Dr. Kimberly M. Hurns is a business instructor at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) where she teaches general business, marketing, management and business communication. Her work at WCC has included committee work in the areas of student retention, assessment and faculty professional development.
Prior to Hurns career change to education, she spent 10 years working in the technology industry in sales, marketing and project management positions. During her tenure with Ameritech, Hurns worked on projects during the birth of the Internet and its rapid growth. She developed the majority of her professional skills as the Director of Marketing for a small software reseller in Schaumburg, IL.
Hurns’ experience in technology and marketing is a unique convergence that positioned her to build a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategy for a public-sector software firm. These strategies included email and relationship tactics that were cutting-edge at the time. She continues her interest in both technology and marketing through social media consulting and curriculum development. Hurns has been a part of multiple entrepreneurial endeavors including part ownership of a micro-blog site.
Hurns participated in the Center for International Business Education Research 14-day program studying business opportunities and economic development in South Africa and Kenya. She was selected in June 2008 to participate in the National Endowment for Humanities summer program studying Henry Ford and American Industrial, Labor and Cultural History.
Kimberly earned a BBA in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from Loyola University in Marketing and Strategic Information Systems. Her graduate studies at Loyola included studies in Rome, Italy. She received her Doctorate in Management and Executive Leadership from Walsh College. Her dissertation studied the correlation of workplace learning and reflective practice; Business Professionals’ Reflective Practice in the Workplace.
Hurns has published a variety of curriculum tools for business textbooks and she writes for a variety of websites including her own blog. She is the vice-president for Brothers Making a Difference (BMAD); a non-profit focused on the development of life-skills and character education for elementary age boys. She is a a member of the executive board for Arts & Scraps and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Hurns is married to Norman C. Hurns Sr., they have three children; Kyla (10), Rhyan (8) and Norman Jr. (7).