The Stiller School approach to business education is different. Starting the weekend of Orientation, we begin to help students discover their own passions and build connections with our faculty and staff. Regardless of major, all SSB students gain comprehensive foundation of traditional business disciplines—emphasizing concepts such as social responsibility, innovation, and positive organization development.
The Stiller School intentionally seeks and incorporates employer and alumni perspectives to maintain a relevant business curriculum. Coupled with learning about, and applying, your own strengths and interests, the resulting education and experiences prepare graduates to thrive in the workplace, with a professional background that brings value to any organization.
The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is a globally recognized resource for positive organization development, and we're pleased to offer its facilities to students as a Stiller Center of Experience.
The AI Center is the only academic-based center in the world that focuses directly on Appreciative Inquiry and its strengths-based framework for positive organization development, management, and personal growth. Their mission is to educate students, practitioners, and leaders to be the best in the world at seeing the best in themselves and their organizations.
"What I like most about working for the Center is that I get to witness business being used as a force of good in the world firsthand. It's amazing to experience."
- Madison Kopeck,'19 // International Business major // AI Center Marketing and Communications Intern
The Stiller School's unique Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides Champlain student entrepreneurs with assistance in moving their business (or business concept) forward. Through personalized mentorship with expert faculty and seasoned entrepreneurs, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides opportunities to gain valuable feedback while developing your own concepts and helps students build self confidence, including through Elevator Pitch and LaunchVT competitions, in which students pitch their ideas for a business as succinctly and convincingly as possible.
"Champlain does this event called the Elevator Pitch. I got to pitch them my idea for a non-profit. Practice like that helped with my speaking skills."
- Bekemeh Airewele, '19 // Marketing major
Our faculty members' combination of extensive professional experience and academic expertise provides Stiller students with the distinct advantage of learning the industry's current best practices, techniques, and technology by reconciling theory with application. Our instructors are innovators and leaders in their fields, as well as passionate mentors and advocates for their students.
Stiller School faculty focus on building strong relationships with their students and providing them personal attention and mentorship throughout their time at Champlain. They approach teaching and advising with a student-centered mindset that focuses on helping students learn to recognize their individual strengths and passions, thus empowering them to learn and grow personally and professionally in an environment that is simultaneously challenging and meaningful, applicable and rewarding.
As a result, SSB students thrive and graduate well-equipped with the skills and sensibilities they need to build the specific career futures they seek.
"The professors here are very available and willing to answer any questions that you have. Since classes are small, your professors actually know your name and things about you, and this makes it a lot easier to talk with them and less intimidating overall."
- Kathryn Markert, '19 // Management & Innovation
In our competitive world, it takes more than a specific business skill set to succeed. That's why each major in the Stiller School features opportunities to experience hands-on internships, marketplace projects, simulations, and case studies. SSB students are able to work in local businesses (many with international scope) and global professional settings, including through study abroad at our two campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, as well as many other locations around the world.
The Stiller School receives a prestigious grant each year from the Freeman Foundation, which allows students to travel to Shanghai, China; Kyoto, Japan; and other locations in Asia, to complete professional summer internships at minimal out-of-pocket costs.
The global perspective SSB students gain from exposure to business within the international marketplace provides invaluable professional experience and learning opportunity which they may not have otherwise encountered.
"The Freeman Foundation grant provided me and 25 fellow students with a great opportunity to spend two months interning at Chinese companies while experiencing authentic Chinese culture. My internship experience provided me with a cumulative opportunity to integrate all I have learned at Champlain College and apply it in a practical setting."
- Zhomart Dairov, '18 // Business Administration and Finance major
Regardless of major, all Robert P. Stiller School of Business students share a core business curriculum that includes: