Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Robles
Why did you decide to enter the higher education field?
My original dream after graduating with my business degree was to work in banking. I actually entered higher education by chance. I was invited to be a graduate teaching assistant by one of my business professors. He was going on sabbatical to be vice president of a marketing firm in Minneapolis, and he wanted me to teach his classes for him during his 2-year absence. To be a GTA, I needed to be a graduate student; so I earned a Master’s degree and fell in love with teaching at the University level. Having worked in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, and also teaching while working on my PhD; I have wanted to do nothing else ever since.
Where are you originally from? Hometown?
I was born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Grand Forks is on the Red River, bordering North Dakota and Minnesota, about 90 miles from the Canadian border. The population is about 52,000 if you do not count the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Where did you receive your doctorate, and how long have you been at EKU?
I earned my doctorate from the University of North Dakota in 1996. I taught at UND for 13 years and was Chair of the Information Systems and Business Education Department before coming to EKU in 2002.
What do you enjoy most about being a professor?
It is self-satisfying to see students grow from the beginning of the semester to the end as they learn to become better writers. They begin to appreciate their own writing abilities, the “light bulb” comes on, their self-confidence increases, and they refine their professional oral presentation skills. It’s thrilling for me to see them learn and appreciate their learning.
If you had to choose a different job, what would it be?
I would be a novelist. I might still be a writer when I retire. But, I would need to live on the beach.
What is your favorite movie, TV show, or book?
I love to read, if only there was more time during the semester for relaxing reading—instead of grading written papers. I am in a Book Club, so I do (try) to get that one book read each month during the semester. Between semesters and during the summer, I make up for it.
What is your favorite thing about EKU so far?
My favorite thing about EKU is what brought me here in the first place: the people. Everyone here is sincerely, genuinely, friendly. I noticed it from the minute I stepped off the plane in February 2002, throughout my faculty interviews, house shopping, dining experiences; and still today in April 2015, with my colleagues and students. People at EKU, in Richmond, and in Kentucky are very kind and compassionate.
Published on May 12, 2010