Annual Report 2015 – 2016

College Mission:

The College of Business provides quality business education, delivered by research engaged faculty in partnership with the business community, to prepare students for professional careers and enhance regional economic development.

Strategic Initiatives

  • Provide students with core business competency, discipline based knowledge, demonstrable, practical skills to enable/improve their professional careers.
  • Involve students in experiential and application based learning through partnerships with the business community and external constituents.
  • Support students’ professional development opportunities through investment in Career and Student Services and engagement with external partners.
  • Engage in applied, teaching and learning, and discovery scholarship.
  • Participate in and provide expertise to the external community and business profession.
  • Continuously improve through assurance of learning and response to the educational needs of our region.
  • Advance professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

College Values:

  • Respect for our diverse students, colleagues and communities
  • Integrity in our professional conduct
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Accountability for our actions and results

College Vision:

The College of Business serves as a catalyst to advance education and economic development in the state of Arkansas.


  • The Department of Management is a major player in the newly implemented UALR Online offering 2 of the 11 degrees, Management and Human Resource management.
  • An interdisciplinary Conflict Management graduate certificate was developed and approved. Enrollment in the program begins Summer 2016.
  • The face-to-face and online Management and Human Resource Management degree options continue to be strong.
  • The BBA in Management—Human Resource was reviewed to determine the following:
  • Description of the major designed for potential students and the business community.
  • Identification of career-based skill sets developed in the major.
  • Matching of identified skill sets to current required courses.
  • Resulting analysis of value of currently required courses: could courses be combined, deleted, added?
  • Karen Leonard received Quality Matters certifications for her MGMT 4377 course.


  • 16 journal articles were published in academic journals.
  • John Hendon completed 2nd edition HR text and Fundamentals.
  • Karen Leonard completed her book, Performance Leadership
  • 4 conference proceedings articles were published.
  • 15 presentations were given at conferences.
  • 18 development activities were attended.


  • Five faculty were involved in business consulting with the eight organizations including three non-profits.
  • Sonya Premeaux serves as Secretary of West Little Rock Rotary.
  • Joe Felan serves on the State Board of Directors for Jr. Achievement of Arkansas.
  • Joe Felan is treasurer of the Little Rock Central band Boosters Club.
  • In December 2015, we hosted Achievement where 80 high school students compete in the AT & T Youth Business Challenge. Joe Felan facilitated.
  • Joe Felan received the college level Faculty Excellence Public Service Award.
  • Human Resource and Management faculty provided professional assistance in two Central Arkansas Human Resource Association Job Fairs.
  • Karen Leonard spoke at HRMA monthly meeting.
  • Otmar Valera led a research roundtable on “Skill Development in Academia.”
  • Joe Bell led a research roundtable on “Entrepreneurship across Campus.”
  • Tom Tudor facilitated a Tedtalk discussion for Student Support Services/TRiO program at UALR.
  • Naeem Bajwa conducted a workshop on warehousing and distribution for the staff of the Arkansas Food Bank.
  • 6 faculty were involved in editorial review activities.
  • Samantha Donaldson (student) completed a Donaghey Scholars business plan project for “Buen Camino Restaurant and Bar”.

Student Success

  • The following were recognized as Outstanding Students:
    1. Shaun McWeeney (Human Resource Management)
    2. Kishan Garlapati (Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
    3. Kimberly Gresham and James Nelson (Management)
  • Speakers from 12 organizations spoke in Management classes.
  • Five students provided support at the Arkansas Human Resource Management Association conference and were recognized for their professionalism.
  • The UALR HR Society provided resume assistance to College of Business and other majors with Career Catalyst.
  • Three students complete internships in management
  • The UALR HR Society was recognized by SHRM as a Superior Merit chapter for 2015-2016.

Faculty in the Department of Management fully participated in assessment activities of the college throughout the year:

  • Redesign and implementation of a revised undergraduate core and MBA assessment plan and processes.
  • Collection of assessment data in courses.
  • Evaluation of assessment documents.
  • Analysis of MFT results as related to department curriculum.
  • Curriculum change based on assessment findings.


BBA in Management assessment of student performance was rated as “meets expectations.”

Two learning goals were assessed:  (1) Students will be effective communicators-- and (5) Students will demonstrate competence in business knowledge.   Learning outcomes/objectives for these goals:

  • 2 Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • 1 Students will demonstrate competence in each of the functional areas of business.

Assessment data was collected from COB core courses required for all BBA degrees.  Process and results were clearly stated.  Results were evaluated. Plans for using results in curricular revision/strategic planning were developed.  Involvement of stakeholders was identified.

  1. Recruit and hire a tenure-track person for the Strategy position.
  2. Increase student engagement in student organizations related to the major
  3. Build partnerships and networking opportunities within the college, university, and community.
  4. Seek internship opportunities for majors.
  5. Evaluation of the innovation and entrepreneurship management program and minors through focus groups, professionals in the field, and alumni.
    • What are essential skills need to be successful?
    • How does the course work provide necessary competencies?
    • Review elective offerings.

Enrollment (fall census, 1st major headcount and SSCHs)

  • SSCH: 2727 (undergrad)
  • Majors: 383

 Retention (pending available data)

 Personnel (number per category, tenure and promotion, etc.)

  • Category of Faculty
    • Full Professor: 5
    • Associate Professor: 2
    • Assistant Professor: 1
    • Instructor: 1
    • Visiting Professor: 1

Grants and Contracts



Coordinated at college level.