Members of the Saint Mary’s community continue to show their expertise in the academic disciplines they study. This has been on display the last few months as staff and faculty have published research, in panel discussions, and received awards for work in their field.

Wieser publishes research focusing on MBAs and gender pay gap

Michelle Wieser, dean of the School of Business and Technology, recently published research with the Forté Foundation that focuses on the gender pay gap for individuals with MBAs.

The research found that while earning an MBA does lead to a pay increase, a gender pay gap persists later in careers, which matches the nation’s median pay gap.

The research has caught the media’s attention, appearing in Bloomberg and Poets & Quants.

Father Burns, Christensen represent Saint Mary’s at Midwest Association for Information Systems conference

Last month, the Very Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D., Saint Mary’s president, and Paul Christensen, assistant dean for the Graduate School of Business and Technology, represented the university at the Midwest Association for Information Systems conference hosted by Metropolitan State University.

Held annually, the conference serves as an opportunity for attendees to discuss new research and technology that are changing the field of information technology.

During the conference, Father Burns spoke on a panel with four other university presidents and chancellors regarding the challenges facing higher education. Christensen also served as a moderator for two panel discussions, which included a discussion with Optum Bank CTO Alex Blyakhman.

Saint Mary’s faculty awarded at Minnesota Psychological Association’s Annual Conference

Two faculty members from Saint Mary’s Psy.D. program were honored during the Minnesota Psychological Association’s Annual Conference in April.

Dr. Signe Nestingen was awarded the MPA Outstanding Graduate Faculty in Psychology Award, which recognizes a faculty member who brings a special quality or commitment to working with graduate students in psychology. Criteria for the award included excellence in instruction; involvement of students in developmental activities; development of programs, advising, and mentoring of graduate students; evidence of being accessible, supportive, responsive, and helpful to graduate students.

Dr. Jerry Shih was awarded the Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya Distinguished Elders Award for Leadership in Minnesota Psychology. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to mental health in Minnesota through their roles as scholars, teachers, mentors, practitioners, and/or advocates for rights and just causes.

Ratajczyk speaks at Minnesota DEED event

At an event hosted by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Michael Ratajczyk, associate professor of business and program director for the Masters of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program, spoke about how Artificial Intelligence will impact the workforce in Minnesota. Ratajczyk provided insights on how AI adoption can be a game-changer for businesses and offered tips for employers to navigate the changing landscape. Drawing on his diverse background as a faculty member, program director, and Ph.D. student specializing in corporate AI adoption, he discussed the potential for generative AI to enhance productivity and drive innovation in the workplace.

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