“Did I mention I was on sabbatical last year?”: A quick take on sabbaticals in the Portland State University School of Business

If you’re a stakeholder in this community, it might interest you to know how these sabbaticals benefit The School of Business. I asked that question in my survey and learned the following: half of the respondents expect a publishable paper in a peer-reviewed journal (our gold standard) from the experience. A third anticipate a paper in a publication not under peer review, such as a book, book chapter or conference paper. Most respondents (83%) feel their sabbatical learning will translate directly to new lectures, course material or teaching and learning benefits.

Faculty feature: Meet Anthony Tursich

Redefining business means taking calculated risks in order to obtain a desirable outcome. Success requires risk-taking, but fully understanding and mitigating risk increases the likelihood of achievement. Thinking long-term and creatively are key to managing both risk and opportunity.

Faculty feature: Meet Dave Garten

We can redefine business to be about more than just profit. I am a big believer in the triple-bottom-line, and it makes long-term economic sense. We discuss this in the classroom, and I hope our work can help students be change agents in the business world.

Faculty feature: Meet Brian McCarthy

I am most passionate about playing a positive role in helping our students get where they want to go. For most of our graduate students, the time they spend with us is transformational. They create important relationships, gain relevant knowledge and skills, earn a valuable credential and — above all — pursue their dreams and aspirations. It is an honor to be part of that process.

Faculty feature: Meet Adam Gittler

Teaching at The School of Business allows me to impart upon students the wisdom of my mistakes, and for them to more quickly learn the skills that make people in the supply chain industry more successful. I immediately take a great interest in my students’ long term success.

Faculty feature: Meet Jeanne Enders

Redefining business means redefining capitalism. I’m a fan of using markets to drive behavior, we just have to be so much more intentional about which behavior we wish to motivate. There’s no time left to lose on this since business is the most powerful lever in society for improving social and environmental conditions.

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