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Dr. Mary Sue Love, Associate Professor

Dr. Mary Sue Love, Associate Professor

"Make the effort to tie everything you are learning to your work life; use your experiences to help you deepen your understanding of the concepts."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – University of Missouri, 2001
  • MBA – University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1993
  • BBA – University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1988

Career Highlights:

Served as University Ombuds for six years, serving on the Ombuds Committee for the Academy of Management, Teach in the Leadership Certificate series for both construction and military leaders.

In which online program do you teach?

MBA with a Management Specialization

What types of projects can online students expect in your courses?

  • Discussion board posts
  • Research assignments
  • Negotiation exercises

What do you want students to learn in these courses? What is the expected learning outcome?

Students will:

  • Become aware of interpersonal strengths & weaknesses;
  • Know conflict sources and how to manage conflict;
  • Discover communication strategies for conflict and negotiation;
  • Gain influence strategies for conflict and negotiation; and
  • Learn to plan for successful negotiations.

Why did you start teaching?

I believe that the development of critical thinking skills is the essence of higher education. I live by Gibran's words from The Prophet, "No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge ... The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding ... For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man" (1923: 56-57). As such, much of the responsibility for student learning is shared with my students, and they rise to the occasion.

What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

  • Be prepared to spend more time than you thought you would.
  • Make the effort to tie everything you are learning to your work life; use your experiences to help you deepen your understanding of the concepts.
  • Get to know your fellow students!! Networking with your peers is one of the best ways to not only learn the material, but also to make meaningful connections that will help you in your career.

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