College Leadership

College Leadership

Dr. Kathy Farrell accepts appointment as interim College of Business Dean Executive Education Power Lunch featuring Dr. Kathy Farrell The Executive Insights facilitated discussions between professionals and business students Members of the Finance Advisory Board meet with Dr. Kathy Farrell Students meet with Dr. Kathy Farrell to discuss future career plans Dr. Kathy Farrell won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996 and the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004 Dr. Kathy Farrell has more than 20 years experience teaching banking and finance courses at the College of Business Before becoming interim dean, Dr. Kathy Farrell served as chair of the Department of Finance Dr. Kathy Farrell helps facilitate a College of Business faculty meeting with local young adult marketing firm Archrival University of Nebraska–Lincoln Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of Academic Affairs, Dr. Donde Plowman, congratulates Dr. Kathy Farrell on appointment to interim Dean

Kathy Farrell

Kathy Farrell

Chancellor Ronnie Green appointed Dr. Kathy Farrell to the position of interim dean of the College of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, effective January 3, 2017. An experienced academic and business leader, Farrell served as associate dean for four years before becoming the chair of the Department of Finance in 2014.

She is the State Farm Professor of Finance and has more than 20 years of experience teaching university courses in banking and finance. After joining the College of Business in 1993, she achieved tenure in 2002 and full professor in 2009. She also received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996 and the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004.

Farrell’s research interests include executive compensation, executive turnover and succession and other corporate governance issues. Her publications have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Business, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, National Tax Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research and others.

Prior to earning her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Georgia, Farrell was an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore and Atlanta and earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant (inactive). She received her bachelor's degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

She also serves on the board of directors of Nelnet, Inc., a NYSE company headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Assurity, Inc., a mutual insurance company headquartered in Lincoln.

Dean Donde Plowman with CBA Management Team

College of Business Management Team

Shoemaker, Paul A

Paul Shoemaker

Dr. Paul A. Shoemaker is the senior associate dean for research and faculty engagement at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. Shoemaker joined the College of Business in 1989 and served as director of the School of Accountancy for 10 years prior to accepting the new position.

Shoemaker received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, and his areas of expertise include taxation and tax law. His research has been published in top journals such as Advances in Taxation, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting Education, Journal of Accounting Literature and National Tax Journal.

Shoemaker, who holds the BKD, LLP Professorship of Accountancy, was named Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants' Outstanding Accounting Educator in 2000. He also received Nebraska and College of Business Distinguished Teaching Awards during his tenure.

He is a member of the Great Plains Federal Tax Institute, Lincoln Estate Planning Council, UNL Estate and Tax Planning Conference, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Beck, Tammy

Tammy Beck

Dr. Tammy E. Beck joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business in 2014 and is currently associate dean for graduate programs and external engagement and associate professor of management. She formerly worked at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was an assistant professor of management and organization science.

Beck received her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at San Antonio and M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Her research interests include

macro-level strategic management, inter-organizational collaboration and organizational resilience. Her research has been published in top journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management and Organization Science.

She has previously held management positions in publicly-traded firms in roles related to strategic, financial and tax planning. Beck also has more than 20 years of professional experience as a CPA.

Dudney, Donna

Donna Dudney

Dr. Donna Dudney is the associate dean for undergraduate programs and student engagement at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. She earned her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Nebraska in interdepartmental area of business and her MBA from Nebraska. Her teaching interests include financial institutions and markets, project analysis and investments. Her research interests include asset pricing, market efficiency/market anomalies, fixed income, corporate governance and valuation. Her areas of expertise are financial institutions, financial markets and investing, and managerial economics.

Dudney's publications include “Does the Quality of Financial Advice Affect Prices?” Financial Review; Management Use of Image Restoration Strategies to Address SOX 404 Material Weakness” Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal; and “Should More Local Governments Purchase a Bond Rating?” Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

Barrera, Rik

Rik Barrera

Rik Barrera is the assistant dean for business and chief operating officer of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. He oversees all business operations, financial reporting, budget preparation, human resources, facility/plant management, IT operations and staff development.

Barrera joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994 as the chair of the Military Science Department and following

retirement from the U.S. Army in 1998, took the position of business manager of the Beadle Business Center at Nebraska. Barrera joined the College of Business in October of 2011. Before coming to Nebraska, he taught leadership, ethics and military law at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He earned a master’s degree in management and human relations from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Buss, D'vee K

D'vee Buss

D'vee Buss is an assistant dean for undergraduate programs of the University Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. Buss administers student programming for the college, including recruitment, academic advising, study abroad, learning communities, and academic success. She also supervises the development and delivery of BSAD 101, Business Leadership Development, a

course required for all new freshmen in the College. Buss originally joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975. She received her Ph.D. in education-administration, specializing interests in higher education and college student development. Her doctorate, along with her M.A. in educational psychology, and a B.S. in business administration are from Nebraska.