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Stocker, Gary D.

Management Clusters Director
LUCC 304
(636) 627-2276

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A small town boy from central Illinois, Stocker’s high school niche was in speech contests and serving as student manager for the football team.
As a first-generation college student, he majored in medical technology at Eastern Illinois University. Stocker earned his tuition as a 3-year student manager of the university’s football team.  His relationships from EIU include current Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.
Upon graduation from college, he worked as a night shift medical technologist at a suburban St. Louis Hospital.  He quickly earned his master's degree in healthcare management and leveraged that education to manage quality and statistical operations for a 2-hospital system in St. Louis.

Stocker’s military responsibilities during his career included managing field-based clinical laboratory operations of army reserve medical units in the 102nd ARCOM.
His first management job was as a laboratory manager of a medium-sized hospital in Oklahoma City.  Stocker was known for his ability to create statistical models for work productivity in clinical laboratories and for creating one of the first mall-walker programs in the United States.
During ten years of sales and marketing experience for diagnostic medical equipment manufacturers throughout the Midwest, Stocker developed early versions of a sales force automation database that included automated pricing tools.
Since 2004, Stocker’s most notable success has been the creation of a university / corporate academic partnership model for a large Midwestern health care system.  The dozen-plus programs he has developed have provided learning opportunities all across the learning spectrum.  His business unit was nationally recognized as a leader in developing innovative learning models that serve all employees in an organization.
His 2010 doctoral dissertation addressed the technology acceptance of electronic medical records by nurses.  His colleagues have recognized him as a skilled teacher, facilitator, and motivator during the hundreds of management classes he has taught.

Throughout, Stocker has stayed active as a basketball referee and baseball umpire.  He currently mentors new teenage umpires for a St. Louis area sports association.

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Educational and Professional Experience

Career History

2012 - Present            Management Program Director: LCIE at Lindenwood University


2010 - 2012            Graduate adjunct faculty member for health care management Capstone at Lindenwood University

2004 - 2012            Program Manager: BJC HealthCare’s Center for LifeLong Learning


2001 - 2004            Medical Technologist:  St. Luke’s Hospital


1998 - 2001            Customer Relationship Management Consultant: ONE, Inc.


1995 - 1998            Sales Manager: Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems


1986 - 1995            Diagnostic capital equipment sales:  Baxter HealthCare,

                               Instrumentation Laboratories, Organon-Teknika

1984 - 1986            Laboratory Manager:  Hillcrest Health Center



2010                        Doctor of Management, Webster University

1982                        Master of Arts in Health Care Management, Webster University

1979                        Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Eastern Illinois University

Areas of Focus

Behavioral Interviewing skills for managers and job seekers:  Stocker's focus is on the premise that all humans will behave in the future as they have in the past.  He provides a theoretical framework for behavioral interviewing and then challenges each class to interview him as their potential candidate.
Technology acceptance:  His doctoral dissertation had 2 constructs that were initially developed by Dr. Fred Davis, then at the University of Michigan.  The essence of the theory is that the perceived usefulness of a technology is a much better predictor of use than is the perceived ease-of-use of a given technology.  The original technology was email.  Stocker's dissertation technology was electronic medical records.
Future research projects Stocker envisions is the application of this theory to a set of learning technologies in higher education. 
Difficult conversations:  Stocker's graduation management courses regularly evolve into case study applications of difficult conversations.  Stocker provides a framework of 5 key communication principles that students can use to become more skilled in their workplace conversations with colleagues and employees.
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