Associate Deans Conference

November 16–19, 2020

Associate Deans Conference Agenda

Sessions will be recorded and made available on The AACSB Exchange. Conference sessions are subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest schedule.

Monday, November 16, 2020

09:30 a.m.–10:25 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

15:30–16:25
Central European Time

10:30 p.m.–11:25 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Membership and Quality Assurance Information Session

Join this session to learn how you can optimally engage in the AACSB Business Education Alliance. AACSB Staff will introduce you to the member benefits and resources available and will provide an introduction to the AACSB accreditation process.

Speaker(s):
  • Lauren Maradei, Manager, AACSB International
  • Jane Lawler, Senior Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International

09:30 a.m.–04:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

15:30–22:30
Central European Time

10:30 p.m.–05:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

10:30 a.m.–10:40 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

16:30–16:40
Central European Time

11:30 p.m.–11:40 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Virtual Platform Exploration

This video tutorial will explore the Hopin platform to learn about navigating and networking opportunities for a successful conference experience

10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

16:45–17:00
Central European Time

11:45 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Conference Welcome

Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

17:00–18:00
Central European Time

12:00 a.m.–01:00 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Keynote I: Strange Days Have Found Us: Managing Anxiety on Your Campus During a Pandemic

In 1967 The Doors released a song that began with the lyrics “Strange days have found us, strange days have tracked us down”. Fifty-three years later these lyrics resonate louder than ever. Almost everything about how we offer education has changed and with great change comes great anxiety! I will first explain the anxiety response and highlight how it impacts decision making, and the danger it represents if allowed to become chronic. The good news is, the anxiety response can be controlled, and I will highlight skills and strategies one can use at all levels of your institution, from administrators to first-year students, to provide respites from anxiety and the negative affects it can have.

Speaker(s):
  • Steve Joordens, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto

12:05 p.m.–12:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:05–18:15
Central European Time

01:05 a.m.–01:15 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Chair Yoga

Take a break! Join us for gentle breathing and stretching exercises that can be done right at your desk. During a time when so many of us are seated in front of our computers for long periods of time, incorporate these adapted yoga poses and stretches for a much-needed pause and stress reducer. Accessible to all levels and ages; no equipment or change of clothes needed!

12:20 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:20–18:50
Central European Time

01:20 a.m.–01:50 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

BREAKOUTS: Interactive Discussions

Meet and greet your colleagues on video to discuss Keynote I or other topics of interest. This discussion is facilitated by AACSB staff.

12:50 p.m.–01:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:50–19:15
Central European Time

01:50 a.m.–02:15 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DESIGN YOUR TIME

This is your time! Rest and relax, or take advantage of networking opportunities:

Speed Networking: Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

1:1 Meeting Rooms: In addition to direct messaging, you can set up private one-on-one calls with audio and video with fellow conference attendees.

01:15 p.m.–02:10 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

19:15–20:10
Central European Time

02:15 a.m.–03:10 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Associate Deans Affinity Group
Responsible Management Education Affinity Group

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)

02:15 p.m.–03:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

20:15–21:15
Central European Time

03:15 a.m.–04:15 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group

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)


Small Schools Network Affinity Group Meeting

The Small Schools Network Affinity Group includes representatives from schools with 35 or fewer full-time faculty


Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group

03:30 p.m.–04:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

21:30–22:30
Central European Time

04:30 a.m.–05:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

myAccreditation

Learn how myAccreditation will streamline accreditation reporting for schools, mentors, team members, and operating committee members.

Speaker(s):
  • Maria Baltar, Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Operations and Implementation, AACSB International
  • Amy Roberts, Manager, Accreditation Operations and Implementation, AACSB International

04:35 p.m.–04:55 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

22:35–22:55
Central European Time

05:35 a.m.–05:55 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Industry Session: Knack Tutoring - Scaling Virtual Academic Support & Employability

Interested in scaling academic support & student employment without increasing overhead costs? Join us to learn more about how the University of Akron’s College of Business Administration is working with Knack to scale personalized tutoring while creating flexible and virtual career-building job opportunities for their students.

