Tackling deficits in business education faculty numbers, the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business recently hailed the 2016 graduating class from its AACSB International-endorsed Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program in Tampa.
The Bridge Program educates doctoral faculty from non-business-related fields, enabling them to instruct students in those business sectors experiencing a shortage of teachers. With AACSB oversight, the program maintains high standards while filling gaps in the system, helping academics move into business-related curricula.
Graduating this summer were 13 scholars. Bruno Arthur, Seema Bandyopadhyay, Kent Malone, Mark McKnight and Misty Price graduated in the accounting and finance branch. Sheena Choi, Amanda Evert, Dini Homsey, Robert Mortlock and Farnaz Tabaee specialized in marketing and management, while Justin Evans, Dekuwmini Mornah and Angela Titi Amayah Ntala focused on international business and entrepreneurship.
"The UF Post-Doctoral Bridge Program provides a unique path for degreed doctoral graduates to pursue a new passion in teaching within the business education sector," Thomas Robinson, AACSB International president and CEO, said. "For students, this dual knowledge base means an expanded breadth of insight for learning, and for faculty this means an opportunity to accelerate innovation in the classroom — amplifying the impact of their teaching. Congratulations to all."
AACSB International is the largest business education network with more than 1,500 member organizations in 91 countries.