Chris Szpryngel

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Christopher A. Szpryngel
Acting Dean, Malcolm Baldrige School of Business

Contact info:
Phone: 203.591.7375
Office: Traurig Lower Level

Academic Background:cszpryngel

PhD Candidate – Fielding Graduate University
Master of Business Administration - University of New Haven
Bachelor of Science - Post University

Teaching Background:

Adjunct Professor - School of Business, Undergraduate & MBA
Corporate: Sales & Organizational Behavior Trainer

Professional Background:

Christopher A. Szpryngel is the Acting Dean at Post University's Malcolm Baldrige School of Business. He has developed, designed and currently teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Chris was the Co-Director of Undergraduate Business and Academic Program Manager in the Management & Marketing programs. He is also the former Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, and alum of Post University.

Chris has more than 25 years of experience in the Environmental Services industry as an entrepreneur, consultant, manager, and educator. He held management and leadership positions for some of the largest companies in the green industry.  Chris is also a former Military Policeman who served in the U.S. Army. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury and is chair of the Human Resource Committee.

Chris is currently a doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University, working towards his second master's degree and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven and his bachelor's degree from Post University.

Teaching Philosophy:

Chris’ teaching philosophy is based on adult learning theory and experiential learning models.

Students come to class with previous experiences, knowledge, self-direction, interests, and competencies. Learners will become engaged, if goals and objectives are considered realistic and important to them.  Experiential learning in the form of internships, co-ops, civic, social and volunteer experiences, involves a 'direct encounter with the phenomena being studied rather than merely thinking about the encounter, or only considering the possibility of doing something about it.' (Borzak 1981: 9 quoted in Brookfield 1983).

I hear, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand.
- Ancient Chinese proverb

Personal Background:

Chris lives in Waterbury, Connecticut with his wife Lisa. They have three children: Eric, Marialaina and Michael.

Academic Interests:

Organizational Behavior

Professional Memberships:

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Delta Mu Delta Honor Society; Honorary Member
Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Schools and Employers (NACE)
Connecticut Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CCEIA)