Supervisor, Information Management and Managerial Economics
Bob Moreland has melded his classical music training, long standing interest in historic architecture and the associated visual arts fields, the performing arts and his multifaceted business background into his teaching of the core curriculum courses at Columbia College.
Bob’s love for teaching was fostered during his years in graduate school, and led to his joining the faculty at Columbia as an adjunct in 2002. At Columbia, Bob teaches at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels.
In the business arena, Bob has worked in Investment Management, Consulting, and Investment Banking operations in Chicago, St. Louis, and New York City. During those years in investment management, Bob published over a dozen articles and spoke at as many industry conferences on issues facing institutional (and personal) investors. Bob’s current research interests involve the effective financial management of Arts organizations, with a specific focus on the not-for-profit sector.
Within the investment management field, Bob concentrated on the more entrepreneurial areas of finance, including venture capital and buyout activities. This entrepreneurial background has facilitated his ability to join and guide the Entrepreneurship Club as the faculty advisor through its reformation and re-launch in mid-2010. Subsequent to the re-launch, the E-Club has built its membership, and sponsored a number of successful, well attended events on campus, with numerous other such events in the planning phase.
Since the spring semester of 2010, Bob has served as the supervisor of the Computer Uses for Managers course, redesigning the curriculum and the focus of the class. Consistent with the curriculum change, the class will officially be re-named “Information Management” at the outset of the fall semester of 2011.
Bob was also named Supervisor of the Managerial Economics class, beginning Fall 2011 semester. In that capacity Bob (and the part-time faculty teaching that class) are developing numerous examples and in class exercises that demonstrate how “traditional” economic principles and methods of analysis are directly applicable to the management of Arts, Media, Music, and Fashion centric businesses. Bob is overseeing changes to the class such that there will be standardization across sections, and that the content would be (more) relevant for students outside the AEMM and Fashion Studies concentrations. He holds a B.S. in Economics, Finance, and Management Science and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois