Changing times are reflected in increasingly diverse faculty in business schools

October 2, 2014

As business schools and MBA programs evolve to meet the challenges of a changing business landscape and increased student demands, the age range of faculty members is also changing. Courses such as social entrepreneurship and investment banking often require younger educators that have the right combination of experience in the business world and teaching. Balancing the number of seasoned, senior faculty with younger, junior faculty is becomingly increasingly important to business schools as students paying premium tuitions expect the best in a competitive market. At Queen’s University, senior faculty teach core foundational courses that are often theory-based and supported by faculty research. Industry experts are then brought in for specialized electives. In one case, the course is taught 50/50 by 2 instructors—one with more academic experience and one with more recent industry experience. At Western University’s Ivey School of Business, junior faculty are paired with a senior faculty mentor and a teaching coach in order to offer support and guidance; as well, junior faculty are often required to teach at the undergraduate level before moving into MBA courses. Financial Post