Becoming an Educator
I always share that I did not choose education, that it chose me. I had the opportunity to teach an undergraduate class following completion of my MBA program. By the third class session, I knew it was a calling and decided to continue my education to complete my terminal degree necessary to teach at the university level. Being able to utilize my 12 years of business experience allows me to apply practical ideas to my teaching and curriculum development. The favorite part of being an educator is being able to mentor and guide students in finding their passion and developing career goals. The best communication is when students follow-up with me after leaving their programs and sharing successes and changes. Remember - education is a life-long journey that builds on intellectual discovery and stimulates growth.
As a life-long learner, I am engaged in continuous learning and research. My areas of focus include strategic planning and leadership, specifically women in leadership. Recently, I have added the areas of emotional and cultural intelligence to my research portfolio and training.
Working at Mount Union
As the inaugural MBA Director, I am excited most about creating a unique approach to graduate learning that applies practical real-world strategies to managerial practice. Being able to lead a team of academically qualified faculty with professional experience to guide UMU MBA graduates to develop specific skills for future career success. Something unique about our program is the fully online MBA Program set up in six-week courses that allows students to balance course work with real life. Being able to choose a concentration in leadership and innovation or business analytics meets the needs of a growing job market in those areas. UMU MBA graduates will create transferrable skills applicable to real-world practice.