Greetings from the Dean's Office
October 24, 2018 - Leslie Venzuela
Message from the Dean
The fall semester is going well and moving by quickly. The faculty and students are enjoying this first semester in the new McKinnon Center for Management! It is a privilege to be in such a beautiful facility designed to meet the educational requirements of the students as well as providing numerous study and meeting spaces.
The Dean's Office has been active in a variety of activities. I will highlight two that are representative of this overall work: 1) ongoing preparation for AACSB review, and 2) the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Summit.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is the premier designation denoting quality business education for schools worldwide. It must be renewed every five years. Both Anderson's accounting and business school programs hold AACSB accreditation. Anderson is one of fewer than 200 schools world-wide that hold this dual designation. I served as a member of the review team that visited Northern Illinois University (NIU) on October 14 – 16. It is interesting and informative to see first hand the innovation and engagement of a fellow accredited school. We can all learn much from these connections. I left impressed with NIU and proud of the Anderson School.
I also recently returned from the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Summit in Denver, CO. The Summit is an immersive and educational experience that promotes and demonstrates the value of principle-based ethics. I attended with Associate Dean Shawn Berman and UNM Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Director Harry Van Buren. Four of the 38 UNM Daniels Scholars also attended as well as four business leaders including Anderson Alumni Council members Monica Jojola, Terri Nicole Baca, Ann Cain and Anderson Foundation Board member Mike Buehler. This was the fifth annual Summit and it was hosted by the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Colorado Law School. The program was outstanding with many opportunities for the participants to share their thoughts on the importance of ethics in business.
As always, our people make the difference for the students and in research outcomes. I am introducing you to new faculty members in each edition of This is Anderson. This month it is Lama Lteif, Ph.D. Lama is an Assistant Professor of Marketing. She earned her Ph.D. from the City University of New York and joined the faculty at the Anderson School of Management in 2018. Dr. Lteif's research focuses on consumer behavior. She currently teaches marketing research and digital marketing. Welcome Lama.
We are halfway through the semester and it's hard to believe but we are already making plans for the fall convocation. Graduation this year is on Saturday, December 15 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. I look forward to seeing you there.
Dean Craig White
Message from the Associate Dean
In my summer message, I wrote that as I was returning from China, Craig was heading there. In the past month, our travel plans reversed. I was arriving in China just as Craig was leaving. I joined Anderson’s International Programs Director, Dr. Robert Luo and Florencio Olguin, Director of Student Services, for visits to four universities in China.
We visited our existing partners at the Beijing institute of Technology, Zhuhai and the Dongguan University of Technology, to connect with students who are already on track to study at Anderson and potentially pursue their graduate education here. We also visited universities in Nanjing to explore the possibility of building similar partnerships and other avenues for cooperation.
From Hong Kong, I flew to Washington, DC for The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation conference. The Anderson School is currently at the mid-point in the AACSB visit cycle and preparations are already underway for our next visit in the spring of 2021.
At the conference, I learned about changes in the accreditation standards and compared notes with colleagues from other schools about the key areas of focus for the AACSB. By building on the work we prepared for our last visit, I am confident that Anderson will be in good shape. This is due to in part to the efforts of our Assurance of Learning coordinators, Dr. Mary Margaret Rogers and Ann Brooks. Thanks are also due to Dr. Catherine Roster who worked with Craig to keep our strategic plan current to continue to serve as the guiding document mapping Anderson’s future. I’ll keep you posted as preparations continue.
Until next month,
Shawn Berman, Associate Dean