Office: Traurig Lower Level
PhD Candidate – Fielding Graduate University
Master of Business Administration - University of New Haven
Bachelor of Science - Post University
Adjunct Professor - School of Business, Undergraduate & MBA
Corporate: Sales & Organizational Behavior Trainer
Christopher A. Szpryngel is an Academic Program Manager and professor for Post University's School of Business. He has developed, designed and currently teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University. He is also the former Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, and alum of Post University (Class of 1986). As the Director of Career Services, Mr. Szpryngel provided support to students and alumni in the following areas: career counseling, job searches, internships, co-ops, and resume development and critiques. He helped develop the Career Self-Awareness curriculum for Post University and currently oversees the program. He writes, "Career Development Theory, specifically Career Constructivism, is not just about helping students find jobs based on skills, interests and abilities. It is also about helping students find meaning in their work, throughout a lifetime as employees, parents, children, students and individuals".
Mr. Szpryngel has more than 25 years of experience in the Environmental Services industry as an entrepreneur, consultant, manager and educator. He has held management and leadership positions for some of the largest companies in the green industry including TruGreen, F.A. Bartlett, Savatree and Alpine: The Care of Trees. Mr. Szpryngel is also a former Military Policeman, serving in the U.S. Army from 1983-1989. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and is on the Education Committee, helping create awareness and appreciation for the Arts in the Greater Waterbury region.
Chris is currently a doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University, working towards his second master's degree and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven and his bachelor's degree from Post University.
Mr. Szpryngel's teaching philosophy is based on adult learning theory and experiential learning models.
Students come to class with previous experiences, knowledge, self-direction, interests, and competencies. Learners will become engaged, if goals and objectives are considered realistic and important to them. Experiential learning in the form of internships, co-ops, civic, social and volunteer experiences, involves a 'direct encounter with the phenomena being studied rather than merely thinking about the encounter, or only considering the possibility of doing something about it.' (Borzak 1981: 9 quoted in Brookfield 1983).
I hear, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand.
- Ancient Chinese proverb
Mr. Szpryngel lives in Waterbury, Connecticut with his wife Lisa. They have three children: Eric, Marialaina and Michael.
Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Schools and Employers (NACE)
Connecticut Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CCEIA)