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AJ Chauradia
AJ Chauradia
Business - Assistant Professor
Business Administration
Crete
GA414
402.826.2161

About

Dr. Amit Jain (AJ) Chauradia is an Assistant Professor of Business at Doane University. He earned his doctorate in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Department of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Chauradia started teaching at Doane University in 2021, and previously, taught strategy to MBAs and professionals at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. He has received research grants from EY and a visiting fellowship from CABE at the University of Melbourne. Previously, he worked in a family business and as a financial analyst for a large conglomerate.

Education
Ph.D. (Strategy & Entrepreneurship), University of Illinois, 2014
M.S. (Business Administration), University of Illinois, 2010
B.B.A. (Management), University of Miami, 2006

Courses

  • Strategic Management (BUS 496)
  • Executing Business Strategy (BUS 498)

Professional Experience
Faculty Mentor, Experiential Learning Programs, ISB, 2014-2020
Financial Analyst/Coordinator, Precision Response Corporation, 2006-2008
Operations and IT Consultant, Rubin’s, 2003-2006

Teaching Experience
Doane University, 2021-Present
Indian School of Business, 2014-2021
University of Illinois, 2010, 2013
Kaplan Test Prep, 2006-2008, 2011-2013

Professional Accolades
CABE Visiting Fellowship, University of Melbourne, 2018
EY Research Grant Awards, Indian School of Business, 2017-2019
Teacher’s Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois, 2011
Certified in Foundations of Teaching, CITL, University of Illinois, 2011
Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, University of Miami, 2006

Professional Highlights

 

Getting To Know Your Professors

Why did you become an instructor? How did you become interested in teaching?

     I realized I liked sharing knowledge from when I started one-on-one tutoring in elementary school. I was always an excellent student who loved to learn and do my brother’s homework. I was lucky to be taught by some of the best teachers in Florida, who spent quality time helping me understand and inculcate knowledge. I may have some teaching DNA in me since my father taught college-level chemistry many decades ago. Later on, I discovered I liked my part-time teaching job more than my full-time corporate job. I chose to study strategic management for my doctorate, because it was my weakest subject in undergrad, and so it could challenge me for years to come (it has!).

Why should I take your classes? What can I expect to learn from them?

     You will learn how to think differently when you enter my course. You will understand how to identify and analyze underlying organizational-level problems, and the process of strategic execution to reach desired stakeholder outcomes. My presentation style seeks to be engaging, interactive, and comprehensive. In the classroom, I typically seek to stimulate interest from the audience in unconventional ways, including extensive use of technology, case studies, and simulations in the classroom.

What is your teaching style? Can you briefly explain your teaching philosophy?

     With the attention-span of students decreasing and free online content increasing, the classroom needs to be different. My classes, in-person or online, tend to be highly interactive in which I engage in frequent conversations with my students, and they have an opportunity to freely ask questions and discuss anything regarding the topic. I foster a customized, personal-learning environment in which everyone, introverts and extroverts, is present and engaged because they want to be. The more creative I am, the higher the likelihood that students will be interested and motivated to learn.
     I teach with the expectation that I am giving students reasons to remember the concepts, relate it to something familiar, and apply it using the proper terminology. I do not want students to regurgitate what I said, but to think critically and both question what I am saying and expand upon it. I hope that my students walk away from my courses having retained relevant concepts that will help them down the line in other courses and, eventually, in their own careers.