Whitney Westrich

Whitney Westrich

Assistant Professor Educator

Professional Summary

In 2015, Whitney joined the Accounting Department at the Lindner College of Business to teach undergraduate and graduate business law courses. In 2012, Whitney began teaching Employment Law as an Adjunct at the University of Cincinnati, Paralegal Studies Program, CECH. Whitney earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Miami University in 1998 and her Juris Doctorate, from the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2002. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati Faculty, for 11 years, Whitney Westrich was Assistant General Counsel at Luxottica, (parent company for LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, Oakley, and EyeMed Vision Care), a leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear with over 7,000 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa, Latin America and Europe. Her role encompasses legal support for over 1,500 retail locations in North America. She is responsible for commercial lease agreements and other commercial contracts and manages a team of seven legal professionals. Prior to joining Luxottica, she provided in house legal support for the Consumer Lending Division of US Bank. She began her legal career in Butler County, Court of Common Pleas as a Bailiff (1999 to 2002) for Judge Matthew J. Crehan. Whitney serves as a volunteer UpSpring, a local non-profit providing educational and enrichment programs, transportation, and other specialized services to children experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati. Whitney has enjoyed her service to the Southwest Ohio Chapter of ACC as Program Committee Chair, VP, and President.

Education

JD: Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law Highland Heights, KY, 2002 (Law)

BS: Miami University Oxford, Ohio, 1998 (Business Management)

Honors and Awards

02-20-2018 Nominated for the Michael L. Dean Excellence in Classroom Education and Learning (EXCEL) Undergraduate Teaching Award Level:College Type:Teaching

12-13-2016 Faculty Development Grant Award I applied for and was awarded a faculty development grant which funded my attendance at the Teaching Professor Conference in June of 2017. Level:College Type:Teaching

Service

UpSpring (Planned community outreach event on behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel to benefit local children experiencing homelessness through UpSpring (www.UpSpring.org). ) Volunteer Type:Community Service Level:Public 02-01-2016 -07-16-2016

Faculty Senate (As a Faculty Senate representative I will attend meetings and represent the College of Business faculty at the monthly meetings, and keep our faculty informed of important decisions. ) Faculty Senate Representative for COB Type:University Level:University 08-17-2017

Business Law & Ethics Certificate Program (I worked, with the support of my department head, to research, propose and secure approvals for this program. As the program director, my focus for 2018-2019 will be promoting the program to encourage students to enroll. ) Program Director Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 09-15-2017 -08-31-2018

Course Coordinator, BLAW 2080 (I served as the course coordinator for BLAW 2080. I assisted with review and revisions to Learning Objectives and communicated course expectations and revisions to BLAW faculty. My focus in 2018-2019 is to communicate with faculty at Clermont and Blue Ash. ) Faculty Advisor Type:Departmental Service Level:Department Bad Format: 20170900 -08-31-2018

Mentoring Adjunct Instructors (I provided guidance, direction, course content and assistance with course set up to Business Law adjunct instructors. I also interviewed prospective adjuncts. ) Faculty Mentor Type:Departmental Service Level:Department Bad Format: 20170900 -08-31-2018

Faculty Senate (I volunteered to serve as a Faculty Senate Member representing COB for a term from August 2017 to May 2019. ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University Bad Format: 20170800

Lindner Women in Business (I connected with Lindner Women in Business and offered to assist/mentor the group"s activities and events. I will participate as a panel member in an event on 9/6/17. ) Faculty Mentor Type:University/College Service Level:University 08-01-2017

LCB Honors Curriculum Committee (I was asked to participate in this committee and am also a member of the Faculty Resources Sub-committee. ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University Bad Format: 20170700

Supreme Court of Ohio- New Lawyer Mentoring Program (I served as a mentor for the Supreme Court of Ohio New Lawyer Mentoring Program (since 2008). I meet with a new lawyer in his/her first year of practice to provide guidance on topics like professionalism, substance abuse, conflicts of interest, etc. ) Mentor Type:Prof. Org. Level:Service to Professional Associations 02-01-2016

