Sara Cook


  • Business |
  • College of Business and Leadership |
Assistant Dean, MBA Director
BRC 105C

Current Roles: Assistant Dean, Dahl School of Business
Director, MBA program

Associate Professor

Education:  B.S., UW-La Crosse; M.B.A., University of Baltimore - Maryland; Ph.D., Capella University

Teaches: Though Sara has taught more than 25 different courses at Viterbo, her primary recent teaching activity has been in the areas of leadership and capstone projects at the graduate level and organizational behavior at the undergraduate level.

Experience Outside Academia: Sara's primary business experience outside of academia centers around strategic planning for non-profit and for-profit businesses.  Prior to becoming an instructor, Sara was a consultant (specializing in project management and systems analysis and design) for several years - primarily for State of Wisconsin clients in Madison, WI.  Before that, she worked as a software engineer.  At her workplaces she was also involved in recruitment and training. Currently, Sara nurtures her entrepreneurial spirit and creativity as a photographer. She is also a certified leadership coach for The Leadership Circle.

Community Involvement:  Sara serves as the treasurer on the board of education for Cashton Public Schools.  She has been involved with the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce's Youth Leadership program for more than 5 years, and she serves as a strategic planning facilitator, board member, guest judge, speaker, or volunteer for a number of other nonprofit and educational organizations in the area.  Every Sunday, you'll find Sara playing piano for her church. 

Research Activities:  Sara's research in progress includes collaborations on Greenleaf's "trustee leadership" as a governance model, graduate business program trends, hope and leadership, and case studies on the scholarship of teaching and learning including implementation of the Major Field Test and a cross-cultural case-study workshop held in China. Sara has a dozen presentations in the past few years on these topics.  She has two manuscripts on the scholarship of teaching and learning currently under review and has had published The Impact of Sarbanes Oxley: The Lived Experience of Information Technology Professionals. As a research and capstone project coordinator for the MBA program, Sara has advised more than 100 graduate capstone projects.  In 2008-2009, Sara was a Research Fellow for the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. As assistant dean, Sara's responsibilities include the development and publication of a number of assessment and accreditation reports.

Hobbies and Other Interests:  Sara and her husband, Kit, have four children (2, 7, 10, and 12 years old), and her vast amount of free time is spent with her family and enjoying books, design, music, technology, photography, serving, and spending time with her extended family and friends. 

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