Dr. Rosemary Maellaro, SPHR
With more than 20 years of HR management experience, Dr. Rosemary Maellaro, SPHR, decided to share her expertise through teaching. Dr. Maellaro moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area 24 years ago working for The Southland Corporation, now 7-Eleven, Inc. She joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Management at the University of Dallas as an adjunct professor in 1993. The experience was exhilarating and she came to a realization: "that's what I wanted to do when I grew up."
After discovering her desire to teach, she began a nine year journey in obtaining her Ph.D. and became a full-time faculty member of the University in 1998. Dr. Maellaro is currently an assistant professor and academic director at the Frisco Learning Center. She teaches courses in organization development and leadership, among others. Dr. Maellaro has also been assisting in the development of a new course titled The Effective Leader, which will focus on successful organization of teams, members, leads, and interpersonal relations. While reading Forbes.com recently, she noticed that Harvard Business School began developing the same type of course, showing that UD is ahead of the curve.
Dr. Maellaro takes a strong interest in adult learning and follows an experiential learning approach. "UD attracts students who want to be scholar practitioners." Her students are a constant source of inspiration and she loves to see the light bulbs go on in their heads when course material comes together for them. "The MBA program is a balanced program of theory and practice. This is very valuable to students."
In 2009, Dr. Maellaro received the prestigious "Educator of the Year Award" from HR Southwest, the largest regional human resources conference in the United States. According to an HR Southwest press release, "this award is given to an educator that promotes the human resources profession through education and research and that displays a commitment to the HR community."
Dr. Maellaro was nominated for the award by her students. At the annual conference, a movie consisting of her students' testimonials brought a tear to her eye.
Besides her role as an outstanding educator in the community, Dr. Maellaro also works as a consultant specializing in leadership development and HR training.
An alumna of Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Maellaro loves the "good, Catholic liberal arts school" environment that UD provides. "The University has been very good to me," she says; and certainly, Dr. Maellaro has been very good to the University.