KNOW YOUR PROFESSOR
1. What is a typical day like in your field?
A typical day for me is to make every effort to ensure that I’m delivering on the Parkside Promise of Academic Excellence, Student success, and inclusion and diversity.
2. How did this type of work interest you and how did you get started?
It was my strong desire to serve that led me into teaching. My first teaching opportunity came in 2006 at Carthage College. I taught Operation Management after earning an Executive MBA from Loyola University Chicago.
3. What jobs and experiences have led to your present position?
I’m a product of the Automotive Industry. I was a member of management for over twenty year with Chrysler. As a Production Supervisor, I had the responsibility of teaching and training the people whom I supervised. You couldn’t pick your own people, but you were responsible for their productivity. At one time here in Kenosha, we at Chrysler were producing three engines per minute. So, I had to find the most efficient way to teach and train everyone in my area of responsibility. I learned to use visual aids, developed good listening skills, learned to communicate clearly and developed the ability to work with a wide variety of ethnicity and I embraced diversity.
4. What do you see as your priorities in the next five years?
In teaching Intro to Business, I stress the importance of using the principles of “Lean Manufacturing.” A product of Lean Manufacturing is continuous improvement. My priority is to continually improve my ability to inspire students. I’m always in pursuit of perfection because in my pursuit of perfection, I will surpass excellence. I continually ask, I’m I connecting with students, are they engaged, what feedback am I receiving, I’m I delivering on the Parkside Promise to provide Academic Excellence. Yes, absolutely.
5. What do you enjoy doing most outside of teaching?
I love books. I spend much of my free time reading and studying a variety of subjects. I also love to cook and I appreciate fine dining.
6. How do you best connect with your students?
I find it relatively easy to connect with my students. The reason has to do with my core beliefs. I believe in going the “extra mile.” I also treat my students as I wanted to be treated when I sat in their seats. What I mean by going the extra mile is that I try to give more service and even better service than what is required. I remember my first professor from taking my very first college course; he had a welcoming and supportive demeanor, he believed in me and helped me to believe in myself. Today, I seek to be for my students what my first professor was for me. I say to them individually, “I have confidence in you.” “You can do this.” The students know that I care.
7. Packers or Bears?
I’m a “cheese head.”
8. If you could travel to any part of the world where would it be?
I’ve always wanted to visit Russia. I grew up being afraid of the Russian. We were taught to “duck and cover” at school in the event of a nucular attack. I’ve always been curious as to what we were so afraid of and why.
9. Favorite movie?
An officer and a gentlemen.