The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration (CBA) has launched a national search for its next dean. Former Dean Louis Pol stepped away from the position this August 2019.
UNO CBA seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to build on the college's existing success and partner with faculty, students, staff, and external stakeholders toward further excellence. This position will report to and work with the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The dean will also work with faculty and advance the mission and vision of UNO and the College of Business Administration.
As part of the search process, four candidates will be hosting presentations and open forum sessions in the coming weeks.
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Feedback Survey for Karen Markel, Ph.D.
NOTE: The survey is currently open and will close at midnight, CST, on Sunday, Oct. 20
Feedback Survey for Michelle Trawick, Ph.D.
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Feedback Survey for Susan Eldridge, Ph.D.
NOTE: The survey will open at 8 a.m. CST on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and close on midnight, CST, on Sunday, Oct. 27
Feedback Survey for Jo Williams, Ph.D.
NOTE: The survey will open at 8 a.m. CST on Thursday, Oct. 24, and close on midnight, CST, on Sunday, Oct. 27
Jo Williams, Ph.D.
Jo Williams, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Management & Human Service at the University of Southern Maine. Williams was appointed as interim dean in 2015 and took on the permanent role in 2017. As dean of the college, she oversees the School of Business as well as the Schools of Social Work, Education and Public Policy. Prior to becoming dean, Williams was department chair and an associate professor of sport marketing at USM.
Williams received a Bachelor of Education degree from West London Institute of Higher Education (now known as Brunel University) and holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Sport Management from Springfield College, Massacusetts. Her research interests include sport marketing, social media marketing and sponsorship, as well as the exploration of active learning and experiential pedagogy in working with college level students. Her teaching interests are in sport marketing, sport sponsorship, and event management.
Williams has served as a member of several professional associations and committees including USA Field Hockey Board of Directors, the Maine Sports Commission Board of Directors, the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation and as a reviewer for AACSB. She is also a graduate of the 2018 HERS Institute.
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Susan Eldridge, Ph.D., CPA
Susan Eldridge, Ph.D., CPA, is the Director of the School of Accounting in the College of Business Administration (CBA) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
In this role since 2009, Eldridge has led successful mission-driven initiatives for growth, collaborative partnerships, and continuous improvement. These initiatives include achieving and maintaining AACSB International Accounting Accreditation and IMA Endorsement, initiating the UNO Accounting Careers Program and Accounting Speakers Series, obtaining the Regents-approved School of Accounting designation, and generating substantial financial support through fundraising.
As chair of CBA’s Strategic Planning Council, Eldridge has facilitated major revisions to CBA’s mission and strategic plan as well as its college governance documents. Eldridge contributes her financial and data analysis expertise in collaborative projects; some examples include the Mammel Hall Addition business plan, UNO-GCC (Guangzhou College of Commerce) dual-degree program, and multiple Office of Institutional Effectiveness data platforms.
Eldridge’s recent teaching and service awards include the Outstanding Graduate Accounting Professor Award, CBA Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Performance, Woman Leader in Nebraska Education Award (IMA Platte Valley Chapter), and Lady Vestey Woman of Achievement Award (AFWA Omaha Chapter). Eldridge earned her doctoral and bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and master’s degree from Appalachian State University.
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Michelle Trawick, Ph.D.
Michelle Trawick, Ph.D., a Professor of Economics, has spent more than 10 years immersed in higher education administration advancing the success of students, faculty, and staff at Western Kentucky University. She served over two years as Chair of the Economics Department, over seven years as the Associate Dean for Faculty and Administration in the Gordon Ford College of Business, and was recently appointed the Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Excellence.
As Associate Dean, she managed a $14 million budget on behalf of the college of nearly 2,100 students and collaboratively transitioned the silo-based budgeting model to an activity-based model steeped in transparency, efficiency, and the strategic funding of programmatic activities. She was the primary director of internal human resources and faculty/staff management concerns for 72 full-time faculty; 25 full time staff; and 66 part-time faculty and staff, including the recruiting, hiring, promotion, tenure, and dismissal processes of nearly two dozen faculty and staff. With faculty, she developed and implemented the college’s Professional Education and Knowledge (PEAK) programming and the Certificate in Advanced Professionalism, dramatically increasing the number of students pursuing internships and helping to brand students as “job ready.”
As Associate Provost, Michelle oversees the processes of reviewing and transforming all existing academic programs, leads the development of a curriculum management process for the campus, monitors and reports all actions relevant to SACSCOC accreditation standards compliance, and serves as the primary liaison for faculty concerns. She also collaborates with teams of colleagues to advance the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives and to develop a Strategic Enrollment Plan.
PROVIDE FEEDBACK by Oct. 20
Candidate #1 | Karen Markel | Wednesday, Oct. 14 | 2:30 - 3:30 PM | Mammel Hall 113
Karen Markel, Ph.D.
Karen Markel, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage who works with students, faculty, staff and community professionals to connect the College locally to Alaskans and beyond globally.
Markel believes in providing an accessible and inclusive educational environment to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive the education needed for their professional development. She is an accomplished educator with experience teaching human resource management related courses. Her scholarly contributions bridge research with practice and focus on overcoming discrimination in the workplace. She is senior certified by both professional Human Resource Organizations (SHRM and HRCI). Previously, Markel served as the Chairperson of the Management and Marketing Department and Professor of Management at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
Karen holds a Ph.D. in Social Science, concentrating in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations from Michigan State University, M.A. in Sociology from State University of New York at Buffalo, and, B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
PROVIDE FEEDBACK by Oct. 20
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Louis Pol Stepping Away from Deanship - 1/16/2019
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