Sonja H. Bickford, DBA, MBA

Dr. Sonja Bickford is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Technology at the University of Nebraska Kearney specializing in international business, stakeholder management, communication, and leadership.

She holds a BS in management from Appalachian State University and an MBA from Arkansas State University. Her master’s work focused on assessing organizational culture differences in a multinational enterprise (MNE). Dr. Bickford received her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from California Intercontinental University where her doctorate work focused on establishing a successful study abroad program at a small private university. She completed a Post Doc at the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre in Finland where she led a project on the assessment of best practices of environmental impact assessments in the Arctic.

She has held academic administrative positions such as the Public Relations Officer at the College of Natural Science and Math at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and served as the Director of the RN to BSN Program, the Director of Continuing Education, and the Director of Study Abroad for the University of Great Falls in Montana. She was also a member of the business faculty at the University of Great Falls for five years prior to taking her position at the University of Nebraska Kearney teaching courses such as marketing via social media, organizational behavior, and international business.

She has expertise in international business and environmental economics, including cost benefit analysis and environmental and social impact assessments. She has worked on projects addressing multidisciplinary issues in rural communities, such as in the Arctic, which focus on stakeholder engagement models in rural / indigenous communities, business applications of aquaponic systems, and community branding. Even though Dr. Bickford’s research has a global focus, the impacts of the results are applicable and relevant for Nebraskans, especially rural Nebraskans.

Sonja H. Bickford, DBA, MBA
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Technology, University of Nebraska Kearney
Visiting Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology
College of Business & Technology
University of Nebraska Kearney