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Favorite Quote or Motto“To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?” –Katherine Graham

If You Weren’t a ProfessorI’d be a chef! I’m all about the food!

Places to Visit or Things to DoI love Italy. I would like to go back and spend more time taking cooking classes there.

Favorite BookI am finishing a series of biographies on Leonardo da Vinci.

Hobbies and InterestsI read extensively, I enjoy cooking and I love traveling with my husband and friends.

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University Faculty Spotlight:
Sandra Ekstrand

Title: Associate Professor of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration
Teaches: Human Resource Management, Management

Career
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to teach. Throughout my career in human resources, my jobs contained, at least in part, a teaching component. As a professor in this discipline and as a human resource practitioner, I bring current business cases and experience to the classroom to reflect a practical application of textbook theories.

Professional Accomplishments
Being awarded the Great Teacher Award was a humbling experience. It meant a great deal to me because it came from the students. I continue to be most proud of my students and their professional accomplishments after graduation. I enjoy receiving  emails sharing how what they learned in one of my classes helped them solve a business or employee problem.

Passion for Teaching
The very best teachers have a passion for their discipline and for learning. My students tell me that the stories and experiences that I share with them in the classroom bring the textbook subject matter to life. My hope is that as they learn theories and practices, they are able to envision how decisions they make impact others in a real-world setting. I am also certified in a variety of diagnostic tools that students use to identify their managerial styles and preferences, leadership traits and potential developmental areas.

New Curriculum
I developed the human resource management major at Mount Union and also developed a new course in leadership. I recently obtained certification through the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in executive coaching. This curriculum was centered on leadership development and emotional intelligence and has become part of the curriculum in my Seminar in Leadership course.

Best Part of the Job
I love working with students and being part of their learning is the best part of this job. Hearing from students after graduation about their successes and that what they learned in my classes has helped them be successful in their profession is rewarding.

Favorite Building
Mount Union has a beautiful campus, but I would have to say my favorite building is the new Engineering and Business Building where my department resides. I love seeing the electronic display of the stocks as you walk in the front door; you just know you are entering the business building!

Student Success
There isn’t a university around that cares more about its students and its students’ success than Mount Union. Professors know their students, and faculty members spend many hours with students outside the classroom advising and mentoring them.

Preparing Students
Preparing students happens in so many ways: an exceptional liberal arts education, an advisor in their discipline or major field of study, internships, the BEST Program linking students and area CEOs and study abroad experiences.

Research Interests
My graduate work in Organization Development (OD) remains a serious focus of mine. I am most interested in the impact of leadership on organizational culture and climate. Leadership behaviors, competency development and coaching for improved individual and organizational performance are all areas I am most interested in and topics I continue to research.

Education
B.A., Management, Malone College
M.S., Organization Development and Analysis, Case Western Reserve University
SPHR, Senior Professional in Human Resources

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