Visiting Faculty

Affiliation: Vice Provost, The University of Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.

E-mail: –

Office: SOM Room 240

Country: USA

Expertise: Developing Innovative Learning Initiatives and Problem-Solving Strategies with Entrepreneurship

Degrees: PhD in Human Resource Development & Strategic Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA (2007); MA in Comparative & International Development Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA; BA in International Business, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, USA French minor, L’Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

Courses: –


  • International Strategy;
  • International Development;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Leadership;
  • Global Mindset and Managerial Cognition;
  • Customer Relationship Management;
  • International Human Resource Development;
  • Innovation; Organization Development;
  • Community Economic Development;
  • Organization Effectiveness;
  • Design Thinking;
  • Corporate Social Responsibility


Academic positions

  • The University of Akron: Vice Provost, 2015-Present; The Williams Honors College, Dean, 2015-Present; Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Interim Associate, 2016-2017.
  • The University of Toledo, Dean and Assistant Professor, 2013-2015
  • Assumption University of Thailand, Visiting Professor, 2009-2013
  • Mariposa Global Minneapolis, Principal, 2000-2013
  • The University of Minnesota, Regent, 2001-2007
  • The University of Minnesota Minneapolis, , Researcher, 1997-2006
  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education St. Paul, Minnesota, Intern, 1999-2000
  • Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, Admission Counselor, 1995-1997

Nonacademic positions

  • Best Buy Richfield, Minnesota, Senior Manager, 2006-2009
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, Minnesota, Writing Coordinator, 1998-1999
  • US Mission to the United Nations in Vienna (UNVIE), Associate Spokesperson,  1997


  • Diversity Champion, The University of Toledo 2014
  • External Partner of the Year, Women Venture 2008
  • Woman on the Go Award, American Council on Education Network 2003
  • 21st Century Renaissance Leadership Award, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan 2002
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, National Black MBA Association 2002


Maruyama, G. & Ransom, L. (2004). Impacts of the President’s Multicultural Faculty Research Award on faculty attitudes and productivity. Paper presented at the Keeping our Faculties III National Symposium: Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ransom, L. (2012). Rural Entrepreneurship and Climate-Smart Agriculture: Engagement, Collaboration, and Innovation. Plenary presentation given at the Second Global Conference of Agriculture, Climate Change, and Food Security hosted by the World Economic Forum and United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization. Hanoi; Vietnam.

Ransom, L. (2011). Traversing the Boundaries of Knowledge: Exploring the Role of Interdisciplinary Research in Innovation and New Industry Formation. Paper presented at the First International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research and Development: Bangkok, Thailand.

Ransom, L. (2011). The ASEAN Trade Agreements: Implications for East, West and the Rest. Caucus presented at the 2011 Academy of Management Conference: San Antonio, Texas.

Ransom, L. (2010). Creative Education for Sustainable Achievement: New Ways to Learn. Paper presented at the Mega-Trends in Human Capital and Labour Productivity: Towards Global Integration Conference: Bangkok, Thailand.

Ransom, L. (2003). Student membership on governing boards. Paper presented at the Association of Governing Boards Annual Meeting: Seattle, Washington. Ransom, L. (2002). Interpretative inquiry: Discovering meaning in research. Paper presented at the Management Doctoral Student Association Annual Meeting: Denver, Colorado.

Ransom, L. (2002). Emotional intelligence and leadership: An overview. Paper presented at the 21st Century Renaissance Youth Leaders Invitation Program, Tokyo, Japan.

Ransom, L. & Kudjo, F. (2003). Globalization: Implications on leadership development. Paper presented at the World Youth Reunion: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ransom, L.; Tichy, M.; & McCalister, A. (2006). The Multicultural Leadership Mentoring Program: Embracing Diversity in the 21st Century. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Yale Bouchet Conference: New Haven, Connecticut.