Motivated to “learn continuously and live generatively” I embrace education because it empowers me to shape the lives of others while giving my life greater meaning. With a deep understanding of adult learners, I design projects and assignments that directly relate to their personal and professional perspectives. I firmly believe that education should create a community rather than competition. To achieve this, I foster a collaborative classroom environment infused with laughter and joy. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach, I value and welcome diverse viewpoints, encouraging students to take ownership of their education.

Motivated by a desire to learn and make a positive impact, I embrace education to shape lives and find meaning. Understanding adult learners, I design relevant projects that connect to their personal and professional perspectives. Believing in a collaborative classroom community, I foster joy and laughter, valuing diverse viewpoints. Through an interdisciplinary approach, I empower students to take ownership of their education.

Current Courses

  • CBAD 350, Marketing: A study of the marketing of goods and services, including legal, social, economic, and technological considerations; consumer behavior and target markets; product; pricing; promotion; channels of distribution, and development of marketing strategy.
  • CBAD 401, International Business: A study of the significant aspects of international business operations, including historical development of foreign trade policy and operative problems of international business operations, principle areas of study are: international business and the nation-state, assessing and forecasting the international business environment, and managing the multinational enterprise.
  • MBA 660 Global Business: Prompts students to analyze systematically the various institutional facets of the global business environment and their effect on the operations and management of firms. Topics addressed will include such areas as foreign direct investment, export and import trade, supranational institutions that influence trade and investment, and monetary systems and financial markets. Attention is also devoted to country analysis, political risk, and contemporary issues such as off-shoring international expansion, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and cross-cultural management challenges.
  • MKTG 351, Consumer Market Analysis: A study of buying behavior, both consumer and industrial, and the marketing research process. Includes psychological, social and economic influences on buying behavior, along with basic market research methods for analyzing those influences.
  • MKTG 452, Social Media Marketing: The course provides a thorough understanding of social media channels including social networking sites, online communities, forums, blogs, video-sharing sites, etc. Emphasis is placed on the use of these channels as part of an overall marketing communication strategy. Specific topics addressed include targeting online customers through social media channels, effectiveness of social media marketing, and evaluation methods.
  • MKTG 455, Personal Selling and Sales Management: The principles of salesmanship and their relationship to the management of a sales force in recruiting, selecting, training, compensating, controlling, evaluating, and motivating sales personnel.

Statement of Community Engagement

  • My commitment to community involvement encompasses active engagement with my university and broader society. I have advised a student chapter of the American Marketing Association and participated in various campus initiatives, including football team recruitment events, undergraduate research competitions, and a fraternity and sorority dance-off fundraiser. Off-campus, I regularly donate platelets to aid individuals battling cancer, chronic diseases, and traumatic injuries. I have also contributed to a beach cleanup event and evaluated projects at a public school district’s technology fair. Looking beyond borders, I share my knowledge worldwide through public speaking engagements and media appearances. Whether contributing locally, regionally, or internationally, I am fundamentally motivated to make a difference.

Statement of Diversity Contribution

  • Inspired by Fred Rogers’ message of acceptance of others and ourselves, I create a classroom community that values individuality through learning and laughter. Empathy is the cornerstone of my teaching approach which allows students to grow in their own rhyme and time. After all, as Max de Pree stated, “we need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity.” I focus on individuals’ potential, not their background. During my time as an expat in the United Arab Emirates, I taught a wide range of students, including Sheikhs and scholarship recipients alike. In the workplace, I embrace my unique identity while connecting with colleagues from diverse cultures and countries. I prioritize strengthening equity efforts on campus and in the larger community. Above all, I recognize the importance of knowing individuals beyond their profession or perception.

Statement of Student Success 

  • Success has many meanings but, in scholarly settings, it starts with students. Albert Einstein’s belief that “a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” resonates with my role. Failure is a fact of life, but just because something is hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible. My educator instincts activate when empowering students to overcome adversity. The saying “success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do,” defines the dynamic with which I align. Realizing the role of relevancy, I avoid assignments requiring repetition. Demanding active engagement, I foster discussions that bridge the gap between theory and practice. Dedicated to differentiated needs, I customize curriculum and flip classes to catalyze critical thinking. Modern minded, I leverage technology to increase engagement, manage knowledge, and maximize learning.

Statement of Teaching Innovation

  • Technology facilitates collaboration, enhances critical thinking skills, and bridges the gap between learning and practice. Through immersive educational experiences, students connect with peers, industry professionals, and experts worldwide. I integrate cutting-edge software and technology in my classes to enhance student learning and equip them with real-world, marketable skills. By embracing these innovative tools, I create an engaging environment that prepares students for future challenges and opportunities. Throughout the semester, students actively participate in simulations and problem-solving exercises mirroring real-world scenarios. By combining traditional pedagogical methods with innovative technology, the resulting transformative learning experience prepares students for success in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Statement of Teaching Interests

  • As an educator, I teach undergraduates, graduates, and professionals seeking continuous development. I utilize in-person, blended learning, and online formats to cater to their varied preferences and needs. With more than two decades of industry experience, I leverage my practical knowledge managing people, products, and projects, thereby linking theory and real-world application. Through my interdisciplinary approach and practical integration, I aim to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities needed for success in their professional journeys. My teaching interests include consumer behavior, international business, personal selling, principles of marketing, and social media marketing.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Inspired by Søren Kierkegaard’s belief in the lifelong commitment to learning inherent in teaching, I embark on a shared journey of generative learning with my students. Guided by the motto “learn continuously, live generatively,” I cultivate a dynamic and innovative learning environment that integrates existing knowledge with emerging ideas. Drawing from Mark Van Doren’s perspective on teaching as assisting discovery, I inspire creativity by sharing insights gained from intellectual explorations. Fostering students’ creative confidence, I create a cohesive learning community through a blend of learning and laughter. I prioritize relevancy by tailoring the curriculum to emphasize real-world applications and avoid repetitive assignments. Leveraging technology, I enhance engagement, knowledge management, and overall learning outcomes. As an interdisciplinary educator, I integrate the intersections of humanity, technology, and industry in my undergraduate and graduate courses in communication, management, and marketing. Encouraging critical thinking and fostering a culture of knowledge sharing, I celebrate the success of one as the success of all.