Prof profile: Business instructor working to encourage creativity in the workplaceBy Sarah Bitting • October 22, 2009 • Category: Uncategorized
Todd Carothers, a new instructor at UW-Platteville, teaches accounting and business classes. He was hired to teach a new class called Cost Containment, which teaches how struggling businesses could trim costs.
Carothers is an Eau Claire native and currently lives in Sun Prairie, which is outside of Madison. He attended UW-Eau Claire and double majored in accounting and management information systems. He furthered his education at UW-Madison where he received his Masters of Business Administration.
Carothers has two boys, 10 and 8, who are full of life, and a wife who is a high school teacher in Sun Prairie.
Carothers was a public accountant for 10 years at Deloitte Touche. His decade of experience gave him a, “better understanding of how to sell the business, serve the business and manage the business.” He then made a move to Meriter Hospital where he taught and trained new employees.
“That is where I developed my love for teaching,” Carothers said. “I developed a passion to see my team members succeed when they thought they couldn’t.”
It was Meriter Hospital where he realized the need for creativity in the work place. “True creativity is a free flow of ideas.”
When it comes to passions and hobbies, Carothers has a few. Besides his passion for accounting, he also spends time volunteering for parks and recreation, has written lyrics for close to 30 songs and is an executive board member of the Wisconsin Literacy Program, which helps individuals who struggle with reading and writing. Two things on the professor’s bucket list would be to perform a five-minute comedy skit, although he is a natural introvert, and “I want my children to have success and be happy however they define it,” Carothers said.
Professor Carothers is happy to be at UW- Platteville. He finds joy in being able to collaborate with his students.
“In business you concentrate on the numbers and facts,” Crothers said. “Here I am able to concentrate on the people.”
When asked what message he would like to send to students, he replied: “College is a time when you find out who you are.”