Have you ever wondered who was in charge of the Online division at Globe University? Well, the wait is over.
Online Campus Director Chris Schmitz took a few minutes out of his busy day to sit down and share with us a little about himself, why he does what he does, and what he loves the most about his job.
What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in social studies education-history emphasis from St. Cloud State University. I am finishing my masters in sports administration this spring, also from St. Cloud State University.
What sort of professional experience did you have before becoming the Online Campus Director?
My professional background is a little all over the place. I spent time working as an assistant manager at Valvoline Instant Oil change, worked in retail sales at Sears before getting into coaching Football.
I spent a year and a half as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State, coaching the inside linebackers. From there I went to the University of St. Thomas and coached the outside linebackers. During most of this time I was also enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard. I spent nine years in the military, but was fortunate to only have to leave the country for one peacekeeping tour in Bosnia in 2003.
In 2009, I started at Globe University as an admissions representative. I spent most of my admission days working with veterans, military personnel and their family members. In October 2009, I was promoted to be an associate director of admissions and lead a team of representatives. I continued to do this, and eventually added a Broadview University recruiting team to my responsibilities.
In April 2011 I was fortunate enough to earn a promotion and became the director of admissions for the Online Division. I remained in this position until January 2014, when I became the new Campus Director for the Online division. What I have found out is that even though each of my previous positions were very different from one other, all of them have added some skill or tool that I use in my current position.
As a campus director, what are some of your primary responsibilities?
I recently was visiting with a fellow campus director, and they stated that our job description should read “90 percent duties as needed, and 10 percent of the items laid out…”.
In reality though, my primary responsibility is to provide a great learning environment for the students, and healthy work environment for the employees. I am able to do all of this with the help from the amazing staff we have here, and the great leadership that is provide by the department leaders. I was fortunate to inherit a team that is so seasoned and successful. In most cases, the most important job for the campus director is to hire the right people, and then make smart decisions that help students and employees.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Currently, I have to say that the pace of the job is what I really enjoy. It is a quick pace throughout the whole day, with very little repetitive situations.
I also like to empower people to take chances and try new things in an attempt to continuously improve our students’ educational experience. Another thing that I do get to do from time-to-time is to work out solutions for difficult situations. Those are the days I feel like we really made an impact.
If you could give your students one piece of advice on how to succeed in the Online classroom, what would it be?
To be honest, I think the best advice that I can give students on how to be successful in the classroom is something I would tell them to do in every aspect of their lives. To be successful you have to have self-disciplined. This is what keeps you from having late assignments, or rushing through things at the last minute. It is also what keeps you doing the research, instead of being on Facebook. Developing these habits will also be what helps you become successful in the work place after graduation.
What are some things you enjoy doing outside of your role as the campus director?
I don’t do a whole lot beyond spending time with my family and working. I am married with four children so we are on the go, a lot. I also really enjoy either watching or coaching my kids in their various activities. This last year I was able to coach a 5th grade football team. It was different than what I was used to, but a lot of fun. I also really enjoy following the NFL, in particular “Da Bears.” Growing up in Iowa, I have always been a Chicago sports fan, and the Bears have always been my favorite.