Management professor is just a click away from students
Dr. Gary Roberts has taught hundreds of students — but he couldn’t tell you what they look like because he teaches in a virtual classroom.
(Dec 29, 2005) — Dr. Gary Roberts has taught hundreds of students — but he couldn’t tell you what they
look like because he teaches in a virtual classroom.
“It’s a little chaotic with each group of 30 students scattered across the country‚” Roberts said. “Because of the very nature of the course‚ I check my e−mail constantly. I receive e−mail at all hours of the day and night‚ even from overseas.”
Roberts‚ a professor of management and entrepreneurship in the Coles College of Business‚ teaches management courses for the Georgia WebMBA® program.
KSU is one of five partners in the program‚ including Georgia College & State University‚ Georgia Southern University‚ Valdosta State University and the University of West Georgia. Since its start in 2001‚ Georgia WebMBA® has maintained high visibility as one of only three collaborative online degree programs in the University System of Georgia.
Roberts has been involved with the Georgia WebMBA® program for six years‚ so far graduating four groups or “cohorts” totaling 120 students‚ with two additional classes in progress.
He teaches courses such as business strategy and principles of management‚ which are crucial in the real world‚ he says‚ because students learn how to work with and manage people.
It’s apparent that Roberts’ students think highly of his teaching methods; for the second year in a row‚ he has been awarded the Kenneth L. Stanley Outstanding Georgia WebMBA® Faculty Award. The award winner is chosen by students from all five of the WebMBA® participating universities.
“I’m honored to win this award because the students chose me‚” Roberts said. “I’ve spent a lot of time improving the program because it’s important to have high touch and high tech at the same time with this course.”
The award‚ named after the founder of the WebMBA® program‚ is based on quality of teaching and commitment to online learning.
Roberts‚ who has an MBA in finance and a Ph.D. in strategic management from Georgia State University‚ has taught at KSU for 20 years and is the director of information for the Corporate Governance Center.
In addition to being a professor‚ Roberts‚ a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve‚ is a decorated Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran. On campus‚ he has been involved with coordinating the annual Veterans Day program with the university’s ROTC Club for 20 years.
“We do this to honor those who served in the military‚” Roberts said. “And it’s a really good project for the cadets.”
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.