Dr. Robert M. Rupe is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Professional Studies at Ashford University. He earned his PhD in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University. His studies focused on human performance improvement methods for increasing the vitality and effectiveness of organizations and people, adult learning and training, organizational interventions, and personal coaching. His doctoral research examined the relationship between managers’ leadership styles and employee satisfaction levels. He has two Master’s degrees from Amberton University, an MS in Human Resources and Training and an MA in Professional Counseling. His undergraduate work was completed at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Dr. Rupe’s experience spans over 20 years in the private sector. He has served as both an entrepreneur in small business and as a consultant for large international organizations. He taught graduate level business, leadership, education, and counseling classes for multiple universities before coming to Ashford, where he teaches business and organizational courses. His core areas of experience and interest in the subjects of business and organization are change, culture, behavior and psychology, leadership, learning, performance improvement, coaching, and human resources.
His favorite thing about teaching is helping and encouraging students to achieve their goals and enrich their lives. He says, “I like to make the connection between the real world and the course topics so that students can immediately apply what they learn, share their own experiences, and make new discoveries. Ultimately this creates a rich learning experience that goes beyond the classroom and makes academic topics more relevant and practical for our adult learners.” He adds, “I know at Ashford I am working with an organization that is truly leading the pack in terms of serving working adults and professionals.” In addition to teaching, Dr. Rupe enjoys helping others through executive and career coaching, faith-based counseling, ministry work in the community, and occasional consulting work with small businesses and non-profits.