Spring 2009 |
Business Management and Entrepreneurship Instructor
Who: Carol Gottuso
Academic Program: Business
Classes taught: Principles of Marketing, Principles of
Management, Introduction to Business and International Business
Hobbies: Landscaping and gardening, being a soccer mom,
"The most rewarding part about my job is when there is some clear
evidence that the students understand," said Gottuso. "The look on
their face—they understand. It´s rewarding because I made a
difference that day."
Some people know they want to be teachers at an early age. Others take more
of an indirect path to reach their teaching destination. MCC instructor
Carol Gottuso took the indirect path.
Gottuso first started teaching at Wichita State after years of marketing
for a corporation. "I left corporate America to start teaching,"
said Gottuso. "I had a family and had always wanted to teach. It was
Some twists and turns in the road of life brought her from Kansas to Omaha.
The move to Omaha brought her nearer to her family and also dropped her back in
corporate America. After 5-6 more years of corporate experience, Gottuso came
across a full-time teaching position at MCC. "I had a really strong
desire to teach again, but full-time teaching positions are few and far
between." She jumped at the chance.
Gottuso recognized the value of her corporate experience. "I´m
glad that I had the path I did," said Gottuso. "I didn´t plan
it that way but working in between teaching was a benefit."
In addition to teaching students the ins and outs of business, Gottuso has
been a driving force for a strong international business program at MCC. Last
fall, she and a student had the opportunity to visit a sister school in
Germany as a part of a grant-funded international business pilot course.
Gottuso hopes there will be more courses and trips like this because of the
importance of international business in society.
"International business, because of our environment, is just as
critical to have some exposure as it is to have accounting, finance,
etc.," said Gottuso. "The business toolbox is incomplete without at
least one international class for a broad perspective."
From her career path to her passion for international business, Gottuso
still knows it´s the students that make her job worthwhile. "The
most rewarding part about my job is when there is some clear evidence that
the students understand," said Gottuso. "The look on their
face—they understand. It´s rewarding because I made a difference