Dirk Baldwin, Ph.D.
As the Associate Dean I am primarily involved in the internal operations of our School. I am director of the MBA and MSCIS programs. In addition, I am responsible for managing and monitoring our AACSB accreditation. I am also an associate professor of MIS, so my day is varied. A lot of my time is taken up by helping students and faculty accomplish their goals. You could say my day is filled with “good interruptions” because not only do I advise faculty and students, but I also talk to new students about the benefits of coming to the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
Choosing to work at a university basically came down to the thought that I like to learn new things and be on the leading edge of my field. I also thought I’d like to teach. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside provided this opportunity and created the right environment for me. I feel I best connect with my students through live projects where the student builds an information system for a company. The student, community partner, and I learn together. In the classroom I connect mainly through open discussion and try minimizing lecture time.
In the next five years, I want to be able to maintain and grow a quality Business, IT and Economics program. I want UW-Parkside to be able to maintain and enhance its contribution to the Southeast Wisconsin region by first providing quality future employees and entrepreneurs, and second, by increasing collaboration with businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit.
Outside of work, I like to travel. I have mainly traveled in the Americas. My wife is from Panama. However, I’d like to travel all over, especially to Europe and Asia. My wife and I also like hiking, visiting our children in college, watching our son play 8th grade basketball. I like all kinds of sports. I try to attend some UW-Parkside Ranger games. I grew up a Vikings fan because I am from Minnesota. However, in 1996, when the Packers won the Super Bowl, I was swept up in the atmosphere and changed my allegiance. Strangely, I like to read philosophy, science, and history books for fun. I enjoy discussing business, technology, UW-Parkside, sports, and any of these topics. I hope students feel free to drop by my office to discuss any of these topics and their future plans.