Dr. Deirdre Mendez has an educational background in sociolinguistics: the intersection of language and culture. Prior to joining McCombs six years ago, she spent 20 years in the private sector advising companies on international partnerships. At McCombs Mendez teaches courses on intercultural team-building in the Global Business Leadership Institute
and Executive Education programs. Her greatest area of interest is facilitating the process people go through as they adapt to others' approaches to teamwork. As a faculty member in the Global Business Leadership Institute, Mendez enjoys learning something new every summer as she works with the students from partner schools.
Dr. Robert C. Duvic, a New Orleans native, has been teaching at UT since 1989, lecturing in corporate finance and international finance. He has taught in the regular BBA and MBA programs, the Texas Evening MBA Program, the University of Texas Center for Lifelong Engineering Education, and corporate executive classes. From 1997-2000, he served as assistant dean of the Graduate School of Business, with responsibilities for admissions, alumni affairs, external relations and communications. He has been invited to speak for commercial and public service organizations, and has contributed his efforts to numerous activities in support of McCombs students. Dr. Duvic holds a doctorate in finance and a MBA in finance and management, both from UT Austin. He also holds a master of science in Transportation Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tulane University. He is a major (retired) in the United States Army Reserve and served with the American Division in the Republic of Viet Nam. Duvic’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart. Outside his academic life, Dr. Duvic's efforts are devoted to his wife and three cats, restoring his historic home in Hyde Park, and keeping his 1961 MGA running.