"I believe an MBA opens a lot of doors for students, not only in what they learn in the classroom but also from the contacts they make as they work their way through an academic program."
Six Sigma Yellow Belt, PHR Certified, Labor Relations Certification
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
MGT 760: Human Resource Management and MGT 769
What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?
I want students to come away from my classes with the ability to ask questions. My classes focus on the world of human resources, and I find many students don't have a good appreciation of how important HR is in today's working environment. I try to make my classes very interactive with a learning environment that allows students to ask questions, learn from each other and open their minds to new ideas.
What advice would you give to those considering the online MBA program?
If it works for you, go for it.
What is the value of an MBA?
Continuous learning has always been very important to me, both in academia and in the working world. I believe an MBA opens a lot of doors for students, not only in what they learn in the classroom but also from the contacts they make as they work their way through an academic program. The contacts you make can open doors for you throughout your career.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in business?
The ability to embrace change, see all perspectives (and understand them) as you work with and manage others, and setting your expectations and understand how you can accomplish them.
Why did you start teaching?
I find it rewarding to interact with others, from both a teaching and learning perspective. I learn just as much from my students as, hopefully, they are learning from me. Teaching also forces me to keep up to speed on current trends and happenings.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“What Color Is My Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know:
I started my career as a chemist and ended up in Human Resources.