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Management professor Margaret Shipley enjoys teaching at UHD because she knows she can make a difference in the lives of students.
Shipley, like many UHD students, is a first-generation college graduate. While she was told early in life that she could achieve anything she set her mind to, Shipley recognizes that some of her students didn't have the benefit of similar encouragement.
"I've been told by students that someone in their lives once told them they might never succeed," she said. "I absolutely don't believe this and it's what guides my teaching - the idea of moving our students into a fulfilling career path."
And Shipley's favorite course, project management, often does just that. As the capstone course for the management degree plan, students often find the prospect of managing a real project and documenting the process as daunting. But according to Shipley, while they indicate that is the hardest school work they ever complete, they appreciate the challenge and the reward.
"This course and the projects they work on can make a real difference for their futures," she said. "With the knowledge and skills obtained in this class, students have gotten jobs and moved ahead to become project managers in their workplaces."
Aside from teaching, Shipley is very accomplished in research and has had her work recognized at international conferences with those of the pioneers of fuzzy logic. She is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Shipley also served as the degree coordinator for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management program for 14 years. She is a recipient of the UHD Excellence in Scholarly and Professional Activity award and the College of Business Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service.
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Last updated or reviewed on 10/2/12