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Meet the Professor: Dr. Marco Habermann

Friday, October 23 2015 12:00am

Dr. Marco Habermann may compete in triathlons in his free time, but when he talks about CORE, he isn’t referring to a strong stomach. He’s actually talking about his ideal classroom set-up: clarity, organization, rapport, and enthusiasm.

By Brianna Wilson 

1854924Dr. Marco Habermann may compete in triathlons in his free time, but when he talks about CORE, he isn’t referring to a strong stomach. He’s actually talking about his ideal classroom set-up: clarity, organization, rapport, and enthusiasm.

“When I was a student, I used to get frustrated when professors weren’t clear and organized, so I try to give my students a structure,” he explained. Habermann also builds rapport with his students. “To really build a relationship, you have to adjust your teaching to make students comfortable,” he said. “For example, I never wear suits when I teach undergraduate students, because they are less likely to engage in class if the atmosphere seems stiff.”

While Habermann has adjusted to wearing more casual clothes around his students, he comes from “suited” background. After receiving his MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he returned to his German homeland to work in consulting and investment banking.

After a few years, Habermann returned stateside to earn his PhD in supply chain management from the University of Minnesota. Following five years as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, he accepted a position at OHIO’s College of Business, where he knew he could be closer to moderate weather. “The south was too hot,” he explained.   

A big-city person, Habermann lived in Columbus for a year before moving to Athens.  “I realized that if you like city living, you can still like Athens,” he explained. “Uptown has a very vibrant, city like feeling. Plus, the city has grown and matured so much in the past two years, and I truly enjoy the easy access to outdoor activities around Athens.”

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Five pressing questions for Dr. Habermann

Do you have a favorite place to eat in Athens or on campus?

“Salaam, because you wouldn’t expect a restaurant like it in Athens.”

Do you have a favorite spot on Ohio University’s campus?

“Does Jackie O’s count? I like Baker Center just to hang out.” 

Which season do you like best in Athens?

“Fall. Summer is too hot for me, and spring is rainy. Fall has nice weather and the leaves change.”

What events have you enjoyed in Athens?

“String group Simply Three covered pop songs at Baker Center. I really enjoyed their concert.”

What have you liked most about working with students and faculty at Ohio University’s College of Business?

“Three things. The faculty is very relaxed, and it’s like a family atmosphere. I love how collaborative it is. The graduate students have great discussions, and it’s nice to teach students who know what they want. Teaching undergraduate students is fun, too, though, because it’s neat to see the students try to find themselves.”