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Staba, Francine M

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Position Title: 
MBA, Associate Professor & Chair
Department: 
Business
Office Location: 
EJ Brown Hall
Office Phone: 
607-587-3422

Professor Staba is committed to student success—it’s one of the hallmarks of her teaching philosophy and her guiding principle when dealing with online learners. “I hand out a detailed syllabus which lists reading requirements, assignments, and exams. This lets everyone know from day one what my expectations are.”

Her bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Bloomsburg University and her MBA from Alfred University, coupled with time spent in a variety of companies and educational institutions—from Elmira Business Institute to Dresser-Rand Company—means she has both the education and the experience necessary to provide real-world, experiential learning. She currently teaches courses in human resources management and has also taught fundamentals of management, business communications, principles of marketing, and organizational behavior among others.

Above all, Professor Staba prides herself on being an adaptable teacher, using traditional lectures and homework assignments as well as innovative approaches like self-assessments and role-playing. As both a teacher and coordinator of internships for financial planning and technology management students, she gets to hone in on individuals’ strengths and areas for improvement. “I work with students in trying to match up their interests and goals with course work and internships, which are a great way for them to continue career exploration and outside-of-the-classroom learning.”

Staba advises students to reach out and collaborate with others. “You must have a willingness to engage with other students in the online forums, listservs, and projects. But you will also need to be responsible, self-motivated, and an independent learner.”