Adjunct Professor; Economics, Finance, Accounting, and Quantitative Methods Department
David Christopherson earned his B.A. degree from Hamline in 1970, majoring in Religion. Like most professors within Hamline’s School of Business, Christopherson is a “pracademician,” integrating practical business-experience insights with textbook theories. He worked for 15 years for two different life insurance companies, serving in a variety of line and staff positions, including Vice President of Sales; and for another 15 years he taught at St. Cloud State University, where he was named by its School of Business the inaugural “Students’ Choice Professor of the Year.” Most of his published research was conducted within the areas of health-care financing and estate planning.
Since returning to his alma mater several years ago, he has taught ten different finance-related courses within Hamline’s School of Business. Christopherson also continues not only to consult with small businesses on strategic management issues, but also to serve the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Minneapolis in a variety of volunteer roles. He earned both his MBA and PhD degrees from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
An energetic and engaging instructor, Christopherson is devoted as much to students’ skill development as to their knowledge acquisition. The skills he sees most valued by employers are: communications (both oral and written), time management, team leadership, and conceptual (not just critical) thinking. He believes that those who desire to “think outside the box” can develop the skills needed to “create their own new boxes.”
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”