NEW HAVEN — A Yale School of Management (SOM) professor has filed a lawsuit against Yale University and three SOM faculty members alleging gender and age discrimination.

Constance E. Bagley, a professor in the practice of law and management at SOM, alleges in the suit that she was not reappointed to her professorship in May 2012 because of her gender and age. Bagley also asserts that while co-teaching the course “State and Society” with SOM Professor Douglas W. Rae, she was subjected to repeated acts of discrimination on the part of her male peer.

The suit filed by Bagley against Yale University, SOM Dean Edward Snyder, SOM Deputy Dean Andrew Metrick and Rae lists 18 counts of discrimination. The action seeks monetary damages for Bagley and asks the court to enjoin Yale to cease gender and age discrimination.

“A culture exists within Yale in which strong, assertive and professionally accomplished women who are not stereotypically female in their appearance, behavior and attitudes are viewed negatively because they do not meet certain gender expectations by the dominant male leadership,” the suit alleges.

The suit comes following more than a year and a half of efforts by Bagley to overturn the decision not to renew her professorship, during which three separate committees were convened to examine the process through which she was not reappointed.

“I did this as a last resort,” Bagley told the Yale Daily News.

Snyder, Metrick and Rae have all declined to comment on the lawsuit.

 NEW HAVEN — The Yale School of Management will expand its MBA for Executives program by offering students the ability to focus their studies in asset management or sustainability. The program is enrolling students who aspire to lead in these areas for the autumn term of 2014.

Yale SOM’s MBA for Executives program was launched in 2005 and initially admitted students exclusively from the health-care sector. The program delivers a rigorous foundation in business skills, as well as in-depth study of a particular industry or sector. The expanded program is part of the school’s planned growth as it moves to a new campus, Edward P. Evans Hall, next month. The expanded EMBA program reflects Yale SOM’s focus on addressing the most complex business challenges in an increasingly global world.

“To forward the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society, I am excited that we are expanding the scope of the Yale SOM MBA for Executives program,” said SOM Dean Edward A. Snyder. “The program will continue to feature our integrated core curriculum and our Leadership Development Program. The new areas of focus — asset management and sustainability — are similar to our existing focus on health care in that they deal with big issues at the nexus of business and society. The world needs leaders who understand the importance of managing people’s retirement savings, pension funds, and endowments, or addressing climate change and resource availability in a systematic way.”

 FAIRFIELD — Sacred Heart University has announced a new doctorate of business administration (DBA) in finance program.

Scheduled to launch in September 2014, the new initiative represents  the first doctoral program offered by SHU’s John F. Welch College of Business. The school has also recently added master’s degrees in accounting, digital marketing and human-resource management.

The 45-credit degree was licensed by the state’s Department of Higher Education in August and is among the fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Coursework will require two years in the classroom followed by one year for researching and writing a dissertation.

“The DBA in finance is student-focused, aligned with the participants’ interests and career aspirations,” explained SHU professor Lucjan T. Orlowski, chair of the Department of Economics & Finance and director of the new DBA program. “It is intended to train high-level critical thinkers and analytical minds who can contribute to the challenges of a complex and dynamic global business world.

“Students will broaden their knowledge of finance and acquire up-to-date applied research and analytical skills necessary for advancing their careers at financial institutions, consulting firms, other business organizations, government agencies and, potentially, in academia,” Orlowski added.

Orlowski said the program is intended to be highly personalized, leading to a specialized dissertation research project aligned with students’ specific interests and goals. Degree candidates will also participate in DBA field seminars, customized per student in the areas of fixed income securities, investments, micro-market structure, derivative securities, international finance or portfolio management.

“The program is perfect for executives who want to expand the knowledge that they already have or to acquire new expertise that can either elevate their current career path or lead them in a new direction,” Orlowski said. “This applied research doctorate is the future of education in business.

“Extending beyond the master’s degree is becoming the new normal,” he said.