Faculty Spotlight: Katie Maxwell

Quotes From Former Students

“Katie is one of the most dedicated professors I have
had in my time at the University of Arizona.  I have been especially
impressed with her passion for all of her students’ success both inside and outside of the classroom.  This type of commitment continues to make a positive impact on her students’ lives well after graduation.”

"Katie’s enthusiastic and inclusive nature is one of the reasons I chose to come to the U of A and major in Accounting."

“Katie Maxwell has been my favorite professor at the University of Arizona.  She acts not only as a professor, but as a mentor and significantly invests in the students with which she interacts.  Katie is an engaging, talented teacher who challenges students to reach their full potential by providing them opportunities to excel.”

Katie Maxwell

Katie was born in Colorado and raised Iowa.  Her first degree is from North Iowa Area Community College and her bachelor’s degree in Accounting is from University of Northern Iowa.  While Katie was working for Honeywell International, she earned her MBA from Arizona State University.  During her time at Honeywell, Katie held a variety of positions including Corporate Financial Auditor, Financial Planning & Reporting Analyst, Cost Accounting Manager, Pricing Analyst, Program Manager, Systems Implementation Team Lead, Integrated Supply Chain Control, and Advanced Materials Manager.  

Katie began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2005 while still working full time with Honeywell and joined the faculty full time the following year.  Her ability to incorporate her extensive work experience to the academic environment and her commitment to the students made her an instant success in the classroom.  She has received awards for her teaching, including the Eller Evening MBA Most Valuable Professor three times (2014, 2013 and 2011) and the Eller Undergraduate Faculty of the Year, Small Class in 2014, but it is the overwhelming admiration of her current and former students that is the true measure of her success.

Katie has been married to Ted since 2009, and together they have four children.  Alicia is in 6th grade and keeps Katie plenty busy with all her activities.  The older three children are living in Los Angeles, Tucson, and Flagstaff.  The family spends lots of time enjoying UA football, basketball, and volleyball games.

Katie is very involved with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, where she currently serves as Chairperson of the Board. She is also a part of the Audit Committee for the organization.  Katie also serves as the Audit Committee Chairperson for Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Why did you decide to become an Instructor at UA?

I was excited for a new opportunity where I could make a difference in student’s lives while bringing my years of real world experience to the classroom.

What do you like most about your job here at UA?

I love working with students and watching them grow, both professionally and personally.  Time at Eller can be very stressful and I am grateful for the chance to help students transition through the first semester and then mentor them as they finalize their future plans.

Outside of teaching, what is your favorite thing to do on campus?

Attend UA football and basketball games.

The most important advice I have for all students is to …

Embrace every opportunity that is presented to you, even if you do not immediately see how it will fit in the big picture. Trust that all things happen for a reason and good will come, even from challenging or disappointing situations.

Be proactive in managing your career and find at least two mentors or advisors you can turn to when you are unsure about your path.

When I am not teaching or working on research, I like to…

I love to spend time with my family, usually enjoying a sporting event or hiking in the beautiful mountains around Tucson. I also enjoy traveling and love to completely unplug and relax by spending time on the beach.