Gary Shields

Gary Shields


Associate Professor of Teaching in Management





Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Room 438
Detroit, MI 48201

Academic Programs

  • Management

Gary Shields


Mr. Shields has 35 years of experience teaching business courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with an emphasis on management, organization behavior (including creativity and improvisation) and entrepreneurism. He has owned and operated his own businesses for the last 20 years and worked with more than 2000 small and start-up businesses as part of the university's former Small Business Development Center and Technology Transfer Center.  He is an advisor for the student entrepreneur organization Innovation Warriors, the university's C2 Pipeline high school entrepreneur program, and the MISB high school entrepreneur training program YEA in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners.  Mr. Shields also sits on a university-wide advisory committee on entrepreneurism. 


  • MBA, Wayne State University
  • BBA, Kent State University
  • Graduate of the Second City improvisational training academy



Entrepreneurism; creativity and innovation; improvisation training; youth entrepreneurism; organization behavior; Detroit small business;

Research and teaching interests


  • Entrepreneurism
  • Improvisation
  • Creativity
  • Management


Improv(e) Business: Developing Skills for Personal and Professional Success Gary Shields and Rico Bruce Wade, 2023, Kendall Hunt, text and video guide

Courses taught by Gary Shields

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Spring-Summer Term 2024

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022