According to Lillian Boehmer, she’s learned as much from her students as they were supposed to learn from her.
Boehmer, Associate Professor of Management, has taught business classes in the Degree Completion program designed for working adults including thirty-four cohorts at the Elyria Academic Center and twenty-four at the Downtown Cleveland location.
“I have truly enjoyed teaching adults because they are extremely engaged, enthusiastic learners,” said Boehmer. “They bring their workplace experiences into the classroom, which has made me, learn from them.”
She considered the opportunity to teach cohorts a true privilege. In the cohort situation, the group of students who enroll at the same time complete classes together.
“The best part was the experience of seeing my students grow, gain confidence, and realize their abilities,” she noted. “They were like different people by that last class.”
Not only did she teach, but she also updated and adapted the program’s curriculum for fifteen years.
“The business world changes so much, so fast, and educational programs in the field have to keep up to be relevant to students,” Boehmer said.
Her own unique work environment being a part of an off-campus program meant she also had to constantly adapt in order to fulfill students’ needs.
Previous to teaching, Boehmer spent twenty-five years in IT as a software developer, management, database, and project management consultant, a systems analyst, and a manager. Her last job was as a director of systems development and strategic planning.
“I want to do some traveling, focus on my fiber art, be more active in the Textile Arts Alliance at the Cleveland Art Museum, take some classes at all the schools around me, read some novels, relax, return to volunteering at the Cleveland Art museum, and visit my nephew in Oregon,” she said.