What do you teach at Cazenovia College?
What is your teaching philosophy?
I teach a variety of courses, so I’ve come across a variety of different learning styles. My philosophy is try to reach all of those different learning styles, and if I’m successful in doing that, I’ve helped the students achieve their potential. Many of our students here - as with any college - lack certain skills when they come in and watching them grow and nurturing them is what I think a college professor needs to do.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about teaching, I think, is the students. I love my students. I’ve developed great relationships with them, especially after they graduate and mature into their careers. I often hear from them and they’re often very thankful for their education and whatever I’ve done that has helped them move into their careers.
Are you involved in any student activities or clubs?
I’m involved in a number of clubs. The Business Program has the Business Club, the Management Program has the Management Club – both of which I’m the advisor for. We also have an outreach program and that’s my favorite one. At Christmas time, we collect toys and clothing for people who may need them. I try to have an outreach-type club and academic clubs as well.
How do you keep students engaged and motivated?
I have a variety of methods that I use in teaching. I don’t teach the same class the same way every time. I believe in the “game theory,” so I try to make my classes more or less like a game. Students seem to respond well to that. Some courses it works, some courses it doesn’t work, but the courses that it really does work for are great because students really are engaged.
Advice to Future Students
Think very carefully about the field you’re ready to enter. Pick your field wisely and follow your curriculum path and whatever your professors are telling you to do. If you change your mind midway through your courses, that’s okay. I try to encourage students that if you think you want to work in business, but you find out that business isn’t for you, don’t be afraid to say, “It’s not for me,” and find something else.