James M. Hull College of Business
Buffie Schmidt, graduated with High Honors from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, in 1997, with a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. She earned an MBA from Augusta State University in 1999, after experiencing the business world Disney style. A Disney College Program alumni, the previous C++ programmer fell in love with finance after serving as the Magic Kingdom vault teller, cash control hostess, and attending Team Disney meetings during an internship in the Financial Services division. The relationship with the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, FL, continued until she accepted a position at the North American Headquarters for Frigidaire Home Products (now Electrolux) in Augusta, GA, as a member of an MBA project management team in 2000. Buffie continued to serve Electrolux, a 5 billion dollar division of the Swedish company AB Electrolux, as an analyst and product manager in sales, Interim Corporate Finance Director, and senior project manager for IT, Marketing, and Operations until getting married in late 2004. While with Electrolux Buffie was credited with the creation, implementation, and management of the company's first integrated rolling forecast system, overseeing the successful conversion of data warehousing to a Cognos/Upfront environment, and the creation and implementation of a corporate scorecard program ensuring quality improvement for suppliers. In 2003, Buffie became an adjunct professor for Troy University. Reminded of her first love, teaching, she earned a Specialist in Education from Augusta State University in 2009. She accepted a Lecturer position with the Hull College of Business following two years of teaching as an adjunct for the college.
I love teaching! I can teach just about anything. I have taught Economics, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Corporate Finance, Communications, Ethics, Marketing, Information systems, and various other management and computer related courses.
Currently I am working on research projects surrounding the impact of teaching techniques such as flipping as well as the occurrences and ability of faculty to prevent integrity violations. I am also interested in the effectiveness of leadership styles, the impact one's personality has on leadership style, production streamlining, effects of past experiences on future experiences, the effect of corporate structure on efficiency, and anything supply chain or strategic related.