Dr. Geri Mason - Leading in Teaching

Dr. Geri Mason teaching Economics students

How do you integrate PRME in your courses and teaching? 

We are all responsible for each other – this is what I teach. Whether a firm, an employee in a firm, an individual consumer, a member of a community, region, nation, or the globe, we all affect each other. These ideas permeate my teaching. In Principles of Macro, I teach students how our individual decisions aggregate into outcomes that affect all of our lives. In Development Economics, I teach about how to critically engage with the negative outcomes that have manifest and to strategically use our decisions and actions to impact others globally and locally. The SDGs are embedded both implicitly and explicitly into all of my courses through learning objectives and activities. My aim is that students leave my classes with a deeper appreciation for each other and how connected we all are through our actions and through our economic and social systems. 

What are some of your career or personal milestones related to PRME that people should know about you? 

I have published two book chapters detailing the importance of integrating poverty, specifically (SDG #1), into management education. These include examples and strategies for doing so. I also have a forthcoming article arguing for embedding poverty as a threshold topic into all management curricula. 

What do students gain by engaging with PRME in the classroom? 

Students gain a more holistic and realistic of their role in the systems of our city, region, nation, and globe. With this clearer view of their connectedness, they can then pursue becoming more responsible citizens, employees, decision-makers, and leaders. 

What are some of the PRME related trends and issues in business that we should be paying attention to? 

Businesses are starting to embrace their role in these broader systems of inequality and injustice. We should be ahead of the firms in this, but academia in general is not. We should definitely be paying attention to the ways that businesses are responding to social issues and calls for justice (both the positive and negative responses). 

Is there a personal philosophy or "words to live by" that you like to impart on students? 

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” ~Lao Tzu 

What do you think makes SPU’s SBGE unique? 

What makes SBGE unique is PRME + Jesus – we have a reason for embracing responsible management that has endured the test of time and oppression. PRME alone is great; Jesus-fueled PRME is world-changing! 

Dr. Sohn

Leading in Research

Learn about Dr. Joon Sohn's most recent research as it relates to PRME and sustainability.

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Students Work Toward Sustainability

An idea for a toilet led to a $5,000 prize and a plausible plan to aid a community on the other side of the world. Four SBGE students won the Social Venture Plan Competition's Grand Prize with this idea focused on sustainability.