My name is Fr. Dan Parrish and I am an Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Management department at the Pamplin School of Business. As long as I can remember I have loved making systems work. Whether it was serving in student government, or organizing charity auctions, or helping revamp the inner workings of a residence hall, management was always a deep interest. So when it came time to head to grad school, organizational behavior and management was my field of choice.
It’s especially fun because while some problems are finance problems, or accounting problems, all problems are organizational problems—we can analyze any challenge from an organizational perspective. That keeps management very interesting for those of us who study it!
As a side note, during my sophomore year (1992) at UP, I participated in a study abroad program in Salzburg. Ich bin kein Berliner, aber ich bin Salzburger! If you are thinking about participating in one of our study abroad programs, and would like to know more about my experience, please let me know.
Currently, I belong to the Western Academy of Management and the Academy of Management. These are potentially great places to do some networking with industry professionals. Networking is a great way to find out about what is happening in the industry and can in the future help you get the unadvertised dream job you want!
My professional interests include organizational sense-making, leadership, organizational behavior, and entrepreneurship. I am currently researching sense-making by examining entrepreneurship in the wine industry, the dangers of wildland firefighting, and the challenges confronting college leaders regarding undocumented student access to their institutions.
From my professional profile you may not know that I am an avid hunter. I also really enjoy fishing, camping, hiking and biking. I just love the outdoors—the further I can get away from cities, the happier I am. I really enjoy golf, though I’m not very good at it. . .yet. . . I am an avid baker of breads and cookies and always keep something on hand in my room (229 Lund Family Hall) for students who stop by.
I am a big college football fan—Go Irish! (University of Notre Dame)—and I serve as the chaplain for the UP men’s basketball team—Go Pilots! I play a 12 string Taylor guitar, and one of my favorite happy places is our woodshop at Holy Cross Court (on Portsmouth across from the baseball stadium) where I dabble in one of my favorite hobbies, woodworking, usually while puffing on a fine cigar. At the end of a long day of teaching and research, nothing hits the spot quite like a glass of single malt scotch with my fellow Holy Cross brothers and priests.
The advice I would like for you to contemplate is simple. Find what you are good at (the kind of thing that really makes you feel alive) and then pursue it with all of your energy. As you become more skilled at whatever you do, give it away!
Remember that your talents do not belong to you but to the broader community. If you live a life of service to others—by making the most of your unique gifts and talents—you will make a lasting contribution and you’ll know peace and joy in the process. Give it all away!