College of Business Dean
Dr. Barbara Rau has been with the COB since 1997—she started as an assistant professor and worked her way through the faculty ranks until she served as department chair from 2013 to 2015 and finally associate dean from 2015 until the present. Prior to her time at UW Oshkosh, she taught at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations at the University of New Jersey.
In addition to numerous presentations at national conferences, Rau has published in academic journals such as Academy of Management and Learning Education, Journal of Human Resources Education and Personnel Psychology. Rau also has served for several years on the Editorial Review Board of the Academy of Management Journal. Her interests include salary negotiations, recruitment, employee relations and work/life balance.
Beyond her role at UW Oshkosh, Rau has been a member of the Academy of Management, the Industrial Relations Research Association and the Society for Human Resources Management since 1990. She has also been involved with the Oshkosh Society for Human Resource Management since 2011.
Rau earned doctorate and master’s degrees from the UW-Madison Industrial Relations Research Institute, specializing in personnel and organizational behavior, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from UW-Madison.
As the first female dean to lead the COB, Rau will join an elite group of women who comprise less than 20 percent of business deans across the country.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business (COB) is fully-accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), offering majors in accounting, economics, finance, human resources, information systems, interactive web management, management, marketing and supply chain management. UW Oshkosh is one of those elite few business programs accredited at both undergraduate and graduate level. Less than 5% of the world’s 13,000+ business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation.
The UWO COB also offers minors in business, global business, insurance and financial planning, operations research and sustainability management.
Students can also pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from UWO through two year night and online program or a 16-month Saturdays only program.