Ismay Czarniecki is a senior professional lecturer and an adviser in the School of Management. She teaches Business 100, also known as Introduction to Business, and Business 301, which is Human Resource Management. She also teaches an online marketing class. She taught at Marist as an adjunct for 11 years in the ‘80s and ‘90s and has been a full-time lecturer since 2008.
What is your favorite part of teaching at Marist?
Marist is an organization that really does live its values. The emphasis on community means, for me personally, that I make a personal commitment to every student that comes into the classroom to enhance their learning experience as much as possible and to try to meet them where they are. I try to help them, especially the freshmen, get into the groove of the heightened level of expectations that we have at the college level. Also, even though the college has become so much bigger than it was years ago, there is still a very strong emphasis on community. We keep our class sizes small so there’s that relationship that develops between the instructor and the student.
What’s the most common struggle you see for students in terms of adjusting to college life?
Time management. I talk about that issue in my Business 100 class. I try to guide them and let them know when their workload isn’t being managed. That’s something that is a pretty big struggle for some of the new students sometimes.
What do you enjoy about advising?
It’s a great source of intrinsic satisfaction for me, and the reason for that has to do with the fact that I’ve raised two boys who didn’t always take my advice, so now I can sit back and say, “you know, there are people now who actually have to make an appointment to hear my opinion and take my advice!” but now, of course, they’re finally old enough to appreciate my input.
Does the department have any exciting projects or events coming up?
We’re in the process of formalizing our assessment process because we’re up for reaccreditation from the AACSB (American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business). We’ve been doing the assessment for quite some time, but now we have a process in place that actually helps everyone be aware of when it’s due, how it’s done, and what makes the data much more user-friendly. In the School of Management, we are also very involved in providing career development opportunities for our students, and we do that by encouraging them to belong to and join the ethics team, participate in the case competitions that we run, and the career trek opportunity in which students are invited to go to NYC and meet our alumni who set up appointments with their companies and provide networking opportunities. So, we have a lot of exciting career growth opportunities for our students.
What else are you involved in on campus?
I’m the moderator for SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management on campus, which is a student chapter of a professional society. I think it’s very valuable because it gives the students that are serious about human resource management the opportunity to network within a local chapter and across the nation.
What advice do you have for incoming students who are interested in Human Resource Management?
I would say don’t worry about choosing an area of concentration right away. If you’re serious about Business, you don’t have to choose a concentration because you’ll probably go through several considerations and that takes time. And recognize that your adviser is on your side and almost expects you to change your mind a few times.
Written by Shannon Donohue '17
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Academic School: Management
Campus: New York