Get to Know: Larry Hughes, Assistant Professor of Business
Larry Hughes is the new face in Nebraska Wesleyan’s Department of Business Administration, Accounting and Economics .
Now into his sixth week as an assistant professor of business, Hughes is excited about joining the university’s faculty. His interest in NWU began as a senior at North Platte High School. Hughes said he was originally interested in NWU for his undergraduate degree. The prestige, small class size, and campus were appealing to Hughes and still hold interest today, which is why he applied for his position.
Hughes joined the Marines after high school and completed his associate’s degree at Mid-Plains Community College. He earned both his undergraduate degree and MBA at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He later earned his doctorate in leadership at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hughes’ thesis focused on how leaders use humor. He conducted research with one of the first web-based programs on people’s levels of trust and emotions when humor was used in different situations; whether the humor was directed at them or someone else.
Hughes has a great deal of work and teaching experience. Before joining the Wesleyan community, he taught business courses at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
“I knew early on this is what I wanted to do,” said Hughes. “I was inspired by every professor I have had and use them as role models for determining what works in the classroom.”
Hughes also has experience as a human Resource manager and as a marketing consultant.
“Work experience adds value in the classroom,” said Hughes. “It also adds value as advisors so we can connect our students to prospective employers.”
Hughes said he is most excited for his role as an advisor.
“Advising is one of my favorite parts of being a member of the faculty,” said Hughes. “The faculty value the student’s prospective. I was interested in Wesleyan’s teaching focus and focus on the classroom over research.”
“The Business Department is very closely knit and connections among departments are easily made,” Hughes added. “I was happy to find out that I fit well within the community. It is important to have an organizational fit with the company you want to work for.”
Hughes is currently teaching Principles of Marketing, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management. He will also teach Consumer Behavior next spring.
In the future, Hughes would like to explore courses on women in the workplace and management information systems.