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Dr. Larry Gales- Academic Director for International Programs; Associate Professor of Management and International Business

"I regard teaching as one of the most important careers that anyone can pursue. Teaching is about imparting the joy of learning, not some particular piece of information or technique."

Dr. Larry Gales is the Academic Director for International Programs and Associate Professor of Management and International Business at University of Cincinnati.

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Theory and Behavior – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology – University of Michigan
  • B.A. in Social Psychology – University of Michigan

Career Highlights:

  • Head of Globalization: Academic Director of International Programs and Chairman International Programs Committee
    • Responsible for over 20 international partnerships and for undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs that enroll nearly 500 students per year
  • Teaching Awards:
    • Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities, Outstanding Teacher (from UC), 2014; Ohio Magazine, recognition for Excellence in Education; December 2014
    • University of Cincinnati Mrs. A.B. Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014), two of these university-wide awards are made annually to recognize teaching excellence
    • Michael Dean EXCEL Award for Graduate teaching, April 2014 and June 2007, awarded annually to the outstanding instructor in graduate business programs
    • Ronald J. Dornoff Fellowship of Teaching Excellence (2010-2012)
    • Harold Grilliot Award, June 2002, for outstanding contribution to the UC College of Business
  • Co-author (with B.J. Hodge and W.P. Anthony) of the 5th and 6th editions of Organization Theory: A Strategic Approach

Which classes do you teach online?

  • MGMT7017 - Managing Cross-Cultures
  • BA7000 - Markets and Organizations

Why did you start teaching?

I regard teaching as one of the most important careers that anyone can pursue. Teaching is about imparting the joy of learning, not some particular piece of information or technique. To teach someone to appreciate learning and to become a life-long learner is my goal.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Take chances. Don't always take the safe path. Stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone. At the same time, know your limits and respect your values.

What is the best advice that you could give to your students?

Keep an open mind and continue to learn. Learning does not end when you walk out the door of the university. Take risks.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

There is no one book that everyone must read. There are many books that have profoundly influenced me, including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. My admonition is that students must read.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

Empathy; being able to see things from others' points of view; being able to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

On its own, online teaching and learning can provide a high quality alternative to the classroom that provides students with flexibility. However, if universities see online teaching only as a way of creating efficiencies, then quality will suffer.

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