Those Who Do, Teach

Unlike the traditional academic path, the life of a faculty practitioner is not publish or perish. Instead of doing the research and publishing demanded of professors, they practice their trades. The following School of Business faculty maintain practices in marketing, computer forensics, human resources, cost accounting, communication, taxation, business law and corporate finance while teaching one, two or three classes per semester. One is a surrogate court judge.

Marketing lecturer Ron Ladouceur combines academics and applications
Ron Ladouceur
POSTMKTG

The transition to teaching is natural for some. Ron Ladouceur, principal and founder of branding and marketing firm POSTMTKG, said, “Right away I found I loved it! Teaching, as it turns out, allows me to explore my coequal interests in academic research and commercial application. I try to teach both sides in my class without necessarily merging them. The business majors I teach are excited about exploring both paths.” 

Paul GlotzbeckeR ’10
Avion Management Corporation

Accounting lecturer Paul Glotzbecker said, “The best part about teaching is the mental freshness that it provides. In class discussion, students often provide a unique perspective to academic problems. Listening carefully to their perspective provides a learning experience for the teacher. Instead of becoming stale with the same approach, we are given a way to think differently.” Glotzbecker takes this broadened perspective to his position as vice president and controller of Avion Management Corporation.

Tom Collura
Hodgson Russ, LLP

Tom Collura, a partner at Hodgson Russ, LLP, agrees with Glotzbecker. He said, “I learn from the questions asked by my students. No matter how well you think you know something, you realize that there is more to understand when you try to explain it to others. I have solved many difficult tax problems for clients based upon something I only knew through teaching.” Collura has taught for the School of Business for nearly 20 years. He serves as director of the MS taxation program. 

Heidi Reale
Price Chopper

Many School of Business faculty practitioners work a day job and teach in the evening. Director of Shopper and Digital Marketing at Price Chopper Heidi Reale began teaching a class in digital and social marketing in August after guest-lecturing for Dr. Suraj Commuri and working with UAlbany students on the Price Chopper Innovation Competition. She said, “I balance teaching with my practice by incorporating lessons and findings from my marketing experience into the course curriculum. I am a big proponent of driving students to get hands-on experience. Every class includes current readings, case studies and a real-life marketing plan to end the semester. My big trade-off is sleep! I don’t get enough of it.”

Fabio Auffant II not only eaches, he advises students enrolled in the Digital Forensics B.S.
Fabio Auffant II
Retired New York State Police

Fabio Auffant II has found less time to practice digital forensics as he expands his role in the School of Business. Auffant retired from the New York State Police in 2012 after a career that included a stint as a road trooper and many years fighting cybercrime. His role as instructor for the state police led to college teaching, first at Columbia-Greene Community College, where he taught information technology and criminal justice and then at UAlbany. He connected with the School of Business information technology department when the state police contacted them to test forensics tools. Within months of his retirement, he was recruited to teach in the newly created degree in digital forensics. Since the number of classes he teaches has climbed to three per semester and he now advises students as well as teaching them, Auffant has less time for his digital forensics private investigating services firm, Second Wave Associates. He said that his roles feed each other. “Technology changes so often that lesson plans must change every few months to stay relevant.” 

Susan Pedo ’03
Commuications and Public Affairs Consultant

Susan Pedo has taught numerous classes for the school since 2011 when she was hired to teach the EY communication class for accountants. She is a communications and public affairs consultant specializing in economic development, health and public safety who has done substantial work for the National Safety Council. Pedo’s graduate class in presentation skills put her local contacts to work for the students and also benefited the community as her MBA students prepared a final project on an undeveloped commercial site for Capitalize Albany Corporation.

Greg Collins ’00
Empire Financial Advisors

Empire Financial Advisors Vice President Greg Collins, who earned an MBA from UAlbany, appreciates the opportunity to work with students. He said, “I have been a teacher my entire career - serving as a trainer, educator and mentor in every role I have had. Teaching affords me the opportunity to motivate students by first removing some of the common intimidation of finance. That can be a real stumbling block, especially for courses in finance that are burdened with copious amounts of confusing equations and notation. When I was a student I always wondered how the material was relevant to me and cared about the practical applications, so I try to focus on those questions when I lecture. And I continuously underscore the importance of ethics and risk management so students can get started and make better, more informed financial and career decisions.” 

Matt Cotugno ’08
MVP Health Care

The lecturers benefit as well. The extra research that goes into preparing for a class allows them to investigate their subjects in more depth than most practitioners. Matt Cotugno who earned an MBA with a focus on human resource information systems, works for MVP Health Care. He said, “In the HR world, you need to stay abreast of changing laws and practices. Teaching these courses at UAlbany allows me to do just that and more. In addition, the course allows me to remain intimately connected with HR concepts that drive successful organizations so I can then apply those principles to my day to day work.” 

Paul Morgan Jr
Rensselaer County Surrogate Court Judge

Law lecturer Paul Morgan Jr. has been at the School of Business for a whopping 23 years. While still in law school, Morgan filled in for a class in negotiable instruments that his dad, Paul Morgan Sr., was teaching. He now teaches more than 600 students in three classes per semester while serving as surrogate court judge for Rensselaer County. Before serving as judge, Morgan worked as chief clerk in the court for more than two decades. He gets a “tremendous amount of material” from the court system, but of course not from pending cases. Even after a full day on the bench, the students keep him coming back. He said, “I love teaching. I love the students. I love going into a classroom. It’s showtime!” Morgan has always been a student favorite, recently named fifth out of more than 1 million faculty ranked nationally on RateMyProfessors.com.

Outside the Classroom

This group gets involved outside of the classroom. Collins serves as the faculty advisor to the UAlbany Stock Exchange and has worked with the University at Albany School of Business Investment Group. Glotzbecker advises the Albany Running Exchange and regularly attends student ceremonies such as graduation, honors programs, academic presentations and banquets. Collura serves on the graduate affairs committee. Morgan advises MBAs on law-related research projects and undergraduates in the New York State Assembly Internship Program. Ladouceur helped the school develop its new brand – “Meet Your Future” – and launch a new graduate programs website.