Associate Deans Conference

This conference will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Register now!
October 17​ – 19​
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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"Networking, Leadership Strategies, and "Lessons Learned" with the Metropolitan Business School Affinity Group" Network with others while considering the ever-increasing role of the Associate, Assistant, and Vice Dean in the Metropolitan Business School. Whether evaluating impact, managing daily operations, or engaging with the community, the role of the Business School Associate, Assistant, and Vice Dean is ever-increasing in its strategic importance. Today's Business School leadership is actively engaged in competitive enrollment markets, diversity, equity, and inclusion conversations, and the evaluation of societal impact. Welcome as we continue these conversations in our interactive, engaging, time together.
Jim Fatzinger
Chairperson, AACSB Metropolitan Business School Affinity Group
Elon University
Natasha Veltri
Associate Dean & Professor, Information and Technology Management, University of Tampa
The University of Tampa
Wafa Orman
Associate Dean, University of Alabama Huntsville
University of Alabama in Huntsville
"Teaching and Learning in an Online, Blended, and Remote Environment" 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 participant-selected topics that could include factors that are influencing your course delivery modality, best practices, common issues and challenges, as well as opportunities for the future.
Tawnya Means
Assistant Dean, Educational Innovation, Chief Learning Officer, Gies Online Organization, Gies College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Where have all the graduate students gone?" Students want meaningful and impactful ways to get together in-person. At the same time, they prefer the convenience and comfort of online. During this highly interactive session, we will discuss the innovative ways that business school are utilizing to attract, engage and facilitate career outcomes for our various populations of undergraduate, graduate and online students. Associate Deans will share success stories and best practices in this new hybrid environment.
Sharon Lydon
Associate Dean and Executive Director, MBA Program
Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick
"Leadership through Influence and Persuasion - Effective Strategies for Female Associate Deans" Female associate deans may find challenges to their authority and often rely on using forces of influence and persuasion to manage different groups. In this session, panel members will share their stories and observations on this unique role. They will also provide their own specific strategies that can help others. The discussion will also have active participation from the audience with question prompts to help Associate Deans reflect on their own challenges and leadership styles. It will have a Q&A session as well. 
Diya Das
Associate Dean, College of Business, Bryant University
Bryant University
Isabelle Fagnot
Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation
KEDGE Business School
New Orleans is one of America's most unique cities, but how did it get that way? Join Elizabeth Pearce, New Orleans historian, for a brief overview of the city’s history and learn about its distinctive music, cuisine and architecture. Hear how New Orlean’s personality emerged and why so many people from around the world come here to let loose. It's not an accident that you call it The Big Easy.
Elizabeth Pearce
Drinks Historian and Founder
Drink N Learn
Sponsored by
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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.
Interact with our exhibitors to learn more about products and services that can help your organization.
Join Capsim for our interactive and engaging session to learn how Capsim Inbox Simulations, our new simulation-based assessment technology, are helping leading business schools meaningfully prepare graduates for life beyond the classroom through immersive and authentic learning experiences.
Akil Forbes
Account Manager
Capsim Management Simulations, Inc.®
Join this informal, moderated discussion about how rankings affect business schools and students. Presenters will argue for rankings’ pros and cons, then open up the floor for discussion of what you, the practitioners, think, and changes you would want to see.
Daniel Kahn
Senior Research Executive
QS Quacquarelli Symonds
Francie Diep
Senior Reporter
The Chronicle of Higher Education
This session will explore how to assess your current portfolio of graduate offerings to determine if it is optimized for growth based on market demand, and your institution’s market positioning and opportunity - and if not, what must be undertaken to best set up your business school for near- and long-term success. Demands and expectations of tomorrow’s GME students have changed, and now is an important time to update your portfolio of programs to meet that demand, as your competitors are likely doing the same.
