Associate Deans Conference

October 27–29, 2021 | Virtual and In-person (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)

Agenda

All conference sessions and times are subject to change – check back regularly for the latest schedule. All sessions will be live streamed to our virtual conference unless otherwise noted. In addition, all sessions will be recorded and available to attendees after the conference.

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Monday, October 25, 2021

08:00 a.m.–08:55 a.m.
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Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Steering Committee Meeting (virtual)

Steering Committee Meeting

11:00 a.m.–11:55 a.m.
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Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Meeting (virtual)

Adopting RME principles within and beyond the curriculum: Examples of good practices and challenges: Incorporating Responsible Management principles and the idea of business as a force for good into the ethos of a school of business can be particularly challenging as it often requires a cultural change. In this session, we share some examples of practices we implemented into our curriculum, experiential learning, and co-curricular activities. We will share the particular challenges we continue to face, and discuss ideas for overcoming these challenges.

Speaker(s):
  • Evgenia Pashkevich, Associate Dean, International and Accreditations, Institute of Business Studies, Moscow
  • Luciana Echazu, Associate Professor, Economics. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, University of New Hampshire
  • Amanda Gudmundsson, Executive Dean, Queensland University of Technology

12:00 p.m.–12:55 p.m.
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Associate Deans Affinity Group Meeting (virtual)

The Great Upheaval-Higher Education’s Past, Present, and Uncertain Future: The U.S. Is shifting from an national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, knowledge economy. Every college and university will be affected by this profound change. This session will focus on the future of higher education- what, where, how, and when change will occur. "

Speaker(s):
  • Arthur Levine, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Fazle Baki, Associate Dean and Undergraduate Program Director, University of Windsor
  • Lise Anne Slatten, Associate Dean, Administration and Quality, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

01:00 p.m.–01:55 p.m.
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Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group Meeting (virtual)

The pandemic has challenged our ways of working – from having to move to a full remote work environment to now transitioning back to campus. Faculty and staff are asked to come back to campus but at the same time are asked to keep meeting remotely from their own office. In these unprecedented times, we are in need of innovative management practices that would promote more flexibility in the workplace. During this session, we will have a panel discussion providing examples from public and private schools in the USA and in France on their transitioning back to campus. The panel will then be followed by a discussion with the session attendees.

Speaker(s):
  • Dayle M. Smith, Dean, Loyola Marymount University
  • Isabelle J. Fagnot, Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation, KEDGE Business School
  • Michele V. Gee, Interim Dean, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Jayati Ghosh, Dean, Saginaw Valley State University
  • Christy H. Weer, Dean, Salisbury University

02:00 p.m.–02:55 p.m.
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Online Learning Affinity Group Meeting (virtual)

What is the role of online learning during a return to campuses? (What we’re keeping and what we’re not from last year): The Online Learning Affinity Group aims to be a highly participative forum for sharing ideas and expertise on various issues and topics in online and blended learning. In this session, we will host a facilitated discussion on the role of online learning during an increased return to campus activity. The session will include breakout discussions, with the following topic choices: 1) What to Keep/Ditch in online teaching and learning. What drives your decision making? Facilitated by Jon Garfinkel, Renee Ford, and Ginger Killian. 2) What to Keep/Ditch in administration and strategic planning for online learning. What drives your decision making? Facilitated by Greer Jason-DiBartolo, Susan Wright and Lucian Tipi. Come to this session prepared to share your practices, questions, and challenges with the group.

Speaker(s):
  • Tawnya S. Means, Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lucian Tipi, Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Greer Jason-DiBartolo, Associate Dean for Academic Administration, Fordham University
  • Renee Ford, Senior Instructional Designer, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Jon Garfinkel, Professor, Finance, The University of Iowa
  • Susan L. Wright, Asst. Professor, State University of New York at Oswego
  • Ginger Killian, Associate Professor, Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

12:00 p.m.–06:45 p.m.
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Conference Check-In and Information

02:30 p.m.–03:20 p.m.
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Online Learning Affinity Group Gathering (in-person)

Meet up with the Online Learning Affinity Group at the Associate Deans Conference to engage in informal discussion around common topics for the group. If you are new to the group, we would love to meet you!

