At Grantham University, our satisfaction comes from knowing we can provide students with a learning environment that fits their needs, and faculty members who do their best to accommodate the hectic lives of our students. We understand that balancing school, work, family and life can be overwhelming, so we strive to hire faculty members who are understanding of our students’ lives, yet still push them to reach their career goals.
Samantha Duhn is the Core Graduate Faculty Member for the Mark Skousen School of Business and yet she manages to balance the responsibilities of life – work, school, and family – while also maintaining a healthy, active and fun lifestyle.
Just like Duhn, we believe the long-term professional and personal rewards of attaining a degree are well worth the short-term commitment. We asked Duhn to tell us about her time as a Grantham faculty member and what she does to maintain a stress-free life, even during busy moments.
Grantham University: What brought you to Grantham?
Samantha Duhn: I began working for Grantham as an adjunct faculty member several years ago. I enjoyed the VIP2™* culture and was excited to take the opportunity to join the team full time when the position became available.
GU: What do you like best about being a Grantham faculty member?
SD: I enjoy the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students, helping them develop their knowledge and love of learning.
GU: How do you provide support to your students?
SD: I support my students by being visible, encouraging, and engaged in their learning process.
GU: How does a degree from Grantham help people accomplish their goals?
SD: With ease of access to data through the internet, I feel higher education has become more about developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These skills help them in both their personal and professional lives to tackle their goals.
GU: Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about going back to school?
SD: Balancing school, family, and work can be a big challenge, but it’s also a very rewarding experience that provides benefits you will reap for years to come. If [you are] considering coming back to school, be sure you are prepared to find the balance you need and are approaching your studies for the right reasons.
GU: Do you have a particular research concentration? Give us some highlights of your research.
SD: My most recent research study was for my dissertation in 2013. I studied job satisfaction of adjunct faculty.
GU: What is your proudest accomplishment?
SD: My proudest accomplishment is home schooling my daughter.
GU: What are you most passionate about? What drives you in life?
SD: Running, biking, and adventure are my drive. There is a big world out there, and we are given a limited number of days to explore and enjoy it. I try to squeeze all the “life” out of each day so as not to waste it.
GU: What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
SD: I am an ultra-runner and triathlete. My longest race to date is 60 miles. I am training to run a 100-mile race in late 2017.
GU: If someone were to tell your story, what would be the main thing you‘d want the listener to know about you?
SD: I am passionate about life.
GU: Do you have a tip that could help the type of students taking your classes?
SD: Don’t forget to take care of YOU. Diet, exercise, and stress management are important ingredients in balancing all the demands on your time. Often, the first thing we skip to make time for other things is taking care of ourselves in the form of rest, diet, or exercise.
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Samantha Duhn is one of our many faculty members who want you to reach your goals. If you’re ready to take the next step in advancing in your career, contact us today to find out more about starting your education at Grantham University.
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* VIP2TM is an acronym created by Grantham’s interim president, Cheryl Hayek, which stands for Visible, Immediate, Proactive and Personal. VIP2 is an internal training method and program that emphasizes leadership and engagement to train faculty using best practices.