David Banner

David Banner

Professor of Leadership and Org. Change


Walden University

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Being dissatisfied with aerospace engineering, I quit NASA.
Got an MBA.
Taught at the University of Houston.
Applied for grad school at Northwestern.
Got my PhD.
Went to Canada and helped start a business program at the University of New Brunswick.
Went to the USA and taught at the DePaul University College of Commerce.
Went to CA and taught at the University of the Pacific.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Polytechnic High
Bachelor
Mathematics, General
The University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor
Physics, General
The University of Texas at Arlington
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Houston
Doctorate
Management Science
Northwestern University
Graduate
Sociology
Northwestern University

Career

Professor of Leadership and Org. Change

I mentor PhD students in leadership and organizational change.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I get up early and check my Walden site. Usually, I have several of my folks that need my counsel and/or help with something related to their PhD journey. I have been doing this since 2005 and have graduated some 55 PhDs in that span. It gives me a lot of satisfaction helping folks reach their goals!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

In my life I have been an aerospace engineer at NASA, an entrepreneur, a management consultant with Peat, Marwick and Mitchell, a Vietnam veteran in the US Army, a Vice President of Marketing for an exhibit design company, a professor of both grad and undergrad students, an author of 6 books and 46 refereed journal articles and 50 conference papers on work/life balance, transformational leadership, motivation, communication skills and the like. I have lived my life with gusto!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get into the very best PhD program you can so you are marketable!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Mathematics, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Management Science
graduate
Graduate
Sociology

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"You will never make much money as a professor."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial