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Alice Griswold

Associate Professor of Business
Office: 317 CBH 
Mail Stop: 1743 
Phone: 6569 


Degrees earned: BA in German, with a minor in Biology, Secondary Teaching Certificate, Michigan State University, 1975; MBA, Michigan State University, 1978.

Professional experience: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University. Consultant in the plumbing, heating, and cooling industry. Worked with Joe Schmitt, former executive with A.Y. McDonald, to put on training seminars for business owners in the industry. Taught business at the University of Dubuque from 1978-1999 both in the undergraduate and MBA program, as well as in Asia.

Teaching philosophy: My goal is to constantly look for new and better ways to reach students by providing them with a variety of learning experiences while being true to my discipline. There is always room for improvement and I carefully review and incorporate classroom feedback and comments from my peers. My philosophy includes: teaching the discipline rigorously with a large dose of enthusiasm, integrating the liberal arts often, bringing the “real world” into the classroom and finally giving students value for their dollar.

Clarke’s impact on Alice: When I first came to Clarke, I was so impressed by the friendliness of the faculty, staff and administrators. It was a very welcoming environment and the students felt comfortable enough to call you by your first name. No one is a stranger for long.

Alice’s impact on students: I hope that students see me as someone who genuinely cares about their progress while at Clarke. Also, I am hoping that they feel passionate about the subject of marketing and will want to pursue careers in that field.

Alice’s favorite:

Movie – Dirty Dancing

Book – Power of One

Quote – From my mother-in-law: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Class in college – Introduction to Computer Science. When I finally got the knack of basic programming, I was amazed at what I could do. I was even asked to be a section leader for the course!

Place traveled – Switzerland: I lived there for three years and loved the culture, mountains and people.

Hobby – Anything involving pools, lakes and oceans. Readinn.

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