Meet The New Faculty - Prof. Tom Scholz

Prior to joining Concordia in 2016, Professor Scholz taught as an adjunct lecturer at UWM, MSOE, and George Washington University. Scholz worked for 19 years in the investment industry in research, analytics, and accounting at Cleary Gull, Harris Associates, Goldman Sachs (London) and American Express Financial Advisors. He is a CFA Charter Holder. Scholz earned his BBA in Finance and accounting from UW-Madison, and his MBA in International Business and Economics from the University of Chicago.

What drew you to Concordia?

I was lucky enough to teach as an adjunct in the spring of 2016, which is when I was first introduced to CUW. I love the culture of respect and high standards at CUW. I also like how we can incorporate our faith into what we do. That is a very important aspect to me.

What drew you to teaching? You have a corporate background, so what drove you to transition to being a professor?

One of the reasons why I wanted to teach was because I wanted to have a bigger impact on people’s lives. I always enjoyed explaining difficult and complicated concepts to others in a way that is easier to understand. I started teaching at night, three or four years ago, and found that I really enjoyed it. I wanted to use what I had learned in the industry to help others who wanted to learn and achieve their career goals. I thought teaching would be a better way to teach others what I have learned and pass on more knowledge.

How would you describe your teaching style?

My teaching style involves infusing enthusiasm for the subject and trying to communicate that to the students. I also want to show why this knowledge is important from a practical point of view. I don’t want the students to feel like it's a memorization exercise or we are trying to teach them all these complicated formulas from textbooks. I like to have the students participate and talk as much as they can. In my international economics class, we do a classroom debate and then a classroom trade negotiation. Those opportunities are important to me. My other philosophy is to incorporate the real world as much as possible in examples. In our bank management simulation class, we simulate using a real bank. The “learning by doing” way has a more lasting impact for understanding.

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