Spartans of UD: Deepa (May) Sukumaran

Dec 6, 2017 | University Relations staff

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study on campus. Deepa (May) Sukumaran (MBA’16) is a full-time teaching specialist in business and graduate program coordinator.

Spartans of UD - May Sukumaran

Graduate Program Coordinator l Teaching Specialist in Business 

1. Why did you choose to obtain your master of business administration at UD?

“I chose to pursue my MBA with University of Dubuque because of the structure of the program. I was allowed to take up to three courses per semester and the courses varied from quantitative to qualitative. Also, I liked the diversity of the campus and the warm welcome I received from the community here.”

2. What do you enjoy most about your role as graduate program coordinator?

“I enjoy my interaction with the graduate students, especially with our cohort students who are surprised when they find out I can speak their country’s language. That usually eases them up a little bit or makes them chuckle a whole lot because they did not see that coming.”

3. As a teaching specialist in business, how are you able to help students?

“I try to understand why some of my students struggle in their class by meeting with them one-on-one to go through the course material or find an alternative way for them to study and better understand the material. Thanks to my colleague, Molly Hein, adjunct business faculty, I have incorporated some new teaching methods such as Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform, in my management class.”

4. What advice do you have for graduate students?

“My advice for graduate students is to remember what brought you here in the first place and why you chose to be part of the graduate program. Classes might be challenging at times, but look at it as a good challenge that helps you to prepare for what is out there.”

5. What is your favorite place on campus?

I don’t necessary have a favorite place, but one of the places that I like to walk past is The Quad in front of Alumni Hall. I like the architecture of the gateway and all the red bricks on the ground.”