Deborah L. Windes
Associate Professor of Business
on faculty since 2010
I love the human side of organizations—how people work together, how they handle conflict, how they are motivated, how they address ethical dilemmas, how they embrace or resist change
No matter what students decide to major in, they will end up involved with organizations. And Dr. Deb Windes seeks to bring God’s perspective to the classroom and challenge students to see those they work with and interact with as image-bearers of God.
“How organizations function is important to the well-being of those who operate within them and for those who come into contact with them. The business department at Trinity is committed to not only graduate students who have the technical skills necessary for the business world, but who see a calling into the business world as a holy calling, one that will allow them to participate in God’s redemptive plan in the world.”
What drew her to Trinity:
Windes went to a small school much like Trinity, and enjoyed her experience there. “I love that I get to know my students really well, I love to see them grow, I love to see them get excited about the things that excite me. I love to teach students how to navigate the journey from student to professional.”
Windes focuses her research on what happens in industries and organizations that are faced with pressures to change. “Why do some organizations innovate, and what prevents others from adapting to environmental changes? With the pace of change accelerating, how do we prepare students to function well in a white-water environment?”
When she’s not teaching:
Windes is deeply involved with her church and family, including her husband, daughter and parents.
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois 1993
B.A., North Park College, Chicago, Illinois, 1980
Courses and Publications/Research
- Business Ethics
- Business Research Methods
- Human Resource Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Professional Communications
“Administrator’s Views on Factors Influencing Full-Time Faculty Members’ Participation in Online Education,” with Lesht, F. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 14(5). 2011.
“Square Pegs, Round Holes: Distance Students and Campus Priorities in the Academic Community,” with Wherry, M. Continuing Higher Education Review, 74, pg. 110. 2010.
“Online Education in Higher Education. What Factors Facilitate or Inhibit it?” with Lesht, F. e-mentor, 3 (35), pg. 82. 2010.
“When Distant Technologies Meet the Student Code,” with Wherry, M. In D. Gearhart (Ed.) Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs, Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 2009.
“The Cost of Living in a Suburban Paradise.” Books & Culture, 4(1) pg. 6
“Bringing Management Skills Education into the Mainstream,” with Whetten, D.A., May, D.R., and Bookstaver, D. In J.D. Bigelow (Ed.) Managerial Skills, Beverly Hills, CA: Sage. 1991.
Awards and Memberships
Professional Society Membership
- Christian Business Faculty Association
- American Association for Collegiate Independent Study (AACIS)