Celebrating Chuck Gowen, retiring Professor of Management

Chuck Gowen joined the NIU Department of Management as a professor in 1987. He earned his Ph.D. at Ohio State University and also served on the faculties at Penn State and Miami of Ohio.

Chuck’s impact on students is indelibly associated with Chuck’s role as professor and coordinator of
UBUS 310/311, a college-wide program. In this capacity, he had a meaningful impact in the learning of
thousands of students. Chuck’s role as the 310/311 coordinator ensured that the program continued to focus on integrating cross-functional business education for students ready for the upper-division
program. The program, originally created in 1996 and in place through the mid-2010s, was so innovative that it was heralded by AACSB International and other academic periodicals across the country.

Chuck has also served as professor of the strategic management capstone. Because this cross-functional upper level course is required for all business majors, Chuck has enjoyed the unique privilege of teaching students from every academic business area. For 20 years, he has shared his enthusiasm for cutting edge strategic management best practices.

Along with his teaching responsibilities, Chuck has published extensively throughout his long career at
NIU. He focused his research efforts primarily in the area of quality management with a great deal of his work dedicated to improving hospital operations. Much of his research is interdisciplinary and integrates management and operations management disciplines. Chuck has received multiple awards for his publications, with those awards ranging from the Gryna Award from the American Society for Quality to Best Applications Paper awards from the Decision Sciences Institute.

Other honors he has earned include the University Friends Award bestowed to outstanding Faculty/Staff who go above and beyond in their support of student success. The award is granted by NIU’s Center for Access Ability Resources (CAAR), which also recognized Chuck with successive certificates of recognition for year over year contributions to students with disabilities.

Chuck has held a myriad of service roles at NIU – from university, to college, and department. One of the most notable service activities include Chuck’s long-term role representing the college on the
university’s Graduate Council.

Chuck’s enthusiasm and passion for helping thousands of NIU Business students grow and achieve in life will be greatly missed. He and his wife Jeanne have two children and a tightknit crew of grandchildren. Without question, the NIU Red and Black Huskie spirit runs in the Gowen family. Chuck and Jeanne’s daughter earned her undergraduate degree from NIU, and their son earned both his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree from NIU.

by Sarah Marsh, Chair of the Department of Management, and Michelle De Jean, NIU Business Director of Marketing

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