Indiana Tech has named Kathleen Watland dean of the College of Business. She previously served as an associate dean, associate professor and director of the Graham School of Management Graduate Programs for the Chicago Police Department at Chicago’s Saint Xavier University. Watland earned her undergraduate degree from University of Illinois, Champaign, and a master’s degree from Purdue University. She earned her doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago, specializing in employee and training development, organizational development and change management.

Watland’s research interests include leadership development, management education and employee development. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally; her most recent publication, Say “Yes and” to Students Learning Teamwork! Using Improv in the College Classroom to Build Teamwork Skills, focuses on building teamwork skills in a management education program.

Watland has consulted with various organizations, including the Argonne National Laboratory, the Department of Energy, Illinois State University, Purdue University, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department to improve employee performance and to enhance leadership skills.

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