Please Help Us Welcome Dr. Karen Markel as Dean of the College of Business and Public Policy

Dean Karen S. MarkelDean Karen S. Markel

Dr. Markel comes to us from Oakland University’s School of Business Administration located in Rochester, Michigan. She served as chair of the Department of Marketing and Management. In this role she worked collaboratively with colleagues, leading a team of 40 full- and part-time faculty in the areas of management, marketing, law, strategy, international business and entrepreneurship. She focused on more closely aligning faculty activities with new AACSB standards, implemented a new faculty merit system and developed a mentoring program to support junior faculty.

Dr. Markel’s contributions also included directing and streamlining the school’s undergraduate business programs, which include advising, career services and honors programming. She championed alumni engagement and advisory board development activities, creating a complementary fundraising plan that resulted in the development of several new student scholarships. She also coordinated program delivery at main and satellite campuses and promoted the integration of relevant business courses into curricula for nonbusiness programs.

Her research and teaching interests include organizational change management and human resource management, specifically the management of diversity. Her most recent research focused on the inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorder in the workplace.

Dr. Markel has presented her research at numerous conferences worldwide and published in journals such as The Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics and Human Relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in sociology from SUNY Buffalo and a doctoral degree in human resource management from Michigan State University. She is also senior certified by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Certification Institute.