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Associate Professor

Margarita Lenk

Discipline: Business
Colorado State University

Professor Lenk is extremely excited to join the Semester at Sea students and faculty for the Fall 2016 voyage.  Originally from Argentina, her professional passion and expertise includes the areas of social entrepreneurism, business and personal ethics, sustainability strategies and information systems, the building of university-community partnerships, the internal control of business processes and accounting information systems, corporate governance, transparency, and accountability, and the mentoring and networking of minority faculty, students, and professionals.

Margarita’s signature intellectual curiosity and joyous enthusiasm, combined with her dedication to coaching, mentoring and developing leaders, and her style of integrating interdisciplinary knowledge and community service so that her teaching and research creates solutions to real local and global needs will be evident to all on the ship!  Her teaching passion and expertise involve advancing cognitive complexity through active learning critical thinking and problem solving, combining technical skills with professional skills and ethics. In addition, she looks forward to hosting book clubs, dance lessons, personal financial literacy nights, and knitting clubs with the students.

Professor Lenk has mentored seven global sustainability MBA international ventures in Nepal, Mexico, Peru, Mongolia, and the USA. She has published articles in eleven journals of various disciplines.  Among many other awards, she has been awarded the 2009 Colorado State Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2006 International Outstanding Educator in the American Accounting Association’s Emerging Technologies section, and 1997 Outstanding Accounting Educator in the State of Colorado.   Margarita has also been a leader in the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Campus Compact, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, and the KPMG PhD Project and is currently serving on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  In addition to Colorado State University, she has instructed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, the University of South Carolina and the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Merida, Mexico.