Dunn’s work as a consultant before and as a graduate assistant while earning her master’s degree informed her switch to teaching. Her PhD research focused on the psychology of decision-making. In 2007, she joined the MSU Broad faculty, where she teaches a second-year master’s elective on negotiations and a required course on business ethics. Three years in a row, the Full-Time MBA class has given her its Outstanding Professor in an Elective Course Award.
Like many business professors, Jennifer Dunn started out as an engineer. But before long, teaching beckoned.
“I was good at math, and I came from relatively low means, so to be an engineer would mean a good, stable future,” says Dunn, an assistant professor of management at Broad who grew up in Durand, Mich. “As soon as I finished my degree, I went into consulting. I learned a lot, but it wasn’t the kind of intellectual engagement I thought it would be, and I wasn’t patient enough to bide my time in that role.”
Dunn had worked as a graduate assistant while earning her master’s degree. While teaching, she says, she felt “a lot of intrinsic motivation helping these students. When I realized consulting wasn’t for me, I still had the memory of that positive experience. I decided I wanted to teach at the college level.”
Dunn returned to school to earn her Ph.D, focusing her research on the psychology of decision-making. In 2007, she joined the faculty at MSU, where today she teaches a second-year master’s elective on negotiations and a required course on business ethics. Dunn’s love of teaching is widely noticed: Three years in a row, the Full-time MBA class has given her its Outstanding Professor in an Elective Course award.
“I like getting to interact with these students and hearing their insights and watching them pick up on something and apply it,” Dunn says. “The MBA students contribute so much. The classes are designed around the expectation that students are going to carry their weight, and they do, and that’s really fun to see.”