Speaker(s):
  • James Thomson, Associate Dean & Professor, Finance, The University of Akron
  • Samyr Qureshi, Co-Founder & CEO, Knack Technologies, Inc.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

17:00–18:00
Central European Time

12:00 a.m.–01:00 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(A1) Accelerating the Transformation of Teaching and LearningTrack: Impact

The importance of teaching and learning excellence and innovation has been implicit as part of many business school’s strategies, but in the midst of the pandemic it has become central in the increasingly competitive landscape of business education. This interactive session will focus on several business school leaders who have responsibility for managing teaching and learning practices in their schools. These leaders will share their work and the way they approach leadership in this area. This conversation is important for business schools as they consider how they will structure their leadership to fit their strategic plans and manage teaching and learning processes and practices within their schools during this critical time.

Speaker(s):
  • Tawnya S. Means, Assistant Dean and Director, Teaching and Learning Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Sandra Luxton, Dean (Learning Innovation), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Sameera Rizvi, Associate Director, Solution Services, Rice University
  • Daniel Gruber, Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Arizona State University
  • Matthew E. Mooney, Assistant Dean for Teaching, Learning, & Technology, The Pennsylvania State University

(A2) ACT Now to Drive Social Impact Through Innovation and EngagementTrack: Accreditation

Business school leaders need to ACT to drive social impact. This session will show how this can be done by: Aligning a school’s own practices with a purpose and mission that prioritizes social impact; Co-creating trans-disciplinary solutions to societal problems with businesses, government and citizens; and recognizing that the Time for change is now, and delivering not just analysis but action. Nicola and Rosina will share examples of effective action from business schools in the UK, South Africa and the Netherlands, from the setting of an institution’s purpose, to the design of courses and the evaluation of social impact.

Speaker(s):
  • Nicola Kleyn, Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria
  • Rosina Watson, Senior Lecturer, Sustainability Strategy, Cranfield University

11:00 a.m.–03:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

17:00–21:30
Central European Time

12:00 a.m.–04:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

12:00 p.m.–12:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:00–18:15
Central European Time

01:00 a.m.–01:15 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DataDirect Demo 1: Your Mission Statement and Your Peers

Join us for a brief tutorial on how to compare your mission statement against those of your peers.

Speaker(s):
  • Joshua D. Barillas, Manager, Data Analysis, AACSB International

12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:15–18:45
Central European Time

01:15 a.m.–01:45 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Live Networking with Exhibitors

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

12:45 p.m.–01:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:45–19:15
Central European Time

01:45 a.m.–02:15 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Virtual Coffee Room

Make your virtual debut and join by video to network in an informal setting to share the latest book, podcast, or movie you enjoyed. Chat about current events or AACSB conference content. The floor is open for discussion.

Speaker(s):
  • Sameera Rizvi, Associate Director, Solution Services, Rice University

01:15 p.m.–02:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

19:15–20:15
Central European Time

02:15 a.m.–03:15 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(B1) Strategic Planning to Address the Future of Higher Education: an Industry PerspectiveTrack: Impact

From industry perspective, speakers will share insights in strategically planning

Speaker(s):
  • Roderick Adams, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Paul Sheward, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

(B2) Budgeting through UncertaintyTrack: Strategy

How is your institution coming up with creative measures to balance budgets and do more with less?

Speaker(s):
  • Wassim Shahin, Dean, Lebanese American University
  • Simon Sheather, Dean, University of Kentucky

02:20 p.m.–02:40 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

20:20–20:40
Central European Time

03:20 a.m.–03:40 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Industry Session: Capsim Management Simulations - Transcending Education with Microsimulations

CapsimInbox is the world's first inbox microsimulation platform. Learn how you can easily engage your learners with real-world experiences while assessing the skills that matter most -- all in an immersive email simulation.

Speaker(s):
  • Matt Shell, Market Development Manager, Capsim Management Simulations, Inc.®

02:45 p.m.–03:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

20:45–21:30
Central European Time

03:45 a.m.–04:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Social Time with LAMPOMPE Jazz

Take a break and enjoy a 15-minute concert, followed by networking and casual conversation with colleagues. LAPOMPE combines rustic gypsy swing with vintage blues and soulful originals to create a unique sound and style. The string quartet features two guitars, vocals, upright bass, and violin, crafting a musical pulse full of energy and excitement. By combining their love of gypsy jazz with the diverse musical influences of each band member, LAPOMPE has managed to cultivate a sound that is both fresh and steeped in tradition.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

17:00–18:00
Central European Time

12:00 a.m.–01:00 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(C1) Business Student Success: Effective Strategies for Student Retention, Progression and GraduationTrack: Impact

Unless your institution is an anomaly, the global pandemic has likely directed more emphasis on the challenges of retaining students. As senior administrators struggle with looming budget cuts, the strategic decisions associated with student progression and graduation are increasingly placed in the hands of colleges. Join a current and former associate dean whose business schools have championed student success through first year course experiences, peer mentoring and tutoring, supplemental instruction, and intrusive advising. Learn about effective strategies to support your business students and improve your students’ success.

