Associate Professor of Business and Nonprofit Management
At North Park Since: 2009
“I believe in the power of education and the expansion of opportunities that open with education,” says Professor Pam Schilling. “I teach at North Park because I enjoy the diversity of our student population and believe that my experience and perspective, along with the subjects I teach, can benefit the learning process and professional development of our students.”
Teaching primarily strategy, finance, and accounting courses, Professor Schilling gives her students opportunities to be creative problem-solvers, work in teams, and discover for themselves how many aspects of business are interrelated—and necessarily so. “As a business manager, one often wears multiple hats or must consider various perspectives.”
For example, in Financial Decision Making, student teams work on a project to structure a small business, developing financial projections for operations and valuation. Professor Schilling says she leaves the project a bit vague because it’s part of what students will encounter in their own business and nonprofit careers. “This is not about getting the “correct answer”—it is about working through a process and having a decent basis for conclusions.”
She also uses Chicago’s many resources to help her students understand the topics they discuss in class. “One of my particular emphases is bringing guest speakers to the classroom. I believe that hearing from professionals working in the fields we are studying makes theory much more realistic,” Professor Schilling says.
Professor Schilling has more than 15 years of experience in strategy consulting and financial management, and continues to consult with a focus in the area of strategic career management. She is a member of Mentiium and the MBA Career Services Council.
- MBA, Concentrations in strategic management, finance, and economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
- BS, Accounting and Business Administration, University of Kansas