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Back, Karla M

Position Title: 
Professor
Department: 
Business
Office Location: 
EJ Brown Hall
Office Phone: 
607-587-4296

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.”

EPLP Mentor
Karla Back (Learner, Relator, Achiever, Strategic, and Arranger) is an engaged Business professor who loves to read and learn, work with highly motivated students and teams who are committed to making the world a better place. A mom of two college students, as well as a community service advocate, she loves music and to spend her free time studying politics and how organizations change, relaxing by the ocean or lake and the water and in her garden. Karla holds a BA in Political Science, MA in College Leadership and Business Administration, and a PhD from Texas A&M University in Organizational & Individual Learning. Karla studied how organizations learn and change in her dissertation research. She is a lover of seafood, travel, and working with a diverse group of learners and leaders.