Faculty & Staff

S. Chris Ward, Ed.D.
S. Chris Ward, Ed.D.
Professor of Business
Year started at UF: 2004
Contact Information
Office Location: College of Business/Center for Student Life 209 B
Telephone: 419-434-4310
Credentials
Ed.D., Argosy University
M.B.A., University of Findlay, The
B.S., University of Findlay, The
  • Academic Credentials:

    Doctor of Education of Organizational Leadership, Argosy University
    Master of Business Administration, University of Findlay
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Findlay


    Overview:

    Dr. Ward is an Associate Professor of Business who has worked at The University of Findlay since 2004.  She teaches traditional and online graduate and undergraduate level courses in the College of Business.

    Her classes incorporate extensive experiential learning into the course in order to provide the students with theoretical and practical knowledge.


    Awards:

    Harriet Ritz Smith Service Award (2011)

    S.A.A.C. Certificate of Appreciation Award (2011) – awarded by a student to a faculty member for support student athletes (2011)

    Shiv Gupta Excellence in Teaching Award (2009)

    Nominated for a Small Business Award - ATHENA (2009, 2012)

    Certificate of appreciation for partnership with SBDC (Awarded during National Entrepreneurship Week - 2009)

  • STUDENT ADVISING/MENTORING:

    Eduventure Integrated Marketing Communication Case Competition – Team of students finished third in the country and presented in Washington DC (Spring 2012)

    Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity – mentored a team of students for poster presentation on small business marketing (Spring 2011)

    Posters at the Capital (Spring 2011)

    A survey of small businesses in the Findlay/Hancock County area regarding the current and future media used to market their business and current marketing/advertising budget (advisor to two undergraduate students) and Setting the Stage for Social Media: Benefits and Implications of Social Media for Community Theatres in Central and Northwest Ohio (advisor to one student)

    Ohio Federation of Independent Colleges Undergraduate Research Forum (Spring 2011) A survey of small businesses in the Findlay/Hancock County area regarding the current and future media used to market their business and current marketing/advertising budget. (Faculty advisor to two undergraduate students)

    Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity – mentored a team of students to present on an Integrated Marketing Communication Plan for GMU (Spring 2010)

    Marketing Club (Spring 2005 to present) Developed a partnership with Small Business Development Center of Ohio as well as Greater Findlay, Inc. working with local small business owners to create business plans or improve their marketing strategies.  Develop leadership and creative skills in students with unique activities such as Extreme Marketing Makeovers and SWOT teams.

    Hancock Leadership -  Developed a relationship with Greater Findlay Inc.’s Hancock Leadership Director to have an undergraduate business student be a member of Hancock Leadership (Mike Shaffer 2007-2008; Shannon Lussier 2008-2009; Sara Wilson 2009-2010; Elliot Shaffer 2010-2011).

    Rotaract Club (Spring 2006 to 2008) Initiated the Rotaract Club at The University of Findlay.  Projects: Riverview Park Cleanup, Box City and Speed Leader.

    COMMUNITY SERVICE:

    Small Business Resource Center – Serve on the Board of Directors (Spring 2012-present)

    2011 Economic Summit: The Free Enterprise System – Session Moderator for ‘Getting the Work of Economic Local Development Done”

    Findlay/Hancock County Economic Development Task Force – served as the coordinator for the task force (Summer 2010)

    Small Business Assistance – coordinated 10 public and private sector organizations working together to assist entrepreneurs and current small business owners (2009 to present)

    2009 Economic Summit – Panelist for the session “The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Today's Student”

    Van Buren Public School visioning committee member and Community Relations Subcommittee (Fall 2007 – Spring 2008)

    Habitat for Humanity (Fall 2008 – Fall 2011) Restore Committee (Marketing and Public Relations subcommittee chair)

    Blanchard Valley Center (Spring 2008 – Spring 2009) Community Relations Committee

    Black Swamp Area Council (BSA) (Fall 2008)

    Business advisory board for Owens Community College Business and Information Technology (2005-present)

    Chamber of Commerce – Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Council (Spring 2006- Spring 2012), Chair (2009 and 2010)

    CERTIFICATIONS:

    Six Sigma Yellow Belt (Fall 2011) - Developed by Marathon Petroleum Company including a simulation

    Ohio Partnership for Excellence Examiner (2010)-Assistant Team Leader

    Critical Learning Assessment (May 2009)

    NxLevel Certification (May 2009) -Nationwide small business assistance certification

    Ohio Partnership for Excellence Examiner (2008) -Member of team to evaluate an organization, make site visit, and provide feedback for OPE award consideration; team was awarded ‘best feedback report’.

