A Passion for Te​aching

Our MBA program selects faculty members that are experts in their field, leaders in their industry and have an unparalleled love of teaching.  Each term we evaluate the performance of our professors and only those that exceed the expectations of our students are invited to return. 

Maria Evans
Lance Hill
Michael M. Einstein, DBA
Mark Teoh

Maria Eva​ns

President, Martino Evans Clear/Concise/Communications
Instructor, Managerial and Executive Communications, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Education:

  • MBA, Drexel University
  • B.A., Penn State University

Courses taught at DelVal:

  • Marketing Management
  • Crisis Communications

What do you like about teaching in DelVal’s MBA program?
“In the 10 years I've taught in the MBA program, I have appreciated the way the MBA office is personally familiar with and concerned about the students. I have had a ready resource when needed to better serve those students.”

What makes DelVal’s MBA program different?
“The small size and flexibility of the program seem to be valuable to our students. Many appreciate the accelerated and online courses. I like that there are always students who know each other in class (usually from past classes, some from the military or work experience), and their interest in and knowledge of each other make for supportive and challenging interactions.”

How would you describe DelVal MBA students?
“As a rule, they are dedicated to learning and helpful to each other. They are willing to challenge and appreciate when instructors go the extra mile.”

What advice would you give someone contemplating enrolling in an MBA program?
“Understand what you want from the program – are you looking to augment your technical training with managerial expertise? Are you ready for a promotion or career change? Do you want to start or expand your own business? Talk to others in and running the MBA program to understand the various courses offered and how they can help you achieve your goals.”

 


Lance Hill

Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Pictsweet Company

Education:

  • MBA, Drexel University
  • J.D., Widener University School of Law
  • B.S. and B.A., University of Delaware

Courses taught at DelVal:

  • Strategy of a Business Organization
  • Strategy of an Agribusiness Organization
  • Marketing Management
  • Leadership
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • MBA Capstone Seminar
  • International Sales and Sales Management

What do you like about teaching in DelVal’s MBA program?
The ability to shape, or make a meaningful difference in, the lives of young students and other businesspeople enrolled in our program. I have always looked at the time I spent helping our students as “paying it forward,” and that was before that term ever existed. It is so fulfilling to see a light bulb finally go off in a student’s mind … it’s one of the best single feelings in the world.

What makes DelVal’s MBA program different?
I have always seen our program as a truly practical or “hands-on” model of learning. We of course cover the basic academic learnings required of all such programs, but I have always found our faculty to take the extra step of exposing our students to the very real world of business as much as possible. Our professors are mostly working business professionals themselves and they can, and do, share actual business experiences that may have just happened to them hours prior in real time. It provides a powerful laboratory of international business learning for our students and one that I see providing immense benefit to them.

How would you describe DelVal MBA students?
I find most of them hard-working and eager to learn. For example, we have military students who regularly participate in our classes from places like Europe and the Middle East from camps where there might only be a single computer or phone for them to use. It’s impressive to see such commitment. Also, some of our students come from the very best companies in the area and already hold high-level positions. These folks oftentimes are as good a mentor to the younger/less experienced students as is the professor. It’s a great blend in my mind and something to be valued by the students.

What advice would you give someone contemplating enrolling in an MBA program?
I know circumstances don’t always permit in this ever-changing economy, but I’d encourage students to work for two to three years minimum before they contemplate enrolling in any MBA program. I find that this really expedites learning for the student and at the same time lets the student get more out of the material than they otherwise would. At the same time, I would encourage students (if they have the choice) to get started on any MBA program as soon as they can in life. It gets nothing but harder to complete as one gets more and more business/family responsibility. If an employer offers a tuition reimbursement program, I’d encourage everyone to jump on that opportunity as those programs are not nearly as common as they used to be.

 


Michael M. Einstein, DBA

Senior Director, Global Procurement, Global Policies and Compliance, Pfizer/Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

Education:

  • DBA, Wilmington University
  • MBA, Stern School of Business, New York University
  • B.S., Union College

Courses taught at DelVal:

  • Operations

What do you like about teaching in DelVal’s MBA program?
I enjoy teaching at a school that has strong social and business ties to my community (I live just outside of Doylestown myself), and where many of the students and teachers are also from the area.  DelVal’s MBA program is also very open and accepting to ideas and feedback from it’s adjunct teaching staff, and definitely values the “real world experiences” that adjuncts can bring to the MBA program.

What makes DelVal’s MBA program different?
DelVal’s MBA program is definitely a smaller and more intimate learning environment due to its smaller program size and generally smaller class sizes.  But this actually results in stronger interactions between the students, many of whom have previously had other classes with each other.  During the online discussion board postings, there is good interaction and interplay between the students, who are open to both expressing their ideas as well as challenging each other (and the professor!) as they learn and apply new concepts.  I also find it refreshing to learn about many of the students that live and/or work in the local area and to learn about their professional and personal activities.

How would you describe DelVal MBA students?
I have found the DelVal MBA students to be very well prepared for the rigors of the course I teach (which is a challenging course in Operations Management). They are both well engaged with the material (which can be very difficult) and provide strong feedback to me as the instructor and with other students.  This is especially challenging in an “online course” where nearly all interaction with other students is through “discussion board posts” and “Email communications”, which can be a very challenging environment for many students.  But the DelVal MBA students seem to work well in this environment and adapt quickly to the unique challenges of an “online learning” environment.

What advice would you give someone contemplating enrolling in an MBA program?
I believe there are two important considerations for potential MBA students.

The first is to ensure that the MBA program you are looking at offers a focus in the areas of business that are most strongly aligned with your career interests and objectives.  Although the “core business courses” are all critical foundations for learning key business skills, the real value is to ensure the school offers a “concentration” in an area that will help you learn and grow.  Although some areas of specialization are always in strong demand (e.g. Finance/Accounting), there are many new and growing areas of business specialization – so make sure that the program you select will provide you with the skills that will help you move on to the next levels within your organization.

The second is to ensure that you really understand that an MBA program is a significant commitment of time and effort.  It’s not something that you can do “casually” – it will often require significant sacrifices of personal time.  You must be prepared to sacrifice certain elements of your personal life in order to carve-out the time you need to succeed in an MBA program.  Most times I see students struggle is when they simply did not understand the real time commitment of the program or that the expected level of performance for a graduate course is much higher than that of an undergraduate course.  This can be especially challenging, as many students also hold full-time jobs and may have family responsibilities as well.  Although some accommodations can be made, the stark reality is that you will need to reserve dozens of hours per week of dedicated time towards your academic studies and activities.  “Last minute papers” and “all night cram sessions” will not work in an MBA program and are destined to result in poor results.  You need to ensure you have the time you need to focus on learning and mastering what is often very challenging and time-consuming material.


Mark Teoh

Director of Research and Knowledge, Teach Plus

Education:

  • Ed. D., Harvard University
  • Ed. M, Harvard University
  • M.S. Ed, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Rice University

Courses taught at DelVal:

  • Data Analysis
  • Communications (course under development)