Faculty Spotlight | Prof. Jason Kozak, MBA Program

Prof. Jason Kozak

"While many of my students are not specifically looking for a Human Resources degree, the information I focus on in class is relevant and beneficial to anyone who is an employee or manager."

Prof. Jason Kozak, MBA Program


  • Business Administration (MBA)


  • The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business

Can you provide a glimpse into your educational and career background?

I graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing, and a year later with an MBA in Management from Loyola University.  In the early part of my career, I was in financial services and banking; with most of the time spent in management at M&T Bank.  I then served as the Chief Operating Officer for KIPP Baltimore, Inc., a renowned national education organization.

About nine years ago, I intentionally changed my career trajectory to focus on Human Resources. I am currently an HR Manager within the Maryland Department of Transportation in addition to teaching at Hood College in the MBA program.

As a professor, do you have a certain teaching style? What would you like your students to take away from your classes?

My goal and style are to ensure students walk away with a base of knowledge that is relevant in their lives.  I try to focus on issues and matters that are likely to be encountered in one’s life or career.  While many of my students are not specifically looking for a Human Resources degree, the information I focus on in class is relevant and beneficial to anyone who is an employee or manager.

If I can provide an environment where students are better informed, know their rights in the workplace, and they can leave with tools and resources to be a better manager; I feel that embodies my style.  I bring actual life examples, cases, and experiences to the classroom. 

What motivated you to join the Human Resource (HR) field?

I shifted my career and certifications to Human Resources because of a very positive and impactful experience and interaction I had with a Human Resources Director many years ago.  I was young in my career and at the time, it was my first interaction with Human Resources.  Throughout the process I was involved in, the Director was compassionate and fair, and turned a potentially negative experience into a very positive one. I want to be that person to others.

I want to be the person who champions employee’s rights; the person who treats people with respect and dignity; the person who genuinely cares about employees and who seeks to help them; and the person who can make a difference- making the employee and the organization better.  I found fulfillment and the best way to achieve that was to lead within an HR department.

What made you choose Hood College?

I first thank David Gurzick, Ph.D. for believing in me and providing this Hood College teaching opportunity.  I’ve said this to all my classes: my experience with Hood students has been fantastic.  I enjoy the diversity and backgrounds of the students, I enjoy the students' work ethic and desire to engage and learn, and I enjoy the knowledge and perspective they bring.  I am grateful for the students and classroom interactions as I personally take away a great deal of knowledge. 

Any other relevant or interesting information that you would like to share?

I am going into my twelfth year of teaching in higher education; entering my fourth year at Hood College.  I drive about two hours each way to teach in the evenings, but I truly love the campus and what Hood’s graduate students have to offer.

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