Mary Anne Doty grew up on military bases, and her love of travel has stayed with her ever since. Doty’s Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations taught her about how people think and learn. When she focused on business for her graduate degree and began her doctorate, Doty’s research turned to consumer behavior. She spent several years doing consulting and executive education for large corporations midway through her career. In 2003, Doty returned to teaching in higher education at A&M-Commerce. She has been interested in applied marketing, drawing on her experience as a marketer and as a consumer. In her spare time, she helps with fundraising and communications for various charities as well as her church. When COVID is under control, Doty looks forward to more adventures in international travel.
A Conversation with Mrs. Doty
What draws you to your discipline?
“I’ve always been interested in human behavior, and marketing is one application of how people think and how they spend their time and resources. The explosion of big data has made it possible for marketers to understand their customers better than ever before, allowing them to satisfy their wants and needs. I also enjoy helping students apply marketing principles to themselves to advance in their careers.”
What has been your favorite course to teach?
“My favorite course to teach is Buyer Behavior, previously called Global Consumer Behavior. We are all consumers and shoppers. The class teaches students all the things that influence our behavior – family, personality, groups, memory, culture and subculture, and circumstances. Some of us use this understanding to be more effective in marketing to consumers. All of us gain insight into our own behavior so that we can make decisions that are better and more personally satisfying.”
Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.
“I’ve spent the past summer and fall trying to understand successful business strategies reacting to COVID-19, particularly retail businesses. We are in uncharted territory theory-wise, so keeping up with real-world examples has been crucial to keeping courses relevant. I’ve developed a new retailing case study, several new assignments, and a conference presentation on COVID-19 impact on residential real estate sales.”
- DBA, (All But Dissertation), Marketing, University of Kentucky, 1988
- MBA, Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, 1982
- B.S., Human Development and Family Relations, University of Kentucky, 1977
- Instructor, Marketing and Business Analytics, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2003 – Present
- Adjunct, Marketing, Southern Methodist University, 1997-1998
- Assistant Department Head, Marketing, The University of Arizona, 1988-1993
- Adjunct, Marketing, The University of Arizona, 1995-1996
- Visiting Lecturer, Marketing, University of Maryland, 1993-1994
- Assistant Professor, Marketing, Eastern Kentucky University, 1986-1988
Awards and Honors
- TAMUC Faculty Senate Teaching Award, 2019
- TAMUC Distinguished Global Fellow, 2019
- TAMUC Global Fellow, 2015
- Consumer Behavior
- Assurance of Learning and Assessment
- Impact of COVID-19 on Business
MKT 306 Marketing
MKT 367 Selling and Sales Management
MKT 467 Buyer Behavior