Associate Deans Conference

November 13-15, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Associate Deans Conference

November 13-15, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Affinity Group Meetings

The following Affinity Groups will meet in conjunction with the 2019 AACSB Associate Deans Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.  Please check back for updates.

ATTENTION: There is no pre-registration necessary to attend the Affinity Group meetings at this event. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Participation is free unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Online Learning Affinity Group Meeting

  8:30am - 10:00am

The Online Learning Affinity Group includes faculty, administrators, and learning technologists from any AACSB-member organization with interest and responsibilities in online learning. This meeting will focus on addressing the challenges of implementing online and blended learning. We will share and discuss these challenges as well as best practices for overcoming these issues.

Session Moderators

Nydia MacGregor, Director of Online Programs, Santa Clara University

Ginger Killian, MBA Director, University of Central Missouri

George Andrews, Associate Dean, Rice University


Entrepreneurship Programs Affinity Group Meeting

  10:00am - 12:00pm

Building University-Based Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Challenges and Opportunities

The Entrepreneurship Programs Affinity Group includes representatives from AACSB-member organizations that offer majors, minors, or concentrations in entrepreneurship, or have a dedicated entrepreneurship center, faculty-endowed position in Entrepreneurship or sequence(s) of entrepreneurship courses within programs.

Session Moderator

Jose H. Noguera, Professor and Chair, Department of Management and Marketing, Southern University


Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group Meeting

  10:30am - 12:00pm

Cultural Transformation in the Business School Embracing Gender Equity

The Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) Affinity Group includes women administrators, including deans, associate deans, assistant deans, program directors, center directors, and academic department chairs at AACSB-member business schools. 

Session Moderators

Luciana Echazu, Associate Dean for Programs and Operations, Clarkson University

Isabelle Fagnot, Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation, KEDGE Business School

Devrim Yaman, Associate Dean, Western Michigan University


Associate Deans Affinity Group Meeting

  1:00pm - 2:30pm

The Associate Deans Affinity Group includes associate deans or assistant deans with faculty appointment responsibilities from AACSB-accredited organizations and member organizations with approved accreditation eligibility applications. In this session we will share ideas on what the scope of diversity and inclusion should be; share success stories from our institutions; and talk about the challenges we commonly face.
Session Moderators

Michele Gee, Associate Dean, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Devrim Yaman, Associate Dean, Western Michigan University


Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Group Meeting

  1:30pm - 3:30pm

To Have or Not to Have an Office of Diversity Within a College

The Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Group includes individuals from AACSB-member organizations with interest or responsibilities in advocating for diversity and inclusion in academia and schools of business around the world. This presentation will provide the audience with information about what an office can do and the challenges that can occur along with best practices, missions, visions and strategies.

Session Moderator

Barbara A. Lofton, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Arkansas


Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Meeting

  3:00pm - 4:00pm

Pushing for Transformation: Moving Beyond ‘The Business Case for Sustainability ‘to ‘Purpose Driven Business’

The Responsible Management Education Affinity Group includes representatives management educators committed to advancing sustainability, corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship and innovation, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) from AACSB-member schools.

This interactive session will explore the difference between these two paradigms and how this manifests in educating responsible leaders. The focus of the former is engaging in sustainability where it is economically profitable to do so; the focus of the latter is engaging in sustainability for the purpose of making social and environmental contributions that will improve the world. Session participants will collaborate to identify practical ways in which we can shift the dialogue in our colleges to engage faculty, staff, students and business colleagues with deeper levels of commitment to the SDGs in the classroom, research, and organizational engagement.

Session Moderators

Cathy DuBois, Associate Dean, Administration, Kent State University

Amanda Gudmundsson, Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching, Queensland University of Technology

Sarah Vaughan, Associate Dean, Accreditations, ICN Business School