02:30 p.m.–05:45 p.m.
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Data Direct Kiosk Open (in person)
Exhibitor Showcase Open (in-person and virtual)

03:30 p.m.–05:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Creative Teamwork: Your Superpower to Solving Complex Problems – IN-PERSON OFFERING

If you wish to tackle complex challenges that require innovative solutions, do it by unleashing your team’s creativity. This session will immerse you in a variety of experiential processes that can spark any team's creative talents, then focus these talents on the challenges at hand. We will explore techniques developed by creative problem solvers worldwide, and experiment with the power of perceptual shifts. The FourSight Thinking Profile will demonstrate how your team members can work most efficiently through the complex problem-solving process by capitalizing on individual preferences. Speakers will share highlights from the recurrent programs for MBA and EMBA students and faculty successfully delivered at major universities for the last 20 years with over 3,500 participants.

Speaker(s):
  • Kevin Gecowets, Senior Consultant, Creative Focus and Instructor, Kennesaw State University
  • Harry Vardis, President, Creative Focus and Director, Center for Business Innovation and Creativity, Kennesaw State University

05:00 p.m.–05:45 p.m.
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Icebreaker Networking (in-person and virtual)

05:45 p.m.–06:45 p.m.
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Reception (in-person)

Reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and network with the exhibitors. Relax and enjoy the company of your colleagues before the conference gets underway.Sponsored by Knack

06:00 p.m.–06:30 p.m.
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Broadway Performance
Thursday, October 28, 2021

08:00 a.m.–05:50 p.m.
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Conference Check-In and Information

08:15 a.m.–09:15 a.m.
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Breakfast and Networking (in-person)

08:15 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Data Direct Kiosk Open (in-person)
Exhibitor Showcase Open (in-person and virtual)

08:40 a.m.–09:10 a.m.
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Data Direct Virtual Demo (virtual)

09:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
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Challenges and Opportunities: Conducting Quality Research in the Digital Age

Digital transformation carries the successful notion of fostering creativity and innovation. Academic research is going through a metamorphosis when it comes to the impact of Digitalization on research and development. How far has the digital age boosted research? This session will explore how to ensure quality research, analysis, design and impact. It has a particular focus on how to enable interdisciplinary research and how to measure research quality of such an endeavor.

Speaker(s):
  • Asma Salman, Professor, Finance, American University in the Emirates
  • Markus Christen, Managing Director of the Digital Society Initiative, University of Zürich

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
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Meditation (virtual)

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
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Refreshment Break (in-person)

10:15 a.m.–10:25 a.m.
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Speed Networking (virtual)

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
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Welcome and Keynote I: Ethical Leadership through Honesty and Giving Voice to Values

Ethical leadership requires honesty, standing up for your values, and speaking up when you notice problems in your organization. Honesty and taking action to give voice to your values can feel daunting, especially when we don't feel confident that we have the right knowledge and skills to advocate for our values effectively. Rather than focus on answering the question of "what is the right thing to do?," in this session we will focus on answering the question, "once we know what we think is right, how can we get it done?"

Sponsored by University of North Texas, G. Brint Ryan College of Business

Speaker(s):
  • Taya R Cohen, Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior & Theory, Carnegie Mellon University

11:35 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
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Managing Modalities

Asynchronous, remote, live, or hybrid? This session will explore best practices for organizing your approach, making decisions, and remaining agile. We will talk about lessons learned and what the future may bring for hybrid, virtual, and in-person demand.

Speaker(s):
  • Sebastian Fixson, Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Innovation, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College
  • Begoña González-Cuesta, Dean of Education & Academic Experience, IE Business School

12:20 p.m.–01:15 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Lunch (in-person)

12:30 p.m.–01:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Creative Teamwork: Your Superpower to Solving Complex Problems – VIRTUAL OFFERING

If you wish to tackle complex challenges that require innovative solutions, do it by unleashing your team’s creativity. This session will immerse you in a variety of experiential processes that can spark any team's creative talents, then focus these talents on the challenges at hand. We will explore techniques developed by creative problem solvers worldwide, and experiment with the power of perceptual shifts. The FourSight Thinking Profile will demonstrate how your team members can work most efficiently through the complex problem-solving process by capitalizing on individual preferences. Speakers will share highlights from the recurrent programs for MBA and EMBA students and faculty successfully delivered at major universities for the last 20 years with over 3,500 participants.

