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Interdisciplinary Approach to Higher Education

 

I have been extremely lucky to have met such a great professor like Dr. Bradbury. Though I have been here at Plymouth State for only a short time shes has provided much of the guidance and confidence I have in my work besides being the great teacher that she is. Dr. Bradbury was the one who pushed me to really start thinking about choosing interdisciplinary studies for a major after I told here about my passion for finance and the courses she teaches but still having passion for my current major political science. Coming from the University of Rhode Island I had access to more resources than I do here at Plymouth State University. Yet I would give up any of those to be able to have the opportunity to have classes with Dr. Bradbury.

Christina Bradbury

 

What courses do you teach?

Undergrad & Graduate Finance and Accounting courses at PSU

What did you study as an undergrad, as well as your doctorate, certifications you hold?

BS Economics, MS Finance and DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) w/ Accounting concentration. 

CMA – Certified Management Accountant (2010- Institute of Management Accountants), CHFP – Certified Healthcare Finance Professional (2012- Healthcare Financial Management Association).

CFP – Certified Financial Planner (In Process- Certified Financial Planner Board).

What do you research now? I know you’re going for your CFP tell me a little about that.

Two research projects I am exploring at the moment.  

In one, I am working with another individual to study the relationship of average investment returns of companies whose CEOs have business vs. non-business educational degrees and ivy league vs. non-ivy league degrees.  We already have started running the data. 

 

In another, I am beginning to dig into some of the rich data that we now have access to through Valueline’s ETF survey. There are many ways to go with this as potential research threads.

 

Yes…pursuing the CFP also.  While I am not required to do additional coursework in finance, I am taking/plan on taking a retirement planning, estate planning, income tax planning and comprehensive financial planning. I really want to be well versed in the ins and outs so as to aid friends and family with their specific financial planning needs and I have already been approached by a friend to do some consulting with him in this regard. 

 

How long have you been teaching?

Since 2003…. Began as a Junior Achievement liaison to Laconia High School.  Taught on my lunch breaks until 2007, while working in commercial lending at BNH.

Started at PSU in the fall of 2007 on an adjunct basis and joined the faculty full-time in 2010.

 

What made you choose Plymouth State University to teach at?

It is my alma mater.  I transferred from UNH Durham to go to PSU when I was a sophomore.  It was a wonderful fit to me.  As a first-generation college graduate and alum of PSU, I feel I really understand and well relate with PSU students.

 

Do you work in an interdisciplinary manor in some ways? I know you have your CHFP, does that make you work in a more interdisciplinary way?

Yes it does.  Healthcare finance is very different from say, banking. Healthcare rules are becoming more complex and patients are demanding a better experience. Cost-control, access and quality are paramount to supporting any national healthcare system.

 

How do you work with scholars outside of your field of study, as well as how do you work with non-academics in your professional life?

I worked nearly a decade in commercial lending.  I still have several contacts in banking that I invite in for guest speaker appearances and catch up with both professionally and socially. I have been invited to speak at conferences. This is mutually beneficial.

 

Do you collaborate with anyone on the work you do? Are there benefits or challenges to collaborating with others if so?

I am collaborating with another finance prof. (not here at PSU) on one of my research projects and expect to do so on future financial planning consulting opportunities. We have worked together before and complement each others work quite well. We are fortunate and this is definitely a benefit.  The challenge is that we are both juggling our full time jobs, family priorities and other endeavors so to both find availability at the same time to catch up and collaborate can at times be difficult.

 

What is your favorite part about teaching at Plymouth State?

The dedicated students.  We have some very bright and talented young men and women in COBA and I feel privileged to be a part of their academic lives.  The new student Investment Club with an average turn out of 30 or so students, weekly, is inspiring.  

The creative liberties afforded to me with course development. I feel it is very important to make the material real and add value to our student’s resumes and portfolios. 

 

If you could recommend courses for an accounting/finance student to take outside of their required courses what would they be? Computer science, math, English? Or is this maybe more of a student’s decision based on what they want to do? Or maybe a bit of both?

Because there is only so much time/so many electives, I would answer by saying it does depend.

For instance, folks endeavoring to pursue a financial planning/advisory role might consider MA3400 (Time & Money), the entire Gerontology minor, SW3050 Perspectives on Aging (WECO), PS3560 Adulthood and Aging, etc. 

Statistics, math and computer science courses would be very fitting for one who perhaps seeks to continue on for a MS in quantitative finance.

 

Dr. Bradbury and I have had the opportunity to talk many times before this. Most of this talk was focused on the various credentials she already has as well as the ones she is pursing. Dr. Bradbury got her BS in economics, MS in finance, and DBA with a concentration on accounting. Dr. Bradbury has virtually covered every area in the business environment in great detail. Dr. Bradbury branches off in a way for her CHFP that I viewed to be very interdisciplinary. The world of health care finance and accounting is much different than the average business. Mostly due to the third party payer system we have aside from many other differences. It is much like it’s own discipline outside of finance. Dr. Bradbury teaches a graduate level health care administration and financial management course that she says many of the students have little to no experience in finance and yet the material can still be taught to them. Dr. Bradbury talked about how being and alum from Plymouth State made her feel like she could really relate with the students and I couldn’t agree more, I often feel this is why I really enjoy taking Dr. Bradbury’s courses. Overall this was a great opportunity to get to know even more about Dr. Bradbury on a personal level and the work she puts in as an educator.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  • Robin DeRosa

    What a helpful interview! You uncover so much practical advice about the fields in question here, and I can imagine this is a great start as you build your program. Having a mentor like Dr. Bradbury can make all of the difference in terms of how much a student can take from a college major. So glad you have this support!

    An image of some kind would help this post be even more engaging– if not a picture of Dr. B or her office/classroom, then something (openly licensed) related to business/finance/healthcare/etc…

  • John Martineau

    I liked how you talked a lot about her work and relating it back to interdisciplinary studies. It’s interesting to read about how Healthcare Finance, I wasn’t really aware it was thing until now!

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