Professional graduate programs’ growth drives faculty need
In an effort toward growing the stature of its rapidly expanding master’s programs, Clemson University’s College of Business is establishing a Professional Graduate Business Faculty designation for faculty interested in helping build tomorrow’s business leaders.
“As our professional graduate programs have grown in Greenville, the demand for faculty is also increasing,” said Greg Pickett, director of MBA programs and senior associate dean of the College of Business. “Through the Professional Graduate Business Faculty designation, we will create more access to our talented pool of business faculty to better support students and further strengthen our professional business graduate programs.”
In the last six years, Clemson’s MBA and MPAcc programs have more than doubled in size. Today, more than 650 graduate business students attend classes at Greenville ONE. These student numbers and increased class offerings have created a demand for more faculty in the professional programs. Pickett said positions have been approved for three new faculty, but the need for additional business educators still exists.
“Our current business faculty who have a passion for teaching professional students will take on this designation as well,” Pickett said. “MBA programs compete for the best students just as businesses compete for customers. If we are not strengthening our graduate programs to draw in the top-tier students, our competitors will.”
Pickett said professors who have an interest in the Professional Graduate Business Faculty designation will remain faculty in their current departments and will be incentivized for taking on the designation. Faculty will be asked to teach at least one class per year and have service responsibilities with the professional graduate programs in Greenville.
“This process has been vetted and supported by university leadership and the college’s faculty,” Pickett added. “We are excited about the consensus on this new opportunity for faculty and the benefits it will bring to our students and the professional programs’ stature.”
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