Workshop Agenda

Best Practices in MBA Curriculum Review and Design

January 16, 2018

Scottsdale, Arizona

Mountain Shadow Resort - Paradise Ballroom North
Draft Agenda*
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8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast  
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions Joe Fox – President, MBA Roundtable
Jeff Bieganek – Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
9:15 – 9:45 Asking the big question – Why a curriculum review? Joan Brett,  Associate Professor of Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
9:45 – 10:15 What makes up a curriculum review – Frameworks to establish the who, what, when and how Jeff Bieganek, MBA Roundtable
10:15 – 10:45 A Mission Driven Approach to Curriculum Review JoAnne Starr – Assistant Dean, Strategy, Curriculum and Rankings, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
10:45 – 11:00 Break  
11:00 – 12:15 Curriculum Review Exercise – Curriculum Mapping
Ron Cramer - Strategic Learning Consultant, Division of Information Technology and Learning Design, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Chris Dakes - Director of Educational Innovation and Learning Design, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin – Madison
12:15 – 12:45 Working lunch (continuation of exercise as needed)  
12:45 – 1:45 Understanding Markets and Driving Curricular Change Brian Cameron,  Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs, Pennsylvania State University
1:45 – 2:00 Break  
2:00 – 3:00 Now What?  Choosing the right innovations for your institution, market and budget Joe Fox – President, MBA Roundtable

Tony Hansford, Sr. Assistant Dean, Fully Employed and Executive MBA Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California – Irvine

Loredana Padurean, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business
*schedule, agenda and speakers subject to change

Speakers and Panelists:
Joe Fox - President, MBA Roundtable
Joe Fox served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the Olin Business School – Washington University in St. Louis from December of 1998 through July of 2017. In this role, he had comprehensive management responsibility for the full-time MBA program, the evening Professional MBA (PMBA) program as well as specialized masters programs. Previously, Fox had been at Marquette University in Milwaukee where he had served as Assistant Dean and MBA Program Director for nearly 18 years. He has a long-standing association with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) where he served for 5 years on the board of trustees and was the chairman of that board. He currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee for the GMAC Board. Fox was also a long-standing member and served on the Board of Trustees as the Corporate Vice-president and Treasurer for the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM). In 2010, he was elected to the board of the MBA Roundtable (MBAR) and in 2014 was elected President of that organization – a position he still holds today. He was also a member of the Forté School Advisory Council. Fox also sits on several other local and national education related not-for-profit boards.  Fox has recently established his own consulting firm (Joseph Fox Consulting Services, LLC) to provide strategic and tactical assistance to the graduate business education community. He resides in Mequon, Wisconsin.  Fox received his BSBA degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and his MBA from Marquette.

Jeff Bieganek  - Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
Prior to joining the MBA Roundtable, Jeff was the Director of the Omnium Global Executive MBA Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.  As Director of Omnium, Jeff oversaw all operations of the program that delivered learning modules in Canada, India, China, Switzerland, Brazil, Turkey, Hungary, Italy, UAE and Argentina. Jeff joined the Omnium program after 10 years at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management where he served as Director of MBA Admissions and was responsible for recruiting and admitting students into the full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs which had grown to over 2,000 enrolled students.  Jeff was active in the management of Carlson’s Executive MBA International Residency program, which traveled to China, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Hungary and Austria.  Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of the Executive MBA Council, as well has been active with the Graduate Management Admissions Council.  Previous career adventures have included managing a vocal academy, fundraising and marketing for an international dance festival and managing productions for a Broadway producer.  Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Management.

Joan Brett, Associate Professor of Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Joan Brett is an Associate Professor of Management at W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.  Previously, she held the position of associate dean of graduate programs at the W. P. Carey School of Business. In this role, she was responsible for all graduate programs offered by the school, including the four MBA platforms and 10 one year master’s degrees. For 8 years she served as associate vice provost responsible for graduate strategic planning and management, including professional and leadership development programs for doctoral students, chairs and directors. Brett’s research on motivation and performance issues has been published in leading academic journals and highlighted in The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.  Brett has consulted with organizations on a range of issues from leadership development, feedback and performance management to organizational change and structure.  As a thought partner with executives, she assists them in exploring ways for their leaders and associates to embrace organizational transitions, overcome resistance to change and develop the skills needed for adaptive leadership.

