Teaching Philosophy

Preparing graduate student and professionals to serve in higher education management and international development leadership positions has been a very rewarding experience for me. 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—a fundamental aspect of higher education management and comparative, international, and development education. 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 at the University of Memphis 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) to produce a chapter draft of their forthcoming dissertations/theses. Over the past two decades, many of my students have submitted their final papers for peer-reviewed publications such as academic journals, book chapters, and dissertations.

I also work to improve my teaching on a regular basis and enjoy opportunities from colleagues, students, and others to provide feedback on how to make each of my courses stronger and more relevant to the needs of our students. This feedback has helped shape my syllabi and instructional delivery mediums over the years. I strive to provide excellent teaching and mentoring to graduate students based on their interests and the needs of the School of Education. I also strive to be adaptable to changing circumstances, contexts, and the various needs of a diverse student body. At its minimum, my teaching philosophy focuses on providing a means for igniting a fire within the hearts of students and learners. I strive to always come prepared to the education scene with a bag of tools, which includes a number of eclectic methods, depending on the situation and circumstance. My passion for education is based on my view that it is a key vehicle that can help preserve local cultures, create leaders, and empower people.

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