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Dr. Dawn Schwartz

Longwood professor Dawn Schwartz

"Longwood University's MBA program not only provides a quality degree program, but at Longwood, our professors care about the students and their success in education, careers, and life."

Degrees Held:

  • DBA – Liberty University, 2019
  • M.S. in Business Administration – Longwood University, 2013
  • B.S. in Business Administration – Longwood University, 2003

In which online degree program do you teach?

MBA - General Business track

Career Highlights:

I became an adjunct teacher in 2014. I did not realize how much I would love teaching until I had that opportunity. After teaching for two semesters as an adjunct, I made a career change and left my job as a director of accounting and financial reporting to teach full time. I survived my doctorate program with four kids, a husband, and two pets. I have a very exciting research agenda in fraud prediction models and issues in governmental and nonprofit organizations.

  • Which classes do you teach online?

    ACCT 540: Managerial Accounting

  • What do you want students in your courses to learn? What is the learning outcome or objective?

    I want students to learn how to effectively utilize accounting in their lives and careers. I want students to be able to use the concepts and tools to improve their critical-thinking skills. I want them to develop a habit of thinking strategically and making decisions based on analysis and strategy concepts.

  • What advice would you give to those considering this online MBA program?

    I would tell those considering this online MBA program to try it out. Take a course. There's not much at stake in trying out the program by taking one course. Taking a course will allow you to gain an idea of the workload and time commitment required. I feel like once you take a class, you will see how much you learn and how you can manage the coursework with your life. Work-life balance is important, so be sure to plan accordingly and prioritize.

    I would tell students that Longwood University's MBA program not only provides a quality degree program, but at Longwood, our professors care about the students and their success in education, careers, and life.

  • What is the value of an MBA?

    An MBA makes students more marketable and provides career advancement. A student can obtain skills for use in management that will help them make strategic decisions, more effectively manage their employees, and develop improved problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I started teaching because I wanted to help students be better prepared for the field. I am passionate about developing students who will make a positive contribution to the workforce and world.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    "Leadership and Self-Deception" by The Arbinger Institute

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

    I am a very determined person and have worked very hard to overcome obstacles in my life. I am a first generation student. I was raised by a single mother who only finished 2nd grade. Her deep sadness and regret for not being able to finish elementary school due to her family’s need for her on the farm fueled her determination and love for learning, which she instilled in me. I completed both my undergraduate and my MBA as a single mom of two kids. Continuing my education was the best decision of my life. It has helped me develop as a person and has provided me with many wonderful career opportunities. My children saw my hard work and dedication. It taught them the value of education. I am proud to say that my two oldest children have now graduated college and have begun their careers.

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