Ron Watkins

Ron Watkins

Associate Dean, Strategic Innovation

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1033 C Business Instructional Facility

515 Gregory Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

217-333-4483

ronw@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • MBA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • B.A., Business and Communications, Eastern Illinois University, 1996

Positions Held

  • Associate Dean, Strategic Innovation, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois, 2017 to present
  • Visiting Lecturer, Colorado University, 2014-2016
  • Visiting Lecturer, Beijing Jiaotong University, 2013-2016
  • Senior Assistant Dean, Business Career Services, University of Illinois, 2012-2017
  • Management Consultant, Union Pacific, John Deere, State Farm, All State, Abbott, Navistar, Northwestern Mutual, SJ Grand, Wiers International, Atkins Group, Celedon, Birky Farms, Rainbow Transportation, 2008 to present
  • Visiting Lecturer of Business Administration, Business Administration, University of Illinois, 2007-2019
  • Director Illinois Business Consulting, University of Illinois, 2007-2011
  • Principle, RSW Consulting, 2004-2007
  • Wifi Strategy Manager, AT&T, 2003-2004
  • Downstream Plant Manager, Tyco Electronics, 2000-2001
  • Captain, US Army, 1996-2000

Current Courses

  • Immersion Capstone (BADM 590) Special topics in the general area of business. Topics are selected by the instructor at the beginning of each term. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated if topics vary; unlimited credit hours for graduate and professional students.
  • Program Capstone (BADM 590) Special topics in the general area of business. Topics are selected by the instructor at the beginning of each term. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated if topics vary; unlimited credit hours for graduate and professional students.
  • Program Capstone (MBA 591) This course is the final course of the University of Illinois iMBA degree and is designed to bridge the 'knowing – doing' gap, challenging students to apply their iMBA courses, work experience, industry acumen, business knowledge and skills. Students will work through a case study in which the deliverables for each module will build upon one another. The course culminates with the final case presentation. 0 graduate hours. No professional credit. Approved for S/U grading only.

Contact

1033 C Business Instructional Facility

515 Gregory Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

217-333-4483

ronw@illinois.edu