100 Wise Women (I was nominated to lead a discussion with a group of local professionals on the “TED Talk: Forget the Pecking Order at Work.” Research at MIT showed that “high-achieving groups” weren"t the ones that had members with the high IQs or the highest aggregate IQs across the members of the group. Instead they had 3 characteristics: 1)they showed high degree of social sensitivity to each other 2) they gave roughly equal time to each other, so that no one voice dominated 3) they had more women who typically score more highly on the empathy test ) Discussion Facilitator Type:Prof. Org. Level:Service to Professional Associations 07-14-2017 -07-14-2017

Women Lawyers Event-Planning Committee (I served as 1 of 6 planning committee members to plan this biannual Women Lawyers Development Event in connection with the Association of Corporate Counsel"s Southwest Ohio Chapter. ) Planning Committee Member Type:Prof. Org. Level:Service to Professional Associations 01-01-2016 -10-11-2016

Professional Affiliation

09-2015: Academy of Legal Studies in Business, National

Courses Taught

BLAW FOR ACCTS

BLAW FOR ACCTS

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

NEGOTIATIONS

TEACHING ASSISTANT

BLAW FOR ACCTS

BLAW FOR ACCTS

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

GLOBAL LEGAL ENV

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

BLAWFORACCTS

BLAWFORACCTS

EMPLOYMENTLAW

LEGALENVIRONMENT

LEGALENVIRONMENT

NEGOTIATIONS

BLAW FOR ACCTS

BLAW FOR ACCTS

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

GLOBAL LEGAL ENV

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

BLAW FOR ACCTS

EMPLOYMENT LAW

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

NEGOTIATIONS

BUS ORG & SEC LAW

Business Organizations, Securities and Accountants Legal Liability

Global Legal Environment

Legal Environment of Business

Legal Environment of Business

Commercial Transactions and Bankruptcy Law

Legal Environment of Business

Legal Environment of Business

Legal Environment of Business

Legal Environment of Business

Faculty Development Activities

06-02-2017 -06-04-2017 The Teaching Professor"s Conference This faculty development conference featured plenary sessions and workshops through which I was exposed to techniques on how to connect with today’s students, use new technology, and apply active-learning strategies. , Magna Publications St. Louis, MO, USA Type:Conference Attendance

08-13-2016 -04-30-2017 Jr. Faculty Learning Community-CETL at UC- August 2016 to April 2017 I applied for and was accepted into this Learning Community. As 1 of 14 members of this Learning Community, I participate in monthly sessions and am working on a project with a sub-group of the Community on Active Learning Techniques. I will deliver my active learning concept (Gallery Walk for exam preparation) in Spring 2017. , UC CETL Cincinnati, OH, US Type:Faculty Learning Community

11-18-2016 -11-20-2016 Lilly Conference on College Teaching- Miami University- November 2016 I had the opportunity to attend this conference focused on the development of teaching in November at Miami University. This was a very valuable opportunity to gain exposure to practical teaching ideas. I attended sessions focused on both live and on-line course delivery. , Miami University CETL Oxford, OH, US Type:Conference Attendance

08-07-2016 -08-01-2016 ALSB Annual Conference-August 2016 This was a very beneficial meeting for me. I gained insights and implemented 2 activities/assignments that were presented at the Master Teachers’ Presentation (Nolan Ryan Rookie Card Ethics case study and Build-A-Business Activity). I also connected with and joined a subcommittee dedicated to the new content for Law for Accountants (Blaw 8060). , Association of Legal Studies in Business San Juan, PR, US Type:Conference Attendance

05-09-2016 -05-13-2016 Active Learning in the Large Enrollment Classroom Institute-CETL at UC- May 2016 May 2016 - gained an in depth understanding of various active learning techniques. I prepared and delivered a new active learning exercise in this workshop. , UC CETL Cincinnati, Ohio, US Type:Workshop

Contact Information

315 Carl H. Lindner Hall
Phone: 513-556-9026
Fax: 513-556-6278
westriwy@ucmail.uc.edu