As a teacher with more than 36 years of experience, Dr. Back expects a lot from her students, but she gives a lot in return. “My teaching philosophy was developed early in my career as an educator and is based on a deep and abiding commitment to the learning process. I have always envisioned my classroom and students as part of a larger learning community—a college. My approach is based on creating an open, engaged environment for adult learners.”
Dr. Back teaches business management, including courses in principles of leadership, organizational behavior, international business, and managerial communications. She is also a mentor in Alfred State’s Emerging Leaders Program. And she recently received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Back holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree from the University of Houston—Clear Lake, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston’s central campus.
Dr. Back has also worked with Shell Oil Company, as a faculty member at the College of Technology at the University of Houston, and as a consultant to international teams—from Shell to Exxon to American Express. She has presented at conferences for the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations in Taipei, Taiwan and Hamburg, Germany.
“My students should be prepared to be open to change and learning in nontraditional ways. Online learning is not the same as a correspondence class. We expect you to participate actively. Remember, most of the benefits of learning are really up to you.”