By Lisa Erhart – Among the many new faces at William Jewell College this fall, business professor Tabetha Hazels feels back at home in Jewell Hall.
A native of Leavenworth, Kansas, Hazels attended William Jewell College where she studied Business Administration and English and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She knew from the beginning that she wanted to eventually teach business law so she set her sights on achieving that goal. While at Jewell, she was actively involved in the Delta Zeta Sorority, the Academic Achievement Center, and Delta Mu Delta (Jewell’s national honor society in business administration). Throughout college, she worked vigorously to balance academics and outside jobs. Jewell impacted her life positively as she was able to form one-on-one relationships with her professors and get valuable guidance as a participant in the mentor program.
Upon graduating from Jewell, Hazels worked for a year before pursuing her MBA at the University of Kansas. She then worked at Arthur Anderson Consulting, one of the most well known accounting firms in America, before returning to KU to study law. Hazels holds both MBA and J.D. degrees from KU.
When she saw Jewell’s posting for a new business professor postion, Hazels immediately applied with excitement. Her primary goal as a new business professor is to “make students excited about business” by “challenging them and portraying to them different aspects within business.” Hazels is passionate about her new career and currently teaches courses in Business Law and Ethics, and Introduction to Business. To all of the current students at Jewell, Hazels’ one piece of advice would be to “pick something that you are passionate about because if you are passionate about it, you will find a career that you are interested in.”
Hazels currently lives in Parkville, Missouri with her husband, David, and two children.