As I write this, the fall semester has just kicked off.  Classes started this morning and the student organization fair is going on just outside my window – the Frisbee club is putting on a show of skills and Willie the Warhawk is high-fiving the crowds.

Hyland Hall is buzzing with activity, classrooms are full, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, birds are singing – just your typical day at UW-W.

Of course, it takes a lot of preparation to get things ready for the start of the semester.  As usual our groundskeepers and custodians have done a fabulous job to make our “home” look exceptional.  Faculty have been busy preparing syllabi, creating new videos for online classes, and planning innovative classroom experiences to help bring out the best in our students.  Our administrators and professional staff have been working throughout the summer to make sure contracts are in place, classes are covered, students have been advised and technology is ready.

So, my wish to our students for this semester – work hard, be engaged in your classes, join one of our professional student orgs, consider a study abroad for a future semester, find an internship (or a job if you are graduating), have an impact on your community, celebrate diversity, and HAVE FUN!

Written By: Dr. John Chenoweth, Dean, College of Business and Economics

What Do Faculty Do?

At first glance, faculty members’ schedules show considerable flexibility.  The professors are in the classroom for nine or twelve hours a week, right? And then they have summers off.  Think of all that “free time.”  What a good life!

A faculty member’s responsibilities, though, are not always visible.  Faculty and attorneys have some parallels.  Do attorneys only work when they are in court?  Or is there lots of research and preparation before that day before the judge?  Let’s dissect some of those professors’ responsibilities and see what kinds of work faculty actually do.

Faculty have three major responsibilities: teaching, research, and service.  The balance of time often shifts during different parts of the year, from more teaching work during the academic year to more research during the summer, and service scattered throughout the entire time.

On the teaching side, faculty are in the classroom those nine to twelve hours.  Have you ever thought of how long it might take to prepare a 50-minute lecture?  Or to write a syllabus?  Or to prepare for teaching a new course?  Or to load D2L sites for students in each class?  In CoBE, faculty also have eight office hours each week.  As exams and projects emerge, those hours can expand substantially.  In my experience, the most time-consuming task was grading papers and exams—usually reserved for quiet times on nights or weekends.

Then there’s research.  In CoBE, we ask faculty to publish a minimum of two journal articles in a rolling five years along with one national or international conference presentation.  How long does it take to write an article for a class using secondary library sources?  Faculty begin with that process but then collect new data, sometimes through experiments or by analyzing databases, in order to expand the research that others have already published.  They write papers, submit them to appropriate journals, and then wait for the reviewers to accept or reject them.  The best journals may accept (with revisions included) less than 10% of the papers faculty submit to them.  Publishing an article easily takes a year’s work and time, and sometimes years longer.

Service responsibilities come in three categories: university, professional, and public.  Have you ever thought about who creates new courses and curriculum?  Or how the college maintains accreditation? Or how new faculty are recruited and hired?  The time to advise the many active CoBE Student Organizations can take as much time as teaching does.

Professional service involves being active in organizations that support the discipline.  So accounting faculty serve on boards and committees related to the CPA, finance faculty work with Financial Executives International, and human resources faculty serve the Society for Human Resource Management.

Finally, public service means that faculty use their expertise for community benefit.  Some faculty are involved in city activities such as local school boards.  Others use their leadership skills in organizations like the YWCA, food pantries, free income tax preparation, or technology park boards.

Fitting all these activities into a week or even a year is a challenge.  The success of the college depends on every single faculty member being involved in teaching, research, and service.  Their plates are full, and they give generously of their time and talents.  How about giving your faculty members a thank you, recognizing that none of us sees all that they do?

– Dean Smith




Virtual Meetings Using WebEx

Virtual Meetings With WebEx

Synchronous communication software is becoming an essential tool in the current business environment.  The UW-Whitewater virtual meeting software, WebEx, allows meeting participants to talk; chat; share screens; and record meetings.

In the past, only faculty and staff could create virtual meetings.  A recent software upgrade allows students the rights to create virtual meetings as well.

Virtual meetings can help in a variety of ways.  Many students experience conflicting schedules during group work.  Providing a virtual meeting option may allow all group members to participate.  Several faculty and staff have reported using WebEx for online office hours.  Some students  who were prevented from physically attending class due to unforeseen circumstances participated in the virtual environment, interacting through their laptops and the classroom computer.  Several students have interviewed with companies using WebEx or other virtual meeting software.  Finally, faculty and students have recorded training material and role play sessions using WebEx software

We have created several training videos to help you learn how to create your first virtual meeting using WebEx software.  You can find WebEx training videos at the following links:

Setting Up a WebEx Meeting 

Conducting a WebEx Meeting 

Sharing a WebEx Recording 

If you prefer to explore WebEx on your own, simply go to meet.uww.edu and login with your campus user name and password.

