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Tom Ressler

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
    M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Minnesota
    Ph.D., Operations Management, University of Minnesota
  • Research Interests
  • How math and problem solving is taught in other cultures

Tom Ressler, PhD, has served for more than 34 years at the University of St. Thomas and was one of the first tenured faculty members in what was then the Graduate School of Management. Ressler has always been passionate about teaching and has been innovative in teaching systems thinking and technology in the classroom.

For more than 15 years he has been producing videos to aid in teaching. To date, Ressler has produced hundreds of teaching lessons on video. Ressler’s unique teaching philosophy takes a broader view of the mechanics of statistics and how statistics enable value-based decision making.

Ressler has been recognized for excellence in teaching by St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota, and has received awards for outstanding teaching from the Institute of Technology, Native American Students and Black Students and the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

In 1986, Ressler received a Kellogg Leadership Fellowship to study internationally. He used the opportunity to research how math and problem solving is taught in other cultures. Through his fellowship, he traveled around the world to countries including Japan, England, China, the Soviet Union, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Germany and Hungary.

  • Gehlert, K. M., Ressler, T. H., Anderson, N., & Swanson, N. (2013). A method to improve the coach-participant match in executive coaching. The Coaching Psychologist, (9)(2), pp. 78-85
  • Gehlert, K., Ressler, T. H., & Baylon, D. (2013). Global challenges demand global education of systems thinking. Human Systems Management, (32)(2),
  • Kumar, S., Polejewski, S. A., & Ressler, T. H. (2010). Leading cost accounting students on a journey from naive analysis to realistic analysis. Human Systems Management, (29)(1), pp. 11-26
  • Kumar, S., Ressler, T. H., & Ahrens, M. E. (2009). Decision support model based on risk-return tradeoff for examining viability of a business venture. Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, (8)(1), pp. 81-95
  • Kumar, S., Ressler, T. H., & Ahrens, M. E. (2007). Educating rational decision-makers about uncertainty using U.S. social security investment economics. Journal of Operational Research Society, (58)(10), pp. 1294-1305
  • Kumar, S., Ressler, T. H., & Ahrens, M. E. (2005). Systems thinking, a consilience of values and logic. Human Systems Management, (24)(4), pp. 259-274

  • Outstanding Teacher Award for EMBA, 2018

  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1995 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1979 - 1995)