Patience Taruwinga, Assistant Professor of Business Administration

May 2, 2014

Areas of Expertise

Business Leadership, Management of Information Systems, Small Business Succession Planning


University of South Africa, Pretoria: Doctor of Business Leadership 2012

Indiana University South Bend: Master of Science in Management of Information Technology 2008

Indiana University South Bend: Master of Business Administration 2003

University of Zimbabwe: Bachelor of Science in Statistics, minor Mathematics 1999

Professional Background

Taught at IU South Bend's Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics for 7 years. More than 7 years leading in a non-profit organization. Experience in international trade and supply chain management. Owner/Founder of Geek Investments LLC, an export company with sales in more than 7 countries. Received a Certificate of Faculty Recognition at Indiana University in 2012.

Research Interests

Small Business Succession, social media and business success, Social Responsibility for Family Owned Businesses 


Member of The Academy of Management

Your Position at SJC

At SJC I teach in the Business Division and I teach several classes including among others: Information Systems, Leadership and Ethics, Intercultural Core, E-Business, International Business and Statistics for Business and Economics.

What motivates you to teach? 

I believe that teaching requires commitment, perseverance and passion. I find it rewarding when students acquire new skills, expand their knowledge, and learn something relevant and applicable to the real-world beyond academia.

Fun Fact

I believed for a long time that a person should never sleep on the same day that they woke up; maybe that is why I was called a workaholic.

What is your favorite thing about SJC?

At SJC, I like the small class sizes and the ability to have close interaction with students.

Anything else you'd like to add/favorite quotes, etc.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” by Henry Ford 

Taruwinga favorite quote



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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.