Joycelyn A. Finley, Ph.D.
Office Hours

UCOM  3702
TTH 10-12 & 1-2
Ph: (251) 460-6263
Fax: (251) 460-6519
75 N. University Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Joycelyn A. Finley, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Integrative Studies; Program Coordinator
Adult Education and Interdisciplinary Studies

B.B.A., Business Administration, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 1981
M.B.E., Business Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 1987
Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1996
Teaching Philosophy

I believe teaching is a shared and open-ended process of learning and inquiry. As such, I am a facilitator of curiosity, critical thinking and good citizenship. The goal of education is to develop the “ability to think.” Therefore, my metric of inquiry is one of utilitarianism that asks: Will the knowledge you gain in this course be useful? Will it apply to the “real-world? Have you developed a transferable skill?
My goal is to empower individuals to think critically and to know how the world works. Ultimately, I aim to equip students with the foundation and competitive edge to be successful, productive, and ethical citizens in today’s society.

Dr. Finley’s scholarly interests cover a broad range of topics including cultural competency, communication, ethics and cultural heritage tourism. She has several journal article publications including the Academy of Management Learning and Education and contributions to the following books: Building Bridges for Women of Color in Higher Education: A Practical Guide to Success; Diversity in Organizations: New Perspectives for a Changing Workplace; Managing the Organizational Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity; and Developing Competency to Manage Diversity.
Dr. Finley is actively involved in Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) program outreach via the following roles and activities:
  • Department Recruiter: Ongoing outreach to Veteran Job Fairs, Mobile County Public Schools , Community Colleges, Professional Associations, USA Days, etc.
  • Social Media: Developed the Program’s webpages, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
  • Traveling Exhibits: Created the USA Archeological Museum exhibit on the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile entitled: “History Matters” and the African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile Medical Tour in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Exploreum.
Dr. Joycelyn Finley is a Professor at the University of South Alabama and serves as the Adult Education and Program Coordinator for the Department of Integrative Studies in the College of Education and Professional Studies. She earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan's Graduate School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Finley presently serves on the Editorial Review Board for the SAM Advanced Management Journal. She is the past Co-chair for the Academy of Management Mentoring Committee and Executive Board member for the Academy of Management's Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division. Moreover, Dr. Finley is honored to serve as Vice President for the Friends of the African American Heritage Trail of Mobile.



IST 125 - Professional Conduct
IST 302 - Interdisciplinary & Critical Thinking
IST 320 - Cultural Competency
IST 330 - Analytical & Informational Literacy
IST 430 - Senior Research Thesis (W)
IST 494 - Directed Study
IST 498 - Internship I - Capstone Experience (W)
HTM 350 - Introduction to Hospitality Management