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Meet the MBA Faculty: Dr. Beth Berret

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Wonder who teaches in our MBA program? What these faculty members are passionate about? Where they have been published? Once a month, we’ll highlight a different faculty member and provide answers to these questions and much more. Today’s post is about Dr. Beth Berret.

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As the coordinator of the MBA program, Dr. Beth Berret is one of the first persons an incoming Alvernia MBA student meets.  She enjoys helping prospective students enroll in the MBA program and teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  She loves seeing her students learn, grow and succeed.

However, if you really want to see her face light up, ask her about The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Undergrad Experience Motivates Her to Help Students

When Berret was an undergraduate at Bloomsburg University, she belonged to a SHRM student chapter and served as the organization’s president.  The faculty adviser to that organization gave her great direction and she now says, “It’s time to pay back.”

That’s why she’s been advising Alvernia’s student SHRM chapter for the last 18 years.

Business students – both undergrad and graduate student members – may attend the monthly Berks County professional SHRM meetings, where they learn what’s happening in the field and network with professionals.

“Our MBA student members can also access SHRM’s white papers, which helps when they are researching a particular topic,” adds Dr. Berret.

Relates to the Life of the Adult Learner

A 19-year-old undergraduate student, fresh from high school and a 28-year-old graduate student are totally different when they walk into a classroom. Dr. Berret knows this from personal experience.

“It’s easy for me to address the needs of the older student, because I was that person,” she explains.

Real Life Experience Leads to Book Deal

A few years ago, Dr. Berret and department chair Dr. Scott Ballantyne would walk back and forth from main campus to Upland Center in Reading twice a week. They used those walks to plan the book they co-authored with Dr. Mary Ellen Wells, another Alvernia business professor.

Planning in Reverse (R&L Education, 2011) contains examples and insights the professors share as current practitioners in their field.

Dr. Berret has also presented papers at conferences such as the Eastern Education Research Association, The ASBBS, EERA, SHRM and others.

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