I believe that
helping students understand the content of a class is only the first
step in successful teaching. Teachers should also strive to help students
identify their interests and develop skills to communicate their ideas.
Although lectures can be useful for presenting information in a short
amount of time, I am strongly committed to extended research projects
and seminar discussions as a means of more fully engaging students
in class materials. Although my classes encourage students to utilize
new technological forms of communication, I also stress a solid foundation
in basic communication skills. By having the opportunity to express
and refine their ideas, students build talents that will help them
succeed in any profession. I also emphasize careful readings of course
materials. I teach students how to extract and evaluate an article’s
argument and then propose how the author could have made a stronger
case for her point. My classes are demanding, but my students leave
them with a sense of accomplishment and an enthusiasm for learning.
When evaluating students, I look at their level of participation in
class, their improvement over time, their grasp of the issues, and
their clarity in written and oral expression.
COURSES FOR 2002-03