Christy Suciu, a lecturer in the management department, has been selected to travel to Bielefeld, Germany, during summer 2020 for a guest lectureship at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.
Suciu will be traveling to Bielefeld in May 2020 to teach a four-week course and faculty workshop dedicated to design thinking. Suciu teaches design thinking to undergraduate and master of business administration (MBA) students. She has worked with Boise State’s College of Business and Economics for 18 years.
“I have taught design thinking to my MBA students now for 35 semesters, and each time I get [student] comments sent to me saying, ‘this is exactly why we signed up for MBAs,’ ‘this is what we needed to think outside of the box, to be more creative, to be more innovative, to be in a successful team environment.’ So over and over again, it works,” said Suciu.
Design thinking, Suciu explained, “is a human-centered approach” to looking at creating new products and services “that focuses on the end user, the customer, and their wants and needs.”
Positive student feedback, as well as the fact that design thinking isn’t commonly offered to students, prompted Suciu to focus her guest lectureship on the topic.
“We are grateful for FH Bielefeld selecting a Boise State faculty member for the summer 2020 guest lecturer at the Bielefeld Summer International School,” said Gonzalo Bruce, assistant provost for the Center for Global Education. “Christy’s focus on design thinking and her innovative teaching style will add enormous value and dynamism to this program. Students from all over the world join this program, so it is a fantastic way for showing abroad the great things happening at Boise State.”