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Professor’s Real-World Business Savvy Inspires Students

Dalia Sherif
Photo by Thomas B. Shea

In business, especially sales, it takes a determined, self-confident individual with a never-take-no-for-an-answer resolve, coupled with compassion, charisma and genuineness to close the deal.

It’s a delicate balance.

UHD’s Dalia Sherif, Davies College of Business (COB) adjunct lecturer and coordinator of Graduate Services, perfected that balance during her time as a Communication Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Cairo, Egypt.

Today, she’s sharing that savvy in government and international business with her students.

Before making record-breaking billion-dollar deals, Sherif was a student at University of Cambridge, England where she earned an International General Certificate of Secondary Education. She then studied at The American University in Cairo where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She went on to earn a Master of Business Administration at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Presently, she’s wrapping up her doctorate in Industrial and Organization Psychology from Grand Canyon University, Arizona.

“In my culture, success is defined by your level of perseverance,” said Sherif. “I always tell my students to be persistent and tough-minded in the face of failure and loss. Never let the beliefs of others limit what’s possible for you.”

“She makes the class material relevant to students from various backgrounds while using real-world examples that keep the entire class engaged.” –Earl Jumawan, UHD student

In 2016, Sherif received a special Excellence in Teaching Award from Interim President Michael A. Olivas thanks to an overwhelming response from her students.

“I try to personalize their education based on their specific needs and thresholds,”  Sherif said. “A student’s education experience and capacity to learn is as individual as they are. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all style of teaching, and I think students appreciate that.”

In business, you have be able to be productive within a group, which is why Sherif regularly includes interactive activities aimed at providing students with a virtual experience.

“Her creative classroom activities make learning fun and her class is something I look forward to after a long day.”
– Ashleigh Steadman Williams, UHD student

“I welcome arguments and debates. You can read as many books as you want, but it’s not education—its knowledge,” she said. “Education is when you put it into practice by sharing experiences and ideas.”

As a federal employee, Sherif received numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce for excellence in outreach and going above and beyond the call of duty in promoting American exports overseas.

She also worked as a liaison between Fortune 500 Companies and government representatives from several Middle Eastern countries and secured a multibillion dollar deal between Boeing and the Egyptian government.

Sherif was awarded an immigrant visa for her contributions, which enabled her family to move stateside. Two years later, Sherif joined the now Davies College of Business faculty.

Today, as Davies College coordinator of Graduate Services, she juggles marketing, retention, and recruitment for the University’s MBA program, but it’s Sherifs’ love of teaching, motivating and supporting her students that has them singing her praises.

“When students feel they have some ownership in the curriculum, they are more motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals,” she said. “I try to create an atmosphere that is intellectually and socially stimulating. I love working with students; my door is always open.”