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Jeffrey R. Leopold

Assistant Professor
Unit: McIntire School of Commerce
Department: McIntire School of Commerce
Office location and address
Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 220
40 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
M.B.A. Strategy and Organizational Behavior, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
B.S.E. Economics and Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Leopold teaches "Foundations of Commerce," with an emphasis on the history of business, business and society, and innovation. His background is in business, with a corporate career in strategy, operations, marketing, and consulting roles with Capital One, Genworth Financial, Circuit City, IBM, and CSC Index. He also worked as a career adviser and taught at UVA's Darden School of Business and taught strategy courses at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Council on Economic Education and is an active leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

Jeff received his B.S.E. in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. in Strategy and Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

INST 1550: Interdisciplinary Studies-Student Initiated Courses
Credits: 1–3
With sponsorship and supervision by a faculty member and approval of the Dean's Office, acting for the Committee on Educational Programs and the Curriculum, students may initiate a course in which they provide the instruction. The grade is determined by the faculty member. These courses count as "outside the College." Students in the College may offer no more than 3.0 credits for the B.A. or B.S. Consult the INST course web page at (copy and paste Web address into browser) for specific descriptions.
COMM 1800: Foundations of Commerce
Credits: 3
The primary objective of this course is to provide a foundational overview of business, including the themes of the history of business, business and society, and innovation. The course will enable students to gage interest in business and prepare students for business-related education, jobs, and careers. THIS COURSE IS A PREREQUISITE FOR THE MCINTIRE SCHOOL OF COMMERCE.
COMM 3200: Project and Product Management
Credits: 3
This course will provide knowledge of product management in combination with project management skills, both of which are necessary for the management of the digital product innovation process end-to-end. Course consists of seminars on roles of the product & project manager, managing innovation, selecting projects, stakeholder mgmt, team mgmt, schedule & time mgmt, risk mgmt, & on leading changes. Workshops on digital innovation, agile & waterfall methods.
IMP 4970: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
IMP 4971: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
COMM 4993: Independent Study in Commerce
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under the supervision of a Commerce instructor. A project directly related to business must be submitted to, and approved by, the supervising instructor prior to the Commerce School add date. Students may take COMM 4993 only once. Prerequisite: Fourth-year Commerce standing.