When it comes to student success, Susan Stites-Doe says there are three key building blocks. If anyone should know, the longtime professor for the School of Business Administration and Economics should. She is in her 20th year as a full-time professor at Brockport and is the first female in the department to hold the designation of full professor.
"Doing the right thing, feeding your soul and continuing to upgrade your skills... those are things that are all very important," Stites-Doe says. "You may not find those things right away, but you have to find them eventually."
Stites-Doe teaches organizational behavior and first came to Brockport as an adjunct professor in 1985. Throughout her career, there has been one guiding force behind what she does.
"Hearing back from students and learning that you really have made a difference either through mentoring them or by teaching them something is really the best part of what we do," she says. "I don't care what you do on a college campus, if you know you've made a difference in somebody's life in a real and meaningful way, that's all that counts."
She recalls a couple of recent examples of former students who reached out to her in appreciation for the impact she had on their lives. One was from a 2012 graduate who had struggled to find a job but finally landed one at Xerox. Another was from a vice-president of a telecom company in Texas who graduated several years ago.
"I'm one tiny factor in this guy's success," Stites-Doe says. "When you can play a role in that, it actually gives me chills. It really is very inspirational, and it lets you know that somehow the things you've done in the classroom matter."
Stites-Doe says Brockport's School of Business Administration and Economics sets itself apart in many ways. It has an external stamp of recognition from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accrediting body. She also cites the recently established Center for Student Success, which offers an array of tools to prepare students for market readiness. Additionally, she notes the school's master's program in forensic accounting, one of only two such programs in the SUNY system.
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