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Northwood University announces faculty for MBA program

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Lauren D’Avolio

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CEDAR HILL – Northwood University has selected the faculty members who will teach its 27-month, part-time master of business administration degree (MBA) beginning this fall.

The DeVos MBA brings together an integrated curriculum of Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Finance, Operations and Strategy. It enables working professionals the opportunity to develop the skills to advance their careers.

The program is tailored specifically to current and future managers, and has already been accredited by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Northwood’s MBA program is part of the DeVos Graduate School, which is new to Dallas, yet well-established at Northwood’s Michigan and Switzerland campuses with a combined 17 years of course offerings.

Classes begin August 31, 2009 and will meet on Monday evenings. The classes are taught in a cohort format, allowing for a small, supportive and interactive learning environment with other working professionals. Applications are currently being accepted. You can inquire by phone: 1-800-927-9663; by e-mail mbatx@northwood.edu; or through the Web site: www.nor thwood.edu.

Dr. Howard Borck, Professor and Division Head of Arts and Sciences. As a trained social psychologist, Dr. Borck’s main areas of research include job satisfaction, critical thinking, emotional intelligence and cross-cultural relations.

He believes that emotional intelligence and critical thinking go hand in hand. His publications include personality inventories, journal articles, as well as books on the psychology of selling and organizational behavior.

Dr.Borck earned his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Michigan State University. Before coming to Northwood in 2002, Dr. Borck taught at Michigan State, Purdue and Colgate universities and held training and development positions at American Airlines, RCA, Habitat for Humanity and Redken Laboratories.

Dr. Tom Grooms, senior professor of marketing and international business since 1988. With specializations in market Intelligence, international business and geopolitical events, Dr. Tom Grooms knows a great teacher prepares students to be productive and ethical citizens in a competitive, ever-changing world. Dr. Grooms has high expectations for his students to hold themselves to a higher standard as leaders and contributors in their communities.

He has served as an international visiting professor in China, Great Britain, Hungary and Russia and has written five papers, two books and dozens of articles on business and market intelligence.

His first book, Business Plan Outline: Domestic & International Strategy for the Entrepreneur and the CEO, was published in 2007. His second book, Practical & Simple International Business Law for the 21st Century Executive, was published last year.

Dr. Tara Peters, Division Chair of Management. Dr. Tara Peters is a dynamic and innovative educator who believes that there is no greater calling than educating our future generations.

She has earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Systems from Union Institute and University, an MBA in Finance from Dallas Baptist University, and a BBA in Economics and Finance from Texas Wesleyan University.

She seeks to create a learner-centered environment that will facilitate student learning, encourage critical thinking and stimulate student growth and development. As a professional educator for more than 15 years, she has been Principal for a private K-12 academy and has also taught at Cedar Valley College and the University of North Texas at Dallas.

She has been a member of accreditation site teams for the International Christian Accrediting Association and presently serves as a Senior Examiner for the Quality Texas Foundation’s Board of Examiners. She has been selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and designated as a National Woman’s History Month honoree for administrative excellence.

Dr. Steve Tidwell, Associate Professor of Business. Dr. Steve Tidwell had a successful, 18-year career with TXU, then progressed to teaching – which he’s been doing for a decade.

As an associate Professor of Business with Northwood University, he has lectured and designed assignments for research in the area of current business trends, involved students in business projects and simulated a corporate environment in the classroom, initiated Harvard Business School Case Study methodology into the classroom and created methods in both traditional and non-traditional teaching styles, among other contributions.

Dr. Tidwell received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University, his Master of Business Administration from Amberton University and his Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota (Argosy University).

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills and personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in Southern Florida, mid-Michigan and Northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers full-time, evening and industry specific master’s degree programs for entrepreneurs and executives in Michigan, Texas and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center on the Midland, Michigan, campus specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through terms abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bahrain. Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.


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