Gordon Ford College of Business Staff
- Associate Professor Emeritus - Management
DBA, Mississippi State University, Marketing, 1993
MBA, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 1987
M.S., University of Wisconsin Platteville, Business Administration, 1981
Dr. Bolton studies individual entrepreneurial orientation, and gender in entrepreneurship and in leadership, for the region and internationally. Her current research compares women entrepreneurs in three countries as part of a FIPSE grant (The Alliance to Enhance Entrepreneurial Impact to Stimulate Economic Growth among Underserved Groups in North America). She has published in several journals and made presentations at International conferences. She teaches in the areas of decision modeling, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Dawn Langkamp Bolton has been with Western Kentucky University (WKU) since 1991 where she first began teaching in the Marketing Department of the College of Business. Since that time, Dr. Bolton has been the Chair of the Business Division of WKU’s Bowling Green Community College, the Marketing Director of WKU’s Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO), Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Program Development and Academic Relations, and the Mattie Newman Ford Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Management Department of the Gordon Ford College of Business. While Assistant Vice President, Dr. Bolton was instrumental in the development of many WKU programs ranging from Sports Management to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. In 2003, Dawn received the WKU University Award for Teaching and the KYVU On-line Excellence Award for Teaching (a state-wide award). She has been recognized with the MBA Teacher of the Year Award (twice) and the Beta Gamma Sigma Teaching Award. She was awarded the National Best Practices Award from the Small Business Institute® in February 2016 for the creation of her Entrepreneurship Lab, and received the 2017 University Award for Student Advisement for her work in mentoring entrepreneurial students. Dr. Bolton studies individual entrepreneurial orientation (IEO), and gender in entrepreneurship, for the region and internationally. Her most recent research stream investigates the appropriateness of the IEO Scale for small business strategy research. Her previous studies compared women entrepreneurs in three countries as part of a FIPSE grant (The Alliance to Enhance Entrepreneurial Impact to Stimulate Economic Growth among Underserved Groups in North America). She has published in several journals and made presentations at international conferences. She teaches in the areas of decision modeling and entrepreneurship, and served on several department, college, and university committees.