Department: Management – Edina campus
Hometown: I grew up in Hennepin, IL, but have now lived for 14 years in Redwing, MN.
Roommates (family, friends, pets): I have a husband, Mike Walk, and Hungarian sheep dogs (Puli).
What are your guilty pleasures (junk food/TV/etc.): Watching Bones and Duck Dynasty. Also, I love to go to Bev’s Café in Redwing and get fresh cheese curds from Wisconsin.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be rich, because I grew up very poor. Either that or be the queen of Denmark, but neither one of those happened.
What was your major in undergrad?
My first degree was a two year registered nursing degree. I was going to go to veterinary school so I got a BA in Animal Science, but I decided that I wouldn’t like that. Plus, it cost too much money and there were no scholarships available. I went on to get a Masters in Quantitative Dairy Genetics with a minor in Statistics. Then I got my PhD from the Human Resources and Industrial Relations department of Carlson school at the U of M in several different areas including Econometrics, Labor Market Analysis, and a minor in IO Psychology.
Desert Island Categories:
(If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could pick one item for each category to have with you, what would you choose?)
– Book: I love reading, so it would take me about a month to pick just one!
– Movie: Gone with the Wind
– TV Series: NCIS or Bones
– Musician: Bonnie Raitt
– Food: It’s a competition between strong Italian roast coffee, chocolate, and a good Chardonnay.
Why did you decide to pursue teaching?
I’m really interested in the things that I learned about in grad school and do research on, so I like teaching people about them. I think it makes people more effective on their jobs and productive leaders.
What has been your favorite teaching moment?
I think there have been a lot of them. I would define them as when you are interacting with a student and see the light go on in their eyes. It’s then that you know they understand.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt