Bridge Program

The AACSB Bridge Program has helped hundreds of business executives transition into academic roles by providing best practice in teaching from professors around the country.

Alumni Testimonials

Alumni Testimonials
The Bridge Program was fantastic! Before the program, teaching for a business school was more of an abstract idea for me, among the many ideas people think about when exploring long-term career plans. Now, I am energized and eager to start the first step! The topics discussed, such as the importance of motivation and communication, are essential to bringing life to a classroom and making learning stick. The strategies and tools provided are practical and enabling for new instructors. And not to mention the diverse and high-caliber cohort that has made the entire experience engaging, invigorating, and fun! Thank you so much for putting the program together—the best professional development week ever!
—Ji Zhou, Class of June 2019
Attending the AACSB Bridge Program was one of the best decisions of my career.  As a C-level executive, I was looking to follow my lifelong aspiration of becoming a full-time faculty member at a college or university.  The Bridge Program gave me the tools to manage the transition from business leader to professor at the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University.  More importantly, the Bridge Program opened the door to interviews that would likely not have happened without it.  I now have the privilege of continuing my career by delivering the mission of the Dicke College to our students: to develop business and civic leaders for a changing world who are ethical, entrepreneurial, and engaged.
—Matthew A. Phillips, Assistant Professor, James F. Dicke College of Business Administration, Ohio Northern University
My week in the AACSB Bridge Program was fun and enlightening. In addition to learning how challenging it is to do teaching well, and getting a lot of excellent instruction in how to go about it, I got to spend a week with a very interesting, diverse, and sociable group of business and professional people.
—Michael Kliegman, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Remarkable. Amazing. Life changing. My future. A few of the descriptions the AACSB’s 15th Bridge class participants said about the program at graduation. My classmates are at the top of their fields: accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and law. The professors were top educators from some of the best universities in the world. They taught us that we all have an abundance of content to share with our students, but we needed to learn to teach students to learn. And they taught that to us in spades. The panel of deans gave us insight into the world of academia and spoke of the garden rakes to avoid and how to best pursue our new career. Best. Investment. Ever.
—Thomas S. Paccioretti, Principal, Broadway Advisors, LLC
The Bridge Program was fantastic! Before the program, teaching for a business school was more of an abstract idea for me, among the many ideas people think about when exploring long-term career plans. Now, I am energized and eager to start the first step! The topics discussed, such as the importance of motivation and communication, are essential to bringing life to a classroom and making learning stick. The strategies and tools provided are practical and enabling for new instructors. And not to mention the diverse and high-caliber cohort that has made the entire experience engaging, invigorating, and fun! Thank you so much for putting the program together—the best professional development week ever!
—Ji Zhou, Class of June 2019
Attending the AACSB Bridge Program was one of the best decisions of my career.  As a C-level executive, I was looking to follow my lifelong aspiration of becoming a full-time faculty member at a college or university.  The Bridge Program gave me the tools to manage the transition from business leader to professor at the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University.  More importantly, the Bridge Program opened the door to interviews that would likely not have happened without it.  I now have the privilege of continuing my career by delivering the mission of the Dicke College to our students: to develop business and civic leaders for a changing world who are ethical, entrepreneurial, and engaged.
—Matthew A. Phillips, Assistant Professor, James F. Dicke College of Business Administration, Ohio Northern University
My week in the AACSB Bridge Program was fun and enlightening. In addition to learning how challenging it is to do teaching well, and getting a lot of excellent instruction in how to go about it, I got to spend a week with a very interesting, diverse, and sociable group of business and professional people.
—Michael Kliegman, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Remarkable. Amazing. Life changing. My future. A few of the descriptions the AACSB’s 15th Bridge class participants said about the program at graduation. My classmates are at the top of their fields: accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and law. The professors were top educators from some of the best universities in the world. They taught us that we all have an abundance of content to share with our students, but we needed to learn to teach students to learn. And they taught that to us in spades. The panel of deans gave us insight into the world of academia and spoke of the garden rakes to avoid and how to best pursue our new career. Best. Investment. Ever.
—Thomas S. Paccioretti, Principal, Broadway Advisors, LLC