Business, Society, and the Economy
- Last Updated on Friday June 12, 2015
Business, Society & the Economy Program Office: 1122 Cumberland Hall, UMD, College Park MD 20742
Dr. Mark Wellman, Director
Clinical Professor, Management and Organization
Dr. Mark H. Wellman is a Clinical Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Director of the College Park Scholars Business, Society & Economy (BSE) program.
Dr. Wellman is recognized for his innovative courses and his memorable, relevant experiences outside of the classroom. The three largest short term global immersion programs at UMD are directed by him. The global immersion programs involve traveling to the United Arab Emirates, Southeast Asia, and Australia. As the faculty director for the programs, Dr. Wellman designs and organizes all aspects of the program including departure preparation, scheduling onsite visits, organizing logistics, administering the budget, and assisting students with cross-cultural training. Over 800 students have participated in his global immersion programs since 2009.
The BSE program was transformed into the premier undergraduate living-learning business program under his leadership. The transformation involved developing innovative curricular and co-curricular learning experiences including interactive activities such as leadership training, simulations, assessments, and community service.
Dr. Wellman was awarded the prestigious University of Maryland Brit Kirwan award for making exceptional contributions to the University, including transforming the College Park Scholars Business, Society and Economy program, developing innovative curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, starting the undergraduate management major and introducing global immersion programs.
He also earned the Outstanding Faculty Educator Award. The award is presented each year by the Maryland Parents Association to honor a faculty member who demonstrates a deep commitment to providing an exemplary educational experience for students. He has also received numerous awards for teaching, including the Allen J. Krowe Teaching Excellence Award for his outstanding contribution to business education.
Dr. Wellman has successfully taught in executive development programs, part-time, corporate, and executive MBA programs, as well as undergraduate programs. His teaching is in the areas of organizational change, human capital, international business, leadership, and strategic management. He currently teaches the following courses:
- Why Good Managers Make Bade Decisions
- How Do Innovators Think?
- Business Communications
- Global Strategy
- Managing Organizational Change
- Innovation Immersion Experience
He also introduced an assessment center for the University of Maryland’s undergraduate program, and has served as an executive coach for graduate students. He is certified in all assessments developed by the Center for Creative Leadership.
Before his current appointment, Dr. Wellman served as the assistant dean of the MBA/MS programs at the Smith School from 1990-2001. When arriving at Smith he was charged with achieving greater recognition as the Smith School was not ranked as one of the leading business schools. Dr. Wellman led the transformation of the school's MBA program. At the end of his tenure the MBA program was ranked among the top 25 by BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and U.S. News. In addition, full-time and part-time MBA enrollment significantly increased along with student quality.
Prior to arriving at Maryland in 1990, he served as the director of graduate studies in business at Bowling Green State University. While at BGSU he increased MBA enrollment, improved student satisfaction, and established an MBA career services program.
Dr. Wellman has extensive experience with admissions, advising, career services, student learning, student-faculty engagement program assessment strategies, and retention efforts. His primary research subject is the area of career success, human capital and management education. He is a recent recipient of a faculty fellowship from the Graduate Management Admission Council Education Research Institute. His research is examining the impact of the MBA degree on career success outcomes.
Dr. Wellman holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a focus on organizational behavior and development from the George Washington University School of Business Administration. In addition, he has an undergraduate and graduate degree from Bowling Green State University.
Ms. Claudia Donnelly, Assistant Director
Claudia Donnelly is the Assistant Director of the Business, Society & the Economy program of College Park Scholars, tasked with helping students adapt to college life as freshmen and helping them navigate through their sophomore years. She coordinates activities for the students each semester, including the Annual Service Day, off-campus excursions to businesses and events, and works closely with the students during their fourth semester’s Capstone projects.
Claudia has helped develop and has accompanied Business Scholars on global study programs to the United Arab Emirates, Singapore/Malaysia, Australia, France/Netherlands and Israel and enjoys personal travel with her family. Along with her position with Scholars, she is the Manager of Undergraduate Programs for the Office of Global Initiatives at the Smith School of Business. The Smith School sends a greater portion of UG’s abroad for short-term, 3-credit courses during scheduled school breaks than any other department at UMD. She is a first generation American and recognizes the unique challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that go along with this.