Omer Genc

omer_foto_FotorDepartment:  Marketing & International Business

Hometown:  I grew up in a small town, Siirt, in southeast Turkey.

Roommates (family, friends, pets):  I live with my wife, Ebru, and two daughters, Zumra and Ceyda.

What are your guilty pleasures (junk food/TV/etc.):  I love watching sports, especially soccer. It is a lot of fun to watch a game with some snacks that I normally shouldn’t eat.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I wanted to be different things at different times when I was a child. But, my favorite one was probably becoming a teacher.

What was your major in undergrad?  Business Administration, from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

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:  Snow, by Orhan Pamuk

–        Movie:  Cast Away

–        TV Series:  Grey’s Anatomy

–        Food item:  Chocolate

–       Musician/Album:  Sami Yusuf

What were you doing before you came to Minnesota State University –Mankato?

I was a PhD student at Temple University since 2008. I was also teaching during the last two years.

Why did you decide to pursue teaching?

We always do (should) learn new things and develop ourselves. However, this knowledge does not mean anything unless you use or share it. I think teaching is a great way to use your knowledge and transfer it. Helping others to learn new things and make an influence on their lives attracted me the most. I also love interacting with young people full of energy.

What classes are you teaching?

Principals of International Business

International Marketing

Export Administration (spring)

Favorite Quote:

“If you grant me a pen, I shall destroy swords and spears”

– Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi