MBA alum and professor applies innovation in educating Joint Special Forces enlisted military
By Steve Hemphill, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Sergeant Major Kent Dolasky BBA '02, MBA '06 is no ordinary soldier. Besides being a highly decorated warrior who has received three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and two Army Commendation medals, he continues to serve others through education. As a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word, Dolasky learned core values of education, truth, service and innovation. While all of these values resonate with him, his ability to innovate has been his one that he lives up to everyday as an educator for UIW and the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA).
SGM Dolasky currently serves as commandant of the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA) educating other senior enlisted military from all different branches. The 8 month course includes 6 months online and 2 months in person, focuses on mission oriented leadership. He has 10 military instructors and 8 civilians working with him on this program which combines the best aspects of professional military education.
He is familiar with being a trailblazer. He was UIW's first eArmyU graduate in 2002 with a BBA and later finished his MBA in 2006. Now he teaches as a professor for JSOFSEA as well as UIW. His class for the JSOFSEA was recently hailed in the August 2010 issue of Tip of the Spear magazine. In the article, it is pointed out that graduates of this course are "Qualified to serve in assignments at any joint/combined headquarters up to the geographic combatant command level."
As a UIW Virtual professor, he teaches International Business Management as well as Business Policy and Strategy to 24 UIW students. In his Business Policy and Strategy class, SGM Dolasky has students examine and apply business strategies at various levels from the corporate area to the department level. His classes focus on plenty of outside independent research and the global reality of modern business.
In his own words, "We leverage technology and educate using Blackboard, Interactive Media Instruction (IMI) and discussion threads both during the distance learning and the resident course." He offers UIW students the ability to add significantly to the course through their experiences and research. He explains, "When a student finds a truly breakthrough article, I will post it in the links section where it will live as long as I teach that class. This is a big deal for the students."
He enjoys coming back to campus, especially in December around graduation time so he can see fellow professors and see the beautiful UIW campus lit up with Christmas lights. His advice for current students is to "Stay engaged with your classes, communicate with your professor. If there is a work or family emergency, let them know before the assignment is due. As an on-line student, you are charged with keeping the class lively just as your professor is charged with making the class interesting."
SGM Dolasky believes that service to his country does not end when he takes off his uniform. He currently serves as a Den Leader in the Cub Scouts and stays involved with his community wherever the Army sends him. He and his wife Lana make small care packages for the local homeless in Tampa to help those who are in need. He continues to be an innovator in education while demonstrating the duty of service to UIW and to his community.