About the Dean

John T. Delaney

Dean, Kogod School of Business

John T. Delaney is Professor of Management and Dean of the Kogod School of Business at American University. He is a passionate advocate for experiential learning, which reflects the notion that students learn more from doing and practicing than from listening. He believes that hybrid educational models combining web-based approaches and experiential learning options will come to dominate higher education. He emphasizes international educational opportunities and encourages all Kogod constituencies to develop global business competencies.

Prior to his appointment at AU in 2016, he served as the Henry E. Haller, Jr. Dean of Business at the University of Pittsburgh from 2006 until 2015. During his deanship, the school experienced increased enrollments, better student quality, improved student satisfaction scores, greater diversity, and enhancements on virtually all key metrics. These outcomes stimulated a dramatic improvement in rankings and the generation of significant financial resources – which allowed an expansion of the faculty, renovation of facilities, and provision of new faculty and student support. He also expanded the school’s interactions with alumni, hosting events across the U.S. and in Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.K.

Delaney earned a B.S. degree from LeMoyne College and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He held faculty positions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, University of Iowa, Michigan State University, and the University of Pittsburgh before joining AU. At Iowa, he also served as Director of the Industrial Relations Center, University Ombudsperson, and Chairperson of the Department of Marketing. At Michigan State, he served as associate dean for MBA Programs. His administrative efforts have been credited with stimulating curricular innovations and enhancing student satisfaction at Iowa, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh.

He is widely recognized for his scholarship in negotiation, dispute resolution, and labor-management relations. He has given expert testimony to the National Labor Relations Board and the Subcommittee on Labor of the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and has regularly served on business school accreditation review committees for the AACSB. While serving as dean at Pitt, he wrote a monthly blog on the Huffington Post and regularly discussed a variety of news matters with reporters from many media outlets, including The Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CBS News, The Financial Times, and National Public Radio.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Society for Human Resource Management – University of Iowa Hawkeye Chapter – Outstanding Professor Award (1994-1995), the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations Distinguished Alumni Award (2011), and the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business’ H.J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service (2015).