Dr. Donde Plowman is the James, Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the UNL College of Business Administration
and Professor of Management. With her arrival at CBA in the summer of 2010, also came the news that
UNL would join the Big Ten Conference. She had one year to prepare the college to be competitive with
the elite business schools of the Big Ten.
Dean Plowman went to work and quickly initiated improvements that have positioned CBA
for success. They include:
- Hiring 25 new faculty to better serve students and increase the enrollment capacity to meet
UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman's five-year plan.
- Adding a new communications and marketing focus to increase student enrollment and engage alumni,
businesses and friends. Last fall, freshmen enrollment was up 25.4 percent and transfer enrollment
- Creating a new Supply Chain Management major that provides a much needed career track that will make
our business students extremely valued in the work force.
- Creating a new Business Minor for non-business majors to emphasize the importance of a business
education for any UNL student who may one day work in a business setting.
- Creating the Career Services at CBA office – and hiring four career coaches – to help business
students create a resume, find internships, prepare for interviews and partner with businesses.
And perhaps her greatest accomplishment...
- Having the vision for a new CBA building, which is now being designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
of New York and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Nebraska -- and construction should be completed
Prior to assuming the position of dean, Dean Plowman was Department Head of the Department of Management
at the University of Tennessee where she was responsible for starting the Ph.D. in Organizations and Strategy.
She began her academic career at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she advanced to the rank of
Professor and also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.
Her publications have appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review,
Organization Science, Leadership Quarterly, Decision Sciences and many other journals. In 2008, she
was awarded one of the most highly coveted awards in her field – the Academy of Management Journal Best
Paper Award for her paper, “Radical Change Accidentally: The Emergence and Amplification of Small Change.”
Her research on mindfulness was featured in the Wall Street Journal and her publications
have appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Leadership
Quarterly, Decision Sciences and many other journals. In 2008, she was awarded one of the most highly coveted
awards in her field – the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award for her paper, "Radical Change
Accidentally: The Emergence and Amplification of Small Change."
Dr. Paul A. Shoemaker is the senior associate dean for faculty and research at the
University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration. Shoemaker joined CBA in 1989
and served as director of the School of Accountancy for 10 years prior to accepting the new
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 UNL and CBA 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.
Dr. Tammy E. Beck joins the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration as associate dean of academic programs 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.
D'vee Buss is an Assistant Dean of the University Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business
Administration for Undergraduate Programs. 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 UNL.
Rik Barrera is the Assistant Dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business
Administration for Business and Fiscal Affairs. He oversees all business operations, financial
reporting, budget preparation, 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 US Army in 1998, took the position of Business Manager
of the Beadle Business Center at UNL. Barrera joined the College of Business Administration in
October of 2011. He earned his M.A. in Management and Human Relations from
Webster University and a B.A. from the University of Arizona.