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Joan Mansfield

Joan Mansfield

For approximately 25 years, Joan Mansfield contributed to the education of business students through experiences in the classroom and through her leadership in an administrative capacity. Mansfield joined the university as a teaching assistant in the former Department of Business Education and Office Administration in August 1988, and became an assistant professor of management approximately one year later. She climbed the faculty ranks to become an associate professor in 1997, and a professor of management in 2000. Along the way, she had experiences as an interim departmental coordinator and chair of the Department of Management and Business Communication, and in 2006 was named interim dean, then dean in July 2007 of the former Harmon College of Business Administration.

She served at the latter post for approximately three years before returning to full-time teaching in 2010. Her college education includes two degrees from UCM. Mansfield earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business education, then went on to earn a Ph.D. in business education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she also minored in management and communication. Her educational background was put to use in her primary teaching area at UCM, business communication.

Throughout her teaching career, Mansfield looked for innovative ways to improve student learning through opportunities such as team teaching and hybrid courses, which increased the use of Blackboard as a delivery system for business communication courses. The professor emerita of management got involved in committee work at the department, college and university levels. Examples at the university level include the Academic Council, University Program Review Committee, Provost’s Council, and Task Force on Technical Writing. Within the business college, she was part of the American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business (AACSB) International Accreditation Reaffirmation Team, and in the department she participated on committees dealing with faculty searches, assessment, promotion and tenure, and more.