Distinguished alumni, business leaders, and experts in a variety of fields visited the Isenberg building, assisted with class projects, and offered insights and perspectives from their businesses and careers.
The 2021 Executive-in-Residence for the McCormack Department of Sport Management was Anita DeFrantz, the senior member of the Olympic Movement in the United States who has twice been elected vice president of the International Olympic Committee.
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“Challenging your assumptions is the beginning of growth,” said Ken Bouyer, director of Inclusiveness Recruiting at EY, during his keynote speech for the Inclusive Leadership Summit (ILS) on November 1.
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Muzzo Uysal, professor and chair of Isenberg’s HTM department, was recognized by Philadelphia-based Clarivate Analytics, owner of the Web of Science, as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2021.
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One of online teaching’s greatest challenges is getting students to feel engaged. It’s also a prime area for innovation.
Last year, Isenberg announced its first group of Teaching Fellows, an initiative that recognizes the innovative application of new technologies in the classroom. The Fellows are responsible for sharing best practices with the full faculty, to enhance the school’s instructional quality across departments, programs, and teaching levels—which, in 2020, included adapting swiftly to the Covid-19 pandemic. All five of the first cohort of Isenberg Teaching Fellows had experience teaching in the school's graduate programs.
The Covid-19 pandemic did not dampen interest in Isenberg’s professional graduate accounting degree program, with enrollment in the Master of Science in Accounting program recently passing 300 students for the first time. To serve this growing population, the program recently added a new dedicated academic advisor. Matt Connolly came onboard this August joining Priscilla Mahar as a Graduate Programs Academic Advisor specifically assigned to MS in Accounting students. Matt’s background includes working in higher education in various roles, most recently with Boston University.
The business-school news site Poets & Quants announced its rankings of the Best Online MBA Programs of 2022 today, awarding spot number 18 to Isenberg—an improvement of three places from last year’s ranking—out of a record 52 school included in the evaluation process.
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This fall, Dean Anne Massey announced that five members of Isenberg’s faculty have received new fellowships recognizing their outstanding research contributions and productivity. All of the new fellowships, which last for a five-year term, have been made possible by generous donors who support the Isenberg School of Management’s priority of “Sustaining Faculty Excellence.”
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Ronnie Isenberg died at age 91 on September 25 at her home on Martha’s Vineyard. She will be remembered along with her late husband Gene Isenberg ’50, ’00H for their longstanding support of their namesake school, which gained its moniker in 1997 after the couple made the largest donation of its kind from an individual in the history of UMass Amherst.
The Covid-19 economic crisis hit Massachusetts hard in 2020, with customers staying home, stores closing, and businesses having to lay off employees: At one point in July, the state had the highest unemployment rate in the country. At the same time, Isenberg students saw their work experience opportunities decline as hiring freezes and declines in the job market took hold.
U.S. Olympian Anita DeFrantz, the senior member of the Olympic Movement in the United States who has twice been elected vice president of the International Olympic Committee, will serve as the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management Executive-in-Residence at the Isenberg School of Management this fall.
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“Our faculty members are seriously invested in teaching this population—online students are a core focus at Isenberg, not an afterthought," says Traci Hess, associate dean of graduate programs. "That is what has made the program successful for 20 years, and will make it stand out as a leader in online education for many decades in the future.”
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