Globe-La Crosse Faculty Feature: Rhonda Staats!

With this fun blog series, readers can get to know more about Globe University-La Crosse’s stellar faculty! This blog highlights Faculty Member Rhonda Staats!

Rhonda Staats (right), Healthcare Management Program Chair, chats with Assembly Representative Jill Billings (left) at Globe-La Crosse's Community Appreciation Luncheon.

Rhonda Staats (right), Healthcare Management Program Chair, chats with Assembly Representative Jill Billings (left) at Globe-La Crosse's Community Appreciation Luncheon.

What is your role at Globe University-La Crosse?

I am the Department Chair of Health Care Management (HCM) Program at Globe University-La Crosse. I enjoy teaching Healthcare Management Classes courses plus MA120, Healthcare Law and Ethics.
Rhonda Staats
How long have you been with Globe University-La Crosse?
I have been with Globe-La Crosse for two years.
Rhonda Staats
What do you enjoy most about at Globe University-La Crosse?
I enjoy the campus culture, the collegiality of faculty/staff, and the continuing support I receive from faculty and staff. I especially enjoy spending time in the classroom teaching students.
Rhonda Staats
Please share one of your favorite Globe University-La Crosse moments:
My favorite Globe-La Crosse moment of all time is what I call my Sean story:
In late December of 2010, Sean Parker, Dean of Faculty, contacted me to ask if I was still interested in teaching at Globe-La Crosse. I, of course, enthusiastically said “Yes!!” Then Sean asked me if I could start on January 4, 2010, which was only two weeks away from that original phone call date. I had to tell Sean that it would be impossible for me to start teaching at the beginning of January because, as a blind person, I needed to be able to get accessible text materials, etc. There is a lot written about when one should disclose a disability to a potential employer, and here I was disclosing before Sean knew anything else about me. I expected Sean to say, “Thank you very much, but we are looking for someone able to teach in January.” Instead, Sean arranged an interview date because Sean remained interested in talking with me. This will always be my favorite moment/event about Globe-La Crosse. I soon discovered that Sean’s attitude of acceptance carried over to all Globe-La Crosse faculty, staff, and students.
Rhonda Staats
What bit of advice would you share with the Globe University-La Crosse Students?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for assistance. It’s better to ask questions than to be kept wondering, and the question one student asks is the question for which perhaps several others need the answers. Besides, everyone needs assistance of some kind. Additionally, communicate with your instructor(s) so that we know what may be going on in your life that might have an impact on academic performance. Come to class, and turn in assignments on time!