“Marygrove’s HRM program gives students the theoretical framework that helps them put the field into context,” says alumna, Rita Fields. Currently, Rita is Vice President of Human Resources at McLaren Oakland, where she is in charge of physician recruitment and retention.
Rita reflects fondly on her experience in Marygrove’s Master of Arts in Human Resource Management program for several reasons: First, “I felt valued; I was able to connect with people and interact with professors who cared deeply about their students and wanted to support them.” She also explains that the HRM program exposed her to the “expertise of real-life practitioners and the internal validation process.” An added bonus, Rita says, was that the “program was tailored to accommodate the working individual—so the ease of access was tremendously important for me.”
In addition to receiving her M.A. from Marygrove in 2002, Rita was also a double major who earned a B.A. in English and Psychology at the college. During her time at Marygrove, she served as a member of the Presidential Search Committee where her professional insights proved to play an invaluable part in hiring President Dr. Fike. In the fall 2012, she will return to Marygrove as an adjunct instructor. “I feel like I’ve never really left,” she laughs. When she returns in the fall, she will be teaching a course on Employee Selection; she looks forward to exposing her students not only to on-campus practitioners, but mentors outside the campus gates as well.
In addition to this, Rita has finally closed one big chapter in her life: Her Doctorate of Management (from Walsh College). In May, she defended her dissertation that focuses on the 1967 Detroit Riot and how it impacted leadership in the city of Detroit. Congratulations, Rita!