Dr. Frank Shushok, Jr. and Dr. Blaine McCormick
Leadership In Contemporary Social Issues
Monday, April 11, 2011 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Kayser Auditorium
Dr. Frank Shushok
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Virginia Tech University
Dr. Frank Shushok received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy with a specialization in Academic Governance in 2002 from the University of Maryland. He completed his M.A. in 1993 in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at The Ohio State University with a special cognate in Counseling Psychology and earned his B.S. in Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1991.
Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Shushok served as Dean for Student Learning and Engagement and Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Baylor University from 2004 to 2009. From 2001 to 2004, he served as the Associate Dean and Director for Housing and Residence Life, also at Baylor. During this time, Shushok was very involved in the higher education and student affairs administration program in the school of education, serving as graduate program director, among other roles. Shushok has published numerous works in peer-reviewed publications and taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses. He is also very involved with the National Association of Personnel Administrators (NASPA), for which he currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. In addition to NASPA, Shushok is affiliated with American College Personnel Administrators, Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Association for College and University Housing Officers, and the International Leadership Association.
Dr. Frank Shushok's current serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, serving as deputy to the Vice President and providing leadership for five departments including: Career Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Housing and Dining Services, the Office of Student Conduct, and Residence Life. In addition, Shushok serves as co-chair for the Town-Gown Community Relations Committee with the deputy town manager for Blacksburg, as well as being responsible for the overall coordination of learning communities.
Dr. Blaine McCormick
Associate Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
Dr. Blaine McCormick is an award-winning management professor at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University where he teaches the first-year business course to almost 500 students each semester. In the spring of 2009, Inc. magazine named his course one of the nine best entrepreneurship courses in the United States
A nationally recognized scholar on the business practices of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison, Dr. McCormick is interviewed frequently across all forms of media including the New York Times, CNN, public radio, and ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. His latest book, Ben Franklin: America's Original Entrepreneur, a modern language version of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, was lauded by Library Journal as one of the Best Business Books of 2005. He is currently working on a book about Franklin's best-selling Poor Richard's Almanacks and creating the YouTube series called "The Colonial Business School with Dr. Benjamin Franklin".
A native Texan, Blaine grew up working in the cotton fields of West Texas. Before joining the Baylor faculty, he worked in Dallas and Plano for ARCO Oil & Gas Company as a human resource management professional. He lives in Waco with his wife of twenty-one years, Sarah, and their three children – Ellis, Miriam, and Bea. He is a proud volunteer at Woodway Elementary library where every Friday he gets to check books in and out. He is also mayor of Kayser Auditorium on Foursquare.