Academics

CIE Leadership

Tim Basadur

Tim Basadur

Tim Basadur is an assistant professor of management at Concordia University Chicago where he teaches creative thinking skills, collaborative teamwork, organizational behavior, strategy, and small business management, among other courses. His broad research interests include individual and organizational creativity, team decision making, motivated cognition, and creative social network analysis, and has been published in Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Business Research, Creativity and Innovation Management, as well as in various book chapters focused on creativity. He also regularly makes presentations at academic and professional conferences as a subject matter expert in organizational creativity.

Tim is also an active trainer, facilitator and consultant in applied creativity. He is a  certified trainer and process leader with over 20 years’ experience delivering and leading applied creativity projects for corporate clients as part of Basadur Applied Creativity (BAC). BAC is a unique global company with 35 years of experience in helping individuals, teams, and organizations use applied creativity to solve problems and create growth opportunities. Recent corporate clients of Tim’s include Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ivy Tech Community Colleges of Indiana, IFTPS (Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists), John Deere, P&G’s Innovation Gym, and Teradata

Tim is involved with a variety of different categories of entrepreneurial organizations. Through the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, Tim serves as a Business Volunteer for the Arts (BVA) and has led projects for growing new arts organizations in the greater Chicago area. He has also delivered creativity training to leaders in BAC client organizations whose mission is to develop the entrepreneurial capacity of their regions, including Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Center, Enterprise New Brunswick, and the University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Elisabeth Dellegrazie

Elisabeth Dellegrazie

Elisabeth Dellegrazie has ten years of academic experience across three disciplines; marketing, leadership, and global management within the School of Business (graduate and undergraduate) paired with over twenty years of corporate business experience. 

Professor Dellegrazie teaches Global Marketing in a Digital Era, Leading and Managing Effective Organizations and Global Management in the MBA program. She teaches advertising, integrated marketing communications and new product development in an experiential classroom format to undergraduates. Within, these classes she works with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, which allow students to gain hands-on experiences, and provides marketing solutions to the businesses in the surrounding community.

Elisabeth Dellegrazie received the 2017 Outstanding Faculty of the Year awarded by the Student Leadership & Involvement Committee. 

In her role as Chair of the MBA program, Professor Dellegrazie improved program quality, engaged faculty, and strengthened student recruitment and retention.

Professor Dellegrazie’s research focus is the globalization of business and higher education.  She teaches business internationally. She develops international joint degree programs, faculty exchange, and study abroad programs. Elisabeth also presents internationally for both businesses and universities.

Professor Dellegrazie corporate business experience includes Marketing Portfolio Manager, Boise, Inc. (2 years) * North America Kitchen Category Manager, Grohe Faucets (2 years) * Brand Manager for New Market Development, Chicago Faucets a Geberit Group (4 years) * Brand Manager of Construction Products, Illinois Tool Works (7 years) * Category Manager Grocery, Dominick’s Finer Foods (3 years). 

Elisabeth Dellegrazie has been a faculty member of Concordia - Chicago since 2008.

Dr. Tom Jandris

Dr. Jandris is the Dean of the College of Innovation and Professional Programs as well as the Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at CUC. Most recently, the University of Minnesota, where Jandris serves on the board of the College of Education and Human Development, named its “Thomas P. Jandris Center for Innovation in Higher Education” after him.

Dr. Jandris researches data, driven decision-making processes, education finance and leadership. He also teaches leadership, finance, education law, entrepreneurship and microenterprise development. Among his areas of expertise are educational policy and reform.

Several years ago, Dr. Jandris established Progress Education Corporation to offer staff development, school improvement planning, policy consulting and a line of proprietary technology-based learning management tools to schools, districts and states. Previously he served as president of EDmin, Inc., a company that develops technology solutions to empower performance management in public education. Other private sector education experience include founding and managing Fox River Learning and serving as CEO of HOSTS Corporation. 

Prior to EDmin, Dr. Jandris served as the lead consultant to the governor of Michigan and the Detroit mayor’s office during the reform takeover of the Detroit Public Schools. At the request of then Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Commissioner of Education Tom Gallagher, Dr. Jandris helped draft the enabling legislation to implement a constitutional amendment to restructure the governance of Florida’s educational system. Additional work is focused on designing and planning comprehensive performance management systems for urban school districts.

He previously served as director of state services for the Education Commission of the States, directing policy consultants and technical advisors for the nation’s governors, legislators and education leaders. He also was chief architect and leader of the commission’s Urban Coalition and Corporate Partners Programs and directed a three-year national study of the governance of America’s schools.

Prior to his tenure at ECS, Dr. Jandris had extensive careers in both education and the private sector. He was a teacher, principal and director of secondary education at a large urban school district. He founded and grew a highly successful human resources consulting company. A former U.S. Olympic team member and syndicated columnist, he also is a licensed psychologist who continues to teach at the graduate level. He had been a member of Concordia's faculty since 2006. Dr. Jandris was integral in the founding of Concordia-Chicago’s College of Business and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Marge Johnsson

Margaret Johnsson

Marge Johnsson is a serial entrepreneur who has founded, rapidly grown, and sold several entrepreneurial ventures in the fields of consulting services, finance and accounting, construction and historical restoration, entrepreneurship education, publishing, and not-for-profit fundraising.

