Teaching is one of the most meaningful aspects of being a professor and I am deeply committed to my students. In addition to instilling the fundamentals of management-related topic areas, I consider it my responsibility to advocate for the ethical application of course principles and to foster reflection within my students. Ideally, I would like my students to think critically about the world, but also maintain a sense of hopefulness and agency, even in the face of hard truths. Class discussion is essential in this process, and I rely heavily on the Socratic method and reflective writing exercises to encourage deep engagement with the material.
My hope for my students is that they recognize their inherent self-worth and are true to themselves, that they strive to be lifelong learners, and that they feel empathy and a sense of responsibility for all forms of life. Further, I hope that they might dare to imagine and work toward a better world than the one they inherited, undeterred by the challenges that they will inevitably face in doing so. These intentions—elusive though they are—underpin my pedagogy.
Courses I currently teach:
BUSI 405: Leading and Managing (UNC Chapel Hill)
This core undergraduate business course introduces students to the fundamentals of organizational behavior in order to prepare them to be more effective leaders and teammates in their careers. The course provides students with an overview of management and organizational theory, while also offering opportunities for practical application. The course covers a wide range of topics including: decision-making biases, proactivity, power, motivation, affect, culture & socialization, networks & social capital, conflict resolution, and the future of work.
MO 300: Behavioral Theory in Management (University of Michigan)
*Required introduction to management course for all Junior BBAs
This course is designed to improve students’ effectiveness as a leader and manager by introducing them to frameworks for understanding organizations and giving them experience in applying these frameworks. In this course, I teach a wide range of topics, including: decision-making, working in teams, organization design, culture & socialization, compensation systems, job design, new trends in employment (e.g. big data and the decline of large shareholder-owned corporations), persuasion tactics, networks and social capital, power, issue-selling, negotiation, and conflict resolution.
MO 319: Developing Global Competence (University of Michigan)
*A required course for junior BBAs who intend to study abroad
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, managing and working effectively across different cultures is essential for business leaders. The objective of this course is to develop students’ global leadership abilities and learn how to effectively engage with individuals who see things differently than they do. In this course, I teach topics including: between-country cultural differences, within-country cultural differences (e.g. race, gender, class, and religious differences), moral reasoning and the evaluation of cultural practices, cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation, and cross-cultural negotiation. I draw heavily both from theory and also from personal experiences working as an expat in Chile.