- Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
- B.S., North Carolina State University
“I am an avid sailor and a loyal Wolfpack football and basketball fan. I love Eastern-style, North Carolina vinegar-based barbecue. I treasure my experiences with the Coker men’s basketball team as faculty mentor. I am passionate about teaching courses in management.”
For better or worse, our society is strongly influenced by managers and their organizations. Because organizations play such major roles in our lives, understanding how they operate and how they are managed is important. In my management courses, I explain the general nature of management, its dimensions, and its challenges. I explain the concepts and theories of management and how managers use them to make better decisions. I discuss the management process, the different roles and skills of managers, the nature of managerial work, and the scope of management in contemporary organizations. My main objective is to help my students understand what good management theory is and how to build and use it. I also strive to help my students understand how management theory can help them find answers to three important questions:
- How can I be sure that I’ll be happy in my career?
- How can I be sure that my relationships with my family and significant others become an enduring source of happiness?
- How can I be sure that my managerial decisions are both legal and ethical? Management is the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well. No other occupation offers as many ways to help others learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of a team. I want students to leave my classroom knowing that managers receive deep, lasting rewards from building up people.