John D Pollard
Director of the Leadership in Action Program - Business
Telephone: (410) 532-5596
Office: 016C Fourier Hall
MBA, Loyola University, Maryland, Dual Concentrations in Management and Health Care Administration
BA, Syracuse University, Biology and Psychology split major
As a career federal civil servant with the Social Security administration, I retired in 2002 after 33 years of service as a program manager in the Agency’s Office of Training. I was responsible for the selection, training and ongoing development of the Agency’s 6,000 supervisors, managers and executives, serving at the GS-14 and 15 levels in that capacity. Circumstance caused me to embark on a collateral secondary career as an instructor at Towson University in 1978, where I was employed as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Business. I eventually attained the rank of Assistant Professor and taught business courses there until 1990. I found teaching at the collegiate level to be personally satisfying, and decided to expand those opportunities by teaching in Notre Dame’s new graduate program in Management starting in 1986. I have been at Notre Dame ever since, teaching in the Department of Business and Economics at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Areas of expertise include leadership, business policy, human resource management, teamwork and organizational development and behavior. In addition to my teaching duties, since 2013 I have served as the Director of the Leadership in Action Program, a cutting-edge leadership development program wherein students carry out a leadership project of challenge and value supported by an experienced volunteer coach from the business community.
I am deeply committed to Notre Dame and in particular its educational philosophy of educating men and women to transform the world through leadership. As an example of that commitment, in 1987 I founded and endowed the Pollard Prize in Management Excellence, which is an annual award given to that graduating student in Management voted on by her or his peers who most exemplifies the caring, nurturing and inspirational qualities of most effective leaders—that person they would most want to work for. As for my personal teaching philosophy, I truly believe that if learning can be made enjoyable, students will be more academically successful, and I try to instill that learning environment in every class I teach.