Speaker(s):
  • Kevin Gecowets, Senior Consultant, Creative Focus and Instructor, Kennesaw State University
  • Harry Vardis, President, Creative Focus and Director, Center for Business Innovation and Creativity, Kennesaw State University

01:30 p.m.–05:50 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Data Direct Kiosk Open (in-person)
Exhibitor Showcase Open (in-person and virtual)

01:45 p.m.–02:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

(A1) Developing Stackable and Micro Credentials: Opportunities and Challenges

Explore the role for business schools within this space from the perspective of two business schools. Micro-credentials offer flexibility and relevance in short learning bursts. Both the opportunities and challenges for developing a micro-credentialing program are discussed, including quality assurance, curating micro-credentials, working with faculty, and partnering with business to target market needs.

Speaker(s):
  • Patricia Hedberg, Associate Dean, Graduate Business Programs, University of St. Thomas-Minnesota
  • Chwen Sheu, Associate Dean and Professor, Kansas State University

(A2) From Novelty to Necessity: The Great Pivot

Without study abroad and similar opportunities, how can schools creatively offer learners experiential learning? This session will share lessons learned and practical methods for adapting to online and hybrid delivery, focusing on learning objectives to drive pedagogical approaches and caveats for keeping the needs of learners at the forefront. Presenters will explore technology tools to support engaged learning and leverage online delivery to remain current in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Speaker(s):
  • D'Lisa McKee, Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs, Quinnipiac University
  • Amy C. Lewis, Associate Dean, College of Business, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

02:45 p.m.–03:30 p.m.
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(B1) Social Mobility for First Gen and Underrepresented Students

This session will focus on the push towards widening participation in business education, making it more available and accessible to people from non-traditional backgrounds. Presenters will explore how universities can support first generation and underrepresented students through high school recruitment efforts, curriculum and professional development activities, and student placement initiatives.

Speaker(s):
  • Erik Devos, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Kabrina Chang, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Boston University

(B2) Experiential Education and Partnerships Designed for Positive Societal Impact

This session will examine the impact of social and environmental issues on managerial decision-making and share how courses can be designed to support social entrepreneurship, innovative teaching, and community sustainability. Participants will leave with ideas, examples, and pitfalls of which to be wary when establishing partnerships.

Speaker(s):
  • John Peloza, Associate Dean for Research, Gatton College of Business, University of Kentucky
  • Lisa Gring-Pemble, Director of Global Impact and Engagment, George Mason University

03:30 p.m.–03:55 p.m.
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Live Networking with Virtual Exhibitors (virtual)

03:30 p.m.–04:00 p.m.
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Refreshment Break (in-person)

04:00 p.m.–04:45 p.m.
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Courageous Conversations

04:50 p.m.–05:50 p.m.
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Lessons from Program Collaborations and Innovations

This session will explore lessons learned from the process of engaging with multiple stakeholders—faculty, staff, administration, alumni, corporate partners and other schools within the university and beyond to build and run new, interdisciplinary programs.

Speaker(s):
  • Sarah Vaughan, Associate Dean, Quality & Accreditations, ICN Business School
  • Kate Klepper, Associate Dean, Northeastern University
  • Doug Miller, Associate Dean, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick
Friday, October 29, 2021

08:00 a.m.–02:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Conference Check-In and Information

08:15 a.m.–09:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Bonus Session: The Associate Dean’s Role in PRT Visits

This session will provide ideas and advice for how Associate Deans can work with Deans to best support an upcoming PRT visit.

