Rebecca Scott

February 29, 2016

Rebecca Scott calls on her more than 13 years of military experience to bring the material she teaches in Cameron Business School to life. “The students seem to enjoy hearing about me being an ‘arms dealer’ with my $250 million budget,” she said with a laugh.

Scott, an assistant professor of information systems and operations management and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, has experience in finance, marketing, contracts, logistics, inventory and supply chain management. As part of her duties, she also steered a ship, learned how to be a sharp shooter and dealt with weapons acquisitions. She has always had an interest in finance. In fact, her initial plan was to conquer Wall Street after earning her master’s degree in international marketing. 

“Life happens, though, and you open your eyes to new opportunities and adventures that were definite ‘no’s’ before,” she said. “Because I had a master’s degree when I joined the Navy, I was given the opportunity to teach some college courses to the sailors on the ship. I loved it! I was teaching college algebra, but I was applying ship issues in the classroom. It made perfect sense to the sailors since they were actually using algebra on a daily basis but never realized it.”

The Navy assisted Scott in obtaining her MBA and Ph.D. in logistics and supply chain management – one of her specialty fields in the Navy.

“I’m a bit of an education junkie, so I get really excited when others can enjoy learning as much as I do,” she said. One of the things Scott loves the most about teaching is introducing students to new information. 

“It is wonderful seeing them learn something that can be applied in any field, especially when they don’t realize it can be at first,” she said. “I also enjoy the challenges I basically create for myself. I need to stay on top of what is going on in the operations management/logistics/supply chain world, then relate that information to various topics in the classroom. Plus, the amazing interaction that I have with students, faculty and staff feeds my thirst for knowledge and research.”

Scott, who joined UNCW this past fall, said she is excited to be a part of the UNCW family. 

“The students are the gems of UNCW. There are so any different backgrounds and stories, and I love to hear about their accomplishments and goals. It’s a very close-knit group, and I am very happy to be a part of it.”

--Venita Jenkins