KU News Release

March 2, 2011
Contact: Christie Appelhanz, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 785-864-3516

Inaugural ‘Professor for a Day’ combines best of business practitioners and academics

Bob Reinheimer

LAWRENCE — The leader of a global learning and development company will share his expertise with University of Kansas students and faculty as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ inaugural participant in its Professor for a Day program.

Bob Reinheimer, Duke Corporate Education executive director, brings experience gained leading the organization’s efforts to design and deliver educational experiences for global clients to KU today and Thursday, March 3.

The visit marks a return to his alma mater where he earned a doctorate in communication studies in 1976. Reinheimer said he is excited to give something back to the school that gave him so much during his years of graduate study.

“I’m eager to help students see that there is a very real connection between the liberal arts education they are receiving now and their eventual ability to help a wide variety of organizations take on the global challenges that lie ahead,” he said.

Reinheimer specializes in teaching about building competitive advantage by aligning leadership, people, values, processes and systems to accomplish business unit strategy. He is frequently involved with international audiences having taught in more than 20 countries.

Reinheimer’s current focus is design and delivery work for companies like RWE AG (the largest electric utility in Europe), Australia New Zealand Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ING and EQUATE, the Kuwaiti national petrochemical company.

From 1983 to 2001, he was professor of the practice of management at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Before Duke, Reinheimer served on the faculty of the University of Virginia and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

“The Professor for a Day program will inspire students and faculty by offering a unique perspective on professional life from a select group of our most distinguished graduates,” said Danny Anderson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We are proud to have this opportunity to highlight how a liberal arts education at KU prepared Dr. Reinheimer to help organizations address real-world business challenges.”

Wednesday, March 2

3-3:50 p.m. — Introduction to Organizational Communication class with Suzy D’Enbeau, assistant professor of communication studies

4-5 p.m. — Coffee and conversation with doctoral students in communication studies

Thursday, March 3

9:30-10:45 a.m. — The Rhetorical Tradition class with Dave Tell, assistant professor of communication studies

1-2:15 p.m. Forms and Styles of American Public Discourse class with Tell

2-3:30 p.m. — Discussion with Jayhawk Consulting students and Wally Meyer, director of entrepreneurship programs for the School of Business

4-5 p.m. — Innovative Experiential Learning and Leadership, a roundtable discussion with College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty

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