    Six Sigma Black Belt (Sept. 1996) - Six Sigma Academy. Two hundred training hours of statistical problem solving tools/methodology and design of experiments applied to highly visible, cost-saving projects.

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

    Six Disciplines Coach Training (Spring 2012-present)

    Community Development Foundation Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations (OANO) Standards of Excellence four-part series (Spring 2012)

  • PUBLICATIONS:

    Ward, C. Yates, D. (Spring 2013) Personal Branding and E-Professionalism.  Journal of Service Science (Volume 6, Number 1).

     Yates, D. & Ward, C (Spring 2013).  The Perception Versus The Reality Of Retirement:  Are You Ready To Retire?” Journal of Business & Economics Research (Volume 11, Number 1).

     Ward, C.  & Yates, D.   Assisting Students in gaining employable skills: Valuing and Encouraging Extracurricular Activities.  Business Education Innovation Journal (Vol. 4, No. 1, June 2012).

     Ward, C., Yates, D., & Song, J.  Blending Research And Teamwork To Enhance Undergraduate Education: Results From NSSE And Business.  American Journal of Business Education. (Vol. 5, No. 3, May/June 2012). 

     Yates, D, & Ward, C.  Are Your Personal Financial Characteristics Healthy? Journal of Business & Economics Research.  (Vol. 10, No. 4, April 2012).

     Ward, C.  Etc.:  Engagement, Technology and Collaboration.  Published in Marketing Management Association Educator’s Conference proceedings (2012). 

     Yates, D & Ward, C. Financial Literacy: Examining the knowledge transfer of personal finance from high school to college to adulthood. American Journal of Business Education (Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2011).

     Ward, C.; Yates, D., & Song, J. Examining the Relationship between the National Survey of Student Engagement and the ETS Business Major Field Test.  American Journal of Business Education (Vol. 3, No. 2, December 2010).

     Ward, C.; Yates, D., & Song, J. Exploring the relationship between student engagement and common business knowledge:  A pilot study.  American Journal of Business Education (Vol. 2, Number 9, December 2009).

     Yates, D & Ward, C. Increasing Student Engagement through Community Partnerships.  Business Education Innovation Journal (Vol. 1, No. 2, November 2009).

     Yates, D & Ward, C.  Staying on the cutting edge of active learning through real world engagement. American Journal of Business Education (Spring 2009).

     Ward, C. & Carrigan, M. Are All Forms of Scholarship Considered Equal?  Contemporary Issues in Education Research Journal (Spring 2009).

     Carrigan, M., Alex, T. & Ward, C.  Reprinted as a separate chapter in book - "The US Patriot Act, Deconstruction, Civil Liberties and Patriotism" published in State Surveillance and Privacy Expectations (2009).

     Ward, C. Learning Outcomes for University Students include Service Learning. Journal for Social Welfare and Research (Spring 2008).

     Moser, C. & Ward, C. E-Portfolios as a recruitment tool: Do employers really care? EDUCAUSE Quarterly (Fall 2008).

    Carrigan, M.., Alex, T. & Ward, C.  The U.S. Patriot Act:  Deconstruction, Civil Liberties and Patriotism. Journal of Business & Economics Research Journal (March 2008, Vol 6 #3).

  • PRESENTATIONS:     

    The 2012 Las Vegas International Academic Conference - The Perception Versus The Reality Of Retirement:  Are You Ready To Retire?” Voted Best Paper of the Session.

    The 2012 Las Vegas International Academic Conference - Personal Branding and E-Professionalism

    Presentation for the Richard E. Wilkin The Power of Portrayal.  My presentation was Building a personal brand (Fall 2012)

    The University of Findlay African Entrepreneurship Grant (Summer 2012) Presentation on how low cost research techniques for gathering competitive and consumer information.