Technology is constantly changing and evolving.   We encourage you to gain as much experience as possible while you are completing your education at UW-Whitewater.  These experiences may be the key to separating your qualifications from the hundreds of competing applicants for your dream job.

Good Luck!

Dr. Robert M. Schramm
Assistant Dean
College of Business and Economics




Where Are We Going?

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
-Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland (1865).

Or as George Harrison put it, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there”. (Any Road, 1998)

The turn of a new year is always a good time to reflect on your goals. I hope that your college career, whether you are learning, working or teaching here, is in the service of a higher goal than making it to the end of a test, a class, a day. It’s helpful to stop and take time to reflect on “where you want to get to” before deciding on “which way do I go from here”.

As I interviewed for my current position, I was often asked, “what’s next for the College of Business and Economics”. As the Cheshire Cat would respond: “that depends a good deal on where WE want to get to”. As we’ve had one leadership transition (a new dean) and work towards another one (a new chancellor) it’s time for us to engage in that conversation. Over the upcoming months we will be asking our students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, business partners and other stakeholders to help us answer that question…”Where do we want to get to”. I hope you will choose to be an active participant in that conversation.

COBE Updates
The UWW chapter of the American Marketing Association has been informed that they are a finalist in the AMA International Case Competition.  They have now been a finalist in 10 of the last 11 years.

Our online MBA program has been ranked #18 in the Nonprofit Colleges Online’s Best Online Master’s in Business Administration: Students Before Profits Award 2014-2015.

Written By: Dr. John Chenoweth, Dean, College of Business and Economics


CoBE in the Media

CoBE faculty and staff have always known our College is a jewel in the UW-System.  Our challenge is to share our excellent reputation with others outside of the region.   To this end, we are very excited to announce the hiring of our new media specialist, Jon Kelley.  Jon is a former graduate of UW-Whitewater’s Communication Department where he was active in contributing to the campus television station both as an undergraduate and graduate student.  His work experience includes producing professional media for CBS, 20th Century Fox and other broadcast stations.

With Jon’s leadership, we have expanded our media in the following areas:

PBS University Place:  PBS University Place is a streaming digital collection of instructional videos from university and community events.  The CoBE Media Team has submitted four new videos to University Place for November:

  1. Scott Gittrich:  Topper’s Pizza Founder Talk Entrepreneurship
  2. Steve Kaplan:  Millionaire Steve Kaplan on Entrepreneurship
  3. Paul Sara:  Real World Ethics
  4. Kelly Fitzsimmons:  Importance of Personal Integrity

Please check out our videos at http://wpt.org/programs/university-place.  Go to the “Filter Categories” section in the middle of the page and choose the UW-Whitewater campus.

UWW-TV Spotlights:  UWW-TV’s cable channel has been kind enough to include some of the prominent CoBE lectures in their scheduled entertainment package.  You can view the schedule of upcoming CoBE lectures on UWW-TV at http://uwwtv.org/?page_id=3386.

CoBE You Tube:  The CoBE YouTube web site content is growing.  Several information and marketing media segments provide useful information to outside viewers.  Our new “This Week In CoBE” and “Ask The Expert” media series are helping to keep our main CoBE web site fresh with new content.  The consistent placement of new information produces increased viewing by our past, current, and future College stakeholders.

The entire CoBE Team is excited about our future in media.  Please let us know if you have any media ideas to help us promote the CoBE brand throughout the globe.

Written By: Dr. Bob Schramm, Assistant Dean, College of Business and Economics

Firsts: A New Department and New Degrees

Our new department:

CoBE officially welcomed the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH) as this team moved from the College of Education and Professional Studies.  Ever since we opened Hyland Hall, OESH faculty and staff have lived with us here on third floor with the hope that eventually they would be joining us administratively as well.  OESH has a strong fit with CoBE.  Their faculty and students work closely with businesses in areas such as ergonomics, industrial hygiene, disaster management, and environmental law.

OESH offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree for undergraduates and this fall they launched their first fully online Master of Science (MS) degree in Environmental Safety and Health.

