JoAnne Sims

JoAnne Sims, Adjunct Faculty, Business program

What is your education and background?

I attended the College at Brockport for my undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology and was a social worker for a while in the mental health field. I was working with a colleague in training and development at Xerox who was pursuing his doctorate and he encouraged me to get my masters which I did at RIT in Career and Human Resource Development. I’ve working in human resources and training and organization development ever since.

Tell us about your typical work day…

I don’t really have a typical work day as I have what is called a portfolio career of part time, contract and consulting gigs like teaching at Medaille. I do usually start my day at the gym doing yoga or Zumba and then work on various projects the rest of the day. I like the variety and flexibility.

What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

 I’ve taught at Medaille Rochester from the very beginning in 2003 and enjoy most getting to know the students and seeing them develop confidence in their abilities over time. I also enjoy interacting with other adjuncts and staff.

What are your interests and hobbies?

I love reading novels and keeping up with new developments in my field. I also enjoy going to garage sales and seeing what bargains I can find.

If you could eat dinner with one famous person, who would it be?

 I would enjoy having dinner and talking with Edgar Schein who is a rock star in the organization development field.

Describe yourself in 3 words…

Empathic, enthusiastic and engaging.

Please tell a success story while working here at Medaille (or a favorite Medaille memory/story)

Along with other colleagues we developed a peer coaching process to evaluate adjuncts and provide feedback to them. There were also some skits that students put on that were very memorable.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

If I could just transport myself somewhere it would be to Africa so I could go on a photo safari. I would love to see some of the animals before they disappear.

 If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you like to have with you?

On a deserted island I would like to have my husband (he’s not an item, but I would still want him there), sunscreen and a good book.



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