Chase Thiel, PhD
In his words (January 2013). I feel very fortunate to be a new faculty member in the Department of Management. Our school’s faculty, administration, and students make it a special place. Coming into one’s first academic appointment is never easy (or so I’m told), but the people here have made my transition relatively painless.
In 2013, I hope to develop open, constructive relationships with my students and help them become better individuals. I also would like to be known as a challenging yet fair and effective teacher. Finally, I plan to continue publishing even after I gain tenure. I never want to experience the feeling that I am an academic because it’s an easy job. Though they offer plenty of flexibility and freedom, academic careers are anything but easy.
As a brand-new faculty member, I plan to spend most of my time honing my teaching ability with the help of evaluations and self-feedback. I hope to find or create assignments that will allow students to truly master course objectives. I’m also experimenting with different instructional methods in hopes of finding effective ways to engage students and facilitate their success.
I am active in research and enjoy working on that part of my academic responsibilities. This year, I hope to have six or seven of my articles published and would like to write an additional four. I have one finished and another nearing completion, so I’m almost half-way there! I hope that my research will help improve real-life organizations, but I also think it’s essential for professors to do research for its own sake. Constant engagement with the field keeps us current in the literature and refines our ability to reason and think critically.
My advice to students is to become more self-aware. A successful student must understand what it takes to succeed in class, in the marketplace and in life. I feel that too many people in our increasingly convenient world don't understand how to outline concrete, realistic steps to achieve their own goals. One of the things I research is biases that contribute to unethical behavior. We all are biased. The key to overcoming bias is learning to recognize it before you fall prey. Self-awareness helps us recognize and overcome biases before they contribute to poor decisions.