Ulmer, the Union Pacific Professor of Management Information Systems, has been serving as chair of the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department since she was hired in July 2015. Prior to joining Iowa State, Ulmer was associate professor of management at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Her areas of research include information security, information risk management, security policy and privacy, and data/text mining and analytics.
Her accomplishments during her two years as department chair include “hiring amazing faculty” and helping to improve communications within the department, Ulmer said. As she sets her sights on her role as associate dean, Ulmer said she is looking forward to the new adventure.
“I plan to focus on the goals of the college,” Ulmer said. “That includes improving the gender balance among our student body to include more women, and also providing co-curricular educational opportunities.” Those opportunities include offering more case competitions, where students compete to help solve a business problem for a company.
“We already have a great program here at Iowa State, so now we need to think about how we can make it exceptional,” Ulmer said.
“I have every confidence that Jackie is going to do an excellent job as associate dean,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “This is an exciting time for us. As we move forward with a building expansion, and a new naming gift of $50 million from Debbie and Jerry Ivy, we have a bright future in front of us. Having Jackie join the associate dean team is another positive move that helps us reach our goals.”
In her new role, Ulmer replaces Danny Johnson, associate professor of supply chain management who was named director of facilities, also effective November 1. Johnson will coordinate the upcoming facility expansion that was announced in August. The estimated 35,000-square-foot addition will be built next to the existing Gerdin Business Building.
The Iowa State University College of Business is among the top 50 public business programs in the country. The College offers a wide variety of programs to maximize student potential, connects students with professionals through case competitions, interactive learning, study abroad, internships and ultimately successful employment.
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