Susan   Wienand

Adjunct Lecturer, Project Management

 

Biography
Professor Wienand is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Information Science and Systems.  She earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and an MA degree in Management and Supervision, and has held PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential since 1999. 

Professor Wienand has managed technical projects, programs, and teams most of her career, which includes active and reserve military service (Army), federal government engineering and project management positions, and private sector project management and consulting experience.  She has been "hands-on" with a wide variety of projects - from military system development and test and Superfund remedial engineering to technical litigation support and human capital management planning.

Professor Wienand has previously designed and delivered onsite graduate- and undergraduate-level Project Management and Procurement Management courses, and has experience with online graduate-level project management instruction.  She has also taught PMP®-preparation classes online and onsite at a variety of locations since 2004.

  

Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy has its basis in my own experience and the nature of project management (PM) work.  The parallels of teaching PM to being a Project Manager are significant for me.  I encourage a class of diverse students, not unlike a multi-disciplined project team, to participate and collaborate to get the most out of their learning.  Similar to planning and executing scopes of work as project manager for commercial and government clients, my responsibility as an instructor is to develop and provide a stimulating learning experience to facilitate understanding and mastery of course objectives by the students.  Therefore, my goal, as with my project clients, is to ensure that their expectations have been met - not only have course objectives as strictly written been achieved, but the value of the subject matter has been uniquely and successfully absorbed by each student.  I am thrilled to see students complete a course competent in its technical content as well as confident in their ability to integrate their new skills into everyday practice.