Brian Jennings
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Executive Education
Georgia State University
Jesse Golenberg
Manager, Consulting Services
Eduvantis, LLC
The University of London and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offer performance-based admission paths to some of their online bachelors and masters programs and have partnered together through Coursera in order to expand access to underserved and non-traditional student populations. The presenters will share an example of the work they are doing to create stackable pathways at their institutions that not only bridge undergraduate and graduate education but also provide pathways for students between institutions. Session attendees will gain insights about strategies to broaden access to their existing educational offerings and envision stackable pathways for students at their institutions.
Sam Brenton
Director of Online Education
University of London
Tawnya Means
Assistant Dean, Educational Innovation, Chief Learning Officer, Gies Online Organization, Gies College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Join us for an exciting and interactive keynote session facilitated by Dr. Kendra Reed of Loyola University in New Orleans. Dr. Reed will ask you to, “consider one person who most invited you to listen…” and other questions that inspire thoughts, feelings, conversations, and actions. Her unique perspective and entertaining flair will help you engage on a mindful journey towards intentional listening and being heard as a leader of the pack.
Kendra Reed
Barry and Teresa LeBlanc Professor in Business Ethics; Professor of Management
Loyola University New Orleans
Sponsored by
The global higher education environment requires a renewed focus on collaboration, particularly among a broader variety of partners. Learn how partnerships or cooperative agreements between domestic schools/programs can offset declining enrollments. Learn how to manage community and corporate partnerships and understand how to determine the role of partners with the business school.
Erik Devos
Associate Dean, Faculty Development
The University of Texas at El Paso
Vincent Lewis
Associate Vice-President, Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Executive Director, L. William Crotty Center
University of Dayton
Emerging technologies continue to create shifts in every aspect of life—including commerce, entertainment, social interaction, and work environments—and these shifts can spur business schools to reimagine what they do, how they do it, and what their value is to stakeholders. This session will focus on expanding educational opportunities through the use of technology, as well as how to ensure the right staff and faculty support is provided. Presenters will also share best practices in leveraging technology to optimize the classroom and educational environment.
Brooke Elliott
Executive Associate Dean, EY Professor, Gies College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Daniel Gruber
Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, W. P. Carey School of Business
Arizona State University
Consumers, employees, and public perception are challenging organizations to show evidence of their impact which is motivating business schools to demonstrate societal impact and develop future leaders with socially conscious mindsets. Join this session to hear best practices on how b-schools schools are stepping up to make positive change in their communities and illustrating their impact.
Carrie Blair Messal
Associate Dean
College of Charleston
Jennifer Li
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Professor of Accounting, Goodman School of Business
Brock University
Interact with our exhibitors to learn more about products and services that can help your organization.
As the needs of learners change, the role of teaching continues to evolve. In this session, presenters will share how learners’ needs have evolved and discuss ideas to increase faculty awareness and in turn, enhance their responsiveness to learners.
Hari Natarajan
Vice Dean, Business Programs, Patti and Allan Herbert Business School
University of Miami
Xianjun Geng
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Programs, Freeman School of Business
Tulane University
Navigating the relationship between faculty and staff can be challenging, but it is an important challenge that b-school leaders must tackle. Encouraging and facilitating increased engagement of faculty and staff can help to better achieve a b-school’s mission and possibly enhance its societal impact. Presenters will share tactics and tips for engaging faculty, while simultaneously building an inclusive community. They will share how they facilitated faculty and staff working together to revise a college’s strategies, as well as how they provided opportunities for faculty engagement and collaboration. Learn and share ideas for engagement.
Greg Frazier
Senior Associate Dean
The University of Texas at Arlington
Richard Soparnot
Dean, Business School
Groupe ESC Clermont
The pandemic, racial injustice, and social inequities have divided us greatly. With heightened tensions, we are quickly losing the art of discourse, a critical component of academic freedom. In this session, we will discuss ways to create an inclusive classroom for all students where challenging conversations and varying perspectives are embraced. We will share the pedagogy of an inclusive classroom, and the four components of academic freedom. Finally, we will discuss best practices in bringing the two together to create classrooms where opposing views can exist, serve as catalysts for individual growth, enabling all students to thrive.
