Clayton State University’s School of Business recently welcomed Dr. Qiu Fang (Roswell), assistant professor of Healthcare Finance, to the faculty.
Fang earned her bachelor’s degree in international finance from the University of International Business and Economics in 1997. She worked for the Agricultural Development Bank of China, Beijing headquarters, for two years as an assistant economist until 1999. She then decided to pursue her doctoral degree at the Department of Economics at Utah State University. In 2003, she was awarded her doctoral degree of philosophy in economics.
Fang came to the Clayton State University because she felt it offered a unique opportunity to work in an environment where Healthcare Management, Economics and Finance programs were synergized within the same school.
“Being part of Clayton State University faculty and staff community means being a member of a big family where we all learn and grow together through contributing, sharing, and helping each other, pushing things in the right direction,” she says.
Fang plans for a successful school year for her students.
“It is not exaggerating to say that student success is one of the most important goals of our school and every other goal seems to serve this one way or the other,” she says.” As I am testing the waters here to better understand our students’ background, experience, learning style, and expectations. both internal and external, my plan for both this school year and the years ahead is to really push our students to a higher level of achievements. No pain, no gain. And I’m fully aware of the fact that this is not going to an easy ride, but I’ll try my best to make it a fun one.”
Fang admits there have been some challenges.
“I just gave the first exam to one of the classes I am teaching, and the results are not exactly what I expected,” she says. “There is a significant gap between my expectations of our students and their performance on the exam. The challenge for me right now is to figure out a way to close that gap while staying true to my plan.”
Although Fang will have to overcome some obstacles, she feels rewarded to have a relationship and network of faculty and staff members who are ready to step out of their way to help any time she asks or any time she doesn’t know what to ask for.