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Educational Background: BS in Management from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida (1973). An MBA from the University of Detroit (1978).
Work Background: USN; Registered Nuclear Medical Technologist; Ford Financial Services, 27 years with 14 different positions. My last position title at Ford was Strategy Manager for International Financing Operations. I was was on the Board of Directors of Credit Counseling Centers of Michigan in the mid to late1980's. I have been teaching at Henry Ford College for the past 17 years.
Writing Experience: Authored a college text book on Supervision and Team Building (not yet published). Text book has 13 chapters with either a realistic role play or team building group activity after 11 of the 13 chapters. Role plays are based, in large measure, on actual experience. The role plays and group activities tie to the respective chapters to further facilitate student learning. In addition, there are 11 student critical thinking papers required.
In developing the Supervision and Team Building class for HFC, I read numerous text books on the subject and determined that the texts were closer to management texts than supervision and team building texts. The book I authored fulfills my issues with texts reviewed in developing the new course.
Publishers have approached me on writing a Management text, but I am less interested in general management and believe the raft of current management texts, presently available on-line or in bookstores, contain all of the necessary information except they do not adequately cover first-level supervision and team building.
My thoughts on this subject, and why I am so passionate about it, is that most students first management position, regardless of their field of endeavor, is as a first-level supervisor. Management texts tend to be too general as regards to the specifics that first-level supervisors need to be successful. Lack of success as a first-level supervisor is frequently a career ender for many people. I teach this non-lecture, discussion course in a practical way that instills confidence in those able to successfully complete the class.
I am happy with the text, but find it hard to find a publisher willing to review the text for potential publication. It seems all the text publishers are considering is Management texts.