Associate Deans Conference

November 16–19, 2020

Networking Community Meetings

Please register for each meeting below you would like to join. Networking Community Meetings do not require a registration to the full conference. If you are not registered for the full conference, all Networking Community Meetings can be accessed HERE. Please select “Networking Community Meeting Attendee” and then “Join Event”. You will be able to log in when the Networking Community Meetings take place.

Please note that unless you are registered for the Associate Deans Conference, you will not have access to any conference sessions including keynote presentations and speed networking. Those registered for the conference will receive a link to access all conference sessions, including Networking Community Meetings.

Monday, November 16, 2020

1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Associate Deans Affinity Group

Lessons learned from the last six months and what the future looks like: An Associate Deans Perspective

This interactive session will look at the lessons learned during the last six months of the global pandemic. We will also explore the changes to the Business and Management School world as a result of the response to the pandemic. 

Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean Strategic Projects, Sheffield University Management School

Jose Roberto Balmori De La Miyar, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Universidad Anahuac
Kevin D. Frick, Professor and Vice Dean for Education, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Brian McGuire, Associate Dean of the College of Business, University of Southern Indiana
Devrim Yaman, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Western Michigan University

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Responsible Management Education Affinity Group

Demonstrating the positive impact of management education: Are we walking our talk? 

Business Schools are quick to promote their value(s), but how well can they demonstrate their positive impact in society?  The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) is a new rating conducted by students and for students: students around the world assess their own business schools on how they perceive their positive societal impact.  This session will provide background on the PIR and its use/results to date.  Session attendees will learn how their schools can participate in the PIR.  The central question is: What do Business Schools need to do to walk their talk?

Clémentine Robert, President, oikos International
John Watt, Manager, Positive Impact Rating
Dr. Mathias Falkenstein,Executive Policy Advisor, LUISS Business School & Managing Partner, XOLAS

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2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group

Trends in PMBA/OMBA World & Our Collective Response to COVID-19

Understanding admissions and enrollment data in the part-time and online MBA market has always been challenging. For the first time in 26 years, we will present aggregated admissions and enrollment data from nearly 100 schools who have participated in the Annual Part-Time and Online MBA Conference. This data will help us understand the current demand for our programs; how COVID-19 affected applications, enrollment, and program delivery; whether women and underrepresented minorities numbers have increased; and what the future may hold for the programs we lead. The analysis will provide a rich understanding of our programs and what we think may or may not happen in the future.

The MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group includes representatives from AACSB-accredited institutions with working professional MBA program enrollment of significant size (generally, 35% + of total MBA enrollment).

Monica S. Powell, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, Naveen Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas
Brian Jennings, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs & Executive Education, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University

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Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group

Growth, Tolerance, and Resilience: Lessons from 2020

2020 brought about uncertainty, and imposed a new way of life around the world where some deep social problems took center stage. We will hold a panel discussion about what the pandemic, together with the developments from this summer that brought to the light the severity of the problem of systemic racism, have impacted the way we lead in higher education. We will look into the ways in which women in leadership positions had to adapt to provide the necessary support for the teams we lead.

Luciana Echazú, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, University of New Hampshire

Michele Gee, Senior Associate Dean, and Director, MBA & MSCIS Programs, and Professor of Management College of Business, Economics, and Computing.  University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Mary Meixell, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Management. School of Business. Quinnipiac University
Lucy Gilson, Associate Dean for Faculty & Outreach. School of Business. University of Connecticut

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Small Schools Network Affinity Group

How Can We Best Support Faculty in Difficult Times?

COVID-19 has increased the stress levels for all of us – and faculty members certainly have been put under more stress this year.  Given the time and energy that is involved with teaching remote, in-person, or – for many schools – providing lessons both in-person and remotely, it is important for administrators to look for the best ways to support faculty members.

This session will begin with a brief introduction by the facilitators who will set up what they have seen and done over the past six months to support faculty members.  Participants will then go into breakout rooms to discuss what they’ve done and learned, topics could include:

• Leading through the fog
• Accommodating faculty and staff in high-risk categories
• Creating “work-arounds” in Continuous Improvement and AoL
• Fighting Covid fatigue (self-care)
• Maintaining engagement and morale among faculty and staff

Diane Anstine, Dean, North Central College
Matthew Rousu, Dean, Susquehanna University
Astrid Sheil, Dean, Shenandoah University

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