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Deborah Stroman, PhD, CLU

Deborah Stroman, PhD, CLU

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Carolina Sport Business Club
American Underground
  • 302 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

In her role as a departmental liaison and instructor, Dr. Deborah Stroman specializes in leadership as applied to the domain of racial equity in the United States. Prior to joining the Gillings School, she was a clinical associate professor at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she provided instruction and service to students related to organizational behavior and the examination of the extensive sport business industry. Along with Dr. Geni Eng, Dr. Stroman co-designed and teaches in the popular “Leading for Racial Equity” graduate student course, which propelled similar instruction and education across the entire campus.

Dr. Stroman has three decades of extensive experience working with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni on leadership and equity issues on campus and beyond. She also currently serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the American Underground, the South’s largest business accelerator (located in Durham, N.C.), and as a trainer with the Racial Equity Institute LLC.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Stroman is a guest lecturer in numerous UNC schools and departments; she speaks on topics ranging from leadership and organizational behavior to racial equity, health disparities and entrepreneurship. She also has experience with online curriculum design and instruction.

Research Activities

- Leadership
- Social Issues in Sport
- Health Disparities

Service Activities

Dr. Stroman is active across campus, serving on many University committees and projects. She is the recipient of the 2013 General Alumni Association Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award and the 2013 College of Arts & Sciences' The Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence. She also is a member of the University's highest and oldest honorary society, The Order of the Golden Fleece.

Dr. Stroman is one of the founding professors for the campus-wide entrepreneurship minor. Her current service activities include the University Faculty Hearings Board, the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus (chairperson emeritus) and the Covenant Scholars program.

Staff/Administrative Duties

- Informal research advice
- Equity liaison for faculty and students


PhD, Business (Leadership and Organizational Leadership), Capella University, 2007

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