Getting to know Bishop’s – Meet Dr. Michael Teed

Dr. Michael Teed

Getting to know your #Ubishops community is a must if you wish to fully immerse yourself into the BUbble! We decided to help you out by conducting monthly interviews with staff and faculty that contribute to the school’s success. This month we had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Michael Teed, Full Professor at the Williams School of Business. 

Dr. Michael Teed
Dr. Michael Teed, Full Professor, Williams School of Business

1 – Favourite book of all-time?
There are so many amazing books out there.  I am going to be bold and give you two answers. One of my favourite books growing up was 1984 by George Orwell. The idea of a government persecuting independent thinkers really hit a nerve with me. For my second favourite book, I am going to pick something that is a bit more applied. I started a book club at Bishop’s in the hopes of helping people develop themselves personally and professionally. I just finished Never Stop Learning – Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive by Bradley R. Staats. I loved this book! Mr. Staats really emphasizes the importance of taking the time to think, to learn from our failures, and to focus on the process of learning, not necessarily the outcome. More importantly, the author focuses on the importance of being aware of our own strengths and playing to them. It’s an interesting read; I would recommend it to anyone.

2 – Favourite group or singer?
Bruce Springsteen, hands down (and I am a music/concert junkie). Years ago, I was stuck in Montreal on a layover and Springsteen was playing a concert. At the time, I maybe knew two songs, but figured seeing a live show was better than hanging out in a hotel. I was floored by the amount of energy, passion, and engagement that Springsteen gave to his audience. I have been a fan ever since and have seen him live more times than I would like to publicly state.

3 – Favourite movie of all-time?
Shawshank Redemption. Seeing the main character being falsely accused of murdering someone, while still maintaining his hope and human decency, was inspiring. Plus, the ending is just phenomenal.

4 – Favourite spot on campus?
This is going to sound cliché, but in all seriousness, any classroom environment where I can interact with students. I am really fortunate to love my job! I am so grateful to be in an environment where I am given the opportunity to learn and better myself through my colleagues and students. I also love the idea of sharing information with others in the hopes of helping them develop themselves academically, professionally, and personally. That being said, the new Learning Commons is pretty exceptional.

5 – Favourite spot off-campus?
I really like everything the Townships have to offer. North Hatley is great in the summer, the lake is beautiful and the Saturday market is really quaint. Walking around Lac des Nations in downtown Sherbrooke is very relaxing. Also, all the apple orchards in Compton are great in the fall!

6 – Favourite #Ubishops moment?
Probably being the Master of Ceremony at my former student’s wedding. I don’t know many other universitiess where students or professors are given opportunities to develop such strong relationships. Also, randomly running into alums in other cities.

7 – Describe #Ubishops in three words.
Engaging, Fun, Networking – Bishop’s gives you so many opportunities to meet some exceptional people!

8 – If you had to switch jobs with someone on campus, what would it be and why?
Over the years, I have been fortunate to witness how hard my colleagues, be it faculty, admin, and support staff, work to serve our community. I would actually not take any job and just come back as a student. Having received my education from other institutions, I feel like I missed out on the Bishop’s experience. I would love to be a student at BU to experience first-hand all the amazing professors that we have on campus, to experience all the services that are geared towards helping students reach their full potential, and to be part of various student clubs and the student community.

9 – If you had to join a club or student group on campus, what would it be and why?
Student Representative Council (SRC
) – I am passionate for topics related to leadership and mental health. I would like to take my passions in those areas and use them to try to make a difference for the entire community at BU. Because of my involvement with them as a BUCS Advisor, I’m also very fond of the Bishop’s University Commerce Society (BUCS).

10 – If you had to go back to school, which program would you pick and why?
I really love what I do, so I am not sure that I would actually change my profession, but if I had to, likely medicine.

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1 Response
  1. Tatu Tanskanen

    Mike was definitely one of the best professors I’ve had during my studies! As exchange student, I remember taking all his classes that were available and after almost 9 years, I still remember a lot what we studied and did there!

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