Success to Significance: Transitioning from the Boardroom to the Classroom
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In this two-hour course, you will learn from Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business
faculty, and experienced professionals, on how to position yourself to a university
and use your experience as your brand. We will discuss common obstacles and recommendations
for professionals making the transition to a teaching, mentoring and coaching role
at a university.
The panel of experienced professors, including former Chuck E. Cheese CEO Mike Magusiak,
will share their experiences transitioning from executives in the boardroom to mentors
in the classroom.
Learn how to move from industry to academic success at a university, as well as:
- How to navigate the transition from the boardroom to the classroom.
- Best-practices from executives who have made this transition at the University of
- How to brand yourself to universities.
- Success stories and lessons learned from a panel of executives.
Rosemary Maellaro, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management
With more than 20 years of HR management experience, Rosemary Maellaro, Ph.D., chose
to share her expertise through teaching. Maellaro moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area
28 years ago working for The Southland Corporation, now 7-Eleven, Inc. She joined
the faculty of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of
Dallas as an adjunct professor in 1993, while serving as the vice president of human
resources for Black-eyed Pea Restaurants.
Mike Magusiak, Former President and CEO of CEC Entertainment Inc. (Chuck E. Cheese)
Mike Magusiak and the team turned around a negative cash flow business, took it public
in 1989 and operated Chuck E. Cheese as a public company for over 25 years until selling
to a private equity group in 2014.
Magusiak serves on the UD Board of Trustees and is an Executive on Campus.
Laura Muñoz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing
Laura Muñoz received her Ph.D. in marketing & international business from the University
of Texas - Pan American in 2009, where she also served as a research and teaching
assistant. Before joining the University of Dallas in 2012, Muñoz was an assistant
professor of marketing at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the University
of North Texas at Dallas.
Jim Price, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Citi
Price's primary works involves HR oversight for 47,000 employees across 37 North American
Sites, as well as for strategic business projects, global learning and global operations
and technology transformation. Prior to joining Citi, Jim served as Human Resources
Director at The M/A/R/C Group, a member of the Omnicom Group. He now also serves as
an Adjunct Faculty member in the University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College
of Business, teaching courses in Leadership, Management, Human Resources and Professional
Deanna White, Former CEO of Flexjet
As CEO of Richardson-based private jet airline, Flexjet, Deanna White was responsible
for setting the strategy and vision for the company and managing all aspects of the
150 aircraft operations. Prior to spending 10 years in aviation, White worked in telecommunications,
first with Verizon for 13 years and then with Genuity for five years.
White serves on the college's advisory board and is an Executive on Campus.
Greg Bell, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Associate Professor of Management
Dr. R. Greg Bell is the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor
of Management at the Gupta College of Business. He teaches courses in Entrepreneurship
and Corporate Sustainability. His research on corporate governance and international
business has been published in leading management and entrepreneurship journals.
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.: Adjunct Professor Essentials
Greg Bell, Ph.D., will present topics focused on what it takes to become an adjunct
- AACSB and your value.
- the array of opportunities for experienced professionals.
- how to brand and position yourself.
- how to determine if you need additional education.
- Ph.D. vs DBA requirements.
4:50 - 5:45 p.m.: Adjunct Panel
Hear from adjuncts and our full-time faculty about how they successfully made the
transition from the boardroom to the classroom.
Panelists: Mike Magusiak, Deanna White, Rosemary Maellaro, Ph.D., and Laura Muñoz,
Panelists will cover topics including:
- Why did you want to make the transition from the boardroom to the classroom?
- What prompted you to want to work with students?
- How did you position and ‘brand’ yourself to enter the higher education market?
- In what ways have you become engaged with students since coming to UD? For example,
through leading a class, guest speaking, or talking with student clubs.
- What have you learned since making this transition to the classroom?
5:45 - 6:30 p.m.: Breakout Advising and Networking
The last portion of the seminar includes breakout sessions for you to interact with
full-time and adjunct professors and discuss how you can transition to the classroom.