Professor Johnsson’s clients have included some of the world’s largest corporations, i.e., Kraft Foods, The Quaker Oats Company, CNA and Allstate insurance companies, Discover Card Financial Services, McDonald’s Corporation, the Canadian Government’s Lumber Council, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, the Australian-American Chamber of Commerce, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, and numerous high-growth entrepreneurial companies in industries including, digital marketing, advertising, publishing, staffing services, health care and medical centers, diet and homeopathy, transportation, and even pet care services.

Prior to founding her first business in 1991, Marge’s corporate experience included positions as Manager of Planning at Kraft Foods, Inc. where she developed financial and strategic plans for a $17 billion division of Kraft, and Senior Operations Analyst at Beatrice Foods Inc., where she was one of a four-person team working on the final balance sheet valuation for the divestiture of Avis Rent-a-Car.  At both companies, she was involved in acquisition integration, divestitures and strategic planning, in addition to more traditional finance and accounting responsibilities.

Marge and her businesses have won many awards including: Rank #218 on the INC 500 List of America’s fastest growing private companies, The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Illinois, along with her personal favorite – Today’s Chicago Woman magazine’s 100 Women Making a Difference.  Marge was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2000. 

Professor Johnsson has been featured in local and national media on the topics of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, finance, accounting and historical residential renovation, including NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Business Week, Inc. Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business, The Chicago TribuneThe Journal of Accountancy, CFO Magazine and Global Finance.

Marge currently serves as a Board Director for the Economic Advisory Council, is a member of the Private Directors Association, is a lifetime member of Boardroom Bound (dedicated to placing women and minorities on public and private boards), and was a founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the Women Presidents Organization . Her past board service includes Chicago Finance Exchange, Financial Executives International, National Association of Women Business Owners, Community Television Network, Ballet Chicago’s/Joffrey Ballet’s merger transition board, two Dean’s Advisory Boards for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and University of Chicago’s Women’s Business Group Advisory Board.

Marge has been instrumental in the launch of the Concordia Chicago’s College of Business’ Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, establishing an Entrepreneur Speaker Series, workshops, and seminars, as well as establishing internships for business students.  She also designed the MBA Specialization in Entrepreneurship, launched the Certificate in Entrepreneurship, and is working on designing and developing an undergraduate minor in Entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Concordia, Professor Johnsson taught entrepreneurship courses at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business and Illinois State University. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, with specializations in strategy, marketing and organization design, and holds a Bachelor of Science/Accounting, from the University of Illinois Chicago. She passed the Illinois CPA exam in 1985.


Claudia Santin

Dr. Claudia Santin

Dr. Claudia Santin, Dean of the College of Business at Concordia-Chicago, has, over the last 30 years, established a reputation as a pragmatic change agent and effective team builder. Dr. Santin’s has leadership experience includes serving as university President, Provost, Dean of Leadership Studies, as well an Associate Dean of Graduate Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Santin higher education leadership and teaching experience includes institutions as Northcentral University, Nova Southeastern University, Capella University, and Walden University, among others.

In her series of progressively demanding positions, she blended the components of a superb higher education experience, especially in the field of online delivery systems, with the demands of both the domestic and international marketplace, consistently achieving the delicate balance of quality and profit. Her international program development experience is extensive, having worked with organizations and universities in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Geneva, and Greece. In 1999, she developed the first corporate MBA program for Nova Southeastern University’s Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship in the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. (formerly ZPMC) in the People’s Republic of China.  Her expertise has been sought after by Fortune 100 and 500 companies, as well as mid-sized and large universities and multi-campus systems located in California, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Canada, Colorado, and New York.

At the MBA level, Dr. Santin has taught management, organizational leadership, developing human capital, systems thinking, and change management. At the doctoral level, Dr. Santin has served as a dissertation chair for over 20 years and teaches higher education and organizational leadership, governance, institutional advancement, and managing financial resources for program prioritization. She researches on the topics of innovative and entrepreneurship in higher education, organizational leadership, mentoring, and change management.

Dr. Santin pursues ongoing professional development, as well as maintains a consistent schedule of conference presentation and publication. She has received awards for excellence in teaching and has earned numerous certificates and post-master’s credits in corporate strategy, online teaching and learning, and international business.

She serves as an associate editor for Management Education: An International Journal and Change Management: An International Journal. Dr. Santin also serves as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Virtual Leadership, the Journal of eLearning and Teaching, and the Journal of Online Higher Education. She was also a founding member of the eLearning Institute, where she served as vice president and executive director of the Global Center at the eLearning Institute.

Dr. Santin is a graduate of Leadership America, and has received numerous awards for her service and scholarship. Dr. Santin has been a member of CUC’s faculty since 2008, and previously served as assistant dean of the CUC College of Graduate and Innovative Programs.