Dr. Mark Wellman
Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow
Ph.D., George Washington
4552 Van Munching Hall
Dr. Mark H. Wellman is currently a faculty member in the management
and organization department at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith
School of Business and he serves as director of the Business, Society & Economy
(BSE) program in the university’s College Park Scholars program.
Dr. Wellman is recognized for his innovative courses and his
memorable, relevant experiences outside of the classroom. The three largest
short term global immersion programs at UMD are directed by him. The global
immersion programs involve traveling to the United Arab Emirates, Singapore,
Malaysia, and Australia. As the faculty director for the programs, Dr. Wellman
designs and organizes all aspects of the program including departure
preparation, scheduling onsite visits, organizing logistics, administering the
budget, and assisting students with cross-cultural training. Over 425 students
have participated in his global immersion programs since 2009.
The BSE program was transformed into the premier undergraduate living-learning
business program under his leadership. The transformation involved developing
innovative curricular and co-curricular learning experiences including
interactive activities such as leadership training, simulations, assessments,
and community service. The special topics course that he developed on innovation
involves traveling to Silicon Valley to visit Cisco, Google, eBay, LinkedIn,
Zynga, Saleforce.com, Tesla Motors, Huawei, Pixar, IDEO, Electronic Arts, and
His efforts to create outstanding educational experiences have
resulted in him being one of the most sought after faculty for developing
thought provoking programs and courses, he designed one of the most popular
undergraduate courses for the new general education curriculum with more than
300 students enrolling. The course, “Why Good Managers Make Bad Decisions,”
addresses the role of evidence-based management and other decision making tools
in successful corporations.
Dr. Wellman was awarded the prestigious University of Maryland Brit
Kirwan award for making exceptional contributions to the University, including
transforming the College Park Scholars Business, Society and Economy program,
developing innovative curricular and co-curricular learning experiences,
starting the undergraduate management major and introducing global immersion
He also earned the Outstanding Faculty Educator Award. The award is
presented each year by the Maryland Parents Association to honor a faculty
member who demonstrates a deep commitment to providing an exemplary educational
experience for students. He has also received numerous awards for teaching,
including the Allen J. Krowe Teaching Excellence Award for his outstanding
contribution to business education.
Dr. Wellman has successfully taught in executive development programs,
part-time, corporate, and executive MBA programs, as well as undergraduate
programs. His teaching is in the areas of organizational change, human capital,
international business, leadership, and strategic management. He also introduced
an assessment center for the University of Maryland’s undergraduate program, and
has served as an executive coach for graduate students. He is certified
in all assessments developed by the Center for Creative Leadership.
Before his current appointment, Dr. Wellman served as the assistant
dean of the MBA/MS programs at the Smith School from 1990-2001. When arriving at
Smith he was charged with achieving greater recognition as the Smith School was
not ranked as one of the leading business schools. Dr. Wellman led the
transformation of the school's MBA program. At the end of his tenure the MBA
program was ranked among the top 25 by BusinessWeek, The Financial Times,
Wall Street Journal and U.S. News. In addition, full-time and part-time MBA
enrollment significantly increased along with student quality.
Prior to arriving at Maryland in 1990, he served as the director of
graduate studies in business at Bowling Green State University. While at BGSU he
increased MBA enrollment, improved student satisfaction, and established an MBA
career services program.
Dr. Wellman has extensive experience with admissions, advising, career
services, student learning, student-faculty engagement program assessment
strategies, and retention efforts. His primary research subject is the area of
career success, human capital and management education. He is a recent recipient
of a faculty fellowship from the Graduate Management Admission Council Education
Research Institute. His research is examining the impact of the MBA degree on
career success outcomes.
Dr. Wellman holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a focus on
organizational behavior and development from the George Washington University
School of Business Administration. In addition, he has an undergraduate and
graduate degree from Bowling Green State University.
Global Immersion Courses
Primary Research Areas