Accomplished researcher with a passion for creating logic models, collaborating with others to share information while striving to change the world. Project manager enthusiast focused on outcomes following industry standards creating growth and value for business partners. Goal-oriented, results driven, team player who collaborates with others to provide logical solutions to business problems.
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Director, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (July 2018-Present)
Co-Project Director, U.S. Department of Education, Title III Grant
Responsibilities included oversight of all functions of the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, including faculty scholarship activities, undergraduate research programming, Institutional Review Board administrator, oversight of intramural research grants, all pre and post award functions, supervising staff, managing department budget, and chairing universities committees.
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs (May 2014-June 2018)
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Batterman School of Business, Concordia University, Mequon, WI
Master of Science Organizational Leadership & Administration program
OLA—509:Leading Change in Organizations: This course investigates the theories and strategies to create and maximize participation, collaboration, and effectiveness to build team identity, commitment, and trust.
OLA—515:Organizational Communication & Negotiation: This course covers theories of organizational communication and current issues in ethical, interpersonal, cross cultural, and competitive communication situations.
OLA—550: Special Topics in Leadership: Engaged Leadership: Developed and directed this course, which studied definitions of engagement and investigated what it means to be an engaged leader. It also compared and contrasted engagement and disengagement and how they impact an organization.
OLA—570: Leadership Competencies: In this course, students complete various leadership measures to assess their leadership style, and work intensively with the professor to formulate a personalized plan to develop their practical leadership skills over several months.
November 2009 U.S. Department of Labor—Washington, D.C.; grant panelist / reviewer
August 2011UW-Parkside Faculty In-Service Presenter
Annually University of Wisconsin—Parkside; Non-Profit Leadership Certificate, Grant Writing, Presenter
Annually Numerous Workshops throughout the year: Institutional Review Board, Undergraduate Research, Proposal Writing, Faculty Orientation, etc.
November 2018 Guest Lecturer: Research Resources at Concordia University
October 2019 Wisconsin Research Administrators Network Symposium – Research Compliance & Undergraduate Research
March 2020 SaintA, Milwaukee, WI: Presentation to higher education representatives on research findings related to ACEs and postsecondary educational attainment.
Magna cum laude
Chair, Faculty Scholarship Committee
Originator, Undergraduate Research Program
Co-Chair Undergraduate Research Committee
Technology Transfer Committee Member
Institutional Biosafety Committee (founding member)
Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching Advisory Council Member
Concordia Intramural Research Committee Member
Dresen, J. A. (2018). Examining the association between adverse childhood experiences and academic achievement in postsecondary education and the extent to which social support moderates this association (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest database. Publication number: 10930927
Dresen, J. A. (2013). Increasing grant and research-related compliance through website modification, Journal of the Grant ProfessionalsAssociation, 11(1), 43-54.
SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc., Board of Directors
· Board Member of the Year Award (2006—07)
· Kintzler Award (2006—07)
Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education
· Outstanding Support Professional Award (2011)
National Council of University Research Administrators
Society of Research Administrators
Council for Undergraduate Research
Association of University Technology Managers
Milwaukee Regional Technology Transfer Group
American Educational Research Association
LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin; Board of Directors; Executive Board—Treasurer (2009—2010)
SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc., Board of Directors (2005—2007)
Leadership Racine graduate
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