Meet the Professor: Hao Lou
Thursday, September 22 2016 12:00am
Professor Lou teaches undergraduate and graduate students how to look at data differently.
By Magda Stepien and Marshall Payne
Dr. Hao Lou, professor of Management Information Systems for the College of Business, has mastered teaching both undergraduate and graduate-level courses. While juggling the two can be a huge time commitment, Lou has managed to find the perfect balance.
This semester, Lou is teaching two introductory MIS courses for undergraduate students and Strategic Use of Information for the One-Year MBA and online MBA programs. In order to best benefit his students, Lou adapts his teaching style to present his lectures in a way that students will easily understand.
“Time management is extremely important,” Lou said. “There is so much that goes into crafting lectures for each unique class. The introductory MIS courses can sometimes be challenging for me when it comes to teaching. I need to adjust my own thinking to make the content applicable for students that are just beginning their business and MIS education.”
Although it can be challenging, Lou enjoys seeing his undergraduate students grasp the concepts he’s teaching. To do so, Lou incorporates real-world examples into his lectures.
“I use examples so the concepts click with students,” he said. “And when it does, it’s so rewarding to see the potential Business Bobcats have to grow and become successful professionals.”
Teaching graduate-level courses allows Lou to introduce high-level concepts and dive deep into class discussions.
“My favorite part about teaching graduate students is their eagerness to participate and contribute to discussions,” said Lou. “Through my conversations with MBA students, I can learn something new too!”
Lou appreciates his students’ involvement in and out of the classroom.
“I feel fortunate to work with a variety of students,” said Lou. “Understanding the integration of people, processes, and information technology can take time. I always encourage participation and discussion to allow my students to explore their own thoughts and come to their own conclusions.”
Do you have a favorite place to eat in Athens or on campus?
My wife is a great cook so I tend to bring my lunchbox. If I do go out for lunch, I go to Dynasty Chinese on Richland Avenue. I like their food because it is very authentic.
Do you have a favorite spot on Ohio University’s campus?
I’m pretty busy and spend most of my time in my office or the classroom so I can get more work done, which leaves little time for socializing around campus. Although, I do enjoy leaving my office and eating lunch with my colleagues.
Which season do you like best in Athens?
I love fall on campus. It is so beautiful. I love walking my dog and taking pictures of the scenery on our walks. We always walk around my neighborhood, but when we have more time we like to explore different trails. One of my favorite trails is in Burr Oak State Park.
What events have you enjoyed in Athens?
Homecoming is great! I used to manage the international MBA program and I'm currently a faculty adviser for the Chinese Culture Exchange Association student organization, so it is a great opportunity to introduce them to the culture here. They get to experience the parade, football game, and Marching 110 for the first time.
What have you liked most about working with students and faculty at Ohio University’s College of Business?
I’ve been working at the University for 20 years and enjoy so many parts about my job. The College of Business is a very collaborative and supportive network. We focus on team-based learning for students and the professors often work together as well. The people in the College take a lot of pride in doing well and being successful, and Career Services has been a great addition to the College. I am very proud to be a part of the MIS program here.