JoAnne Starr – Assistant Dean, Strategy, Curriculum and Rankings, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
JoAnne Starr is Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Strategy & Rankings at the Rady School of Management at University of California San Diego.  She works directly with faculty on development and delivery of Rady’s MBA and Master’s programs. Previously, she held the position of Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and, in that role, was a member of Rady’s founding team.  She also currently serves as staff leader for Rady’s Center for Social Innovation & Impact and as a member of UCSD’s Change Leader team, which provides direction and coordination for Changemaker Campus programs and initiatives. Prior to Rady, she served as Assistant Dean for MBA Programs at University of California Irvine.  JoAnne also held positions at the University of Washington and at The Wharton School.  She has been active as a committee and board member for the MBA Career Services Council and Graduate Management Admissions Council.  Her undergraduate degree is from Vassar College, her graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania.

Ron Cramer, Strategic Learning Consultant, Division of Information Technology and Learning Design, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ron Cramer is a consultant for teaching, learning and technology issues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has nearly twenty years of experience working in higher education on curriculum development, assessment planning, and campus-wide learning technology initiatives. He received his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 and has since been collaborating with faculty and instructional staff on improving teaching and learning across a broad range of disciplines. Most recently, Ron has been working as a Strategic Learning Consultant within the Wisconsin School of Business to help the School move forward on several curricular initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Chris Dakes, Director of Educational Innovation and Learning Design, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Christopher Dakes, PhD, is the Director of Educational Innovations and Learning Design for the Wisconsin School of Business and a faculty associate in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has 20+ years of experience in higher education, teaching at all levels and conducts research on effective teaching, leadership, organizational change, and faculty development. His industry work and private sector consulting bring a strong blend of real world perspectives into the classroom for effective student learning. He has a PhD in Socio-technical Systems Engineering from UW-Madison, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Brian H. Cameron - Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
Brian Cameron is the Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs in the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University and is the Founding Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.  Dr. Cameron is also the Founding President of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) and designed and implemented the first online Enterprise Architecture master’s program in the world.   In his current role as Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs, Dr. Cameron is leading the design and implementation of a new portfolio of online and resident professional master’s programs and graduate certificates.  Professional master’s programs include inter-college collaborations with several Penn State colleges (Liberal Arts, Education, IST, Engineering, Health and Human Development, and others).  Part of this portfolio consists of the redesign and launch of the inter-campus online MBA program.  Dr. Cameron is leading a marketing strategy and branding initiative to better position the evolving portfolio of professional graduate programs in the increasingly competitive marketplace.  He has reorganized the current MBA program office structure to create a professional graduate education programs office to provide shared services to all programs.  Shared services include recruiting/marketing, admissions, advising, student organizations, diversity, mentoring, tutoring, career services, employer relations, and alumni services and relations as well as reorganized financial reporting and management associated with professional graduate programs.  

Tony Hansford - Senior Assistant Dean, Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine
Tony Hansford serves as Senior Assistant Dean at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine and is responsible for the overall strategic leadership and management of the Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA and Health Care Executive MBA Programs. Tony has over 17 years of experience in academia and has held key leadership roles in MBA recruitment and admissions, student affairs, program delivery and curriculum development. Prior to joining UC Irvine, Tony worked as a Senior Consultant in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group with Ernst & Young and also held professional positions in the insurance and retail sectors. He is a native Southern California and a lifelong Anteater, having earned his MBA and BA degrees from UC Irvine.

Loredana Padurean, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business
Dr. Loredana Padurean is the Associate Dean at the Asia School of Business. She is a global entrepreneurial academic with a track record of program, school, and intellectual leadership for multiple degree program business units and an internationally sought speaker and lecturer the United States, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.  Core leader in the successful launch of the all-new Asia School of Business, in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management “the most innovative MBA program in the world” according to Poets and Quants, Prof. Loredana Padurean has been an energizing force behind the establishment of the school and, in particular the development of MIT Sloan devised action learning programs in Asia in collaboration with corporate partners in the region. Loredana is an International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan with global teaching experience in India, US, Italy and Switzerland. Prof. Loredana is interested in understanding how to orchestrate people and processes in excellence driven business models. Her most recent research “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it” focuses on understanding how and when companies build their operations strategies and capabilities. Prof. Loredana has an MA in Communication and Economics and a PhD in Management from USI Switzerland. The Swiss National Research Foundation awarded her twice with a grant for an action research dissertation in understanding governance models through multiple perspectives. She is a serial failed entrepreneur and a passionate teacher interested in creating innovative learning environments. Prof. Padurean had over 30 keynotes in the last 3 years in US, AP and Europe.