Speaker(s):
  • F. Frank Ghannadian, Dean, The University of Tampa
  • Natasha Veltri, Associate Dean & Professor, Information and Technology Management, The University of Tampa

08:15 a.m.–09:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Breakfast (in-person)

08:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Data Direct Kiosk Open (in-person)
Exhibitor Showcase Open (in-person and virtual)

09:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

(C1) Strategic Action Planning for Student and Faculty Success

This session will discuss the strategic action planning for student and faculty success. From different contexts, presenters will talk about how new associate deans can best support student success and faculty as it relates to their career advancement. In addition, they will shed light on: 1) the process used to create the strategic action planning for student and faculty success, and 2) the implementation framework of the prepared strategic plan of student and faculty success (i.e. Goals, tactics, measures, and evaluation).

Speaker(s):
  • Adrian L. Mayse, Chair and Associate Professor of Accounting, School of Business, Howard University
  • Mansour N. Alraja, College’s accreditation officer (PhD, FHEA), Dhofar University

(C2) Growing Smarter: Managing Program Growth in Challenging Times

How did ESC Clermont Business School restore their School’s assets and return to success after two devastating years between 2013 and 2015? How is Lehigh University’s College of Business growing graduate programs and top-tier scholarship, while also increasing undergraduate enrollment as part of the University’s broader strategic plan? This session will share how ESC Clermont and Lehigh Business used program portfolio development and reimagined resource alignment to achieve growth with strategic intent. For ESC Clermont, growth was vital and a matter of survival, leading to the rebirth of a school. For Lehigh Business, growth was part of the College’s Bold Ambitions, aligned with the University’s Path to Prominence plan. Strategies and lessons learned will be shared.

Speaker(s):
  • Isabelle Boiron, Director of Quality and Accreditation, Groupe ESC Clermont
  • Richard Soparnot, Deputy Director and Executive Vice President, Groupe ESC Clermont
  • Katrina A. Zalatan, Associate Dean and Director, Undergraduate Programs, College of Business, Lehigh University
  • Oliver Yao, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Interim Deputy Provost, Graduate Education, Lehigh University

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Speed Networking (virtual)

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Refreshment Break (in-person)

10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Chair Yoga

10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
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Strategies for Leading Teaching and Learning in Business Schools

This session will encourage discussion and interaction around three themes: integrating a range of educational technology applications into faculty teaching, creating a culture of teaching excellence and supporting ongoing innovation, and inspiring faculty-driven pedagogical development and support. Presenters will discuss strategy and vision for effective leadership of teaching and learning in business education.

Speaker(s):
  • Daniel Gruber, Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Arizona State University
  • Tawnya S. Means, Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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Rethinking Mentoring Programs

This session will offer a high-level view of various approaches and modalities for creating mentorship programs for students, staff and faculty. Presenters will discuss how to ensure effective processes, maximize societal impact, incorporate Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging, and increase retention. Participants will leave with examples of successful program structures as well as lessons learned from their experiences.

Speaker(s):
  • Luciana Echazu, Associate Professor, Economics. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, University of New Hampshire
  • Isabelle J. Fagnot, Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation, KEDGE Business School
  • Kevin D. Frick, Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University
  • Richard W. Stackman, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, University of San Francisco

12:30 p.m.–01:30 p.m.
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Lunch (in-person)

01:30 p.m.–02:30 p.m.
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Keynote II: Business schools as Catalysts for Economic Growth

This session will share ideas for how business schools can serve as catalysts for driving key policies and economic growth in their communities. Since 2017, the USF Muma College of Business and the Tampa Bay Partnership have partnered on a unique State of the Region initiative, which has evolved to one of the most high-impact community events serving hundreds of business, community and government leaders each year. Drawing on experiences from this effort, this session will present lessons learned as well as a blueprint for other schools to consider as business schools seek to be an even stronger catalyst for the regions and communities they serve. Join us to learn how business schools can serve as an ecosystem, adopting a flexible and fluid way of working with local partners to co-evolve and align activities to increase impact of key policy and economic initiatives that affect the communities we serve.

Speaker(s):
  • Moez Limayem, Dean, University of South Florida
  • Dave Sobush, Director, Policy and Research, Tampa Bay Partnership
  • Balaji Padmanabhan, Director, Center for Analytics and Creativity Professor, University of South Florida