Professor Joseph O'Grady has taught nearly a dozen different business courses during his 30+ year career at Champlain College. Currently he focuses on courses in Human Resource Management, Problem Analysis & Decision Making and Creativity & Innovation in Business. Joe was a co-founder of the Stiller School's distinctive degree program in Management & Innovation. Its unique curriculum recognizes that success in business belongs to individuals and organizations with the vision and talent to out-innovate the rest of the world. Joe has served as chair of the Division of Business and he has been highly active in curriculum development and service work to the College. Currently he serves as the College's first faculty Ombudsman, providing advice and support to faculty on College policies and helping to resolve concerns and conflicts. Joe is a past recipient of the College's Edward P. Lyman Professorship in recognition for his outstanding contributions to teaching, service and student engagement at Champlain.
Joe says the most satisfying thing about teaching in the Stiller School of Business is watching his students grow in expertise, confidence and career direction during their time here. In particular he enjoys seeing alumni return to our annual campus job fairs to recruit new employees for their own organizations. His students appreciate his broad business expertise and his dedication to teaching and mentoring. He emphasizes that a strong business degree must offer much more than practical knowledge for a first job; it should provide a new lens for perceiving the world, interpreting events, and framing problems and opportunities. Joe embraces Peter Drucker's insightful observation that "every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise." In their very first class, students in his senior-level Problem Analysis & Decision Making course get acquainted with the empowering concept of seeking out "probortunities!"
Before joining Champlain, Joe worked in various positions in the public and private sectors in both Canada and the USA. For two years, he participated in research at the University of Vermont studying the state's farm and rural economy and guest lecturing in economics classes. While at UVM, he developed an innovative methodology to measure the economic value of honeybee pollination to a rural economy. Joe also worked in golf course and resort operations as a market researcher and as a consultant with the U.S. Small Business Administration. He began his career as a business and policy analyst with the federal government in Canada.
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. For many years he has maintained national certification as a "Senior Professional in Human Resources" (SPHR).
Joe and his family live in Burlington. In his down time he creates and tinkers in his home workshop, follows Notre Dame football, plucks his banjo, reads extensively, rides his motor scooter, practices thinking like Sherlock Holmes and samples Vermont's many fine craft brews. He and his family enjoy spending summer vacations on the shoreline of his birthplace, Prince Edward Island. You might be surprised to know that Joe holds dual citizenships in Canada and the United States!