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Business and Management

Stephen W. Volz, D.B.A., PMP, CMQ/OE, BSP, SPHR


Program Chair, College of Business and Management

Leeds, Alabama

Project Management Professional. Strategy Consultant. Organizational Improvement Specialist. Family man.

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Education
  • Doctor of Business Administration, University of Phoenix (2009)
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of North Florida (1996)
Background

Dr. Stephen W. Volz is the Program Chair for the College of Business and Management at Colorado Technical University. As Program Chair he leads the Online College of Business and Management, manages the Lead Faculty team for the department, and serves on several academic committees. A top priority for Dr. Volz in his role as Chair is student and faculty engagement.

Before taking on his current role, Dr. Volz was a Lead Instructor for CTU’s School of Project Management. Prior to joining the team full-time, Dr. Volz was an Assistant Adjunct Professor with CTU while working full-time as a Senior Strategy Consultant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

Dr. Volz has more than 25 years of business and management experience. Positions held by Dr. Volz prior to joining CTU include Corporate Manager of Quality for an industrial parts distributor, Marketing Director for a home caregiving organization, and income tax professional. Dr. Volz also served in the Florida Army National Guard and was an examiner for the Alabama Quality Award program.

Currently, Dr. Volz serves as the President of the Project Management Institute – Central Alabama Chapter (PMI-CAC). His previous roles within the chapter included President-elect and Vice President of Education.

Dr. Volz holds the following certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP®) through the Project Management Institute, Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) through the American Society for Quality, and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the HR Certification Institute.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Business and Management, Project Management

  • Why are YOU IN?

    I believe in the application of concepts to help students learn.  This is directly related to CTU’s Professional Learning Model™, which I stress in the live chats.  The course concepts and scenarios, along with students’ experience, allow students to apply the PLM™ in their coursework.

  • What is your teaching philosophy?

    My teaching philosophy focuses on four simple basics: the sharing of knowledge, student engagement, practical application, and continuous improvement. 

  • Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?

    My primary interests outside of higher learning are spending time with my family and volunteering at my church and in other local organizations.  I take time away from all my work-related activities to have quality time with my wife, son and daughter.  We like attending amusement parks, including water parks, watching movies, going to local sporting events, and playing sports in the backyard.

  • Publications
    • Volz, S. (2010, July 29). Reward and recognition programs lead to organizational success. Retrieved from http://www.examiner.com/business-development-in-birmingham/reward-and-recognition-programs-lead-to-organizational-success

    • Volz, S. (2010, July 21). Engage employees to drive organizational performance. Retrieved from http://www.examiner.com/business-development-in-birmingham/engage-employees-to-drive-organizational-performance

    • Volz, S. W. (2009). An exploratory case study of workforce engagement activities used in quality award recipient organizations (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3401627)

  • Speaking Engagements
    • 2010 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama – Performance Incentive Plan Goal Setting.

    • 2010 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama – Performance Management Integration.

  • Awards or achievements
    • Army Commendation Medal (1995)
    • Florida Commendation Medal (1994)
  • Professional memberships
    • Project Management Institute (PMI) – 2010 to present
    • American Society for Quality (ASQ) Senior Member – 2000 to present
    • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) – 2008 - 2012
  • Research Interests
    • Organizational performance