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Keeping it REAL: Faculty Best Practices

Graziadio faculty share their best practices and classroom stories on how they keep it REAL: Relational, Experiential, Applied, and Learner-focused.

Joetta Forsyth, Ph.D.

Joetta Forsyth, PhD

Assistant Professor of Finance
"One of the students' favorite parts of class is when I hold "How to Impress Your Boss" sessions. They can bring in issues they are dealing with on the job and we work through it."

Speaks on: Experiential Learning, Student Engagement, Building Relationships


Paul Gift, Ph.D.

Paul Gift, PhD

Assistant Professor of Economics
"I break up lectures with group activities or games... This helps give students a clearer, more memorable understanding of the business implications of the market scenarios we are examining."

Speaks on: Personal Attention, Experiential Learning, Student Engagement


Nelson Granados, Ph.D.

Nelson Granados, PhD

Assistant Professor of Information Systems
"I enjoy mentoring students... I currently sit on the board of advisors of tech startups launched by students – it is so rewarding to see them applying the principles they learned here in class."

Speaks on: Student Engagement, Personal Attention, Experiential Learning


Jack Green, Ph.D.

Jack Green, PhD

Professor of Strategy
"The simulations I use in my strategy course are invaluable... I've been told by former CEOs that this is as close to running an actual company as you can get."

Speaks on: Experiential Learning, Student Engagement, Personal Attention


Charla Griffy-Brown, PhD

Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
"My relationship with students extends beyond the classroom as I evolve into a mentor, advisor, and friend."

Speaks on: Building Relationships, Learner-focused, Classroom Experience


Kevin Groves, PhD

Associate Professor of Organizational Theory and Management
"In my leadership course, each student completes a 360-degree leadership assessment... It's very individualized and depends entirely on their own challenges."

Speaks on: Learner-focused, Blended Learning, Experiential Learning


Kenneth Ko, Ph.D.

Kenneth Ko, PhD

Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences
"Much has changed in the last few years, and it's vital to adapt and communicate in ways that students are comfortable with. I host discussion threads, make announcements, and address students' questions online."

Speaks on: Blended Learning, Learner-focused, Student Engagement


Dave McMahon, D.B.A.

Dave McMahon, DBA

Associate Professor of Marketing
"In my class, I like to encourage the free flowing of ideas – you could call it 'controlled chaos.' My goal is to create a 'we're all here to help each other get better' atmosphere."

Speaks on: Building Relationships, Student Engagement, Learner-focused


Ed Rockey, Ph.D.

Ed Rockey, PhD

Professor of Applied Behavioral Science
"Every trimester I offer a personal, face-to face hour of career development for all of my students in the Behavior in Organizations course."

Speaks on: Personal Attention, Learner-focused, Experiential Learning


John Tobin, Ph.D.

John Tobin, JD

Adjunct Faculty, Business Law
"I generally like to keep the lecture down to about one hour, then use the other three hours for role playing. It's about giving them real-world circumstances they can relate to so they can own the subject matter for themselves."

Speaks on: Experiential Learning, Student Engagement, Learner-focused