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Dr. Terry Coalter

Dr. Terry Coalter

Associate Professor of Finance

"For long-term success, integrity, hard work and continued learning become more and more important."

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Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – University of Texas at Arlington, 1997
  • MBA – Oklahoma City University, 1991
  • JD – University of Arkansas, 1988
  • B.S. – Hendrix College, 1984
  • A.S. – North Arkansas College, 1982
  • A.A. – North Arkansas College, 1981

Career Highlights:

Started out as a small business owner, worked as a consultant, attorney and business advisor before becoming a college professor.

Which class do you teach online?

Employment Law.

What do you want your students to take away from class?

A fundamental understanding of employment law with a foundation for a lifetime of professional interaction.

Why did you start teaching?

In my case, it was a calling. I don't think I could be happy doing anything else.

What advice would you give to your online students?

Don't assume "online" means "easy." In an online environment, the student becomes much more responsible for learning—there's no one to take you by the hand and lead you to the wealth of knowledge available. You must take control of learning.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the business world?

That depends at least somewhat on how you define success. Intelligence, base knowledge and really understanding the fundamentals. Short term that will create success. For long term success, integrity, hard work and continued learning become more and more important.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.

What do you do when you need a laugh?

Spend time with friends.

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