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Nancy Artz Named USM Honors Program Director

Nancy Artz of Cumberland, professor of business administration in USM’s School of Business, has been named the new director of the University of Southern Maine’s Honors Program.

Artz, who joined USM in 1989, has taught courses on consumer behavior and sustainable business practices at the M.B.A. and undergraduate levels. Her research has focused on areas that include sustainable business, consumer psychology and behavior, marketing communications, market opportunity analysis, and quality management. She also created and coordinated the online sustainable business certificate program for the USM Center for Continuing Education.

While on sabbatical this past semester she sailed around the world, teaching and learning about the global south. In 2003 and 2004, she was the academic chair for the Duclos Convocation, a yearlong series of events and discussions on environmental sustainability. She has served as department chair and director of student affairs within the School of Business. She has been active in USM’s general education programs for 20 years: she was named the “Most Valuable Player” on the 1992 Commission on Undergraduate Education; was instrumental in the creation of Russell Scholars Program, a residential-based learning community on the Gorham campus; and worked on the recent transformation of USM’s general education program, which received national recognition for its design.

Artz was active with the Margaret Chase Smith Quality Awards as an examiner/judge and was named "Maine Quality Hero" in 1998. She has been a board member with the Maine Marketing Association and has published and presented to community groups on such topics as green marketing, consumer psychology and behavior, business ethics, and consumer service.

"Nancy has a strong commitment to engaging students in challenging academic work," said USM Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Wright. "That, combined with her passion for interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning, make her the ideal person to lead Honors."

USM’s Honors Program offers students an intensive academic learning community centered at the Honors House on the Portland campus. Students participate in seminars, discussion panels, presentations, conferences and social events throughout the year.

Artz holds a Ph.D. in marketing and an M.M. in marketing and finance from Northwestern University and a B.S. in finance from The Pennsylvania State University. Before earning her Ph.D., she worked at the John Morton Company in Chicago as a marketing consultant for Fortune 500 firms, and served as a community mediator in Chicago and Washington D.C.