Petra Dilling Associate Dean and Assistant Professor
Department: Management School: School of Management Campus: Vancouver
Member of NYIT Since: 2007
From NYIT's Weekly Update:
Bringing Home the Gold
With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, Petra Dilling is buzzing as she, her colleagues, and students wait for the “world to come to Vancouver.” Growing up in Europe, and studying and teaching at universities in Germany and Canada, she's no stranger to diverse cultures and languages. Petra joined NYIT in 2007 as the local coordinator of the M.B.A. program, was named assistant dean in September 2008, and was promoted to associate dean in March 2009. She oversees all aspects of campus operations and participates in the accreditation process, strategic planning activities, and academic planning. As a professor, Petra is also keenly focused on delivering unique experiential learning programs to ensure that NYIT students succeed in the global business community. Petra's NYIT responsibilities keep her extraordinarily busy, but she’s hoping to take a little time to attend some Olympic events.
What led you to NYIT?
With its global orientation and focus on career preparation, I felt NYIT was a good match with my personal and professional values and goals. Our students teach me priceless lessons about diversity, cultural sensitivity, and efficient communication.
What classes do you teach and what is the focus of your research?
Accounting and finance courses, as well as our capstone comprehensive seminar. I also supervise our practicum groups and internships. Working on research projects—often in collaboration with students or colleagues—and attending conferences is very fulfilling. Last year, I received "best paper" honors at the International Applied Business Research conference. Right now, I am interested in the evolving and timely area of corporate social responsibility in a financial context.
What do you think about the payout of huge bonuses to U.S. bank executives?
This is a big topic in my finance class. While the majority of students argue they are justified in order to reward performance and keep the most talented employees, I beg to differ. A better approach would be a long-term executive pay structure, along with the implementation of a corporate culture that values ethical behavior and loyalty.
What is your favorite city?
Vancouver, of course! It is simply stunning. You can scuba dive in the morning, go snowboarding in the afternoon, and finish your day with an exhilarating performance of the symphony.
How do you feel about the Olympics taking place in your backyard?
As I look toward the Vancouver Art Gallery, I see the countdown clock ticking down the days, hours, and minutes. The excitement is palpable. Isn’t it wonderful that NYIT alumna Allison Baver (M.B.A.’06) will be competing in the speed skating events? Also, many educational and cultural programs have been planned in conjunction with the festivities and games. Given what is going on in the world today, it will be a welcome and spirited celebration. Check out the little guy on the right—Sumi, one of the Olympic mascots.