“The ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges encouraging their students to cross and thereafter encouraging them to create new bridges of their own.”
Each individual has a unique perspective on the world and their place in it. For many people, their identity is tied in with what they do for employment and the interaction with their peers at work. Teaching is my labor of love; a philosophy motivated by a personal value system that is applicable whether I teach a lower or upper-division course. It is one in which I believe that:
· Each student deserves a professor's special attention and respect
· Well designed courses and class sessions should be developed with the goal of challenging conventional perspectives through innovation and creativity, thus stimulating and maintaining the participant’s constant interest
· The subject matter must hold value to the extent that it penetrates the soul and captures the imagination
· Every student has a personal voice, experiences and thoughts that can enrich a class
· Studying a variety of management concepts and theories allows the students to grow both intellectually and humanely
· Diversity in age, gender, culture and thinking is not to be feared but rather encouraged
· People learn by teaching others through actively engaging and applying the theories and practices they've learned in class
In fact, I believe that teaching happens everywhere --- it is not confined to a classroom, it is not confined to teacher-student relationships, and it is not confined to course material. I enjoy teaching and strive to always be teaching, whether it takes the form of formal tutorials or classes, showing people how to accomplish a goal, or simply informal conversations.
Students become interested in a subject when the teacher is enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable, and displays respect for them. Respect that is demonstrated through simple gestures, such as learning people's names, being pleasant and helpful, and listening to what others have to say. If a student feels that they are respected they are more likely to seek help when it is needed and they are more likely to participate in conversations, both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, if the teacher is interested and enthusiastic about the subject being taught, this enthusiasm will be passed on to the student. It has been my experience that if a professor has high expectations from students and exerts a great deal of effort into the course, then students will rise to the occasion and perform well.
My goal is to ensure that students walk away with a clear idea of how education can enrich their lives, both on a business and personal level. I believe that students can best learn by expanding their breadth of knowledge, developing critical thinking skills, and practicing concepts in real life business situations. By creating an arsenal of both theoretical and practical concepts, I hope to give my students the tools to develop powerful arguments that they can use in a day-to-day business settings. This will instill a level of confidence that the knowledge they attained in class can be incorporated in real life situations that not only enhance success for themselves, but for their organizations and society.
Organizational ethics- Leadership- Human resources management