Barbara Rau will take over as leader of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business (COB) on July 1.
Rau, who currently serves as associate dean, was selected as dean following a national search.
“During my 19 years working in our College of Business, I have been humbled by the accomplishments of our faculty, students and staff, and I am honored by the opportunity to serve as their dean,” Rau said. “Thanks to the work of Interim Dean Scott Beyer and our leadership team, the College is poised to pursue new program initiatives, continue its excellent research, and develop innovative ways to teach others what we know about business success. I look forward to working toward these goals by building collaborative relationships across campus, in our community and beyond.”
Rau will take over the COB from Beyer, who is serving as interim dean.
The COB at UW Oshkosh offers both undergraduate and master’s level degrees. The College is made up of six departments, has nearly 50 faculty members and includes several Centers, which help the University connect with and provide resources to the greater community.
In her role Rau will oversee the COB—one of four colleges at UW Oshkosh. The COB has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1970. AACSB International is the most prestigious international accrediting body specifically for schools/colleges of business—and a distinction less than 5 percent of the world’s 13,000+ business programs maintain. The COB at UW Oshkosh is the only business program in Northeast and Central Wisconsin offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees accredited by AACSB.
“As a faculty member, department chair and associate dean, Dr. Rau has long been an active leader in terms of promoting academic excellence, fair and transparent personnel practices and thoughtful change,” UW Oshkosh Provost Lane Earns said. “I am confident that as dean of the College of Business, she will employ her collaborative leadership style to usher in an exciting new era for the College, while strengthening ties across campus and with the greater community.”
Rau has been with the COB since 1997—she started as an assistant professor and worked her way through the faculty ranks until she served as department chair from 2013 to 2015 and finally associate dean from 2015 until the present. Prior to her time at UW Oshkosh, she taught at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations at the University of New Jersey.
In addition to numerous presentations at national conferences, Rau has published in academic journals such as Academy of Management and Learning Education, Journal of Human Resources Education and Personnel Psychology. Rau also has served for several years on the Editorial Review Board of the Academy of Management Journal. Her interests include salary negotiations, recruitment, employee relations and work/life balance.
Beyond her role at UW Oshkosh, Rau has been a member of the Academy of Management, the Industrial Relations Research Association and the Society for Human Resources Management since 1990. She has also been involved with the Oshkosh Society for Human Resource Management since 2011.
Rau earned doctorate and master’s degrees from the UW-Madison Industrial Relations Research Institute, specializing in personnel and organizational behavior, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from UW-Madison.
As the first female dean to lead the COB, Rau will join an elite group of women who comprise less than 20 percent of business deans across the country.
Karen Landay, UW Oshkosh MBA student and Graduate Assistant in the College of Business, has proven that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. The life of an MBA student is very demanding, but Karen has taken advantage of additional opportunities she’s encountered and is currently preparing for graduation and all the future has to hold.
Karen presented the paper “Dynamics of Innovative Solutions Emergence: The Role of Symbols” at the Southern Management Associate 2015 meeting in St. Pete Beach, Florida. This paper won the Best Track Paper award in the Entrepreneurship/Innovation category. Karen presented along with co-authors Ivana Milosevic, Ph.D., UW Oshkosh Assistant Professor, Mary Uhl-Bien, Texas Christian University, and A. Erin Bass, University of Nebraska Omaha. Karen was also the sole author of “Lost Candidates: Towards an Understanding of Job Seeker Self-Selection” which she presented at the Midwest Academy of Management 2015 conference held in Columbus, OH.
“I am incredibly lucky in my mentors and experiences. Without the support of many members of the UW Oshkosh faculty, I would not be in my current position,” explained Karen. “The combination of all of my experiences to date has resulted in me being much more prepared for the rigors of a PhD program. Conducting my own research and assisting with that of others is exactly the type of work that will be expected of me in my doctoral program, and having experienced a taste of it during my master's will help me greatly.”
Karen successfully defended her thesis “Recruitment Process Outsourcing: One Size Fits All? Firm Reputation and Recruiter Competence Effects” on February 17, 2016 and is expected to graduate with her Master of Business Administration in May 2016. She will also be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society recognizing business excellence.
Karen explained she has been accepted to the University of Alabama doctoral program and has been awarded the Graduate Council Fellowship. She plans to continue her education in business management and hopes to one day become a professor.
“Earning my PhD and becoming a professor will allow me to spend the rest of my life learning, discovering new knowledge, and sharing that through publications, collaboration with colleagues, and of course my students in the classroom,” said Karen. “Being a professor will allow me the ultimate freedom of learning.”
Jenny Haas, a UW Oshkosh MBA graduate, was recently promoted to vice president–research & development and training at SECURA. Jenny joined SECURA in 2006, served as a training manager and product development manager for Commercial Lines, and was promoted to director-research & development in 2008, where she led efforts in state expansion and product development.
Jenny earned her bachelor of arts degree from Marian College and her MBA from UW Oshkosh. She holds several insurance designations and has extensive training in leadership and management.
Jenny obtained her MBA from UW Oshkosh through the executive path. The Executive MBA path focuses on building skills and conceptualization at an enterprise and managerial level.
“The Executive MBA experience has given me a broader corporate perspective rather than being so focused on a single functional area,” Jenny explained.
The path consists of seasoned leaders with an average of more than 15 year’s professional experience, allowing students to have open and valuable conversations about real-world issues and ideas.
Jenny attributes her success to doing the right thing, whatever that means for individuals and their organizations. "Be responsible and accountable - own your decisions," she said. "Celebrate the good decisions and learn from the bad."
She has a few words of advice: “Never stop learning!”
Bryan Lilly, Ph.D., UW Oshkosh Professor, has been recognized as a 2015 Outstanding Faculty recipient through the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium Program. Bryan teaches marketing courses for the UW Oshkosh undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to teaching MBA Consortium courses.
The University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium is a partnership between four AACSB accredited business schools within the University of Wisconsin System including UW Oshkosh, UW Eau Claire, UW La Crosse and UW Parkside. Faculty from the four universities partner to provide instruction for the online MBA Consortium courses. Consortium courses are also offered to UW Oshkosh students in the form of elective credits.
In October 2015, MBA Consortium students were surveyed to discover who they thought were outstanding instructors in the UW MBA Consortium program. Students selected Bryan Lilly for Foundation Courses, Fred Kolb from UW Eau Claire for Elective Courses and Sue Norton from UW Parkside for Module Courses.
Bryan teaches the Statistical Analysis Foundation course for the MBA Consortium program. The course design is a case-based model, allowing students to apply statistical concepts in scenarios based on real-world applications. Bryan’s teaching style, combined with this course design, have been well received by students, leading to this significant recognition.
Congratulations Bryan! Well deserved!
For more information on the UW Consortium and the 2015 Outstanding Faculty visit http://www.wisconsinonlinemba.org