Speaker(s):
  • Natasha Veltri, Associate Dean & Professor, Information and Technology Management, The University of Tampa
  • Latisha Settlage, Interim Dean, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

(C2) Virtual PRVs: Dos and Don’tsTrack: Strategy

The session will provide in a humorous way experiences, good practices and worst cases of how to prepare (or how not to prepare) an upcoming virtual visit.

Speaker(s):
  • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Isabelle J. Fagnot, Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation, KEDGE Business School

11:00 a.m.–04:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

17:00–22:30
Central European Time

12:00 a.m.–05:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

12:00 p.m.–12:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:00–18:15
Central European Time

01:00 a.m.–01:15 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DataDirect Demo 2: Exploring Budget Data

Join us for a look at the data that are available via DataDirect regarding business school budget trends in addition to trends in budget to student, budget to faculty FTE and budget to staff ratios.

Speaker(s):
  • Jeanine Romano, Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis, AACSB International

12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:15–18:45
Central European Time

01:15 a.m.–01:45 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Live Networking with Exhibitors

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

12:45 p.m.–01:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:45–19:00
Central European Time

01:45 a.m.–02:00 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DESIGN YOUR TIME

This is your time! Rest and relax, or take advantage of networking opportunities:

Speed Networking: Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

1:1 Meeting Rooms: In addition to direct messaging, you can set up private one-on-one calls with audio and video with fellow conference attendees.

01:00 p.m.–02:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

19:00–20:00
Central European Time

02:00 a.m.–03:00 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(D1) STEM in Business Education: Does the Pendulum Swing the Right Way?

The Wisconsin School of Business pioneered a STEM MBA degree in 2016 in recognition of the growing demand for tech MBA skills in a wide range of industries. Similarly, Aalto School of Business offers a MSc program in Information and Service Management (business analytics, information systems and operations research). This panel examines timely questions about the value, relevance and impact of STEM education in graduate programs. Why does a STEM degree make sense in a business school? What are the guidelines and best practices? Are there pitfalls? How should business school leaders think about STEM in business education?

Speaker(s):
  • Vallabh Sambamurthy, Albert O. Nicholas Dean, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Virpi Tuunainen, Associate Dean & Professor, Information Systems Science, Aalto University

(D2) What Comes Next? 10 Disruptions Business Schools Must Navigate After the Pandemic

In this highly interactive session, panelists will debate changes to business schools brought about by the pandemic and predict how these disruptions will impact the future of GME. Audience members will direct the conversation by voting on which predictions they see as inevitable for the field. Our panel will then explore how such changes will come to pass and share practices for adapting in the wake of COVID-19. Attendees will learn strategies for evolving in ways that allow their institutions to control their destiny throughout this period of rapid and intense transformation.

Speaker(s):
  • Kate Klepper, Associate Dean, Northeastern University
  • Shannon Deer, MBA Director, Texas A&M University

02:05 p.m.–02:25 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

20:05–20:25
Central European Time

03:05 a.m.–03:25 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Industry Session: Capsim Management Simulations - Transcending Education with Microsimulations

CapsimInbox is the world's first inbox microsimulation platform. Learn how you can easily engage your learners with real-world experiences while assessing the skills that matter most -- all in an immersive email simulation.

Speaker(s):
  • Matt Shell, Market Development Manager, Capsim Management Simulations, Inc.®

02:30 p.m.–03:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

20:30–21:30
Central European Time

03:30 a.m.–04:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Faculty Qualifications

This session will compare and contrast the 2013 and 2020 faculty qualification standards. Speakers will cover the principles-based elements of 2020 Standard 3, key changes to the faculty tables, and scenarios to help attendees apply their new knowledge. The session will also address faculty development strategies based on the experience of a dean at an AACSB accredited school.

