May 23, 2018 – Newbury alumna, Sharon Roberts, now serves as Assistant Professor of Business & Health Care Management and has been teaching at the College for 25 years. She also serves as faculty advisor to the Health Care Club and as President of Newbury’s Chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.
She says, “What I enjoy most about being at Newbury is the sense of community. There are some wonderful faculty who have been mentors to me throughout the years and I have made some lasting friendships. Also, as a student at Newbury, from the moment I came to campus for a tour back in 1985, I knew it was the place for me, never dreaming that I would one day have the privilege of teaching here.”
Professor Roberts teaches within the Roger A. Saunders School of Business and Hospitality Management. Some of her favorite classes to teach are Health Care Ethics & Law, Human Resource Management and Women & Leadership. Specifically, the Women & Leadership class explores the “perceptions, expectations and challenges” women face when in leadership roles.
Professor Roberts explains, “The Women & Leadership course is one that I developed about 10 years ago because I felt that there was a need to discuss the contributions that women have made and continue to make to organizations globally and to answer the question: Do women have an unidentifiable different way of leading?”
Throughout the semester, Professor Roberts invites guest speakers to deepen the conversations. This semester’s speakers included: Pam Wojnar, Professor of Sport Leadership at Northeastern University; Debbie Beck, a member of the Board of Trustees for Rosie’s Place; Alumna Jacqui Berardi, owner of Players Sports Bar & Grill and Jac’s Café; Lysa Teal, CFO NC; and Val Snowdon, Director of Leadership & Programs at Mill City Grows, a nonprofit company in Lynn, Ma.
For the first time, the Spring 2018 class of seniors had more men than women, which, Professor Roberts says, “made for very interesting conversations.” She explains she learned a lot from these students and that she has “great hopes that they will add their voices to these [equality] concerns and I feel honored to be part of their last semester Newbury.”
The students and learning environment of Newbury inspires Professor Roberts to be a dedicated faculty member and active supporter of the College’s mission. She says, “I really enjoy teaching in small diverse classrooms where I get to know each of my students. I have had the opportunity to watch many students graduate, have great careers and do amazing things in their lives. I still keep in touch with many alumni that I had years ago in class. I know that at Newbury we transform the lives of our students and give them opportunities that they may not have had otherwise.”
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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