of Expertise

Research focus:  

Complex decision making in industry and academia. Specific topics of interest include project management risk and opportunity management, stakeholder engagement, business ethics and success criteria, and academic integrity.  I provide a bridge between academia and industry by formalizing my 30+ years of industry experience through academic rigor.



Dr. Denney is a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Worldwide. Dr. Denney teaches both the Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Project Management (BSPM and MSPM). She is a member of the PMI Global Leadership team and part of the Ethics Member Advisory Group (EMAG), and on the Board of Directors for the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).

Dr. Denney has a Doctorate of Business Administration with a specialization in Management of Engineering and Technology from Northcentral University; a Master’s of Science in Technical Program Management from the Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering; and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Rochester. She received her Project Management Professional (PMP)® in 2003.

Dr. Denney’s research interests are in complex decision making using qualitative methods.  Specific topics of interest include business ethics and success criteria, risk management (with a focus on opportunity management), stakeholder engagement, and academic integrity.  She has a passion for spreading her knowledge and excitement about everything project management.

Dr. Denney is a Navy veteran and was commissioned through the NROTC program.  Dr. Denney retired from Lockheed Martin after a demonstrated 30-year record of accomplishment of winning executable business, planning to assure program success, risk management and project execution with solid financial acuity.  As a 20+-year project and program manager, she managed a wide variety of domains including satellite development, ground control stations, surface ships, electronic warfare, and unmanned underwater vehicles. She was responsible for a portfolio of over US$500 million.  

Dr. Denney lives in Fort Mill, SC with her husband of 39 years, and a few fur babies. She is the mother of 2 outstanding young adults.



  • D.B.A. - Doctor of Business Administration in Management of Engineering and Technology, Northcentral University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Technical Management, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester

  • Certificate - Certified Operating Excellence Green Belt (Lockheed Martin)
  • PMP Certificate

Fundamentals of Project Management (PMGT 501)

Effective Communications for Managing Projects (PMGT 502)

Anatomy of Project Organizations (PMGT 611)

Leading Projects Across Boundaries (PMGT 612)

Assessing and Managing Project Risk (PMGT 613)

ProjectManagement Capstone (PMGT 690)


PUBLICATIONS

Denney, V. P.  (2018). Achieving business performance through ethical business practices. Global Journal for Business Disciplines. 2(1).

Denney, V. P.  (2018). Business value: Is ethics truly part of the equation? Global Journal for Business Disciplines. 2(1).

Denney, V. P.  (2018). Exploring positive risk through organizational culture and proactive identification. SageSubmissions. Preprint.   https://doi.org/10.31124/advance.7450829.v1

Denney, V. P. (2014).  Achieving a competitive advantage through ethical business practices: An Ethnographical case study (3579945), (DBA Diss.), Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ

Marion, J. & Denney, V. P.  (2016).   Using PERT analysis to negotiate product development schedules.  Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management 2016 Annual Conference

BOOK AND STANDARDS REVIEWS

Project Management Institute. (2017). SME Reviewer for final exposure draft (standard portion) for: A guide to the project management body of knowledge (6th ed.).

American Society for Engineering Management. (2018). SME Reviewer for domain 11: professional code of conducts and ethics for:  A guide to the engineering management body of knowledge (5th ed.).

Project Management Institute. (2018). SME Reviewer for: Standard for risk management in portfolios, programs and projects (2nd ed.). 

REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Denney, V. P.   & Boccuzzi, T. (2018, October).   Disciplined decision making: Experiences in using the Ethical Decision Making Framework (EDMF). Paper presented at the Project Management Institute: Global Conference 2018, Los Angeles, CA

Denney, V. P. (2018, October).  Stakeholder management in engineering projects: Lessons learned. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Management International Conference, Couer d’Alene, ID

Denney, V. P.  (2017, October). Business conflict and ethical behavior in the workplace: A practical approach. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Management International Conference, Huntsville, AL

Denney, V. P.  (2017, October).  Exploring positive risk through organizational culture. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Management International Conference, Huntsville, AL


Summary:  Experienced in teaching project and program management courses in academia and industry.  As an assistant professor taught master’s level courses for a Project Management Institute (PMI) approved curriculum and have taught 6 different courses to date. In industry, was the faculty lead and subject matter expert for over 200 course deliveries of 19 discrete leadership, management, program management, subcontract program management, and business development courses.  In industry, delivered classroom and online instruction to over 4700 students over an 9-year period.  Demonstrated expertise in teaching project, program, and portfolio management topics including:


  • Business ethics and decision making
  • Risk management, including threat and opportunity management
  • Stakeholder and relationship engagement
  • Leadership and management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Competitive analysis
  • Business Development
  • Proposal development and management
  • Contract, financial, and business acumen
  • Program planning including scheduling and budgeting
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Program Startup and Program Performance
  • Quality Assurance and Management
  • Subcontract and Supplier Management
  • CPARs (Contractor Performance Assessment Report)


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Business, Worldwide Campus

  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)                                                                                         2016-current

