While on campus last November to interview with the Heider College of Business, Tirimba Obonyo, PhD, CFA, assistant professor of finance, attended the Creighton Business Symposium. What he saw cemented his desire to join the university’s faculty. Impressed that the symposium was student-run, he looked forward to “teaching here and working with students who are very professional and very engaged,” he says.
Engagement, in fact, is important to Obonyo. Next to expertise, it is the most important quality of a successful professor. “I believe students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process,” says Obonyo, who spends a healthy amount of class time working through problems with his students rather than just showing his class how to do them.
Obonyo comes to Creighton from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he earned his doctorate in finance this past June. He graduated with a BA in economics and business, including a minor in mathematics, from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Obonyo hopes to expose students to Africa through study abroad programming. Student participation and their level of engagement at the recent Africa Rising Week demonstrated to Obonyo their keen interest in his home continent. He also hopes to guide student research and conduct interdisciplinary research with his colleagues.
And then there is the soccer. Obonyo took in a recent game in which the Bluejays were trailing 1-0, tied with just 20 seconds left and went on to win in overtime. Thrilled, he sent video highlights to his friends. “You can’t make this stuff up!” he says.
“Overall,” he continues, “Creighton has the makings of a fantastic place for a great academic career, one that is balanced between teaching and scholarly work.” And let’s not forget soccer.