Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to prepare students and professionals to learn through theoretical, competency-based education and practical experiences to enable them to excel in the workforce, pursue further education opportunities, and to succeed in life. My teaching philosophy is simple—do all I can as an instructor to help my students and advisees reach their full potential as leaders, researchers, in the workforce and in life.

My courses are structured around clear objectives based on the subject matter. Each of the courses I teach has a strong emphasis on diversity issues. I strive to incorporate aspects of diversity and social justice in every aspect of my teaching, research, and personal life where it is appropriate.

Final papers and/or projects for each of my courses provide students with the opportunity to produce a publishable-quality research paper or an equivalent product of their choice. It is my expectation that students engage classroom research topics that can be used to their benefit either (1) toward a future publication, (2) to further an area of unique interest, or (3) for graduate students to produce a draft chapter of their forthcoming theses/dissertations. Over the past 20 years that I’ve taught university-level courses, many students have submitted their final papers for peer-reviewed publications; many of these papers have since been published or accepted for publication in multiple academic journals, books, and theses/dissertations.

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