Professor Joseph O'Grady has taught nearly a dozen different business courses at Champlain College over the past 26 years. Currently he focuses on Human Resource Management, Problem Analysis & Decision Making, and Creativity & Innovation in Business. "Our distinctive new degree program in Management & Innovation from the Stiller School of Business recognizes the future belongs to those with the talent and ambition to out-innovate the rest of the world. I am proud to be teaching in such a leading edge program!" said Joe, enthusiastically. He also served a three-year term as Chair of the former Division of Business. In 2005-2007 he was awarded the Edward P. Lyman Professorship in recognition of his outstanding contributions to teaching, service and student engagement.
Before Champlain, he worked in various positions in the public and private sectors in two countries. For two years, he participated in research at the University of Vermont studying Vermont's farm and rural economy and guest lecturing in economics classes. While there, he developed an innovative methodology to measure the economic value of honeybee pollination to a rural economy. This model has been applied by agronomists in four continents and cited by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Joe also worked in golf and resort operations, as a market researcher, and as a consultant with the Small Business Administration. He began his career as a business analyst with the Canadian government.
Joe's education includes: a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island; a Master's degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State University; and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Vermont. He is nationally certified as a "Senior Professional in Human Resources" (SPHR).
Joe lives in Burlington with his family. He reads extensively, does home repairs, follows Notre Dame football, practices thinking like Sherlock Holmes, samples craft brews, and strives to learn the banjo. He also volunteers as a board member of Young Tradition Vermont, a non-profit that promotes traditional music for young people and hosts events to raise funds for families of children with cancer.
Long before motor scooters became cool (again), Joe was an avid "scooterist." For the past 18 years he has commuted to Champlain on his trusty 1993 Honda scooter. "It gets 90 mpg, it leaves a light footprint on the earth, and we can always find a parking spot!" You might also be surprised to know that he holds dual citizenships in Canada and the United States.