Professor in the decision sciences department teaching master’s level project management courses.  Taught various online courses and received end of course evaluation scores higher than the median for the College of Business.  Courses included: (a) Fundamentals of Project Management (PMGT 501), (b) Effective Communications for Managing Projects (PMGT 502), (c) Anatomy of Project Organizations (PMGT 611), Leading Projects Across Boundaries (PMGT 612), Assessing and Managing Project Risk (PMGT 613), and Project Management Capstone (PMGT 690). Course developer and monitor for  PMGT 502, PMGT 613, and PMGT 670 (Contemporary Project Management) including curriculum enhancements.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Center for Leadership Excellence, Bethesda, MD

  • Senior Program Management Faculty Member                         2012-2016

Program management faculty lead, corporate subject matter expert, and instructor for 8 courses for 78 offerings for over 1300 students.  This is a select corporate position providing program management leadership for a $45B corporation. Classroom courses included: (a) Program Management Fundamentals, (b) Advanced Program Management Workshop, (c) Executive Program Leadership and Management, (d) Performance Contractor Performance Assessment Reports (CPAR) and Customer Relationships, (e) Risk and Opportunity Management, and (f) Program Manager Development Forum.  Delivered 2 virtual courses (distance learning) for 7 offerings for 275 students.  Virtual courses included (a) Fixed Price Contracting and (b) CPARs and Customer Relations.  Received numerous accolades for subject matter expertise, quality of instruction and facilitation skills.  Retired after 30 years in 2016.

  • Program Management Faculty Member- Course Development                                                                                  2011-2012

Subject matter expert and lead designer for development of 2 classroom courses (Advanced Program Management Workshop and CPARs and Customer Relations).  Developed learning objectives, syllabus, and course structure, delivered pilots, and trained faculty members in effective course delivery.

  • Senior Business Development Faculty Member                                                                                             2009-2011

Capture management (business development) curriculum lead and
professor for 7 classroom courses for a total of 64 offerings for 900 students.  Classroom courses included: (a) Introduction to Capture Management, (b) Domestic Capture Management Workshop, (c) International Capture Management Workshop, (d) Proposal Development, (e) Advanced Proposal Development, (f) Capture Management Fundamentals, and (g) Advanced Capture Strategy Workshop.  Received numerous accolades for mastery of the subject, delivery style, and in recognition of teamwork.

  • Business Development Faculty Member- Curriculum Development                                                                                  2009-2010

Program Manager for development of 2 classroom courses (Capture Management Fundamentals, and Advanced Capture Strategy Workshop).  Developed learning objectives, syllabus, and course structure, delivered pilots, and trained faculty members in effective course delivery.

  • Program Management Faculty Member- Course Development                                                                                    2008

Developer of Program Management for Non-Program Managers classroom course.  Co-developer and subject matter expert on Winning Performance Based Logistics (PBL) classroom course.  Developed learning objectives, syllabus, and course structure, delivered pilots, and trained faculty members in effective course delivery.

  • Program Management Faculty Member                                                                                             2007-2008

Faculty member for 4 classroom courses for a total of 49 offerings for 925 students.  Delivered classroom courses including: (a) Program Management 201, (b) Subcontract Program Management 201, (c) Subcontract Program Management for Program Managers, and (d) Subcontract Program Management 301.

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Business, Worldwide Campus

  • Program Chair for MS and BS in Project Management degrees                                                             2016-2017

Demonstrated administrative proficiency, leadership and management skills by serving as the Program chair for both the MS and BS in Project Management degrees with an enrollment of over 900.  Successfully completed the annual Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center (GAC) recertification.  Completed program annual internal assessment for both programs, continuously highlighting opportunities for improvement, developing action plans, and following through on improvements.

Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ (an affiliate of National University System)

  • Doctoral Student                                                                                                2007 – 2014

Demonstrated proficiency in APA and in performing in an online environment.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, MD

  • Program Manager                                                                                            1985- 2007

Directed all phases of programs from business opportunity identification, contract award, transition to performance, and execution.  Responsible for the cost, schedule and technical performance of assigned programs and portfolio of over $500M.  Coordinated the preparation of proposals, business plans, work statements and specifications, operating budgets and financial considerations with team stakeholders.  Acted as primary customer contact for program activities, leading program review sessions with customers to discuss Earned Value Management (EVM), schedule, and technical performance.  Established milestones and monitored adherence to program plans and schedules, identified and resolved potential problems through a rigorous risk management program. 



Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) credential # 61534, granted 2/13/2003; Status: In Good Standing, exp. 2/12/2022 

Certified Lean Processing and Six-Sigma Greenbelt,    LockheedMartin                                                                             2011

Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification (in-process)                      2018-current

Faculty of the Year for Service, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-WW, Department of Decision Sciences, 2018

Nominated for Dissertation of the Year, Northcentral University, 2014

Special Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, Lockheed Martin Corporation, 2010

Special Recognition Awards for Leadership and Management Excellence (3x), Lockheed Martin Corporation, 2007, 2005, and 2004                                                                                                                                   

Annual Honors Night Gala Recognition, Lockheed Martin Corporation, 2002

Star of Excellence Award, Lockheed Martin Corporation, 2000                                                                                                                                   

Engineer of the Year, Lockheed Martin Corporation, 1988