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Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

President's Cabinet

Executive Dean for Institutional Affairs

Professor of Management

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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., Ohio State University


Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University’s Marion campus. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she completed a ten-year career in the insurance industry. She joined TU in 1993 as an adjunct professor while completing her doctorate degree at Bowling Green State University. She has held numerous positions during her tenure at TU, including the founding Director for the degree completion program, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Assessment, and most recently as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Shafer currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness where she provides leadership and oversight for institutional research, strategic planning, global education, career services, and accreditation activities of the University. Dr. Shafer continues to oversee operations in Bucharest, Romanian where we have offered the EMBA for 20 years and will start a BBA in Management in fall 2019. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a Peer Reviewer. She has successfully led TU’s compliance efforts to obtain maximum reaffirmations with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), HLC, and Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP). She also serves as a Board Member for ECBE. Dr. Shafer holds the rank of Professor of Management within the TU School of Business.