When Dr. Jose Saavedra Torres
arrived at Northern Kentucky University for an on-campus job interview in 2019, he knew it was the place for him.
“I fell in love with it—the campus and the people,” he says. “I had no clue about northern Kentucky. I had no ties here. But that sense of community was so real, not like a corporation. When you have this kind of community, it’s easier to grow.”
Dr. Saavedra T, who is from Venezuela, is an assistant professor of marketing
on the tenure track. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in advertising and public relations from the Universidad del Zulia and then pursued a dual-degree MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración and Emory University. But his goal wasn’t always to work in higher education.
“I planned to join the corporate world, but I loved the idea of being a professor,” he says. “For the first time, I thought, ‘I could do that as a career.’ But in my head, I knew I needed more experience to work in academia.”
Dr. Saavedra T gained teaching experience as an adjunct professor for six years while he worked full time in various roles in marketing and advertising.