Danielle Woodward ’88

Danielle Woodward ’88, MBA
Assistant Professor of Management
(270) 852-3193
Administration Building, Room 408

Professor Woodward graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College magna cum laude in 1988 with a triple major in Human Resources Administration, Psychology, and Sociology. She later obtained her Master’s of Business Administration degree in 1996 from Murray State University. She began teaching management and business courses for Western Kentucky University in 2015 and Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2018. In 2019, Professor Woodward became a full time Assistant Professor of Management for KWC. She continues to teach 2-4 classes for WKU every year.

Professor Woodward retired from the City of Owensboro as its Personnel Director of 20 years in 2016. Prior to this position, she held two other full time positions: (1) City of Owensboro Payroll/Pension Administrator; (2) Research Systems Corporation Production/Support Marketing Research Coordinator. 

Her experience includes:

  • Multi-million dollar municipal budgets
  • Municipal strategy and reorganization projects
  • Workforce recruitment, retention, and development (municipal public safety, public works, parks/recreation, public finance and accounting, information technology, geographic information systems, civil engineering, legal, and administration)
  • Civil Service administration
  • Risk Management (i.e., self-funded insurance health, workers compensation, vehicle, property, liability plans; occupational health, safety, wellness, and drug testing programs)
  • Compensation and Benefit administration
  • Statistical studies (compensation, benefits, job analyses, cost/benefit)
  • Policy/Procedure research, development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Regulatory and Policy compliance and enforcement
  • Payroll and Pension tax filings
  • Request-for-Proposal specifications and evaluations
  • Programming systems (e.g., ERP modules) specification development, evaluation, and implementation
  • Marketing research (focus groups, surveys, statistical analyses)
  • Numerous Publications (e.g., organization manuals, reports, presentations, promotions, articles, and videos)
  • Service on various community boards of directors, committees, project groups, and professional organizations

Professor Woodward describes teaching as her ultimate dream profession because she can help ease students’ transitions into to the next phase of their lives.

Professor Woodward serves as KWC’s liaison for the KY Pitch competition, an intercollegiate competition for entrepreneurially-driven students. Likewise, she guides students in the intercollegiate Business Strategy Game competition as well as other business strategy competitions.

To date, courses taught by Professor Woodward include:

  1. BA100 Business, Entrepreneurship, and Consultancy
  2. BA305 Project Management
  3. MGMT 305 Business Ethics and Critical Thinking (WKU)
  4. MGMT 313 Decision Modeling (WKU)
  5. MGMT 314 Operations Management (WKU)
  6. BA331 Training and Development
  7. BA341 Principles of Financial Management
  8. BA345 Business & Professional Writing
  9. BA354 Human Resources Management
  10. BA 355 Organizational Behavior
  11. BA400 Contemporary Topics: Decision Modeling
  12. BA400 Contemporary Topics: Risk Management
  13. BA406 Business Strategy and Value Creation
  14. MGMT 417 Organizational Behavior (WKU)
  15. BA458 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility