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Dr. Michael Jones- Assistant Professor, Educator

"Prepare for school and take it as seriously as you would a job. You will eventually be paid for how well you do in school."

Dr. Michael Jones is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches an economics course in the online MBA program.

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. Economics – University of Notre Dame
  • MBA – University of Cincinnati
  • B.S. in Computer Science – University of Kentucky

Career Highlights:

  • Director of Research at the Economics Center
  • Senior Research Analyst at Nielsen Company
  • Senior Business Development Manager at Cincinnati Bell

Which classes do you teach online?

Foundations in Economics

Why did you start teaching?

William Butler Yeats said that education is not about the filling of a pail, but rather it is the lighting of a fire. I enjoy sharing knowledge and approaches to business that inspires students to find their own passion. Even if I only teach a few students a semester, the effect can be widespread if those students share with those around them.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Spend your time wisely.

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

Prepare for school and take it as seriously as you would a job. You will eventually be paid for how well you do in school.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Bible

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

Students learn better when they can connect their learning with the real world. Professors who can draw on their experiences and incorporate them into the classroom will be successful.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Education has moved from the "sage on the stage" to the "guide on the side." Professors need to embrace that students will learn the material from multiple sources and they need to teach students discernment when using these sources.

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

Online learning is a medium, not the message. However, professors must be proficient in using technology or students will leave them behind.

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