Faculty & Research

Thomas H. Ressler

Associate Professor : Operations and Supply Chain Management Department

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Tom Ressler has more than 34 years at St. Thomas and was one of the first tenured faculty members in what was then named the Graduate School of Management. Ressler has always been passionate about teaching and has been innovative with 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 (see an example).

Ressler's teaching philosophy is unique in that many students in his statistics courses would say "I think I'm in a philosophy course" as he takes a broader view of the mechanics of statistics and how it enables value-based decision making. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the University of St. Thomas, University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.

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

Ressler earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering, an M.S. in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in operations research from the University of Minnesota.


Academic Background

B.M.E., mechanical engineering, University of Minnesota
M.S.I.E., industrial engineering, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., operations research, University of Minnesota

Research Specialties

  • Application of statistics and mathematics for management decision making

Major Works

  • Ressler, Thomas and M. Ahrens, "Educating Rational Decision-Makers About Uncertainty Using US Social Security Investment Economics," Journal of Operational Research Society (forthcoming).
  • Ressler, Thomas and M. Ahrens, "Systems Thinking, a Consilience of Values and Logic," Human Systems Management Journal 24:4 (2005): 259-274.

Conference Proceedings

  • Teaching Graduate Students to Think Systemically:  Using Grounded Theory to Analyze and Process Data.  Midwest Qualitative Research Conference, June, 2009.

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • Outstanding Professor, University of St. Thomas
  • Outstanding Teacher for Black Students, University of Minnesota
  • Outstanding Mathematics Teacher, University of Minnesota IT
  • Outstanding Teacher, Administrative Medicine Program, University of Wisconsin
  • Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, 1986

Current Editorial Community Relationships

  • Creator, Believe and Achieve Program
  • Creator and coordinator, Bridge for Success
  • Board of Directors, National Youth Sports Program