Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Name: Danah Allen
Position: Communications and Impact Coordinator
Name: Julie Ferris
Position: Administrative Assistant
What drew you to WCU originally? And how has WCU changed since?
"I was interested in teaching at a public university that was affordable, especially for first generation college students, like I was. I also wanted to work closer to home and have a shorter commute. In regards to how WCU has changed, I've noticed how much our major, college, and university have grown in terms of the number of faculty, students, and new programs. And, of course, the new building."
What makes CBPM at WCU standout compared to other business and public management programs across the country?
"I think it's the combination of high quality and affordability. Our students have small classes and individual faculty attention that is common in a lot of smaller, private, and more expensive colleges. Also, the high quality and affordability of our MBA program is something we're very proud of."
What is the most fulfilling part about working at WCU and/or for CBPM?
"It's the amazing colleagues and students, and having the opportunity to work with them on collaborative projects. Examples include working with students in the Net Impact organization, and working with colleagues on new program development and transfer student initiatives. That's definitely a very fulfilling part of my job."
What is the cutting edge in your field and how does your research extend it?
"My field is business and society. The cutting-edge changes frequently as the issues change, but all the work is rooted in the fundamental idea that business has a broader sense of responsibilities than just the financial bottom line.
My research looks at the way business impacts employees, families, communities, and vice versa. The specific themes have changed over time and what I've tried to do is introduce new topics into the management literature that have been discussed in other disciplines. For example, I've studied the relationship between business and local communities and, more recently, work/family integration related to eldercare."
How has your research influenced your teaching? In what ways have you been able to bring the insights of your research to your courses?
"At the most basic level, I introduce the topics that I research into my classes such as work/family integration issues in human resource management, and business and local community relationships in business and society. I also do research on business ethics education. This work informs my overall approach to teaching in that I challenge the students to think critically about the broader responsibilities of business, what happens when businesses fail to live up to them and how do we hold businesses accountable as employees, consumers, and citizens."
Does any particular moment standout as being your favorite since working at WCU?
"There isn't one moment, but rather a category of moments. My favorites are when we have events that celebrate student accomplishments such as the senior send-off ceremonies for Net Impact, the Sigma Iota Epsilon Management Honor Society inductions, and the Outstanding Student Awards Ceremonies."
What advice would you give to our incoming freshman?
"I would say to be curious, get out of your comfort zone and make connections with your major, college, university, and the community. For example, take a class, or get a minor in something unrelated to your major. Join a student organization, or study abroad. Make friends with someone who comes from a different background. In other words, actively seek out new experiences and viewpoints different from your own."
What advice would you give to our graduating seniors?
"The advice isn't much different. Do the same thing when you get into the workplace. Engage in the world beyond your job. Again, actively seek out new experiences and different viewpoints. Most of all, be a lifelong learner because it's not enough to just know your job or your particular area of expertise anymore."
What is your guilty pleasure?
"I love to be outside and active. In my free time, I play tennis, ride my bike, walk around Philly, try new restaurants and travel to new places. I also love movies, novels, and TV shows about spies!"