Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
In this issue of the Baylor Business Review, we focus on the faculty of the Hankamer School of Business. Our faculty members are charged with more than just teaching students—they involve students by providing interactive learning with an ethical foundation in a Christian environment. Our faculty members also provide thought leadership by producing research that earns publication in top journals and inspires change outside of academia.
Emily Hunter describes her decision to join Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business as an assistant professor in 2009 as intentional. In doing so, she demonstrates fluency in Hankamer terminology that reflects the business school’s purposeful commitment to balance.
The business school’s commitment to balance extends to other areas as well: scholarly exploration and active learning; practice and theory; value and values; and professional development and spiritual development. The Hankamer faculty’s balanced approach thrives thanks to the school’s foundational philosophy and values; ongoing strategic planning that compliments accreditation activities; and a commitment to continuous improvement in teaching and research.
Faculty at the Hankamer School of Business are charged with a mission that comes with great responsibility: to produce business leaders with recognized integrity, superior theoretical knowledge and practical skills of modern global business developed through an experiential learning environment. The individuals highlighted in this article represent the high caliber of faculty Hankamer attracts and retains.
Professional development is “the advancement of skills or expertise to succeed in a particular profession,” according to Webster’s Dictionary. Hankamer School of Business faculty defined what professional development is to each of their departments. Andrea Dixon, executive director of the Keller Center for Research and the Center for Professional Selling, says it’s “the bridge that needs to be created for the transition from college to a career.”
Ideas of how to develop faculty are changing because universities are changing, noted Jeff Tanner, associate dean of Research and Faculty Development. The changes tilt toward career orientation and forging paths that professors can travel efficiently, he said. Although a professor’s upward mobility may not result in a new title, it will likely be evident in new responsibilities.
It’s hard to believe that 40 years have passed since I joined the faculty at Baylor. My career, like most, has had its ups and downs, but I feel it’s been mostly “ups” since that day in the fall of 1971 that I first walked into a Hankamer classroom. I thank God that He has allowed, me, in some small ways, to help lead this institution that I love so much.
For Edward Simiyu of Kenya, the opportunity to write his dissertation at Baylor was only a distant dream. He did not have money to travel or live in the United States. His options included completing his graduate work at a university in Burundi, where he would have to divide his attention between teaching and writing, or working in seclusion on a farm with lots of time – but no electricity, internet access or computer.
The Hankamer School of Business is fortunate to have alumni and friends who support our faculty members through establishing endowed chairs, professorships and teaching fellowships. The School is thankful for this support that allows our faculty to educate and serve our students.
Before graduating in December with his MBA, Ty Findley wanted to get experience in international business. But the demands of the course load and an internship didn’t allow for a semester-long study-abroad experience.
“A big part of the MBA program is studying globalization, and to be able to get international experience is invaluable,” he said. “Studying internationally is something I really wanted to do, but not something I could do for an extended time.”
The changing job market demands a new hire who has mastered the hard skills and the soft skills. Baylor’s business professors saw the limits in their students’ communication skills and found two solutions involving collaboration between students and faculty.
Randy Waller, senior lecturer of Information Systems, and Anne Grinols, assistant dean for Faculty Development and College Initiatives, combined their expertise in written communication and management communication, respectively, to enhance the graduate level course in managerial communication.
Tom Salome, BBA, was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc (ISRI). Salome was one of only two industry leaders who received the award during ISRI’s 2010 Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, Calif.
Baylor University’s MBA Healthcare Program Earns Seal of Approval from CAHME
The Robbins MBA Healthcare Program at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business achieved accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME serves universities and programs in a voluntary peer review process as a means to continuously improve graduate education. In doing so, CAHME accreditation becomes the benchmark by which students and employers determine the integrity of healthcare management education and establishes the standard of measurement for the world community.
With ethics violations from Ponzi schemes to insider trading in the news almost daily, it’s no wonder business schools, nationwide, are evaluating how and when to teach ethics within their programs.
The Wall Street Journal recently called for MBA programs to strengthen their curriculums by giving students experience in making value judgments and using their alumni bases to give students access to real-life situations (“Promises Aren’t Enough: Business Schools Need to Do a Better Job Teaching Students Values,” August 23, 2010).
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