Texas Tech University

Rawls PhD student accepted into Texas Tech TEACH Fellowship Program

January 9, 2012

Rawls College of Business PhD Student, Joseph Derby, has been accepted into the prestigious and highly competitive Texas Tech TEACH Fellowship Program. The annual program, sponsored by the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center which helps faculty become better teachers, is available to graduate students who also serve as part-time instructors. Students are then nominated by faculty members who recognize their exceptional efforts.

"Joseph quickly became an integral part of the Personal Selling and Sales Management emphasis in the Area of Marketing," said Marketing Area Coordinator Dr. Bob McDonald. "His efforts have also earned him the Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Teaching Award. We will sorely miss Joe when he graduates."

Students in Derby's Sales Management course are able to learn directly from someone who boasts more than 24 years of experience in the chemical and battery industries. Despite his prominent success in the business world, Derby's love of teaching and academics made the Texas Tech PhD program a natural fit for him.

"I love the feeling when students 'get it'," said Derby. "I truly enjoy helping students learn."

Concentrating his studies in Marketing, Derby is also pleased to ply his trade amongst so many talented researches and academicians.

"There are so many talented students, instructors and faculty here at the Rawls College of Business," said Derby, "I feel very blessed to learn and work beside them."

Derby is set to finish his PhD program in 2013.