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Dr. Robyn A. Berkley, Associate Professor

Dr. Robyn A. Berkley, Associate Professor

"Online courses aren't easier than face-to-face classes, but are more convenient. Be prepared to give an online course your time and attention and work consistently."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
  • MBA – Pace University, 1993
  • BS – Marquette University, 1986

Career Highlights:

  • Co-Author of textbook Strategic Training & Development, Forthcoming 2019
  • Executive Education courses in Decision Making, Leading Teams, Time Management, and Diversity
  • Tenure in 2012

In which online programs do you teach?

MBA, MBA with a Management Specialization

What types of projects can online students expect in your course(s)?

  • Discussion Board Posts
  • Decision Making Simulations
  • Ethics Simulations
  • Hiring Simulation
  • HR Skill Building

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

In MBA 522, I want students to understand how to make better decisions in varying context, and consider ethical issues before they make their final decision. In MGMT 570, I want students to learn how to do many HR skills including coaching and providing feedback, conducting interviews, and focus on performance management and motivation.

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

Online courses aren't easier than face-to-face classes, but are more convenient. Be prepared to give an online course your time and attention and work consistently. Don't delay digging into the material and pace yourself.

Why did you start teaching?

I worked in New York in the 1980s and was appalled at how poorly many businesses were run. There were lots of ethical violations and many who were leading organizations were ill-equipped to do so. I decided to get my Ph.D. and teach future leaders how to do things right.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

When I was in college, I did research the summer of 1983 at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. I lived in a house with a bunch of physicists who were working on their Ph.D. Fast-forward to 2011 and the Nobel Prize announcements were being made and I found out my former housemate, Saul Perlmutter, won the Nobel Prize for Physics. Now I can proudly say, I knew him when he was a lowly grad student!

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