Feliccia Smith, PhDProfessor, Business and Management
Unit: College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Business, Management
“A train traveling 55 mph on a railroad track can crash through a 5-foot thick steel-reinforced concrete wall without stopping. That same train, starting from a stationary position, won’t be able to go through an inch-thick block in front of the driving wheel. It is never the size of your problem that is the problem. It’s a lack of momentum. Without momentum, even a tiny obstacle can prevent you from moving forward. With momentum, you’ll navigate through problems and barely even notice them.” —John Maxwell
Teaching & Education
You will learn with me when taking courses in management. Degrees
- BS, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
- MA, Management, Webster University
- PhD, Applied Management & Decision Science, Walden University
My experience includes teaching at the university level since 2005.
- Holcombe, S. & Smith, F. (2014). Credit Cards and Consumer Loans. In Garman, E. & Forgue, R. (Eds.), Personal Finance (pp. 205-206). Mason, OH: South-Western.
- Tillman, C., Smith, F., & Tillman, W. (2009). Work Locus of Control and the Multi-Dimensionality of Job Satisfaction. Paper presented at the Allied Academies Conference in New Orleans, LA.
- Tillman, C., Smith, F., & Tillman, W. (2009). Work Locus of Control and the Multi-Dimensionality of Job Satisfaction. Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict.
Riley Fellow, Diversity Leaders Institute, Riley Institute at Furman University
Teaching is my passion. Before any significant learning can take place, students must know that I care. Accordingly, it is important that I establish rapport with students by seeking to discover commonalities. Unearthing meaningful commonalities require seizing opportunities to develop relationships with students by understanding what their interests are and providing clear indicators that they are in a safe environment to express ideas, take risks, and offer personal experience and knowledge; even if it conflicts with my own thought process. However, I strongly encourage diplomacy and tact as both are hallmarks that can be beneficial in any environment.
Favorite Course to Teach
Management in Organizations – I am an unyielding believer that every employee is passionate about something. Therefore, it is management’s responsibility to find out what their passions are and create an environment that hones in on their motivation. Every day, I have the privilege of helping to create the next generation of transformational leaders who will help others discover their passion.
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