Professor Franz is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), where she has served as Vice President and Program Chair as well as in a number of chair and program coordination roles. Professor Franz’s research publications have appeared in Operations Research, Decision Sciences, Computers and Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, the International Journal of Production Research and other journals. She was the winner of the 1987 DSI Instructional Innovation Award. Her teaching has also been recognized with the UM System Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award and a Gold Chalk Award. In 2000, she was named a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute. Professor Franz previously served on the Management Sciences and MIBS faculty at the University of South Carolina prior to joining MU as an associate professor in 1985. She was promoted to professor in 1991 and became associate dean and director of graduate studies of the College of Business in 1992, a position she held until 1998 when she was selected as MU's associate provost. Her work in the provost office concluded with her service as interim provost in 2005. Her current research interests include decision making processes, analysis of decision characteristics as predictors of decision outcomes and the application of modeling for improved decision making.
B.S. University of Nebraska, 1968; M.Ed. University of Nebraska, 1970; PhD University of Nebraska, 1980.