Tampa, Fla., USA (August 8, 2011)—In response to the critical faculty shortages across management education, the University of Florida, Tulane University, and Virginia Tech have each graduated another class of participants from the AACSB International (AACSB) endorsed Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program. Offered through five AACSB-accredited institutions, the innovative Bridge program prepares experienced non-business doctorates for new careers as doctoral faculty in business disciplines where serious shortages exist.
The Tulane University Bridge Program offers study modules for marketing, management, or a combined marketing-management emphasis. The 14 graduates hold doctoral-level degrees in metallurgical engineering and materials science, economics, psychology, law, language, literacy and learning, industrial relations, curriculum and instruction, Hispanic literature and linguistics, environmental and natural resource economics, international relations, urban higher education, computing and information sciences and engineering, and human dynamics and mental health.
The June 11, 2011 graduates are: Curtis Abel, Aida Andino Pratts, Arleen Hernandez, Vishakha Maskey, Juan Pena Hevia, Shannon Peterson, Kimberly Powell, Emad Rahim, Evelyn Ramos Marcano, Rommel Sergio, Carmen Sierra, Jose Vega Vilca, Jonathan Williams, and Julio Zelaya.
The University of Florida
The University of Florida Bridge Program offers study modules in accounting and finance, marketing and management, and international business and entrepreneurship. The 21 graduates hold doctoral-level degrees in a number of fields, including economics, educational administration, multicultural/multilingual education, workforce education, management psychology, organizational development/leadership, and human resource development.
The July 17, 2011 graduates are: Louise August, Andre S. Avramchuk, Jack Chorlian, Burak Dolar, Alan P. Duesterhaus, Glenn A. Growe, Julian Hernandez-Serrano, Jiyoung Hwang, Yongseok Jang, Emmanuel T. Kodzi, Lindsay R. L. Larson, Berna Mutlu, Frank Ohara, Marcel M. Robles, Mouwafac M. Sidaoui, Vera Maria M. Simonetti, Vichet Sum, Chuanyi Tang, Chien-Chi Tseng, Elanor Williams, and Rose Yang.
The Virginia Tech Bridge Program offers management education tracks in finance, management, and marketing. The six graduates of the VA Tech program hold doctoral-level degrees in economics, law, and education.
The July 29, 2011 graduates are: Howard H. Cochran, Jr., David J. Doorn, Sasha M. Hodgson, Raymond J. MacDermott, Fazlul H. Miah, and Mary Y. Rau-Foster.
“The Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program continues to demonstrate its value as an innovative technique that prepares highly motivated educators, and superior researchers, for disciplines that are in a great need of academically qualified faculty worldwide,” said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “We congratulate the newest graduates on their recent achievements, and we look forward to the impact that they will have in their new roles within colleges of business.”
While eligibility requirements vary for each of the five Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Programs, all candidates must have a doctoral degree from an institution recognized for producing successful scholars, and the institution must maintain any necessary specialized accreditation for that field. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach and conduct scholarly research in a field related to the business discipline for which they are applying.
Graduates earn a certificate of completion indicating that they are qualified to teach in their respective business discipline at an AACSB-accredited school for five years from the date of graduation. To maintain academic qualification past the five-year period, each graduate must perform appropriate activities as both a scholar and a teacher.