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LaToya Trowers-Bell, Berkeley College Professor

Health Services Administration Professor Expands Opportunities for Students Beyond the Classroom



LaToya Trowers-Bell, Ed.D., is dedicated to better equipping students for a future in the health services field. That’s why, in 2013, she launched the Health Services Administration Club to provide students with experiences and mentorship opportunities that go beyond the classroom.

Members of the Club meet regularly to garner job information, address concerns about classes, hear guest speakers, and participate in off-campus trips to sites like the Richmond University Hospital in Staten Island, NY. The Club also gives back to the community by volunteering at non-profit organizations like the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan, NY, and The Bowery Mission in New York, NY.

“I love being able to contribute to their academic and personal growth and be a part of their accomplishments along their academic journey,” said Dr. Trowers-Bell, who became Chair of the Health Services Administration department at the Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business in September 2016.

“The Club helps build our confidence to take on tasks involved with patient care,” said Neville Bird, a resident of Manhattan, NY, majoring in Health Services Administration.

Dr. Trowers-Bell started teaching Health Services Administration courses at Berkeley College in New York in July 2012. She received the Faculty of the Year award for Outstanding Teaching and the Faculty of the Year Student Choice award in November 2016.

“What inspires me to teach is my students, their stories, desires and motivation for wanting to change their lives and the lives of those they care for,” she said.

Dr. Trowers-Bell received a B.S. degree in Health, Health Care Administration and Management from Colorado Technical University in 2007. She earned an M.B.A. degree in Health Care Administration and Management from New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY, in 2008. She also received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University in 2016.

Up Close with LaToya Trowers-Bell, Ed.D.

How do you define excellence in teaching and learning?
As an educator who contributes meaning to a student’s education. By providing them with a quality education, engaging them, and giving them with the information they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.

What inspires you to teach?
The successful outcomes of my students. When I receive a note of thanks from a student for teaching them a lot, or because I assisted in getting them a job, that inspires and motivates me to keep doing what I am doing.

What do you want your students to know about you?
Although I am the professor in the class and my job is to teach them, I learn a lot from them as well.

How do you spark inquisitiveness in your students?
I spark inquisitiveness by providing students with lessons that they can apply to their future careers. I also provide them with various real-world exercises that allows them to critically analyze and apply situations into their lives.

What factors should students consider when selecting a major?
Consider a career that you would feel the most fulfilled in working at, and select a major based on those career goals. Never select a major solely with the intention of making a lot of money. It is important to enjoy what you do for a living.

What has been your most memorable moment at Berkeley College so far?
Receiving the Faculty of the Year Award for Outstanding Teaching and Student Appreciation this year.