Caldwell Named Director of Graduate Programs in Business at Southeast


Caldwell James croppedDr. James Caldwell will assume the responsibilities of the Director of Graduate Programs in Business at Southeast Missouri State University, effective Aug. 1.

Caldwell is an associate professor of management in the Harrison College of Business and will replace Dr. Ken Heischmidt who will return to full-time faculty status with the Department of Management and Marketing.

Over the past two decades, Heischmidt has built a nationally ranked, highly-accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Most recently, he has been instrumental in the development of graduate degree programs in management and healthcare.

The Office of Graduate Business Studies offers three degree programs. They include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with degree options such as accounting and health administration; the Master of Science in Management (MSM) for working professionals looking to hone their management and leadership skills; and the Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MHM) which examines the unique issues facing the healthcare sector by focusing on areas such as quality, patient safety, informatics, communication and administration.

“I am fortunate to be building on such a solid foundation and look forward to developing our programs even further,” Caldwell said. “I am excited to build relationships with our local healthcare and business leaders as we work together to add value to their employees and organizations.  I also look forward to engaging with our accomplished alumni as we focus on integrating their expertise in the classroom and in student career development.”

Since arriving at Southeast in 2009, Caldwell has received the Outstanding MBA Teaching Award and the Donald L. Harrison College of Business Students’ Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Caldwell’s research focuses on leadership, trust and organizational ethics.  His work has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Marketing Management Journal; Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics; and Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict.

 Caldwell has taught international study abroad programs in Belgium, Germany and France, and traveled alongside students to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.