Founding Director, TennTLC Faculty Scholar
Dr. David Schumann, the William J. Taylor Distinguished Professor of Business, is the TennTLC’s inaugural director.
Schumann earned his bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Arizona, a master’s in counseling education at Arizona State University, and a master’s and doctorate in social psychology at the University of Missouri. He joined the UT faculty in the College of Business Administration as an applied psychologist in 1985 and has served as both department head for Marketing and Logistics and senior associate dean of the CBA. Most recently he was responsible for co-creating and co-directing the CBA Global Leadership Scholar’s Program (undergraduate honors). His research has been published in the leading scientific journals in his field (consumer psychology) and he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Twelve years ago he started the CBA’s mandatory, two-credit doctoral teaching preparation seminar for Ph.D. students and during this time he also implemented a teaching preparation program for executives who wish to make the transition into academia and college teaching.
As director of the center, he has overseen three year’s growth of services, including the co-sponsored 3-week summer teaching institute (with OIT Instructional Services), a new faculty teaching institute, faculty inquiry groups, unit and university workshops, and the creative teaching grant program, as well as the inauguration of the Institute for Reflective Practice, directed by Dr. John Peters. Recently, he has addressed faculty and administrators in his talks on “Co-Creation of Value in the Classroom: Building Partnerships that Enhance Student Learning.”