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Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program Adds Qualified Candidates to the Management Education Faculty Pool

October 2012

In response to one of the most fundamental challenges facing business schools today, the Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program, endorsed by AACSB, graduated a combined 18 participants from Virginia Tech (Virginia, USA) and the University of Florida (Florida, USA). To date, the Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program has added 181 qualified doctorates to the business school faculty pool.

AACSB's Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program provides intensive training to doctoral faculty from non-business disciplines, and prepares them to teach courses in accounting and finance, marketing, management, supply-chain management, international business, and entrepreneurship. AACSB's endorsement ensures that each program adheres to a rigorous set of standards, and serves as a bridge to facilitate the transition of these scholars into faculty positions in management education.

The Virginia Tech Bridge Program offers management education tracks in finance, management, and marketing. On August 3, 2012, three people graduated from the finance track. Each holds a doctorate degree from a variety of business-related fields including law, economics, and econometrics and are now initially qualified to teach in the field of finance.

The University of Florida Bridge Program offers study modules in accounting and finance, marketing and management, and international business and entrepreneurship. Fifteen participants graduated from the program on July 15, 2012. Each holds a doctorate degree from a variety of business-related fields including political science, organic chemistry, psychology, sociology, education, linguistics, and history.

The graduates have earned a certificate of completion indicating that they are initially qualified to teach in their respective business discipline for five years from the date of graduation. In order to maintain academic qualification, each graduate must perform appropriate teaching and research activities.

"Graduates from the Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program have gained sufficient preparation through course work and research, and we congratulate them on their recent achievement," said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. "The Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program continues to demonstrate its value as an innovative system that prepares highly motivated educators and superior researchers, for disciplines that are in great need of academically qualified faculty worldwide."

For more information on the program or its recent graduates, visit: www.aacsb.edu/bridgetobusiness.