Elena Dodge

Assessment and Projects Specialist


Ph. D. (Educational Leadership), Iowa State University; M.B.A. University of Northern Iowa; Masters (Linguistics and Intercultural Communication), Moscow State Linguistics University (Moscow, Russia), language specialization – English and French

Teaching Interests

Communication in professional settings, intercultural communication and diversity, business communication, assessment of student learning and curriculum development.

Research Interests

Internationalization, multiculturalism and cultural diversity in organizations; intercultural communication; professional and business communication; student learning and success in a diverse educational environment; student learning assessment methods and tools.


As Assessment Specialist, Elena coordinates and oversees assessment activities for curriculum management in BA and MBA programs, performs data analysis and reports results on student learning assessment for internal and external users. She serves on UNIBusiness Core Curriculum Council and works closely with business faculty in working groups associated with student learning objectives. As Projects Specialist, Elena promotes and coordinates UNIBusiness Undergraduate Research Program, as well as advises program participants. She recruits and advises international visiting faculty and instructors for the MBA International Focus course series and facilitates visits. She also supervises Graduate Assistants.

Professional Accomplishments

Over her years at UNIBusiness, Elena has played an important role in developing and coordinating assessment of student learning for undergraduate and graduate programs. While maintaining a full-time professional position at UNI, she conducted research and successfully defended a dissertation titled “Academic Engagement of International Students: A Culturally Sensitive Measurement Model”. She stays active in collaborative research related to academic learning goals and assessment, and has presented in the UNI Brown Bag Lecture Series. Elena has recently developed and taught a graduate-level course on diversity and intercultural communication in the workplace. In addition, Elena was selected for the first cohort of UNI Provost’s (former President’s) Leadership Academy.

Prior to coming to UNI, Elena was a faculty member at Moscow State Linguistics University (Moscow, Russia) where she was on the leading team for development of new academic programs in business and course curricula in ESL business communication, translation and interpreting.

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