Tawnya Means, College of Business, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Dr. Tawnya Means is the assistant dean and director of the Teaching and Learning Center for the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this role, she provides vision, leadership, and management for a Center focused on serving the needs of students and faculty as it relates to teaching and learning. Her team develops and implements a comprehensive and effective learning support structure for students and creates faculty development programs and resources to assist faculty with instructional innovation and adoption of pedagogical best practices. In addition, her team supports the college Assurance of Learning process for maintenance of accreditation through AACSB. She is a professor of practice in the Management department, teaching courses in strategy and pedagogy for the college. Previously, Tawnya spent more than 9 years as the director for the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida and before that, as an instructional designer for the University of Missouri's School of Information Science and Learning Technologies and a consultant leading a team of instructional designers for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Means received her B.S. in education, M.S. in educational technology, and PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis on learning systems design, all from the University of Missouri. She completed the AACSB Post-doctoral bridge program in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. Her research interests are in online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology for teaching, access to digital learning resources, and faculty preparation to teach. She has long been a leader in campus initiatives and committees and actively presents at conferences and other institutions and organizations on technology-enhanced learning.
Joseph Stephens, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
As assistant dean, Joseph Stephens directs all aspects of student services and oversees academics for the Texas MBA Working Professional programs (Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston). Previously, he served as assistant dean of MBA Programs at the Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri where he co-developed and launched the school's first executive MBA program, delivered in a blended format. Prior to his time at Missouri, Joe worked in brand management with Nestle Purina and in admissions and student affairs at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career at The University of Texas at Austin as a greek affairs advisor in the Dean of Students Office. Joe earned a Bachelor's in Agricultural Education - Business/Industry at the University of Missouri, a Master's in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University, and an MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.