Dewaynna Horn, PhD

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Dewaynna Horn, PhD, originally planned to pursue a career in chemical engineering, not business. Then, life happened. Horn dropped out of school twice before committing to college full time at age 21. That’s when business found her. Horn is now the College of Business’s associate professor of management and associate dean for accreditation on Texas Woman’s Houston campus.

Horn had a child before the 11th grade of her high school career and began working full time in the banking and financial services industry after dropping out of college. She chose to pursue a business degree because she found business programs had more opportunities for night classes that helped advance her career.

“I took night classes while working full time during the day in banking and financial services industry,” says Horn. “The more I learned, the more I advanced at work.”

Horn completed a bachelor’s degree at Belhaven University and an MBA at Milsaps College. In her search for part-time work as an adjunct business instructor, Horn never thought about getting a PhD and being a professor. Until she discovered the PhD Project, which provides resources and support to minorities seeking a business doctorate to increase diversity at universities and in the workplace.

Prior to that, I never even thought about being a professor, because not one of my business professors looked like me. I could not relate to my professors, and I never asked them any questions, nor did they ever discuss anything about their career.

“Prior to that, I never even thought about being a professor, because not one of my business professors looked like me,” says Horn. “I could not relate to my professors, and I never asked them any questions, nor did they ever discuss anything about their career.”

Horn went on to earn a PhD in management from Jackson State University and began working at TWU as a tenure-track assistant professor.

“Although TWU has a heavy emphasis on women, our students, faculty, staff and stakeholders are very diverse along all other dimensions,” Horn says on why she loves TWU. “This helps to foster an environment of creativity and innovation.”

 

Although TWU has a heavy emphasis on women, our students, faculty, staff and stakeholders are very diverse along all other dimensions. This helps to foster an environment of creativity and innovation.

Horn’s research with TWU consists of studying organizational citizenship behavior, leadership, teams, positive job attitudes and e-commerce success. Horn also brings real world experiences to her classes through the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance. Her students work with existing local businesses providing strategic recommendations and have their business plans critiqued by industry executives.

Horn says her goal is for “women to look to TWU’s College of Business as a resource to develop and advance their leadership skills and to build and scale their businesses.”

I took night classes while working full time during the day in banking and financial services industry. The more I learned, the more I advanced at work.

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