April 30, 2012 – The Board of Governors of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) has appointed Jeff Huebner, MBA to faculty for the Redekop School of Business. Huebner will serve as Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2012.
In the 2012-2013 academic year, Huebner will teach courses on a range of topics, including Entrepreneurship and Microfinance, and he will lead a travel study course on Economic Development and Microfinance in Latin America.
“We are delighted to welcome Professor Huebner to CMU,” says CMU Vice President Academic Earl Davey. “The University received approximately 60 applications from across the world in response to its advertisement for a position in the Redekop School of Business and Jeff was our candidate of choice. We are confident he will make an enormous contribution to the cultivation of a distinctive program that reflects the character and commitments of CMU, and to the conviction that business can and must contribute to the greater good of communities locally and globally.”
Huebner comes to CMU from his role as Assistant Professor of International Business at Ambrose University College in Calgary, where he served for the past five years.
“One of my core interests is on international-focused business courses, and developing innovative travel study programs,” says Huebner. “I want students to be able to see and experience first-hand how their business knowledge and skills can be applied overseas. I encourage my students to apply their business skills to positively impact others, both locally and globally.”
Huebner’s two main areas of focus recently have been on developing and enhancing new courses suitable for business programs, and on developing international study opportunities and organizational partnerships for students to expand their global cross-cultural learning experiences, both of which align closely with CMU priorities.
“Huebner’s education and experience make him an ideal fit for business programming at CMU’s Redekop School of Business, which uses an inter-disciplinary approach to prepare students to become engaged in business and not-for-profit organizations, with a worldview and character shaped within a Christian university community.”
Prior to his teaching role, Huebner worked for over a decade in management and business consulting positions in a professional corporate context, and the last two of those years as Senior Research Associate in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, conducting research on international business and trade. Huebner’s broad business experience provides him with a rich teaching context for his students, drawing on business case studies to illustrate concepts and principles. He has extensive experience in international travel and leading groups, and in addition to English, has basic knowledge of French, German, and Spanish.
Huebner completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of British Columbia in 1994, participating in a six-month international exchange program to Rotterdam’s Erasmus Universiteit in The Netherlands. He completed his MBA in 2004 in Calgary at the Haskayne School of Business. In 2003, as part of his program, he undertook an intensive three-week international exchange program through the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, German, with a focus on international business, European culture, industrial policy, marketing, law, and ethics.
Upon graduation from Haskayne, Huebner was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Grant to conduct research on Canadian global competitiveness under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Over the past 15 years, Huebner has made numerous presentations to Christian business and general business conferences. He has served on the board of Engineering Ministries International Canada, volunteered locally and overseas on church and mission projects. Huebner has also enjoyed serving as a community volunteer sports coach.
The Redekop School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (4-year, with a 5-year Co-op option) with Majors in Business Management, Not-for-Profit Management, Accounting, and Human Resources Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (3- and 4-year), Major in Business and Organizational Administration.