p.a. announcer, professor
Dr. Bruce C. Walker, Associate Professor & Management Department Coordinator, earned his PhD at the University of Arkansas and began working at the university in 1996.
I grew up in Monroe. I graduated with a business degree from ULM in 1976, got married, moved away for 19 years, then returned to Monroe in 1995.
The prospect of working for my alma mater was very appealing. Being able to work in Monroe and take care of my aging parents (now both deceased) was a blessing.
My job allows me the opportunity to serve my students, my fellow faculty, and the community. I have incorporated several projects into my classes that have benefited several local not-for-profit organizations. My students are involved with worthwhile projects outside of the classroom, and they understand they can impact someone's life.
I have received some very positive feedback from students. I was named the first recipient of the Beta Gamma Sigma graduating students' outstanding teacher award and a student favorite in several "fun" student polls within the College of Business. Also, I was honored to be named the first recipient of the Bruce and Liz Boulware Professor of Leadership. Finally, being elected to serve as faculty senate president by fellow senators was truly an honor.
I have so many wonderful memories while working here at ULM! Whenever I hear back from former students, sometimes 5 and 10 years after graduation, it is really special to me. I have had the honor of serving under two outstanding deans during the last eight years (Ken Clow and Ron Berry), and both of these deans have encouraged me to find my voice. Dr. Cofer and Dr. Richters have both done the same thing. I have also met and worked with some truly outstanding individuals, both faculty and staff.
In my free time, I enjoy playing golf, although I really stink at it! I serve on a couple of different boards, and I teach adult education classes at my church. My biggest enjoyment is spending time with my wife and children. Two of my kids live in Washington, D.C. and one lives in the greater Los Angeles area.
I guess my favorite spot on campus would be either the Student Union Building or Starbucks because I often have the opportunity to interact with students and other faculty outside of the classroom.
If my students could leave my classroom knowing only one thing, it would be that it is attitude, not aptitude, that determines altitude. Don't ever quit.
Most people don't know that I am the public address announcer for the River Oaks Mustangs varsity football team. River Oaks is a private, pre-K-12 school in Monroe.
I worked in corporate America for about 15 years before earning my PhD. Many managers literally stumbled through the management process and did poor jobs communicating and developing employees. A few of my former managers were outstanding at motivating their employees. These things fascinated me.