Know Your Professor: Catherine Robbins

September 15, 2015

Catherine Robbins

We talked to Professor Robbins about her favorite teaching tools and why she loves Simmons.

What is your favorite tool to teach?

My favorite tool to teach is reflective journaling in finance. Students think it is strange to do this and reflect in finance, but it is so important in helping them become self aware of what they know, what gets in the way, and how they can apply what they are learning to their careers.

Another tool I enjoy using in the classroom is class simulation because it is a good way to apply financial knowledge to a situation. Students have to work through a case and really understand it.

What is your favorite book?

My most recent favorite book is Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. He won a Nobel prize and this book on behavioral economics is fascinating. 

Fill in the blank: When I was in college...

I was a European History major and I gained a long-term appreciation for a liberal arts education.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?

I’d travel to the Northwest territories because I’d like to go wilderness canoeing.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I used to do square dancing

I love my students because...

I love my students because they are so passionate about making a difference in health care in this country.

I love Simmons because...

I love Simmons because I think I have a terrific group of colleagues. We have been able to put together a Health Care MBA curriculum that allows us to deliver exactly what I think helps people become leaders in health care. We also have terrific students.