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Shea Named New WSBE Associate Dean

By Lori Wright, Media Relations
September 17, 2008

Christine Shea

Christine Shea, associate professor of technology and operations management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, has been named the new associate dean for graduate programs and research.

“I am pleased Professor Shea has joined the dean’s staff as the chief operating officer for the Whittemore School’s graduate business programs and research. She will play a critical role in shaping the future of the business school in the graduate education and research arenas, and will be responsible for the success of the graduate programs, ensuring they reach increasingly higher levels of academic quality and recognition,” said Dan Innis, dean of the Whittemore School.

Shea also will manage the expansion of business relationships; supervise the design of new programs; and oversee the implementation of systems and processes to track, benchmark, and report the performance of Whittemore School graduate business and research programming. She will help create a positive climate for advancing research by leading the school in the promotion and achievement of intellectual contributions.

“I believe in the importance of the research mission and its inextricable link to the achievement of excellence in all aspects of the school’s mission. Without strong research, we cannot attract top quality faculty, and without top quality faculty, research and teaching falter,” Shea said.

Shea has more than 20 years of industry and academic experience in program management. In industry, she worked for 10 years in operations and program management in the aerospace division of Magna International, a large Canadian conglomerate. As the only woman on her division’s senior management team, she helped the firm and its suppliers through assessment and certification processes, represented the firm with major customers, and supervised managers of different departments to ensure the on-time delivery of products.

In the eight years since achieving tenure, Shea has been continuously involved in graduate program development and coordination at WSBE. From 2000 through 2002, she served as academic program director of graduate business programs. She oversaw the design and implementation of the first major faculty-approved revision to the full- and part-time MBA programs in 12 years. 

In 1998, she designed and taught the first course in the Management of Technology (MOT) as an elective in the part-time MBA program. Since then, the MOT has developed into the Master of Science in the Management of Technology degree program. Shea has served as co-director of the MS-MOT program since its inception. 

Shea’s vision for WSBE’s graduate programs and research office is to develop a support structure that facilitates the development and implementation of leading-edge, relevant business and economics programs and research. In the next few years this vision will entail the development of new systems and procedures for outcomes assessment and continuous improvement in WSBE graduate programs and research.

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