Dr. Julie Kliegl, assistant professor of business administration, will be ending her teaching career at Wartburg at the conclusion of Winter Term due to family obligations.
Kliegl has been teaching at Wartburg for six years. She said she hopes to maintain her relationships with her students.
“I won’t really leave them,” she said. “In some ways, relationships with students get better after graduation. I stay in touch and write them letters of recommendation. I feel like that won’t just go away. I’m hoping to still be able to do that.”
Business Department Chair Kimberly Folkers said Kliegl’s May Term class will be covered and her and the rest of the department are working on covering her classes for next year.
“They will be covered. We’re not intending to drop any classes,” Folkers said. “We’re still putting together a plan that will be clear in a couple weeks.”
During her time at Wartburg, Kliegl said she and others have been involved in raising the profile of scholarship in the business department.
“We’ve had research papers accepted at academic conferences. I hope my department will continues to place value on that,” she said. “I hope we continue to foster those kinds of things.”
Folkers said Kliegl has had a tremendous effect on the leadership program at Wartburg and was involved in the proposal for a post-baccalaureate degree in leadership.
“She really embodies a love for lifelong learning and the liberal arts,” Folkers said. “She’s had an impact on the senior seminar in business and introduced a rigorous senior thesis.”
Kliegl said she’s learned a lot about the different ways students discover their dreams and paths in life.
“What I’ve discovered is your undergrad doesn’t determine where you’re going to land. It’s fun to work with students and help them determine these paths,” Kliegl said.
Kliegl said she hopes students remember to study broadly and appreciate the variety of classes they can take at Wartburg.
“The world is an interdisciplinary place. Trust in the value of broad knowledge,” Kliegl said. “If you focus on becoming a good thinker, jobs will take care of themselves.”