Dr. Randall Dupont

Dr. Randall Dupont

Associate Professor of Management

"Earning a bachelor's degree will definitely lead to better career opportunities and a higher quality of life. The misconception is that the doors of opportunity will swing open. As a new graduate, those doors may still be closed, but they won't be locked. You will just need to enter."

Degrees held:

  • DBA in Management – Nova Southeastern University, 1999
  • MBA – University of Mobile, 1994
  • BS in History – Nichols State University, 1980

Career Highlights:

    Presented papers at 22 academic conferences.

    Publications

    • Dupont, R. L. & Dupont, M. P. (2016). Wage Inequality Between Occupational Groups. To be printed in the SOBIE: Proceedings of Annual Conference 2016 in Fall 2016. Paper presented at the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics, Destin, FL, 14 April 2016.
    • Dupont, Randall. (2013). The Impact of the Deepwater Horizon-BP Oil Spill on Tourist Attraction Visitors in Mobile, Alabama. In V. Bhargava (Ed.), SOBIE: Proceedings of Annual Conference 2013. Paper presented at Society of Business, Industry, and Economics (SOBIE) Annual Conference, Destin FL, 16-19 April (pp. 88-100). Alcorn State University: Lorman, MS.
    • Dupont, R. Relationship Marketing: A Strategy for Consumer-Owned Utilities in a Restructured Industry, Management Quarterly, Winter 1998, 11 – 16. (Cited 60 times according to Google Scholar. #1 cited article in Management Quarterly)

    Lynn E. May Study Grant Recipient awarded by The Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives for research – 2016

    Mitford Ray Megginson Research Award – 2014 – University award for excellence in research, University of Mobile

    William A. Megginson Teaching Award – 2005 – University award for excellence in teaching, University of Mobile

  • U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT - BANGLADESH
    • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, VA 2004 - 2007. Provided management development consulting under the Rural Power for Poverty Reduction Program II in Bangladesh.
  • ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK – BANGLADESH 2003
    • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, VA 2003.
    • Taught representatives from the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (REB), Pallis Bidyat Samity (Bangladesh rural electric cooperatives), and the Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources in the organization, management, and operations of rural electric cooperatives in the U.S. The program was developed and implemented under the sponsorship of the Asian Development Bank.
  • ECOLINKS PROJECT – CROATIA 2000-2001
    • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, VA. 2000-2001. Successfully developed a proposal and awarded $50,000 in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the war-impacted areas of eastern Croatia. ECOLINKS, an Eastern European non-governmental organization dedicated to providing market-based solutions to environmental problems, provided oversight for the project. Funding was matched by an additional $100,000 in industry contributions from Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (Croatian Power Company), the Hrvoje Pozar Energy Institute and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

BSBA

Which classes do you teach online?

MGMT 3320 HR Mgmt, MGMT 4620 Organizational Behavior, MKTG 3401 Principles of Marketing, and MKTG 4451 Marketing Mgmt.

Why did you start teaching?

I may have inherited the love of teaching from my father and uncle who were both teachers. I became interested in teaching when I worked in corporate training.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

I heard a seminar speaker once say, "People don't care how much you know until they first know how much you care."

What's your best advice for someone who is returning to finish an undergraduate degree?

One should look at education as an investment, not an expense. Investments produce income for years which is what a degree will do.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

Adaptability. Professors must be responsive to ever changing environment in terms of what we learn and how we learn.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that English majors face today?

The biggest challenge is letting go of the past and embracing the future.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

Learning is continuous lifelong pursuit for personal and professional development. Most change careers three or four times in their professional life. Online learning is the future of education because it gives individuals the flexibility to integrate learning on a continual basis to prepare for these career changes.

What can earning a bachelor's degree do for a working adult?

Earning a bachelor's degree will definitely lead to better career opportunities and a higher quality of life. The misconception is that the doors of opportunity will swing open. As a new graduate, those doors may still be closed, but they won't be locked. You will just need to enter.

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