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Combining his public school and college experiences, Jim Mansfield, professor emeritus of business education Jim Mansfield has dedicated more than 40 years to the field of education, the last 11 of which were spent preparing UCM students enrolled in courses and programs offered by the Department of Career and Technology Education.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in business education from Mankato State University in Mankato, MN in 1969, Mansfield taught high school business education in Van Horne, IA for four years, once being selected as “Teacher of the Year.” Additional public school experience followed at Blue Earth, MN, where he taught secondary business education and become assistant principal in the local school district, followed by teaching and chairing a department in the Truman, MN public schools.
The pursuit of graduate education brought Mansfield to the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he graduated in 1991 with a master’s degree in education, followed by a doctorate with a major in business education in 1993. Afterwards, he became an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and served there until 1999 when he accepted a job as an associate professor of business education at UCM.
His tenure at UCM included teaching courses such as Advanced Computer Applications, Business Education Technology, Desktop Publishing, Methods of Business Education, Special Methods in Business Teacher Education, and Field Experience for Student Teachers. As the business education student teaching coordinator, he worked with high schools across the state of Missouri in the supervision of more than 300 student teachers.
Mansfield was engaged in numerous scholarly activities including authoring and co-authoring articles for numerous professional education journals. He also got involved in committee work at the department, college and university levels.