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Denise Cordova

Assistant Professor of Practice
  • Career Advisor
2087 Pamplin
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Doctoral Coursework in Business Administration, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College

Master of Human Resources, Rollins College

B.S., University of Central Florida


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Denise Cordova is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Management Department in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. She holds expertise working in the human resources, sales, and marketing units of both public and private organizations. In the most recent years, her experience has pivoted towards the instruction of college level business courses, career coaching, as well as start-up and small business consulting. 

Before joining Virginia Tech, Denise taught numerous courses for University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration. During her time at UCF, she also served as the Associate Director of International Programs and Career Coach for the College of Business.  Here she developed and led the Global Advantage Study Abroad Programs dedicated to providing non-traditional students with a short term “mini-MBA style” international business experience while studying abroad.

Moreover, at Rollins College she oversaw Employer Engagement while serving as an active member in the business community. In this position she managed the institution’s corporate partners’ talent acquisition needs through various programmatic methods with the goal of placing students and recent alumni in rewarding professional roles. While at Rollins College, she also taught undergraduate management courses for their Department of Business.

Furthermore, Denise has worked internationally serving as a Teaching Faculty for Tecnológico Monterrey’s Mexico City, Mexico campus. Besides teaching abroad, her professional trajectory in Latin America includes working for PepsiCo LATAM’s Organizational Development Unit as their Core People Processes Lead & Operations Liaison.

Currently, she teaches various courses for the Pamplin Management Department. In addition to instructing courses, she manages substantive programming related to: student recruitment, engagement, career support, and building strong company relationships for the department.  Denise is full-heartedly dedicated to the continuous development of a strong company/recruiter network providing internship programs as well as full-time career opportunities that benefit the department’s students. She coordinates career-related programming and student/employer interactions for management students in support of their professional development aspirations.

In her free time, Denise enjoys reading, jogging, outdoor activities, traveling, museums, networking, watching the performing arts and spending time connecting with her friends and family.