Economics and Management

Hogs on ice, and other new semester observations

Every fall is a reminder of the summer slide— the backwards roll in the summer months in what students learned the prior school year. Only this time I have been thinking about the summer slide for professors: how we seem to forget what we learned about our courses and how their assignments helped students learn, […]


How to not ruin your life– Nathan Mueller ’96 shares his story

In my role as a business ethicist engaged in getting as many  conversations going about ethics as possible, having a speaker like we had Monday night is the best possible scenario. Nathan Mueller began writing to me a couple of years ago while he was still incarcerated in federal prison in Duluth, wanting to come […]


Power Gaming with 200 students

THIS is why we do this experiential learning thing. This is exactly why. I had major anxiety about running the Power Game in a group this large—I have certainly never done it before, and I didn’t know anyone who had. We even sent it out over the OBTS-L listserv for insights from the most innovative […]

Gusties in the world.. Rachel Mohr ’16 here in Christchurch

An unexpected pleasure of this term at University of Canterbury: seeing fellow Gusties! Rachel Mohr ’16 and I met for lunch today in the re-configured Undercroft of the library. The Shilling Club boasts a terrific NZD$10 lunch, a great bargain for good food! Rachel is here in New Zealand studying the unique geology available in […]


Questioning assumptions in teaching and learning

One of the assumptions underlying my appointment as a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury is the belief that students learn most effectively using experiential methods. Actually, as I consider this, that assumption was also a key component of my being hired as the Board of Trustees Distinguished chair in Ethics and Leadership. […]


How can we know what they learn?

This week, Sarah and I spent time talking largely about the “making sure they learned it” issue, and how we would reasonably know when there are no graded assigments. It’s a much more complex subject in a large class; I journaled on this last week. Some of it is indeed an aspect of teaching philosophy. […]


Teaching management– New Zealand style

We’ve made it to the other side of the globe, and the (sorry Minnesotans!) summery southern hemisphere! It’s been sunny and about mid-70s each day. Maybe it will make the winter sufferers to know there is a hole in the ozone here, so we’ve been sunburned despite liberal SPF 50 applications..? Maybe? OK, maybe not. […]


E/M faculty strengthen majors

Probably nowhere else on the Gustavus campus does the tension between liberal learning and those traditions, and job readiness and “training” bubble up. That means that Economics and Management department has to be especially alert to how to walk that balance with student learning. We held a day-long curriculum retreat to assess where we needed […]


Management students help young shelter residents thrive

Another great semester thanks to open-minded Organizational Behavior students and my community partner for the fall, Partners for Affordable Housing in Mankato! Working with PAH Coordinator Onnie Brodkorb and her organization has helped enact one of my key community-based learning goals: move beyond the limitations of semester-long projects to get real change initiatives going and […]


Helping stimulate creativity and innovation

Every year, E/M faculty member Bruce Johnson helps Gustavus students navigate a flagship innovation and creativity experience with the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program was created in 2008 by retired Medtronic executive John Meslow. Eleven of the private Minnesota schools have either one or two teams in this annual program. The teams are […]