Dietz places serving students first

Janis Dietz, assistant professor of business administration, holds an M.B.A. from Cal Poly Pomona. She worked closely with senior Philip Rudulph to create the Business Student Organization, which meets regularly, each Tuesday. / photo by Starr Carroll
Janis Dietz, assistant professor of business administration, holds an M.B.A. from Cal Poly Pomona. She worked closely with senior Philip Rudulph to create the Business Student Organization, which meets regularly, each Tuesday. / photo by Starr Carroll

by Brandi E. Baumeister
Staff Writer

Janis Dietz, assistant professor of business administration, is in her second year at the University of La Verne and is already making an impact on the lives of her students.

Through her 25 years of sales and marketing experience, Dietz applies what she has learned to classroom teaching.

“The best way to teach is by interactive teaching,” said Dietz. “This builds self-confidence and allows the students to find something to motivate them.”

Shawn O’Hearn, a senior CAPA student said, “She makes the class more interesting through her experiences. She is enthusiastic about teaching.”

“She is really challenging. She tells me, ‘Amy, you can always do better,’ even though I got an A on the quiz,” said junior Amy Gagnon. “She told me I don’t deserve anything less. She is an interactive professor, very open and easy to talk to.”

Dietz has worked for General Electric, Johnson & Johnson and Delta Faucets.

One of Dietz’s numerous accomplishments is being the first woman to sell wiring and cable for General Electric.

She was also one out of 10 individuals who received a national award in New York from General Electric.

“My successes in my life are because I’ve listened and taken care of my customers,” said Dietz.

Many of her ideals come from the Jewish work ethic.

“My father is a Russian/ Polish immigrant who worked in Brooklyn, N.Y., when he came to the United States,” said Dietz. “A lot of my attitudes come from my father.”

Dietz is no stranger to teaching, however. Before La Verne, she taught at Cal Poly Pomona for four years and Whittier College for a semester. Currently, Dietz has finished all but her dissertation at the Claremont Graduate School. She will graduate in January 1997 with her Ph.D in executive management, with an emphasis in organizational behavior.

When asked why she came to La Verne, Dietz said, “some schools will hire without dissertation.. .but I am all but dissertation. A fellow colleague of mine told me about the job opening, so I retired from my job in Indiana in mid-August and moved to California.”

Soon after, Whittier College contacted Dietz and asked her to teach there, but she had already accepted a position at La Verne.

With her background in sales and marketing, Dietz says she is the “salesman and her students are her customers. I want to produce an educated student.”

In some class sessions, Dietz allows students to teach the class. Some presentations are based on the book by Dale Carnegie, “How to Make Friends and Influence People.”

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