Associate Dean | Accreditation & Operations
Office Address: SFHB 404
Mailing Address: Campus Box 5500
Office Phone: (309) 438-3823
Office Hours: By appointment
Tamra Connor is the Associate Dean for Accreditation and Operations in the College of Business at Illinois State University. Prior to joining the Dean’s Office, Dr. Connor served as a co-Program Coordinator for the Business Education, undergraduate and graduate programs, and as an Associate Professor of Business Education at ISU. She taught fifteen different courses within the BE major, including teaching methodologies, personal finance, communications, and business education foundations. Before joining the faculty at ISU, she was the instructional design specialist and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma-College of Pharmacy. Tamra earned her degrees from Oklahoma State University, including a Ph.D. in Education, a Master of Science in Business Education/College of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.Her research interests are varied; however, revolve around teaching. Published topics include the impact of problem-solving on learning, leadership, preparedness to teach diverse topics, communication in education, social media in education, innovative instructional strategies, performance-based assessment, professional development, and psychological contract breaches. She has been published in multiple journals, including: Business Teacher Education Journal, Journal for Research in Business Education, International Journal for Business Education, Journal for Global Business Education, Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, Innovations in Pharmacy, National Association of Business Education Yearbooks, Wisconsin Business Education Journal, and the Texas Business and Technology Educators Association Journal.
Dr. Connor is the founding editor of the International Journal for Business Education and shares the editing duties with a colleague from Austria. She is a frequent speaker at local, national, and international conferences in the areas of personal finance, teaching methodologies, assessment of teaching, and performance-based assessments.
Education:Ph.D., Oklahoma State University in Education
Davis, T. S. and Bailey, G. A. (2014). Leadership in professional associations for business education. In M. Anderson (Ed.), Leadership in Business Education 2014 Yearbook No. 52. Reston, VA: National Business Education Association.
Medina, M. S., Conway, S. E., Davis-Maxwell, T. S., and Webb, R. (2013). The impact of problem-solving feedback on team-based learning case responses. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(9), Article 189.
Davis, T. S. (2013, Spring/Summer). Building and using a personal/professional learning network with social media. The Journal of Research in Business Education, LV(1), 1-13.
Davis, T. S. and Desselle, S.P. (2013). Perceptions of a faculty cohort using education scholar as a basis for faculty development in active learning strategies. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, (5)5. 394-401. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2012.06.001
Richard, M.D., Brahm, N.C., and Davis, T. S. (2013). Professional development: Students’ perceptions of an immersion elective in substance abuse. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 5(1), 54-61. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2012.09.007
Brahm, N.C. and Davis, T. S. (2012). Development of a psychiatric pharmacy elective track. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 4(4), 267-272. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2012.05.001
Peirce, G.L., Desselle, S.P., Draugalis, J.R., Spies, A.R., Davis, T. S. , and Bolino, M. (2012). Identifying Psychological Contract Breaches in Academic Pharmacy Using a Modified Delphi Procedure. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 76(6), Article 108.
Brahm, N.C., Davis, T. S. , Peirce, G., and Lamb, M. (2012). Innovations in scholarship: A faculty program to build a community of scholars. Innovations in Pharmacy, 2(4).
Davis, T. S. (2011, April). Peer observation: A faculty initiative. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 3(2), 106-115. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2011.01.009
Smith, M. and Davis, T. (2010, Winter). Ethics in education: A service-learning project. Wisconsin Business Education Journal, 58(3), 5-9.
Brahm, N. and Davis, T. (2010, October). Psychiatric pharmacy delivery via an online course: psychoactive substances. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning (2)4. 204-210. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2010.07.007
Davis, T., Ward, D., and Woodland, D. (2010). Intercultural communication: Verbal. In L. Waldman & D. Everett (Eds.), Cross-Cultural and International Business Education 2010 Yearbook No. 48 (pp. 1 – 21). Reston, VA: NBEA.
Davis, T. (2004). Collaborative tele-learning: Project management. In D. Christopher & L. Jaderstrom (Eds.), E-World: Virtual Learning, Collaborative Environments, and Future Technologies 2004 Yearbook No. 42. Reston, VA: NBEA.
Associate Dean | Accreditation & Operations