Our new degrees:


On Friday, September 5th, 19 doctoral students came to campus to begin their first weekend working towards their Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) degrees.  While most come from Illinois and Wisconsin, they are arriving from as far away as California and Maryland.  Their professional experience comes from areas such as information technology, marketing research, lending, and accounting.  Professor Praveen Parboteeah is leading this exciting change – UW-Whitewater’s very first doctoral degree.

MS in Applied Economics

A first master’s level degree in economics is another addition to our college.  Ten students are enrolled as a cohort in the year-long on-campus degree program being coordinated by Professor David Welsch.  Students in this program will have experience with advanced data analysis and will be prepared to enter employment in fields related to the economics of health, the environment, transportation and monetary policy.

These changes demonstrate how CoBE continues to move forward, expanding its influence and preparing students for new opportunities.  Besides welcoming our new freshmen, we are excited about adding these new majors and graduate students.

Written By: Dr. Lois Smith, Interim Dean, College of Business and Economics

A Wonderful Ride

Dear CoBE Community,

I have some news to share with you.  On July 31, 2014, I will be retiring from UW-Whitewater.  I arrived in August of 1990, so my retirement date marks the completion of 24 years on this glorious campus, the last 13 of which were spent in the dean’s office.

Provost’s Administrative Fellows, 1999. Left to right: Provost Prior, Ann Raill, Chris Clements, and Richard Telfer.

As I reflect back on my time here, I realize how fortunate I have been in my career.  My work has been challenging and interesting, as have the people I have met along the way.  Students, faculty, staff, administrators – all have stood out as people of integrity, depth, commitment, good humor and profound caring.  To be able to say this about the people one works with is a rare gift, and one I hope you are able to receive, as well.

I feel honored to have been chosen to serve as the dean of the College of Business and Economics.   When people allow you to serve as their leader, they are placing enormous trust in your hands.  It is a privilege and also a responsibility to do as well for them as you possibly can.  This responsibility stretched me to become more than I could ever have on my own, and I feel that I owe a debt of gratitude to those who allowed me to fill this role.  It has been an amazing experience.

I believe in the tremendous value of higher education and its ability to transform lives.  I also believe fervently in business and management education and the power it carries to impact the world.  Business is an important social institution, and has the ability to make a profound, positive difference in addressing the world’s problems.  Yes, I know – it can also do some major damage.  We’ve all seen it.  This is all the more reason why it’s so important to do it well.

So carry on.  Do good work.  Make good choices.  Enjoy your life.  Take advantage of opportunities to laugh.  I’ll miss you all.  Thanks for a thoroughly wonderful ride.




What’s New In CoBE Tech?

The College of Business and Economics support team has always believed that technology can be a critical factor in creating a superior learning environment for our students, faculty, staff, and outside stakeholders.  The constant advancement of technology means that we can never sit still.  We must continue to research new technology and implement the best strategies for our College stakeholders.  This year proved to be a busy time for technology initiatives in Hyland Hall.  College staff worked closely with central IT staff to add the following technology to Hyland Hall:

New Media Recording Equipment

We built three new student project/recording rooms (HH3100A, HH3100B, HH3104) for students.  These rooms include a 55 inch screen to enhance group work and allow for students to record media for class assignments.  Some classes already using this new recording technology include Advanced Sales Techniques, Career Planning and Business Communications.

Piloting New Classroom Recording Solutions

In addition to the student project/recording rooms, we are piloting two new classroom recording solutions.  These solutions will allow faculty and/or students to record class lectures and presentations.  The recordings can then be played back at later times to assist students with studying and reviewing for exams.  We plan to continue piloting these two solutions through Spring Semester and make a final selection in Fall 2014.

CoBE Student Organizations Can Record Promotional Segments

Media is becoming a critical part in transforming the higher education learning environment.  UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics faculty have already created over 2000 media segments to be used in online and traditional courses.  Now it is the students turn.  The new student project/recording rooms will add a new layer to our learning environment.  Students can also use our media studio to create CoBE organization related media.  You can see an example of the AMA promotional media at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEZUJXFrAgs.

If you are interested in adding media to promote your CoBE organization, please contact our CoBE helpdesk at 472-4981.  College of Business and Economics student organizations can record media on Mondays and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

New IT Project Room/Study Area (HH3013) 

Infrastructure Technology students moved into a new IT Project Room/Study Area including large screen monitors, couches, bean bags, and study tables.   IT students can use this space for classroom/business related projects or just relaxing after a long day.

