by Shay Carr
UWG’s Richards College of Business hosted a “Future Faculty Lunch” on April 2, offering a chance for students to ask questions to faculty members regarding why they should consider getting a doctoral degree in business. Each faculty member told students their story on becoming a professor for the University of West Georgia and what it took to attain all of their degrees.
“There are two major things you must do in any Ph.D. program. You have to get in, and you have to get out,” says Dr. Douglas Turner, the associate dean of Richards College of Business. Dr. Turner detailed his time in the military where he earned his degree in engineering. After working for a few years, he went back to school to earn his master’s degree in science and operations management and Ph.D. in management at Auburn University.
Dr. Minna Rollins, associate professor of marketing, started her college career in Finland, where getting your Ph.D. is less stressful but more interactive than in the United States. Dr. Rollins explained to students that while getting a degree in a different county may be difficult, it is an opportunity to learn not only about your major but also a different culture. She concluded with a simple truth. “Get ready to work hard,” she says, “because getting your Ph.D. is not easy and takes a lot of time, but it is very rewarding.”