Ama Ampadu-Fofie
DEI Director, Goizueta Business School
Emory University
Binnu Palta Hill
Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, Wisconsin School of Business
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presenters in this session will share how they have approached crisis preparedness and management, sharing practices they have developed that can be implemented at your institutions. Participants will then have the opportunity to apply a crisis management framework to a simulated crisis and discuss their approach with their colleagues.
Brian Gunia
Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Programs,
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University
Stephanie Gillin
Associate Dean, Administration and Finance
University of Colorado at Boulder
This session will offer lessons and practical advice on leadership and management for associate/assistant/vice deans.
Kathy Barnett
Associate Dean, School of Business
Loyola University New Orleans
Margarita Pilkiene
Educational Leadership Programme Director
University of Management and Economics
Mentoring can transform students' lives and is a meaningful way to engage alumni, community leaders, faculty, and students. Discover insights into current mentoring initiatives and learn a 7-Step Framework for creating successful, high-impact mentoring programs. Benefits gained and lessons learned from developing various forms of mentoring programs and helpful resources will be discussed.
Brenda Stover
Assistant Dean, VSB O'Donnell Center for Professional Development, Villanova Business School
Villanova University
Sherry Hartnett
Director, Executive Mentor Program, Clinical Professor of Business
University of West Florida
What comes after Associate Deanship? In this session, presenters will share what they considered when deciding to move on from their role as an associate dean. Join us for clarity and inspiration as you consider your career path beyond your current role.
Kevin Frick
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University
Naomi Boyd
Dean, School of Business
Virginia Commonwealth University
Interact with our exhibitors to learn more about products and services that can help your organization.
In their quest to develop the next generation of impactful business leaders, business schools are increasingly appealing to curricular as well as co-curricular learning experiences that they develop for their graduates. Promoting these learning pathways enable business graduates to create a personal brand with skills and capabilities that appeal to prospective employers. Join Coursera and Fairleigh Dickinson University for a conversation where we will explore how FDU is structuring their program offerings that helps their business majors achieve success. Learn how their leadership team is enabling faculty to more easily modernize and enhance their curriculum, while facilitating their graduates to make the transition from backpack to briefcase!
This session will share best practices in being an administrator while also keeping your research or teacher identity.
Brian McGuire
Interim Dean, Romain College of Business
University of Southern Indiana
Frederic Brunel
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Questrom Business School
Boston University
The role Associate Deans play is important in bridging the cultural gap between the academic and administrative bodies. Learn in this interactive session how to manage up and down (and across) with finesse, lead organizational change, and get faculty and other stakeholders to buy in to your shared vision.
Lasse Mertins
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University
This session will offer insight on the three types of authenticity—true-to-ideal, true-to-fact and true-to-self. We will discuss reflective strategies and practical tools to embrace and imbue authenticity as senior administrators.
Julie Moulard
Balsley-Whitmore Endowed Professor, Associate Professor, Marketing
Louisiana Tech University
Presenters in this session will share best practices for moving beyond remote teaching and will focus on how to organize a smooth delivery in various modalities, as well as incorporate lessons learned in the classroom. Hear best practices for getting innovative and taking forward new ideas, while keeping focus on the fundamentals of curriculum delivery.
Associate Dean, Diversity, International and Master’s programs, Director, Full-Time MBA and MS in Business Analytics
The University of Georgia
Stephen Newell
Associate Dean, Operations and Graduate Programs, Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
Experiential learning is a novel approach to enhance the learner’s understanding of curriculum through experience, yet challenges exist in assessing learner outcomes. Presenters will share best practices for measuring experiential learning, including indirect measures. Sharing best practices and examples of programmatic design for work-integrated learning, interdisciplinary collaborations, teams learning, and international experiences will highlight successful approaches for designing and evaluating successful experiential learning in business education. The assessment framework discussed in this session offers tools and strategies for addressing real and perceived barriers to identify supports for achieving strategic goals by assessing experiential learning in a variety of institutional contexts.
Dave Fenton
Industry Partnerships, Innovation, and Work-Integrated Learning Lead
University of Toronto
Kali Wilson Cseke
Associate Director, Experiential Learning, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
University of Victoria