New Computers in HH3101 Computer Lab

Our largest computer lab, HH3101, received new all-in-one Hewlett Packard computers this year.  These computers are more powerful than the older models and the compact, all-in-one design allowed us to hide wires to create a cleaner workplace for students.

New Group Collaboration Set Up In the IT Computer Lab (HH3106)

Students taking IT related courses were happy to see upgraded computers with a new desk design to allow individual and group work.  Students can work individually on their own computer or simply slide the monitor into a desk pocket to provide improved communication with others.


Please stop by and say hi to our friendly staff in the Online Education and Technology Support Center.  We are located in HH 3001.

Written By: Dr. Robert M. Schramm, Assistant Dean, College of Business and Economics

Welcoming Spring


I’m hanging my hat on this quote:  No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland

Hyland Hall in Spring

We’re headed for 23 degrees as I write this, and already, I think people are more hopeful!  St. Patrick’s Day and spring break are just around the corner.  This also means that we’re mid-semester, exams and papers are commonplace, and the break will be welcomed with open arms!  As always, I ask students to remember to come back from spring break, not only physically, but also in the mindset to take on the rest of the semester.  Rejuvenation is a good thing.

Exciting news in our area includes the addition of Stephanie Douglas to our staff.  Stephanie will start here in a couple of weeks, and she will be working with both MBA and BBA online students as they navigate the admission, enrollment, graduation, and other on-going processes.  She will also develop an online community through social media, and help us track students’ progress through our programs.

Typical for this time of year, our office is preparing for priority registration and advising, but we’re also investigating being more proactive with incoming transfer students.  We hope to find ways to resolve some of the more complicated transfer issues for students before they come on campus for Plan-It Purple (PIP) orientation with the goal of making PIP less stressful for all concerned.

We are continuing our work on developing a new freshman course for business students which will address critical issues for student success and introduce them to the University’s and College’s goals and values.  Topics in the course will include current business issues, creative and critical thinking, multicultural and global competence, leadership, ethics/integrity and more.  One facet of the course will include students identifying their personal values and making connections to their college and professional goals.

Student writing remains on the forefront of curricular change with our goal to integrate writing in current courses rather than offer it entirely as a stand-alone course.  At this time, we’re considering offering a two-credit business writing course at the sophomore level, identifying writing intensive courses in the majors, and then also providing support for these writing initiatives.  We will require some writing in the freshman course, focus on it at the sophomore level, and then reinforce the importance of writing well within the majors.

I hope winter has not taken too much wind from your sails regardless of your affiliation to the College of Business and Economics!  I think we will welcome spring like never before, and possibly even appreciate any rain and mud that we would otherwise bemoan.

Happy spring!

Jan Olson

Why don’t we have more women in CoBE?

Look at the faces of the students in your next business class.  Are there more men than women in the room?  The number of UW-Whitewater women students majoring in business has been declining over the last several years, and in 2012, the ratio of women to men in CoBE was 34:66.   In the university as a whole, the gender ratio was roughly equal at 49 women to 51 men.  So why are the numbers of women going down in business?

Dec. 2012 commencement 2CoBE faculty and administration have been trying to find out why this phenomenon is occurring.  No clear answer has emerged.  Is the change related to the economy?  If so, what is the relationship between women’s enrollment and the economy?  Is the change due to questions about the integrity of some business practices in the news – whether it’s financial debacles such as JPMorgan Chase or personnel practices at Walmart? Does the problem arise because women business faculty are outnumbered by men faculty?  Are women seeing more opportunities in careers outside business?

Last spring, a student group surveyed CoBE students about their gender-based perceptions and experiences.  Earlier this month, the college Advisory Board spent the greater part of their semi-annual meeting reviewing enrollment statistics and looking at declines in women’s proportion of total CoBE students. No obvious answers emerged.  Plans are moving forward for a survey of women students who were admitted to UW-Whitewater and intended to major in business but then did not enroll.  Why did they leave?

Though the cause of the enrollment decline remains hidden, one thing is sure: the business world needs the capabilities of women.  Perhaps you’ve seen the TEDTalk or read the book Lean In by the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.  She wrote, “The laws of economics and many studies of diversity tell us that if we tapped the entire pool of human resources and talent, our collective performance would improve.”  A diversity of perspectives leads to a diversity of creative solutions.

Perhaps you have some insights into the decline of women students in CoBE.  Why not share them with us?

Written By: Dr. Lois Smith, Associate Dean, College of Business and Economics