Deans Conference

Join us in-person or virtually!

Deans Conference

Join us in-person or virtually!

Deans Conference

February 2–4, 2022

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 HEREPlease 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 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, February 22, 2021

7:00 a.m. – 7:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

Responsible Management Education Affinity Group

The encouraging growth of the Responsible Management Education Affinity Group signals a recognition among Business Schools the need to help business serve the common good and to accelerate the transformation of economic systems to serve people and the planet. Deans of forward thinking and outward facing learning institutions work with increasingly competing internal and external priorities, including the paradoxes and possibilities associated with developing a global perspective and implementing responsibility in leadership and practice. They also have to manage the ever demanding cycle of transformational change required by learning and education fit for the 21st century.

This Affinity Group meeting is supported by the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) and builds on contributions from the Deans & Directors Cohort - a collaboratory of deans and directors acting as catalysts of change. The initiative is focussed on innovative and action oriented co-learning opportunities for senior leaders in the fields of management, higher education and organisational learning. Discussion of panelists’ presentations and sharing in small groups is expected to result in feasible ideas for engaging students through collaboration between colleges & schools, and in creating a network of like-minded faculty for further ideation around research, curriculum  and student engagement 

Session Contributors:
Dayle Smith, Dean & Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Loyola Marymount University College of Business Administration
Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Dean & Professor in Corporate Environmental Management - Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
John North, Executive Director - Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
Mark Smith, Director Elect: University of Stellenbosch Business School University of Stellenbosch Business School
Dima Rachid Jamali, Dean, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah

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Online Learning Affinity Group

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 topics of tying course learning objectives to AACSB guiding principles and standards to streamline the accreditation process, designing for learning, based on your business school strategy, mission and vision, and the increased role that technology will have to support our activity – from design, to delivery to assessment and to assurance of learning

Tawnya Means, Assistant Dean and Director, Teaching and Learning Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
Renee Ford, Instructional Designer, Pennsylvania State University
Lucian Tipi, Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Sheffield Hallam University

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8:00 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group

The Next Normal for Part-time MBA Programs

The pandemic has significantly disrupted nearly all traditional aspects of our Part-time MBA offerings, largely turning them into online programs.  With vaccinations making their way through our population, deans now face the question of how to define their MBA for working professionals in what is being referred as “the next normal”. This panel-driven session will provide deans an opportunity to explore which activities are most likely to remain virtual in the future for the very simple reason that they just work better – better turnout, better feedback and better outcomes – and which activities will go back to face-to-face.

Melanie Coburn, Director of Fully Employed MBA Admissions, Paul Merage School of Business at University of California Irvine
Kara Fichthorn, Director of Evening MBA Student Affairs, Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington
Brian Jennings, Associate Dean of Graduate and Executive Programs, Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University
Hasan Pirkul, Dean, University of Texas at Dallas
Richard Phillips, Dean, Georgia State University

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Small Schools Network Affinity Group

This session will revolve around business schools post-COVID. The pandemic has forced us to change the ways in which we operate. Some of these changes have been for the better and others have been for the worse. Some of these changes will be temporary, while others will be permanent. The purpose of this session is for participants to highlight the biggest positive changes each institution will be keeping post-COVID. The session will open with several high-level examples provided by the co-facilitators, will move into breakout groups, and will return for group discussion.

Small schools network includes representatives from member institutions with 35 or fewer full-time faculty. This group provides networking opportunities and communications among Affinity Group members, facilitates professional development experiences and sharing of effective practices for continuous program improvement, and provides a forum for the dissemination of information between AACSB International and Affinity Group members.

Steven Elias, Dean, Fort Lewis College
Matthew Rousu, Dean, Susquehanna University

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Technology in Business Schools Roundtable

Successfully managing technology to provide the greatest value to any organization is a challenge, but the competitive pressure on business schools to distinguish and reinvent themselves adds to the complexity of obtaining the highest return from technology innovations at the lowest reasonable cost. Join us for a conversation about how IT can partner with Deans to find solutions to challenges such as data gathering for re-accreditation, business intelligence to support decision making, constituent relationship management, and adapting to a stricter regulatory environment around data privacy.

Shannon Thomas, Director of IT, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Tech
Rob Peregoodoff, Director, Learning Services, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
Michael Westrick, Executive Director, IT Services & CTO, University of Washington

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9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

Africa Regional Network 

Launch of the Africa Regional Network: Engagement and 2021 challenges. The idea is to meet the members and engage them on their views on the 2021 webinar ideas. 

Hanane  Hanane Elkouari, Head of Africa Development, IESEG School of Management
Elsabe Loots, Dean, University of Pretoria

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Digital Transformation Affinity Group

Best Practices of Digital Management Curricula – Insights from MaCuDE Phase 1. 

The MaCuDE project is a major initiative to redesign the management curriculum for the digital era. Sponsored by AACSB, funded by PwC, and led by Stevens Institute of Technology the project comprises 3 phases. During this session, the results of the first phase - an overview of the efforts that have already been undertaken by business schools to adapt their curricula to the needs of the digital era - will be presented. Overriding themes, indicative courses and best practices will also be discussed

The Microsoft Learn for Educators Program

The session features the Microsoft Learn for Educators program. Participants will receive and overview of the structure of this program, how we are working to support and enable faculty members, and instructions on how their instruction can apply to join the program. In addition, we will provide an overview of Microsoft’s AI Business School initiative and how business schools can partner to enable its success. 

Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean and Professor, University of Washington Bothell
Rachel Wortman Morris, Microsoft
Michael zur Muehlen, Associate Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
Gregory Prastacos, Dean and Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
Jaime Perena, Microsoft

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Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group

Recognizing and Responding to Women’s Mental Health within COVID-19
Presentation Description: This presentation will help you identify mental health symptoms in yourself and your colleagues; challenge common thinking patterns that lead to mental health difficulties; recognize unique needs that some of your colleagues and students may face within the current pandemic; and provide suggestions on how to build practices into life that support mental well-being during challenging times. 

Jane Wayland, Stephen Harrow Smith Dean of Business, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Sufna John, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist; Assistant Professor Co-Director, Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ARBEST) Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

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10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

Diversity and Inclusion Network Affinity Group

The role of business schools in civic discourse and social justice: Experiences from the field
Business school deans and senior administrators will discuss their experiences in promoting civil discourse and advancing social justice at their institutions.

Anthony C. Nelson, Dean, School of Business, North Carolina Central University 
Matrecia James, Dean, School of Business, St. Bonaventure University
Henry Yatich, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Mount Kenya University
J. Goosby Smith, Associate Professor Management & Leadership- Baker School of Business; Assistant Provost Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Director, The Citadel’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
Lawrence Rose, Dean, Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, California State University, San Bernardino

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New Deans Learning Community Affinity Group

Advisory Council engagement is an essential component of AACSB accreditation and critical to business schools achieving their unique missions. This interactive session will focus on ways to engage Advisory Councils, even during these challenging times, meaningfully.

Paul Schwager, Dean & W. Howard Rooks Distinguished Professor, East Carolina University
Tanuja Singh, Provost & Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Loyola University New Orleans

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