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Ronald Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Alma Maters: BA Swarthmore College (Highest Honors),MA Harvard Univ.,Ph.D. Harvard Univ.
Classes Taught: INTB1203 ,INTB3310,INTB4501,BUSN6278,BUSN6248
Countries Traveled To: Former Yugoslavia, Germany, UK, Ireland, Turkey, Japan, Hungary, Czechoslovakia,
Companies Worked For: Hult Int'l Business School,Fletcher School Law & Diplomacy,Harvard Med School
What is your style of teaching?
Interactive: combine lectures,discussions, debates, projects, presentations. Help students develop a global mindset.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Cases, books, news stories, videos, online discussions and interactive websites
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Team debates on current global controversies. Defending a position which you might not personally agree with is a powerful learning experience.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Ability to integrate different perspectives and develop a personal point of view based on clear thinking and insight.
What kind of student would love your class?
Someone who wants to be challenged to think in new ways that go beyond the assumptions and values of their own country or culture.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Be open to examine new ideas, be curious about the world and other people. Be active and engaged, in and out of class. Manage your time effectively.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Cross-cultural management and communication; International political economy; Sustainable global business
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Receiving the Teaching Excellence Award at Northeastern University.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
Helping to develop a new integrated curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in International Business program.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Make your best efforts in contributing to the work of your teams.

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