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Faculty Forum Highlights Northwood Subject Experts

December 13, 2023

Northwood University is launching a new initiative to highlight the expertise of faculty from America’s Free Enterprise University.

“In recognizing the invaluable contributions of our dedicated faculty, Northwood University is proud to launch a transformative initiative to spotlight their commitment and industry expertise,” stated President Kent MacDonald. “Our faculty members are the driving force behind our commitment to develop free-enterprise leaders who drive global social and economic progress. This initiative will illuminate their passion, expertise, and unwavering commitment to our students.”

Dubbed Faculty Forum, the initiative consists of a podcast series hosted by Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, provost and academics vice president for Northwood University, as well as print and digital pieces authored by Northwood subject matter experts. 

The first Faculty Forum column was published by Dr. Michael Makovi, an economics professor and Bretzlaff Scholar. 

Professor Makovi’s piece delves into how to equip your vehicle for optimum safety. It can be viewed online at here.

“Faculty Forum provides an insider’s view into the brilliant minds and expertise of Northwood University’s distinguished faculty members, as demonstrated by Dr. Makovi’s in-depth piece, as well as our new podcast,” stated Stehouwer. “Over the course of the Faculty Forum podcast series, we will explore a wide range of topics, from business and economics to entrepreneurship and innovation. Each episode features in-depth conversations with professors who will share insights, research and experiences to educate, inspire and engage our listeners.”

The first three episodes of the Faculty Forum podcast have been published on Spotify, Apple, and YouTube. 

The titles of the posted Faculty Forum podcasts include:

• Episode 1: The Entrepreneurial Mindset (Featuring Professor Jim Hop, who chairs Northwood’s Entrepreneurship and Franchising Management programs)

• Episode 2: Sustainable Business Practices (Featuring Dr. Chelsea Butcher, an urban ecologist who leads Sustainability Management and Natural Science at Northwood)

• Episode 3: Innovations in Business Education (Featuring Undergraduate Academic Dean Dr. Patti Timm and Assistant Provost Dr. Mark Lund)

Northwood plans to post seven other Faculty Forum podcast episodes over the course of this academic year. 

Have feedback? Email Kate Hessling, Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations for Northwood University, at .


Kate Hessling is the Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations for Northwood University. Hessling came to Northwood following a successful career in journalism with the Hearst Corporation. 

She served as editor of the Midland Daily News before joining Northwood in January 2022. Prior to that, she served as editor of the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe. 

Hessling earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. Prior to graduation, she freelanced for Hearst and completed an internship at the Washington Times.

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