JIM SIBTHORP, PhD portrait
  • Professor, Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Current Courses

Summer 2024

  • PRT 6860-090
    Non-Thesis Project
  • PRT 7990-090
    Continuing Reg-Doctoral

Spring 2024

Teaching Philosophy

In general, I value action, thought, and reflection. However, ultimately, teaching approaches need to be tailored to both the audience and the content.  As most of the courses I teach are upper-division or graduate-level, it is often best to allow students some flexibility to tailor the course content to their goals and needs.  Good teaching is messy, and I value teachable moments over rigid structure and inflexible course designs.  Books excel at delivering content in a linear and organized manner.  I often prefer to use class time to wrestle with concepts and issues unclear from course readings and rely on student input to guide the direction of the class.