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Meet the Professor: Jason Stoner

Friday, August 5 2016 12:00am

Dr. Stoner teaches his students how to paint the picture of leadership.

Jason StonerBy Mackenzie O'Dwyer

Brushstrokes are the foundation of a masterpiece. Organizational behavior is the foundation of a business leader. Associate Professor Jason Stoner teaches organizational behavior for Ohio University’s College of Business. His lectures analyze work situations and behaviors to teach undergraduate and graduate students what it means to be an effective leader.  

“Management and leadership are like an art,” said Stoner. “Before you can paint a beautiful picture, you have to know the basics. Organizational behavior sets the foundation for students to paint the picture of leadership.”

So, how does Stoner paint the picture of leadership? He applies a semi-Socratic, or question-based teaching method to his lectures and uses stories to make the content applicable to students. This classroom structure promotes critical thinking of key concepts such as decision making and team building.

“I ask the tough questions,” said Stoner. “And I encourage my students to ask them, too. When we don’t have an answer, we’re inspired to have deeper conversations about the content in class. That’s how we build strong business leaders.”

Class discussions inspired Daniel Krajcik, ’17 MBA/DO dual-degree student, who is pursuing an administration leadership role within a healthcare system.  

“Dr. Stoner is very passionate, organized, and had a huge impact on my education. There was not a single day that I walked out of his class without thinking it was a purposeful lecture,” said Krajcik.

Stoner’s organizational behavior course is applicable to students of all business backgrounds. It’s the brushstroke that changes the way you work with people and the way they work with you.

- Potpourri –

Five pressing questions for Stoner:

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

“My favorite place to take people from out of town is O’Betty’s. I love the ambiance of that restaurant. I also recommend dining at Purple Chopstix on Richland Ave. Their food is great, and you have to see the wild and crazy décor. Did you know the owners of this restaurant are the original owners of Casa Nueva?”

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

“When I would park my car near Seigfred Hall I always looked at the graffiti underneath the bridge; it was so neat. I also enjoy walking through College Green.”

Which season do you like best in Athens? 

“Fall is my favorite season in Athens. The College Green is beautiful during fall.”

What events have you enjoyed in Athens?

“The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is pretty neat. I’ve been to the festival twice. There is so much to learn about the fruit!”

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

“I get to work with very talented faculty and students in the College of Business. It’s always been a pleasure interacting with these folks.”