Faculty Focus: Dr. Scott Dust

Dr. Scott Dust, Assistant Professor of Management

The College of Business and Technology is pleased to announce this semester's faculty focus is none other than Dr. Scott Dust! A prominent researcher and assistant professor of management at Eastern Kentucky University, Dr. Dust is very active in student collaboration and engagement. He makes a devoted effort to give his students not just his own teaching philosophies, but a real world understanding of them as well.

Dr. Dust earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and later completed his Master’s Degree in Business also at Kelly. He went on to complete his PhD in Organizational Behavior at Drexel University. Organizational behavior is a subdivision of the management field that looks closer at the psychology aspect of leadership.

Dr. Dust now uses these skills in his second year here at EKU; commuting all the way from Cincinnati, he teaches three classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Principles of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurial Leadership.  

Entrepreneurial Leadership is a new class developed by Dr. Dust himself, combining his experience teaching in the classroom and his own research. The class focuses on nurturing a greater sense of self-awareness and a greater appreciation for context through contingency-based thinking. The course challenges students to use cognitive ambidexterity – the ability to use both prediction logic and creative logic to problem solve. The course puts students through a variety of experiential learning opportunities where they can engage in crisis leadership, shared leadership, and servant leadership. All of these experiences are sure to be encountered in the future workplace.

Dr. Dust also has coached teams, not just in business theory, but in real world applications, for Idea State University, and Alltech Business Competitions.  These courses and activities encourage our student s to think at a higher level, and achieve larger accomplishments.

Student Daniel Marifjeren is one example. Inspired by Dr. Dust, Marifjeren designed an EKU-branded USB bracelet for EKU’s computer science program. The project gave Daniel invaluable entrepreneurial experience and helped him land a new job as a web developer!

RESEARCH STATEMENT

Dr. Dust also stays busy with his own active research.  He is currently looking into how the awareness of self, other, and context can positively impact the workplace. A current project investigates the role of ethical mindfulness. His work illustrates that mindfulness – non-judgmental awareness and the ability to notice and incorporate context – may be a useful mechanism to understand why individuals succeed or fail in managing ethically-related uncertainties and ambiguities. His work has even appeared in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Human Relations.

THE BIG PICTURE

Dr. Dust understands that higher education has changed. Students need more than an understanding of “content” (e.g., theories, models, etc.); they also need an understanding of how to “act” when participating in the real world. The college experience, argues Dr. Dust, should be about behavior modification. By focusing on awareness of self, others, and context, students are being given the building blocks for self-regulating when they get out into the workforce. The world will continue to change when students graduate. Therefore, students must be equipped with the self-leadership tools to adapt. If they aren’t given these tools…then they are stuck with the tools that were popular when they just so happened to be in school.

FIND OUT MORE

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Published on October 17, 2014