Jan Sturdevant


Jan Sturdevant Headshot

Adjunct Faculty

Email:  jms6@pdx.edu

Adjunct Lecturer in MBA,
MS and PhD programs
  • School of Business Administration
  • Meseeh College of Engineering, Engineering Technology Management
  • Portland State University
Retired IBM Corporation
  • 30 years as Programmer, Industrial Engineer, Corporate Strategy
Retired Professor of Practice   
  • College of Information, Sciences and Technology; Penn State University
Retired Adjunct Lecturer
  • Rady School of Business; University of California, San Diego
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) 2009
  • IT Project+ Certification, Project Management 2006
  • M.A., Operations Research/Administrative Management Union College 1975
  • B.S., Mathematics Grove City College 1970                        

Biographical Information

Currently teaching and developing methodology to enhance the online user experiences in courses such as Project Management and Information and Organizations at Portland State University. Additionally Mahar Sturdevant taught project management at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences & Technology and at the Rady School of Business, University of California, San Diego as well as at Portland State University’s PhD program in Engineering Technology Management.

In addition to her fifteen years of academic work, Mahar Sturdevant worked thirty years for IBM in their laboratory, manufacturing, statistical modeling research and 3-D graphic corporate office. As an SAP Educational Corporate Consultant, she developed and deployed SAP education in Logistics to IBM’s Production Procurement Division worldwide. Mahar Sturdevant also consulted for IBM in the area of project management, designing and educating their management in this area. One of her last assignments with IBM was consulting for the e-business applications, such as web-requisitioning for catalog buying to feed SAP, e-Business training, and optimizing contractors’ bids and contracts.

Mahar Sturdevant was the recipient of the Penn State George J. McMurtry 2015 Award in recognition of her Excellence in Teaching and Learning Faculty that recognizes faculty who provide an exceptional learning environment for undergraduates through their innovation teaching commitment to student learning and creative interface with students. Previously, as the Assistant Director of Business & Career Solutions, Mahar Sturdevant was responsible for providing strategic leadership and business planning, as well as representing IST during client visits. She re-engineered many processes to improve student placement resulting in IST having one of the highest placement rates at the University.

Currently she continues to develop partnerships with business, government, and other related educational institutions. These partnerships involve brokering faculty expertise and developing sponsored student internships which optimize career placements with corporations.