    2012 SoTL Academy. College students raising financial literacy awareness and issues to high school students (Dr. Yates, co-presenter).  Assisting Students in Gaining Employable Skills:  Valuing and Encouraging Extracurricular Activities (Dr. Yates, co-presenter)

    The Clute Institute for our 2012 Orlando International Academic Conference.   Blending Research And Teamwork To Enhance Undergraduate Education: Results From NSSE And Business”  and“Are Your Personal Financial Characteristics Healthy?” with Dr. Yates

    COB and Play (Fall 2011) – organized an event for the College of Business to coincide with the Dr. Richard E. Wilkin Power of Play series.  

    Marketing Management Association (MMA) Fall Educator’s Conference (Fall 2011) Panelist for ‘Reaching and Teaching Millennials Effectively’

    Lima Chamber of Commerce (Spring 2011) Small business Strategy and Marketing

    Higher Learning Commission National Conference (Spring 2011) Common Threads: Making Meaningful Learning Connections Across One Campus (with Sue Brooks and Christine Denecker)

    Posters at the Capital (Spring 2011)  A survey of small businesses in the Findlay/Hancock County area regarding the current and future media used to market their business and current marketing/advertising budget (advisor to two undergraduate students) and Setting the Stage for Social Media: Benefits and Implications of Social Media for Community Theatres in Central and Northwest Ohio (advisor to one student)

    Ohio Federation of Independent Colleges Undergraduate Research Forum (Spring 2011).  A survey of small businesses in the Findlay/Hancock County area regarding the current and future media used to market their business and current marketing/advertising budget. (Faculty advisor to two undergraduate students)

    2010 Clute International Teaching and Learning Conference (Fall 2010). Examining the Relationship between the National Survey of Student Engagement and the ETS Business Major Field Test (with Dan Yates and Joon Song).  Financial Literacy: Examining the knowledge transfer of personal finance from high school to college to adulthood (with Dan Yates)

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    TL Conference (May 2010)  Why do I have to learn pricing, standard operating procedure or labor costs? (with Dan Yates)

    2009 Clute International Teaching and Learning Conference (Fall 2009)  Exploring the relationship between student engagement and common business knowledge:  A pilot study (with Dan Yates and Joon Song).  Awarded ‘Best Paper’ of the session.

    Teaching Academy Brown Bag Lunch (Fall 2009)  Have fun bringing theory to application:  Working with small businesses and non-profit organizations in the community

    2009 Scholar-Practitioner Engagement Conference (April 20, 2009)  Presentation on engaging students in the community through business courses

    ACBSP Region 4 Conference (Fall 2008).   Presentation with Dr. Dan Yates and students (Christy Sipe, Evan Miller, and Carlos Bonilla); Improving student competencies through experiential learning practices

    2008 International Business & Economics Research Conference (IBER) (Fall 2008).  Presented two papers:  Staying on the cutting edge of active learning through real world engagement with Dr. Dan Yates (Awarded ‘Best Paper’ of the session.); and Are all forms of scholarship created equal? with Dr. Martin Carrigan    

    Small Business Development Center Network Statewide Conference (November 2007).  Co-presented on “The Importance of Partnering and Networking”

    2008 International Business & Economics Research Conference (IBER) (Fall 2007). The U.S. Patriot Act:  Deconstruction, Civil Liberties and Patriotism. Co-presented paper that won best paper award

    Kibi University in Japan (July 2007) Service Learning

    ACBSP National Conference (June 2007) Partnering small business owners and students = success

    State of Ohio Small Business Expo (March 2007) Mentored students to present at the Small Business Expo in Columbus

    SoTL (April 2006).  Presentation (Faculty survey on student academic dishonesty) at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Otterbein College

    Faculty Roundtable (April 2006). Wal-Mart and their impact on society and the economy

    The University of Findlay – SIFE (February 2006). Taught computer skills to City Mission

    Wal-Mart: Pro and Con (December 2005). Coordinated videos and panel discussion.  Broadcast on WLIO Lima News as 11:00 p.m.

    Honors Satellite Seminar Series (November 2005). Topic: Born to Buy

    Managing Change (November 2005).  Conduct training for Bowling Green State University Student Services.

    Seniors Day (May 2005). China and Outsourcing

    The University of Findlay – SIFE (February 2005). Computer skills to City Mission

    The University of Findlay Academic Excellence Day (2004) Faculty survey on student academic dishonesty

    Southern Ohio Medical Center (2003) Speaker – Overview of Six Sigma and the benefits/drawbacks