“I enjoy teaching students business because of its relevance – we’re surrounded with business and technology every day,” says Eric Malm, Ph.D., who joined the business administration department in 2007.
“Cabrini provides an environment where I can blur the lines between the classroom and the community,” he says.
“Whether it’s working with students on the Norristown Arts Festival in my Engagements with the Common Good course or conducting a market research project for Entrepreneur Works in my Marketing Research course, students can see the real application and importance behind the subjects they study.”
As an educator, Malm feels his primary responsibility is to help students comprehend the subject matter so they can grasp concepts and theories and apply them to real-life situations.
One goal is to help students connect with course material. Whether it’s through personal interest or recognizing that material could help them find a career, he believes students learn best when they take ownership of the material.
Malm earned a doctoral degree in economics with a focus on environmental economics and econometrics from Temple University, and a bachelor’s in economics and business with a minor in English from Lafayette College.
“Learning to write was the most important thing I learned in college,” Malm says about his English minor. His research interests include both campus technology policy and community-based research.
“While I had a strong business technology background, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with new teaching technologies,” Malm says of his ever-changing industry due to technology. “For example, I use textbooks from a publisher called FlatWorldKnowledge that allows me, as an instructor, to customize my textbook. I can change the order of chapters and add material using the publisher’s online platform.”
He also has published and presented work on engagement scholarship in journals and at national conferences. Engagement scholarship is a model whereby the College engages in partnership with the community, and projects and ideas come from the community instead of from the College.
“Community is really important to me,” Malm says. “Whether it’s collaborating with other faculty on a paper, working with students in Norristown, or volunteering at a soup kitchen with people from my church, I really enjoy the experience of working with others.”
Malm is a board member of the Norristown Arts Council, marketing chair of the Norristown Arts Festival, and member of Norristown Friends Meeting. He lives in Harleysville, Pa., with his wife Kim, and children James and Hannah.
Contact Information: Eric Malm, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics and Business Administration Grace Hall, Room 239 610-902-8286 firstname.lastname@example.org