Special Dessert Reception with Steve Malter, Associate Dean, Director of the Undergraduate Program at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He is responsible for the management of the undergraduate program, advising, admissions, student engagement, and setting its strategic vision. Steve has led the development of Olin’s Israel based initiatives that include innovative courses are Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel and Venture Advising in Israel. In Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel students spend the first six weeks of the spring semester learning about Israel, its culture, politics, economics and various industries. During the students spring break Steve leads a ten day immersive trip to Israel for the class allowing them to experience the topics they are covering firsthand. Venture Advising in Israel is a joint course with the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. Twelve Washington University and twelve IDC students are placed on global teams to advise an Israeli start-up on a strategic issue. Steve, another colleague and the students travel to Israel for an eight day immersion where the global teams work face to face to create a strategic solution for the start-up company. He is also responsible for the development of the semester abroad program based at the IDC.
Steve is responsible for the creation and development of the Israel Summer Business Academy, a six week summer course based in Israel to launch in June of 2014. This course is a collaboration between the IDC and the Olin Business School and is open to students from undergraduate programs across the United States. This academy will be modeled on previous coursework he has created and collaborative coursework that he has participated in with colleagues at the IDC.
He initially joined Washington University in 1998 as the Coordinator for Programming and All Campus Events in the Office of Student Activities. At the end of 2000, he left Washington University to join Ernst & Young in New York and spent four years as a member of the national recruiting team in various capacities but missed working in higher education. Steve returned St. Louis in late 2003 and then to Washington University in 2004 and joined the Olin Business School as an Associate Director for Academic Advising and Student Services and as a BSBA career advisor. In 2008 he became the Director of Student Development and became Olin’s Assistant Dean for Student Development & Strategic Initiatives in 2010. On January 1, 2014, Steve was appointed the Associate Dean & Director of Olin’s Undergraduate Program.
He received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and his Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. Steve completed his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri at St. Louis in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Administration in 2007.