Five Questions with Dr. Fernando R. Jiménez Arévalo, New Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Fernando R. Jiménez Arévalo, Ph.D., began the Spring 2019 semester with a new position within the College of Business Administration: Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Jiménez is stepping in for Steve Johnson, Ph.D., who previously held the position for 13 years before returning to teaching full time.
Below, Jiménez talks with the COBA Blog about his new role at COBA and the qualities that he believes make an effective student and teacher.
While research and teaching are a substantial part of academia, positions in academic leadership are often overlooked – but are a powerful force in a college. Simply put, what does the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs do for the College of Business Administration?
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Business Administration oversees the college’s baccalaureate programs and the MBA program. Primarily, the Associate Dean assures that the learning objectives of the programs match the needs of the stakeholders (e.g., employers, accreditors), and that students accomplish excellence in learning outcomes.
Steve Johnson, Ph.D., has returned to teaching after previously serving as an associate dean. Did he offer any words of advice or encouragement?
Dr. Johnson is a great mentor. He encourages me to serve students, faculty, and staff with
How do you see the College of Business Administration and its graduates affecting the Paso del Norte region in the next 20 years?
Our College is one of the primary sources of talent for businesses in the region. In the next 20 years, our graduates will continue to attract businesses, which will generate economic development. Importantly, our college will be a source of entrepreneurs not only locally, but globally. Our students will create and grow new businesses in the Paso del Norte region and beyond.
What qualities make an effective teacher?
An effective teacher facilitates the learning process. A teacher provides the environment, tools, and elements necessary to help students achieve learning outcomes. An effective teacher is also a role model regarding service, dedication, professionalism, ethics, and curiosity. An effective teacher inspires and leads students by example.
For you, what qualities make a good student?
For me, a good student is motivated to serve. A good student is motivated to learn for a reason, to help others. Business is about understanding customer needs and helping customers satisfy those needs. Good students understand that the value of knowledge is determined by its application. A good student is not interested in learning how to do
Jiménez earned his Ph.D. in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and began teaching at UTEP in 2009. His research interests include product/brand evaluations, international marketing, and research methodology.
Jiménez has taught marketing theory and international marketing at the doctoral level; marketing strategy at the MBA level; marketing research, principles of marketing, strategic marketing management, consumer behavior, and sales at the undergraduate level.
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