Jun Zhao, Ph.D.

  Professor Emeritus
  Office Location: G 285
  Office Hours: Varies by semester. Please see syllabus.
  College: COB




Dr. Zhao joined Governors State University as an assistant professor of management in 1999. Over the past 20 years, she was actively engaged in teaching, research, and service, and was promoted to full professor in 2012. She was appointed to be the division chair in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship Division in 2012. She became Dean of the College in November 2016.

Dr. Zhao has been actively engaged in COB’s efforts to develop and offer high quality academic programs as faculty leader, division chair, and most recently Dean of the College. She worked closely with the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing (INAM) consortium and its community college members to develop the Bachelor of Arts in Manufacturing Management program. Under her leadership, enrollment in GSU’s Online MBA in General Management and Supply Chain Management programs have earned top rankings and recognitions for its high quality and affordability, and increased enrollment significantly.

As Dean of the College, Dr. Zhao leads the college’s efforts in enhancing its engagement with various stakeholders, including its business partners. She serves as member of the South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative (SSEGI) workforce group, Will/South Cook TDL Employer Partnership, as well as Calumet Manufacturing Sector Partnership. In 2019, she led GSU’s efforts to seek Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) hub grant, to establish a Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator on its campus.

Dr. Zhao received her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1990. She earned her MBA and DBA degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1994 and 1998, respectively. She also held teaching positions at Western Illinois University, Governors State University, Roosevelt University, and California State University Channel Islands.



Dr. Zhao’s research interests include corporate restructuring, organizational downsizing, psychological contract, and cross-cultural management issues. Her work has appeared in scholarly journals including Academy of Management Review, Management Research Review, Chinese Management Studies, Journal of International Education in Business, Advances in Competitiveness Research, and Journal of Business Diversity. She teaches strategic management, international business, and organizational behavior at both undergraduate and graduate levels.



Dr. Zhao actively contributes to division, college, and university committees as member of Strategy 2025, Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, Graduate Council, Administrative Policy Committee, Global Affairs Committee, and so on. She has led COB’s efforts in globalizing its curriculum, faculty, and students since 2009. She participated as a trip leader for two short term study trips to China in 2006 and 2012, and contributed to planning for other trips COB offered to its students in the past few years.

Link to Dr. Zhao's CV