Department of Business Administration
Meet Dr. Amir Toosi
Dean of Business Administration
D.B.A., Argosy University/Schaumburg
MBA, Heidelberg University
B.S., Eastern Illinois University
- General Management
- Leadership and Ethics
- Researching Methods and Decision Making
- Strategic Management
Dr. Amir Toosi’s work experience has been within both the corporate and higher education fields. Dr. Toosi has continued his career path within the leadership roles and teaching within the higher education field via the traditional model, distance education model, and hybrid model. He is a member of Academy of Management and The Association of Continuing Higher Education.
Dr. Toosi's background experience in the corporate industry is in international and domestic telecommunication consultant in logistics, assembly, and project management; independent consultant in strategic management, operation management, statistical research, and entrepreneurship; and property management at a real estate investment firm.
My desire to enrich the lives of students and equip them with the skills and knowledge to begin their career journeys motivated me to make this choice within high education industry.
I believe an instructor is a facilitator and a subject matter expert of the knowledge and its relationship to market demand, student needs, and the learning capacity of the students. My function in a classroom and in a university environment at large is to serve as an instructional facilitator and a mentor. The primary focus in this role is the student, and providing effective and reflective teaching.
As an instructor of learning we need to be aware that students have different learning styles and come from a variety of academic backgrounds. One teaching method may not be appropriate for all students. Technology based applications and other methods of instructional delivery may be different for different classes. There are many proven methods and tools available that a faculty member can utilize to best serve group and individual student needs. One method I strongly support is forging partnerships with professionals from local industry, such that they can serve as mentors and/or team members on team projects. This would bring to the learning environment real-world experiences to enrich students understanding of the career paths they are pursuing. I believe in a curriculum that systematically integrates student’s knowledge gained from different courses and different disciplines into their existing courses and applies that knowledge and experience to the corporate world. I believe students need to be encouraged and given opportunities to extend themselves in applying their knowledge. An on-going formative assessment protocol should be utilized to make any necessary revisions to program curricula, student requirements, and teaching methodologies.
I also believe that an instructor’s role is not only limited to effective instructional delivery. In my work experience, I became acutely aware of the critical importance of the administrative and organizational responsibilities an instructor must fulfill to ensure both student and institutional success.
In summary, I believe that students come first. In order to ensure their success, it is critical that they: (1) receive instruction in an appropriate form tailored to their individualized needs; (2) understand the real-world application of the skills and concepts they are learning; (3) are taught in an environment that closely emulates the world of work; and (4) learn from their experience and be able to constantly evaluate, modify, and apply their learning experiences.