Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Let’s Get To Know Dr. Barbara Altman!

Dr. Altman was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to San Antonio when she was in the 7th grade. Although that is a huge change she loves Texas and considers it her home. She has lived in San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas. She lived in Boston to complete her Ph.D. but quickly came back to her home state!

She has received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and a master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at UT Austin. Her doctorate is in Organizational Behavior and Management Policy from the School of Management at Boston University…all of these degrees eventually lead her to UNTDC!

When she was close to finishing her doctoral studies in Boston her husband had a career opportunity in Dallas and so they moved back for him. After relocating and having her second child she started contacting universities about open teaching positions. The University of North Texas in Denton was the best fit for her and the timing was perfect because the professor who taught the Business Ethics class was retiring. She started at UNT Denton as an adjunct professor, then after finishing her dissertation her new title became Executive Lecturer and she worked part-time. She remained in that situation for four years all the while working as a Senior Research Associate for the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and raising two very young children!! Although she was very busy, her time was flexible so that she could enjoy her work and her children! When she heard about the job opportunity at the UNT Dallas Campus she was ecstatic and really wanted to become one of the “pioneer” faculty. She started full-time in 2004 and has been here ever since!

When asked what she likes the most about the university she has many answers. First of all, she is very committed to the campus’ mission of starting a superb service and citizenship-focused university in the southern part of Dallas. She realizes that this is a once in a lifetime chance to be an entrepreneur in academia and really wants to take hold of the university’s strong ideals and run with it. Here, she says, not only is she a professor, but she has continued her education by learning about starting and running a university.

Her thoughts about the UNTDC Library are also awesome and unique in that she understands and appreciates the library being virtual and the active role the librarians take with the students. She states that they work with the students to develop their research and critical thinking skills and that is consistent with the school’s mission and values: that the students learn how to use their skills they have learned here and apply them when they have graduated.

When Dr. Altman is not working, she loves being active in her community. She is a Past President of the Board of Trustees of Levine Academy, the Preschool through 8th grade private school that her son graduated from last year and her daughter is still in 5th grade. She is on the Board of the Pearce Area Band Club, where her son is a freshman. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation Education Department and on the Board of the Congregation Shearith Israel Sisterhood. Very very busy indeed. When her plate is clean of things to do, she likes to travel, watch movies, or just hang out with her husband Arthur and her two children Gabe and Blair. She also loves dogs and has two that she rescued named Nick and Sandy.

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