Director of Adult and Summer Academic Programs, and Lecturer in Marketing at UT
Q: How long have you been at UT? Where did you work before?
A: I came to UT in August 2002, starting as an adjunct marketing instructor. I later moved into a full-time assistant professor position and took my current position in summer 2009. Before UT, I owned or had part ownership in several companies, and I worked in marketing and general management at area professional services firms.
Q: Why did you choose to teach at UT?
A: Opportunity knocked. I had been teaching a couple courses at another institution in the area when I met Hemant Rustogi, chair of the marketing department. Over lunch one day, he asked me to teach some marketing classes, and I agreed. UT's reputation made it a very appealing place at which to teach.
Q: How did you get involved in adult and summer academic programs?
A: A decision had been made to form the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies (OGCS), and the provost asked if I would be interested in working in this new office. After discussions with Donald Morrill, associate dean of graduate and continuing studies, I decided it would be very interesting, and I could use my business skills and still teach part time in the College of Business.
Q: What do you like about the students?
A: The diversity of our student body leads to fascinating conversations and insights from them, and I generally find our students to be polite and respectful. I only teach graduate students now, and they are almost always very eager to learn and dedicated to improving themselves. I'm always excited to see the wonderful and often creative projects my students develop for their major class project.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: For one, I get to collaborate with faculty and staff in almost every corner of the University. They are hardworking and really care about this institution and helping every student become a better person. Also, Dr. Morrill and I work extremely well together; it's probably the best working relationship I've had in my entire professional career. I think I have a unique opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of people and in the future of UT, because in OGCS, we can try new things, explore, innovate and help prepare UT for the changes coming to higher education. Plus, I get to be around students who keep me feeling younger and who make me laugh.
Q: Why do you support UT?
A: Education is very important. I've always believed that, and that belief makes it worth supporting. I give a little from each of my paychecks, and my wife, Sandi, and I have designated a percentage of our estate to UT. It also makes it easier for me to ask others to support education when I'm doing it. I have a close affiliation with four universities, and since UT has been so good to me, it gets my priority.
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