How do Professors Spend their Summer?



Summer is a time for relaxation, al fresco dining and fun vacations. But what do professors do with this “downtime?” For them, it’s usually a time to step out of the classroom, expand their horizons and focus on personal enrichment. Here are just a few examples of what College of Business professors at Concordia-Chicago are up to this summer.

Professor Craig Lusthoff is attending the Business Law Institute sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. The program includes a high-level curriculum that includes expert commentary and practice advice on major business topics such as valuation, sale and merger, employment matters, and tax regulations.

Professor Wanda Foster will be developing a new course for Concordia, Intro to Ethics, while supervising a student internship and a directed study. She will also be taking two PhD courses on leadership and ethics, as well as attending a couple of seminars.

Dean George Vukotich is working with the education branch of the United States Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama to examine a mid-level officer training course. He will help them look at more effective ways to deliver content and better enable students to learn the required material. The Air Force base prepares students to develop, employ and command air, space and cyberspace power.

Dean Vukotich is also participating as a panelist at an event held by the Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. The event called “Leveraging Social and Mobile Media” addresses moving beyond email in organizations by leveraging mobile technologies.

Professor Tim Basadur is delivering a speech and workshop at the XI Fórum Internacional de Criatividade e Inovação - FICI (International Creativity and Innovation Forum) - in Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil. The topic of his speech and workshop will be on the role the creative problem solving process plays in enabling Design Thinking in groups and teams.

Professor Basadur is delivering a workshop at the Creative Problem Solving Institute’s (CPSI) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. He will be discussing how the creative problem solving process pioneered by CPSI’s founders simplifies while empowering teams attempting to engage in “Design Thinking” initiatives.

Professor Basadur is leading strategic planning projects for two Chicago-area arts organizations: Ensemble Dal Niente and Sones de Mexico. He is working separately with both groups to help them improve their mission and vision statements, and to develop 3-5 year strategic plans.