Faculty Profile: Andrew Sherwood

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Andrew Sherwood, faculty member for the Midland MBA and the newly-launched Project Management Certificate program, provides a unique teaching experience that arises from his personal, professional, and academic backgrounds.

“My professional experience has really helped me to identify some of the best needs that classes can help fill,” said Sherwood.

His background helps him carefully craft his curriculum around what will help students the most as they implement their skills in the real-world. Sherwood has been through numerous masters programs that didn’t always successfully connect teaching to application in the business world. That experience inspired him to make sure all of his classes directly tie back to industry application.

“As an example, instead of just telling students what a Kanban board is, I bring them to Mutual of Omaha so they can see how we use it in our project rooms. Instead of lecturing on content from a book, I bring in a guest speaker that is a local industry expert on the topic,” said Sherwood.

The hybrid MBA program at Midland allows faculty like Sherwood to bring their business knowledge into the classrooms. With this flexibility, he can design his lectures the way he thinks students will most benefit from in class.

“I think there is a very wide gap between current state business education and real world applicability, and I have a passion for helping to bridge that gap,” said Sherwood, “Working as an adjunct professor is a great way that I can help be a part of the solution here instead of simply complaining about the problem.”

At Midland, Sherwood teaches Project Management and Business Process Methodologies, and leads Project Management Certificate students through preparation for Project Management Institute exams. He also leads the team of mentors for the Global Consulting Capstone. Sherwood works as lead faculty for the Project Management Certificate program, graduate coursework which aligns closely with the MBA program.

In hiring faculty for the MBA program, Midland University most values professional experience. MBA faculty members represent some of the largest companies regionally and nationally, and draw on that experience to open up networking opportunities for students. Having professional faculty members instructing MBA students makes the program stand out from programs taught solely by traditional academics. 

“Our faculty truly cares about the classroom experience, we don’t see classes as a necessary evil that allows us to also research our chosen topic,” said Sherwood.

Sherwood’s career path has given him real-world experiences in multiple business fields, all of which he passes onto his students. Currently, Sherwood serves as a Project Manager in the Retirement Plans Division of Mutual of Omaha, and he has also gained worked extensively with Lincoln Financial Group and Fidelity and Guaranty Life. Additionally, Sherwood is certified as a Project Management Professional, a PMI-Agile Certified Professional, a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a Certified Scrum Professional and a Certified Scrum Master.

In Sherwood’s career experience and impressive list of designations, having an MBA helped him stand out and he believes that’s still true today.

“Earning a MBA is a great way to say; I am intelligent, I see my goals through to completion, I understand most aspects of business, and I care about having a good career. You can say all of those important things with just three letters,” said Sherwood.

As faculty, his professional and personal experiences become valuable to all students, making him and his fellow faculty members essential components to the Midland MBA program.

To learn more about how you can maximize your own potential with faculty like Professor Sherwood, get in touch with Admissions, either by calling (402) 941-6226 or sending an email to Admissions@MBA.MidlandU.Edu.

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