Speaker(s):
  • Suzanne Mintz, Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Strategy and Policy, AACSB International
  • Susan E. Lehrman, Dean, Rowan University

03:30 p.m.–04:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

21:30–22:30
Central European Time

04:30 a.m.–05:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Social Hour & Wine Workshop

At a traditional conference, you would be enjoying some libations with colleagues while chatting about the day…instead, grab a beverage of choice and learn more about what you are drinking! For the first 30 minutes, we’ll learn wine basics, tasting techniques, and appreciation tips from an expert wine connoisseur, followed by a live Q&A and small group breakouts for networking and casual conversation with colleagues. In addition, it will help you calibrate your palate as you embark on this lifelong adventure called wine!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

17:00–18:00
Central European Time

12:00 a.m.–01:00 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Keynote II: Building a Diverse & Inclusive Future Workforce

This session shares lessons about how to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and how schools and corporate America can work together. The session will focus on what we learned from our data, our aspirations for talent attraction and 2-year experience -- including recruiting in new ways and in different places, creating a culture of belonging to set up employees for success. Many lessons are applicable to schools as they look to increase diversity, as well. It will also explore how these lessons extend to academia.

Speaker(s):
  • Shannon Schuyler, Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers

11:00 a.m.–03:10 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

17:00–21:10
Central European Time

12:00 a.m.–04:10 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

12:10 p.m.–12:40 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:10–18:40
Central European Time

01:10 a.m.–01:40 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

BREAKOUTS: Interactive Discussions

Meet and greet your colleagues on video to discuss Keynote II or other topics of interest. This discussion is facilitated by AACSB staff.

12:40 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:40–18:50
Central European Time

01:40 a.m.–01:50 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Wellness Break: Meditative Sound Bath

Take a pause to relax, reset, and recharge with sounds, chants, and vibrations as they are channeled through Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls and voice. A sound bath is an improvised meditative “concert” to support a state of deep relaxation and allow healing of all body systems. Immerse yourself in this gentle and powerful experience.

12:50 p.m.–01:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

18:50–19:30
Central European Time

01:50 a.m.–02:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DESIGN YOUR TIME

This is your time! Rest and relax, or take advantage of networking opportunities:

Speed Networking: Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

1:1 Meeting Rooms: In addition to direct messaging, you can set up private one-on-one calls with audio and video with fellow conference attendees.

01:30 p.m.–02:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

19:30–20:30
Central European Time

02:30 a.m.–03:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(E1) Alternative Models of Higher EducationTrack: Strategy

Higher education is sometimes criticized as being rather reluctant to structural changes. This apparent inertia has been abruptly challenged over the past 6 months. The unexpected COVID-19 challenges higher education to learn, relearn and unlearn many things in the systems. Notwithstanding, Universities and colleges showed their ability to face a crisis and to deliver training and education during these troubling times, sometimes in a “minimum viable product” spirit. Explore some of the best practices and lessons learned for new strategies on delivery, collaborations, faculty models and more and how does this impact future models of higher education?

Speaker(s):
  • Denis Lescop, Professor, Montpellier Business School
  • Kaustav Misra, Associate Dean, School of Business, Central Connecticut State University

(E2) Efficient Measurement: Simplifying AoL in Complex ContextsTrack: Accreditation

Many schools face challenges building efficient and effective assurance of learning processes due to contextual factors such as multiple accreditors or campuses. Schools often default to a decentralized approach where multiple AOL systems are developed; this often results in significant redundancy and inefficiency undermining the effectiveness of the AOL process. This session will share the experience of Nottingham University Business School and East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology, both faced with complex scenarios. Participants will evaluate sources of complexity in their own AOL processes and learn how efficient measurement systems can be devised to span multiple accreditor’s requirements or be deployed across multiple campuses to drive highly effective student improvement.

Speaker(s):
  • Sallie Kirk, Assurance of Learning and Quality Manager, The University of Nottingham
  • Peter Morgan, Associate Dean, Education and Student Experience, The University of Nottingham
  • Karen A. Tarnoff, Associate Dean, Assurance of Learning and International Programs, East Tennessee State University

02:35 p.m.–02:50 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

20:35–20:50
Central European Time

03:35 a.m.–03:50 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DataDirect Demo 3: Program Delivery Methods: What Do the Data Say?

This session provides a brief overview of how to find and analyze program delivery vehicles and trends using DataDirect.

Speaker(s):
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

02:50 p.m.–03:10 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

20:50–21:10
Central European Time

03:50 a.m.–04:10 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Industry Session: Suitable - Student Professional Development Using Suitable

Learn how Suitable has been helping top business schools across the country in boosting and maintaining student engagement, tracking that participation in real time, and helping business students articulate their professional stories.

Speaker(s):
  • Michael Miclette, Business School Partnerships, Suitable