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A student and a potential employer during a mock interview.

Part of the Gerstacker Institute's belief is that some things cannot be learned in a classroom. There are aspects of character that cannot be put on a résumé but will be recognized instantly during a job interview. The Gerstacker Institute helps students to learn these skills.

Etiquette Dinner
Although job interviews often occur in offices and conference rooms, many business meetings also take place during a meal. How you present yourself in this type of social setting may make or break an employer's decision to hire you. What do your table manners say about you? This workshop teaches the finer points of dining etiquette and prepares students for success in these situations.

Mock Interviews
The best way to acquire interview experience is to practice in the safety of your own institution. The mock interviews workshop is a daylong event in which hiring representatives from more than a dozen Michigan firms come to campus to give practice job interviews to Gerstacker students. Each student goes through a minimum of three interviews and is given feedback after each one. This allows them to identify and build upon their current strengths, as well as identify aspects of the interview process they need to work on.

Meet Gerstacker Students

Meet Our Students

Our students come from all walks of life. Their diverse backgrounds allow them to not only learn and grow from each other, but also leave a positive impression on the Gerstacker Institute. Each of our students leaves the program having made a significant impact on the program, their peers, and the professors who've instructed them.

This section is meant to give you an insight into the breadth of students we have in the program. These students not only share their professional and personal ambitions, but also share some of their fondest Gerstacker memories. Of course, from day one our students are taught to learn from each other's experiences, so look for advice for prospective students.

Read more about our students

Advisory Committee Members and Affiliated Faculty

Jon Hooks, Chair and Professor, Department of Economics and Management
B.S., 1984, Cameron University; M.A., 1985, University of Texas, Dallas; PhD, 1989, Michigan State University

Bindu Madhok, Chair and John W. Porter Endowed Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
B.A., 1983, University of Calcutta; Ph.D., 1990, Brown University

Al Pheley, Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
B.A., 1982, Indiana University; M.S., 1984, North Dakota State University; 1990, University of Minnesota

William Rose, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
B.A., 1981, & J.D., 1987, University of Toledo; Ph.D., 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Gregory Saltzman, Professor, Economics and Management
S.B., S.M., 1976, MIT; Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kyle Shanton, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education
B.A., 1985 University of Iowa; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., 1998, University of Arizona

Douglas White, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
B.S., 1976, Pennsylvania State University; M.S., 1978, University of Tennessee;
Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University