Varied Roles

May 29, 2013

Currents Magazine, Featured


So what exactly does a college dean do? Perhaps not the question you pondered as you hurried to class or struggled to finish the term paper that you should’ve started last week. Although they may go unnoticed, Winona State’s five academic deans play an important role in providing vision and direction to the colleges they lead. So Currents asked a few questions to find out:  just what does a dean at Winona State do?

  1. Did you foresee yourself as a dean?
  2. What’s a dean’s most important role?
  3. Name one or two exciting things going on in your college.
  4. Colleges award many of our scholarships. What would an ideal scholarship look like? 

JeEll Weiss Bjorke
Interim Dean, College of Business

Background:  Business law professor, director of WSU Small Business Development, chair of Business Administration Department before elevation to interim dean this year

  1. No, administrative appointments have mostly been concurrent with my teaching responsibilities. Moving between the two provides opportunities to enjoy the best of both worlds.
  2. It’s to facilitate an environment in which high quality learning is achieved through a commitment to academic excellence. Our goals are to maintain faculty qualifications and continuously improve teaching effectiveness and student learning.
  3. We hope to create innovative and interactive academic space as early as this fall with a focus group/sales lab and finance lab in Somsen Hall.
  4. It would recognize academic achievement, leadership, and good citizenry.

About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

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