Paul Cero, adjunct instructor in the business administration degree program and general education studies, has been a member ofthe faculty team at the Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville since 2009. Paul brings over 20 years of experience related to instructing, business, and communication to the classroom.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. His double major included Public Administration and Political Science. While at Augustana, Paul studied in East Asia. Two years later, Paul earned a Masters of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Oregon in Eugene. His focus areas were intercultural and organizational communication. Paul did post graduate study at the University of Oregan, pursuing interests in persuasion. At Oregon, Paul was a graduate teaching Fellow, instructing at the college level, and a speech and debate coach.
Paul was an instructor in the Communication Department at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as at his alma mater, Augustana. Around this time, Paul also expanded on his world travels by visiting the Cradle of Western Rhetoric, Athens and Rome.
Paul left teaching to pursue an opportunity with British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. He worked in sales, marketing, training, and management, chiefly in the Managed Care Division. Also, Paul worked at Diversified Pharmaceutical Services, GSK’s Pharmacy Benefit Manager subsidiary. Paul retired from his GlaxoSmithKline position as Managed Care Director in spring 2009.
Paul furthered his graduate studies in business at the University of St. Thomas School of Business, completing three Mini MBAs in Business Management, Business Communication, and Health Care Management.
Paul returned to his first love, teaching, in fall 2009. Currently, he teaches a number of courses for the Minnesota School of Business and the Minnesota State College and University System. He has taught various classes in the business administration program as well as marketing and communication classes. Recently Paul has taught Interpersonal, Small Group, Intercultural Communication and Public Speaking. He has also taught Organizational Behavior, Training and Development, and Advertising.
Paul is known for his compassion for students and dedication to their learning. Students have commented on Paul’s unique ability to teach at a level that almost everyone can understand, as well as his engaging and supportive nature.
Paul maintains his involvement with the local community by regularly serving as a judge for the Twin Cities Forensics League as well as attending professional development workshops. Paul is an excellent addition to our faculty team, and a great asset to our students’ learning.
To learn more about the Minnesota School of Business, the business administration program and other instructors like Paul Cero, visit www.msbcollege.edu.
By Minnie Wagner, Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville, Business Administration and Healthcare Program Chair