Assistant Professor of Management Angélica Gutiérrez enlightens students by making otherwise challenging material accessible through real-world examples and community based learning. Recently named as a “Best 40 Under 40 Professor” by Poets and Quants, Gutiérrez aims to be the professor her high-achieving students deserve.
“LMU students are highly engaged in the classroom and very service oriented when it comes to providing for disenfranchised communities, which is very inspiring,” Gutiérrez said.
Originally drawn to her post on the bluff by the small class sizes and relationships between students and faculty, Gutiérrez admires LMU’s dual commitment to teaching and research.
“Most institutions are either teaching oriented or research oriented,” Gutiérrez said, “But LMU values both, and that really attracted me.”
Gutiérrez, who received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, says she tries to weave community based-learning into her instruction. For example, in one of her courses students volunteer at non-profit organizations in order to learn how they function and gain real-world perspectives on the subjects they’re studying. Her slate of courses includes “Managing People and Organizations,” “Leadership” and – coming this fall – “Diversity Management.”
Gutiérrez also tries to instill the importance of networking in her students, encouraging her students to connect with her via LinkedIn to explore her professional connections.
“I tell them to identify the professionals in my network who they think they may have some sort of professional interest in,” Gutiérrez said. “I then try to provide an introduction, which in some cases has led to internships and first-time job offers.”
Additionally, Gutiérrez hopes students walk away from her classes recognizing the importance of negotiation.
“The art of negotiation is incredibly important in business,” Gutiérrez said. “I always try to teach my students effective negotiation strategies and in some cases they have helped students successfully negotiate first job offers.”
As for what advice does she have for future lions?
“Go visit your professors during their office hours and develop relationships,” Gutiérrez said. “Ultimately they are the ones who are going to provide you with connections. And college is a great time to explore different fields and disciplines – take a class in a field you have not considered.”