Hawkins appointed chair for Division of Business at Northwestern

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Hawkins appointed chair for Division of Business at Northwestern

July 13, 2016 

Dr. David Hawkins, Division of Business ChairA familiar face has been appointed chair of Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Division of Business.

Dr. David Hawkins, assistant professor of business, has been teaching at Northwestern since 2013 and began his new position as division chair in early July.

Hawkins will replace Dr. Steven Palmer, professor of business, who will continue to teach at Northwestern. 

Originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Hawkins’ leadership will bring more than 20 years of real-world business experience to the division. He has been an entrepreneur, business manager and consultant covering production, retail, wholesale/distribution activities in automotive, textbook publishing, men’s apparel and early childhood education.

Hawkins also has been the director of his own licensed daycare under the Texas Department of Protective Regulatory Services.

Hawkins has an extensive history of business-associated experience through education and earned a Bachelor of Science in Theology and Master of Arts in Theology from Abilene Christian University, Master of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University.

Also, before coming to Northwestern to teach traditional undergraduates, Hawkins was an adjunct instructor at the College of Business and College of Humanities at the University of Phoenix (UOP) teaching non-traditional students. He was recognized as one of the top marketing instructors at UOP.

“One advantage Northwestern has is that the faculty is full of people who have actually done what they teach,” Hawkins said about the division. “So, I think that’s one thing that we bring to the classroom: we have actually done firsthand, what we teach.”

Hawkins applauds the division of business’ faculty for how well they work together and how they understand the importance of being approachable for the students.

“I like the genuineness of everyone in Northwest Oklahoma. You come from the city and it’s compete, compete, compete with a façade,” he explained as he compared the differences between living in a big city to living in a smaller community like Alva. 

One of Hawkins’ favorite things is teaching new concepts to the novice business student.

“To me, that tradition of when you see the lightbulb come on; when that student finally gets it, you can’t explain that,” Hawkins said.

“When that student calls you years down the road and says they used what you taught them in class, it makes you realize how you actually affect—in a positive manner—somebody’s life to help them professionally,” he said.

As division chair, Hawkins has great expectations for the future. Now that the accreditation process is clear and complete, Hawkins looks forward to marketing the division to students.

“I really look forward to building and expanding the enrollment of the student body,” Hawkins said, “specifically our online presence.”

He is a sponsor of Northwestern’s Delta Mu Delta, a business honor society, and is a member of Kiwanis Club in Alva and was president of Las Colinas Symphony Board of Directors for eight years. Hawkins also was a sponsor to Northwestern’s first-time participants to the Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition (i2E) in 2015, where the students placed within the top six of 55 teams.

“We want to have students involved in competitions—more teams and more competitions—because that’s where they learn [to apply the information],” Hawkins said about future plans.

In fact, Hawkins already is looking for team members and sponsors for the different fall 2016 contests. Although the bulk of the sponsorship for their division's various contests comes from the university, Hawkins said he welcomes interested community members and organizations to contact him to be a part of the business students’ competitions.

Hawkins lives in Alva with his wife, Ursula, who is a kindergarten teacher. They have one son, Barrett, who is an army veteran.

For more information on Northwestern’s Division of Business contact Hawkins at (580) 327-8440 or wdhawkins@nwosu.edu.