My teaching is focused on providing my students an academic experience that is dynamic, practical, and challenging. Students who take my courses experience an increased level of engagement in the subject matter, and see the course as an overall valuable experience.
These results come from my diligence in a variety of core higher education characteristics.
I provide my students with lessons that are creative and offer depth into the course topic. I use a variety of methodologies to communicate the lesson, including student reflection, video, class activities, field trips, guest speakers, and online learning. As supplements to the text, I use research articles and cases from leading business industry journals and current world news events for class discussion.
My communication style with my students can best be described as respectful, clear and timely. I treat each of my students as individuals who bring a unique combination of skills and talents to the course, and as such, treat them with respect as aspiring business leaders, not as children. I strive to clearly communicate my expectations with regard to course assignments, classroom norms and assignment feedback. I appreciate the amount of work it takes for students to complete assignments, and attempt to return assessed work as soon as possible, while giving each student’s assignment the consideration it deserves.
Students report an increased level of interest in the subject matter in my courses. My energetic, participative teaching style encourages students to think critically about the topic at hand. I repeatedly stress to students that the goal is not to “get the right answer” but instead to challenge ourselves in HOW we came to a certain hypothesis and what evidence supports the students own perspectives on the subject matter.
During my 12+ years teaching at the college level, students have commented to me on the amount of time and energy they devote to my courses. This has included preparation for class, completion of assignments, and outside research. While a challenge to manage during the academic term, students have also communicated their appreciation for my desire to provide them with a course that is “worth the high cost of their tuition.”
In striving for students to see my course as a valuable component to their overall education experience, I attempt to use creative assignments to challenge the students in their exposure to the topic. This has included client projects, team presentations, case analyses, student video skits, and student portfolios. Students appreciate the work it takes to develop and assess such assignments, and respond by putting forth maximum effort.
I measure course outcomes based on 3 factors. These include evidence of the students’ learning of the material, their increased interest in the course subject matter, and their engagement with my teaching style. My successes with the above aspects of course development and delivery have allowed me to achieve these outcomes consistently throughout my teaching career.