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Deborah Stroman, PhD, CLU

Deborah Stroman

Deborah Stroman, PhD, CLU

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Director
Carolina Sport Business Club
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
American Underground
  • 335 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

In her role as an advisor and instructor in the EQUITY concentration, Dr. Deborah Stroman specializes in leadership as applied to the domain of racial equity in the United States. Prior to joining Gillings, she was a Clinical Associate Professor at Kenan-Flagler Business School providing instruction and service to students related to organizational behavior and the examination of the vast sport business industry.

Dr. Stroman has more than three decades of extensive experience working with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni on leadership and equity issues. As an entrepreneur, she provides race and racism strategic consulting and education to numerous organizations including the National Institutes of Health, R1 academic institutions, Fortune 100, and non-profits. She is a national trainer with the Racial Equity Institute LLC. In addition, Dr. Stroman is the founder of the Center of Sport Business and Analytics, which is purposed to connect with and advocate for people and organizations creating equity, impact, and value in the sport industry.

She is a president emeritus of the UNC Black Faculty and Staff Caucus and has been recognized for teaching, service, and entrepreneurship collaborations. Along with Dr. Geni Eng, Dr. Stroman co-designed and instructs in the department’s popular “Leading for Racial Equity” graduate student course, which propelled similar instruction and education across the entire campus and beyond. Dr. Stroman is Coach, HAVEN, Mental Health (First Aid), and Safe Zone trained and certified.

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

Interests

- Leadership
- Social Issues in Sport
- Health Disparities

Service Activities

Dr. Stroman is active across campus, serving on many University committees and special projects. She is one of the founding professors for the campus-wide entrepreneurship minor. Dr. Stroman is the recipient of the 2018 Salute to Champions Award for community service (Capitol Broadcasting/Deloitte), 2013 General Alumni Association Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award, and the 2013 The Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence. She is also the past chairperson of the Orange County Human Relations Commission and a member of the university's highest and oldest honorary society, The Order of the Golden Fleece.

Staff/Administrative Duties

- Informal research advice
- Equity Educator and liaison for faculty, administration and students

Education

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

MA, Sport Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986

BS, History and Social Studies Education, University of Virginia, 1982

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