Introducing Prof. Andrew Lubin:
RoConnections - March 28, 2017
Moving up from Adjunct to Assistant Professor in Fall 2016, Prof. Lubin runs the International Business and Management programs for Col. Tim Ringgold. In what will be a series of Q&A on the Business Department, professors, RoCo sat down with Professor Lubin for a quick Q&A:
We looked at your website (www.andrewlubin.com) ; you're not the typical academic...
Well, maybe that's for the good? My business career in import-export-metal trading taught me about foreign exchange, logistics, international marketing & sales, and the value of understanding and appreciating different cultures worldwide. International business is real-time basis and I've been teaching it that way since I began teaching college and grad school back in 1989.
What was interesting is how my time in Iraq in 1979 helped me in Ramadi in 2006 when I was serving as a combat journalist with the U.S. Marines. I’d been there prior for business, and so was able to help the young officers see how negotiations begin on a very personal note, about family and home, instead of the typical business-first Western style. It was an honor of being part of the USMC-Anbar Awakening.
You spent large parts of 2006-2013 deployed into Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and other 'climes and places.' These young men and women are the same age group as our Rosemont students; what are the similarities and differences?
Clearly fitness, but that's a lifestyle and career choice. But it’s not really a fair comparison; Rosemont has some very dedicated and motivated students, and they deserve to be recognized. Look, getting up at 0430 for an artillery shoot or a day at the rifle range is its own reward, but what about those students who get up at 0530 to finish or edit a paper so they can submit it on time or those who take the train and two busses for my 0830 class? That takes a quiet dedication that goes unnoticed, and I have utmost respect for both.
What are you trying to accomplish here?
Let me gently rephrase your question to “what are you and Col. Ringgold trying to accomplish?” 1-We're going to build the Rosemont International Business Dept. into a regional powerhouse that offers a valued degree, worthwhile internships, and serious full-time career opportunities. 2- To instill an esprit de corps that make graduates proud of their degree and where high school students and adult learners vie to earn one.