Carol Putman, M.B.A.

Carol Putman, M.B.A.
Discipline Lead, Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies
Associate Teaching Professor of Management, Business & Management, IBE, and Project and Supply Chain Management programs
Committee Chair, Learning Innovations
293 Burke

Mailing Address:
ERIE PA 16563

M.B.A., The Pennsylvania State University (1993); Research and teaching interests include project management, statistics for business decisions, and operations management. Carol has previous industry experience in paper manufacturing and R&D.


Teaching Philosophy

I believe students learn and retain concepts better in an interactive, hands-on environment. Regardless of the subject matter, the emphasis for learning is on improving decision-making skills to prepare students for their careers. This is partly accomplished through small and large group discussions of current, real-life examples using both technical and behavioral skills. At other times, I use hands-on activities using familiar materials (such as M&M's) to aid learning. I tend to treat my class like an informal business to foster open communication, mutual respect, and responsibility. Getting to know my students is important, so that I can encourage and help them develop their own unique potential to positively impact the business community.

Courses Taught

  • MGMT 409: Project Management for Engineers 
  • MGMT 410: Project Management 
  • SCM 200 (formerly MS&IS 200): Introduction to Statistics for Business Decisions
  • SCM 301 (formerly SCM 310 and MGMT 310): Operations Management


Participation in Seminars and Workshops

  • Operations Management. Presenter, First-year Seminar. Black School of Business, Penn State Erie, Erie PA, Fall 2010.
  • Innovative Education. Session chair, Midwest Decision Sciences Institute, annual meeting, Erie PA, April 2008.
  • Penn State College Teaching Seminar Series. Center for Teaching and Educational Technologies, Penn State Erie, Erie PA: 
    • Presenter:
      • How Do I Know They Are Learning? Using Classroom Assessment
      • Techniques to Enhance Teaching. October 2006. 

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Decision Sciences Institute, 2009.

Service to Public and Private Organizations

  • Coordinated donation of Cancer-fest basket to raise student awareness.
  • Member, Nonprofit Community Development Committee, DNE Inc., North East PA, 2010.
  • Participant, Brig Niagara tour/meeting to discuss competitiveness and a business plan, Erie PA, February 2009.

Pedagogical activities to increase student learning and retention

MBA, Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University

BS, Concurrent Major: Paper Science and Engineering; German, The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Points