Staff & Faculty

Center Staff

Christine BeckmanChristine Beckman
Academic Director

Dr. Christine Beckman is an associate professor in the Management and Organization department of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She joined the Center for Social Value Creation in Fall, 2014 as the Academic Director to help transition the center to it's next phase of growth, connect the center with current research on social innovation and coordinate the Center's curricular programming.

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Professor Beckman's research has been published in such academic journals as Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Business Venturing. She currently serves as the elected Past Division Chair of the Organization and Management Theory division of the Academy of Management and is on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization Science, and Academy of Management Journal. She has received research funding from NSF and NASA.

Her first faculty position was at University of California, Irvine, where she was most recently the Director of The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research. She currently teaches doctoral courses in organization theory and MBA classes in Implementing Strategy. She spent the 2008-09 academic year visiting at the Haas School at UC Berkeley and Fall 2012 at London Business School. She was the 2006 Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar and was a Chancellor's Fellow at UC Irvine from 2008-2011.

Kimberlee Robertella GlinkaKimberlee Robertella
Associate Director

Kim Glinka joined the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2011 and brings five years' experience marketing renewable energy for start-ups and large-scale renewable energy developers. After building expertise in graphic design and communications, Kim shifted her focus to building technical knowledge in environmental sustainability. She left the renewable energy industry in 2009 to earn a dual MS in sustainable environmental resource management and integrated science and technology from James Madison University and the University of Malta.

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At Smith, Kim manages the design and production of CSVC's annual event, the Social Enterprise Symposium, and oversees the center's marketing and brand-building strategy. She also serves as the center's resident sustainability specialist and is working on developing new offerings in this space.

Kim received a BS in business management from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, with a concentration in global business strategies for the earth, energy, and materials industries. During graduate school Kim served as a member of the academic development team for James Madison University and the University of Malta, and was elected student representative.

She is currently a Marylander-in-training after having recently lived in the Mediterranean, Charlotte and the Philadelphia area. She enjoys playing outside, live music and learning.

Kirsten CraftKirsten Craft
Program Manager, Experiential Learning

Kirsten Craft joined the Center for Social Value Creation in 2016 to manage and expand experiential learning opportunities for students. She brings two years of experience in nonprofit development and strategy to the team. Following two campaign cycles where she worked as a community organizer, Kirsten returned to school in 2014 to pursue a dual MBA in general management and MPP in nonprofit management and leadership from the University of Maryland. As a student, Kirsten was actively involved with the Center for Social Value Creation and The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

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In 2015 Kirsten and a team of dedicated journalism students won the Venture Track of the Do Good Challenge by founding Press Uncuffed. Their venture worked to educate others on the importance of press freedom by producing products featuring the name and country of journalists unjustly imprisoned abroad. During the Challenge period, they raised over $60,000 to fully fund product production.

Now at the Center for Social Value Creation, Kirsten is excited to blend her passion for social value and student development. Kirsten believes that the best learning happens through hands on learning opportunities. Through her work with ChangeTheWorld Consulting, she hopes to provide students with the programming they need to directly apply and expand upon their classroom experiences. She has experience in corporate philanthropy, fundraising and nonprofit leadership.

Kirsten received a BA in communications and developmental psychology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. During graduate school, Kirsten worked as a Graduate Assistant for Student Entertainment Events, where she oversaw campus-wide marketing efforts for comedy shows, concerts and lecture series.

As a recent DC transplant, Kirsten reflects fondly on her time living in College Park, eating a Ledo’s and the five-minute commute to campus.

Faculty Committee

The Center for Social Value Creation exists across disciplines and faculty leadership from each department is essential to delivering on cutting-edge thought leadership from the business spectrum.

Sandy Boyson

Sandy Boyson, Research Professor & Co-Director
Supply Chain Management

Shreevardhan Lele

Shreevardhan Lele, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs – MBA Programs

Vojislav Maksimovich

Vojislav (Max) Maksimovic, Dean's Chair Professor of Finance & Department Chair

Paulo Prochno

Paulo Prochno, Tyser Teaching Fellow and Associate Department Chair
Management and Organization

Rebecca Ratner

Rebecca Ratner, Assistant Dean & Professor of Marketing