Dr. Frank Butler
UC Foundation Assistant Professor of Management
"I have always had a desire to teach at some point in my life, but I was not sure what. After working in Germany for 3 years, I found my area of interest: Strategic Management."
Dr. Frank Butler is an award-winning professor at UTC. In addition to teaching online, he has taught university classes abroad. His Ph.D. is in Strategic Management.
- PhD in Strategic Management — Florida State University
- BBA in MIS — University of Georgia
Invited to teach a class on Cross Border Management at Ostfalia University in Wolfsburg, Germany. Receiving a Think Achieve Faculty Award for experiential learning in the classroom. In addition, I was nominated as a "Favorite Professor" for the SGA UTC Outstanding Senior Award.
Why did you start teaching?
I have always had a desire to teach at some point in my life, but I was not sure what. After working in Germany for 3 years, I found my area of interest: Strategic Management. Based on my experiences working for PC-Ware, I found the area that I have a great interest to teach and do research in.
What's the best advice that you ever received?
Pay attention to the details and do what you love.
What's the best advice that you could give your students?
Do not cut corners. The little details matter. They may not be readily apparent, but they do not go unnoticed.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Built to Last by Collins and Porras.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?
To strive to continue learning, to engage in continual research in the profession, and to keep your eyes and ears open and to try and understand the why.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?
Information overload and bad sources of information. In the age of information, there is no shortage of it, however the problem is finding the right information. There is a lot of rubbish to sort through.
How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?
It opens up access to a greater breadth of the population who don't live conveniently to an accredited university. It allows great flexibility for those who do have full time jobs and families to work in a flexible environment. And it challenges the individual to think differently about the material and to work in a different manner.