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WMU's Haworth College of Business makes administrative moves

by Mark Schwerin

July 14, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Satish Deshpande, WMU.
Deshpande, operations and graduate programs
KALAMAZOO--The Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University has moved two management professors into associate dean positions at the college.

Dr. Satish Deshpande has been named associate dean for operations and graduate programs, while Dr. Christina Stamper has been appointed associate dean for undergraduate programs. Both appointments were effective July 1.

Deshpande assumes responsibility and oversight of all graduate programs and several operational activities in the college, including faculty and staff development; research support, such as technology, research assistants and grants; computing technologies; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation; space allocation and global programs. In addition, he will provide oversight for the centers within the college--the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Center for Sustainable Business Practices, the Global Business Center and the Center for Health Information Technology Advancement.

Deshpande teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in human resources management. His research includes managerial decision-making, healthcare management and applied psychology in human resource issues. He has had more than 80 refereed articles published in a long list of highly regarded journals and books and has been quoted on television, radio and in various newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

He has received the Haworth College of Business Dean's Teaching Award and recently received the newly established College Research Award. He serves as the faculty advisor of the college's Society for Excellence in Human Resources a student chapter.

Deshpande earned a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa, a post-graduate degree in personnel management and industrial relations from Xavier Labor Relations Institute in Jamshedpur, India, and a bachelor's degree in commerce from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics at the University of Bombay in India. Prior to his academic work at the University of Iowa, Deshpande was a personnel officer for Sandoz Limited in Bombay, India, where he had responsibilities for recruitment, training and development, labor law and industrial relations at a factory that employed more than 800 people.

Photo of Dr. Christina Stamper, WMU.
Stamper, undergraduate programs
In her newly created position, Stamper assumes responsibility and oversight of all undergraduate programs, the Academic Advising Office and the Career Center for the college. In addition, she oversees assurance of learning activities and is responsible for undergraduate enrollment management, including recruitment, retention and community college partnerships.

Stamper has been with the college for 10 years.  She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management and topical courses related to those disciplines. Her research interests include explaining relational factors between employees and their organizations and how these factors impact both work attitudes and behaviors. Her work has been presented at regional, national and international conferences as well as published in numerous leading management journals.

Stamper was recently invited to be a research affiliate of the Institute of Inclusiveness and Diversity in Organizations at San Diego State University, an organization committed to conducting innovative research to enhance understanding of diversity and inclusion in organizations. She will also serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee of the Academy of Management.

Stamper earned master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she worked as a restaurant manager for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.