on faculty since 2010
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois 1993
B.A., North Park College, Chicago, Illinois, 1980
“It is by seeking God’s view of people and their motivations, and by looking at why God calls us to work, that we can manage people and best design organizations that allow people to live out their calling with dignity and joy.” This is Deborah Windes’ philosophy concerning organizational behavior and conceptions or misconceptions of management.
Windes has been developing this philosophy since she began to work at the age of sixteen and first wondered why some people were good managers and others were not, why managing conflicts is so difficult, and why some people are motivated to work hard while others spend their time figuring out ways to get as little done as possible.
Since these first questions arose, Windes has set out to learn the answer. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, she spent more than 20 years teaching management and organizational behavior for the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Office of Continuing Education, all the while developing her philosophy and expanding it to include organizational behavior within the church.
“It should be the church that looks to Jesus’ example of leadership, and then carries that example out into the world of work. We should be carefully examining Scripture to discern how God wants us to function in community and the workplace,” said Windes. “Then, our scholarship and our research can seek to demonstrate to others how these principles work.”
Windes takes seriously her calling as a professor and teaching her students the importance of integrated learning. She believes that a liberal arts education from the Christian perspective is the way to train students who will be able to engage with a world that questions the truth at every opportunity.
“A liberal arts education does not just impart knowledge, but also teaches us to seek an understanding of our world and our place in it,” said Windes.
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