Robert Ward - Business
B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; J.D., University of Akron (Business Law, Ethics and Communications)
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
That I continue to learn from my students.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
A professor from whom I took most of my courses in my major and whom I had great respect for convinced me I had what it takes to become an effective teacher. Also, he was instrumental in helping me win a fellowship to graduate school.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
I meet with them for conversations at my office and communicate with them via email.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
Practicing law part-time( I practiced full-time until my retirement 3 years ago). The remainder of my time would be spent as a volunteer for animal shelters.
What do students like best about your class?:
In my law classes many have told me that relating my personal experiences as a lawyer make the content matter very interesting and makes it easier for them to learn the more difficult concepts. For example in my business communications course, my background in language and experience as a published author and as an editor. As well, in my ethics courses my strong background (begun as an undergraduate at B-W) in the liberal arts as well as my various job experiences and strong religious beliefs.