Associate Dean & Director of Interdisciplinary Programs
Bradford Chair in International Business
Ph.D. (Human Resource Management) University of Iowa; M.S. (Industrial Relations), Iowa State University; B.S. (Psychology) Iowa State University
Human Resources Management; Staffing; Training; Diversity
Diversity; Recruitment; Leadership
Mary works closely with the Dean to provide active support for faculty, staff and students and CBA and university policies, processes and initiatives. Mary is responsible for managing the college's AACSB Accreditation reports and processes and she is engaged in strategic management and learning assurance. She also provides leadership and coordination with departments in transfer/articulation issues with Iowa's community colleges. As she represents the college on important university committees, she maintains a special focus on building productive and positive collaborations with university administration, colleges, departments and faculty.
Mary has published articles in many respected journals including Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Management, Human Relations, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and Journal of Management Education in addition to others. Mary won the Outstanding Paper Award for Emerald Literati Network for her paper on 'Gender differences in leadership competencies, expatriate readiness, and performance. During her time teaching at Virginia Tech she won the Pamplin College of Business Diversity Excellence award and the Teaching Excellence award. Mary taught at the University of Iowa and Virginia Tech before coming to UNI.
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Having employer-ready graduates is a priority at UNI Business. Part of that focus means helping students obtain professional certifications and credentials — like Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner, Six Sigma Green Belt, etc. — before graduation, boosting their marketability for companies and making them career ready.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision, ruling that the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Not only was this a giant step forward for the LGBTQ+ community, but it also affected the human resources industry, changing the way they trained and promoted inclusivity in the workplace.
The pandemic has damaged businesses across the country. Federal aid in the form of Paycheck Protection Program—which began April 3 and ended Aug. 8 and handed out 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion—provided an essential crutch. But some businesses, particularly Black-owned and minority-owned businesses, were largely locked out, according to a recent report from the Association Press and CBS.
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The University of Northern Iowa provides a pathway for adults and students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in new and innovative ways. With support from UNI’s College of Business Administration, the Office of Online and Distance Education is recruiting students for a new Managing Business and Organizations Bachelor of Applied Science (MBO BAS) degree, tailored to working professionals to finish a four-year program.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in every sense, particularly for businesses. Offices may never be the same. A variety of data shows that even after the pandemic ends, many companies expect their employees will work from home at least a few days a week. These dramatic shifts could have lasting implications for corporate America. Will competition for office space in urban hubs be less fierce?