Academia

We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The importance of community colleges
There are many institutional barriers in place that prevent people from getting a higher education. Community colleges are an under utilized resource in many communities. Whether the hurdle is cost, comfort, or uncertainty community colleges should be utilized more by high schools to give their more advanced students exposure to different pedagogical practices. Furthermore, the value of community college from the perspective of undergraduate students considering pursuing a four year degree or beyond is immeasurable in terms of savings and confidence building.
What I practice
I value the practices of critical and inclusive pedagogy. Incorporating dynamic practices and teaching styles, multicultural content, and varied means of assessment, to achieve the end goal of your student’s academic success is something that more engineering instructors should practice given how problems are solved outside of the classroom environment. As engineers we are required to work with international business partners, on complex problems that do not always have one solution and seldom have a standard methodology to attain the “right” answer. Inclusive pedagogy and teaching students to think critically is essential to ensuring the future engineers are able to handle the complex mathematical problems, but most importantly that they are culturally competent.
At the same time it is essential that students have a space where they are comfortable learning. Instructors need to be flexible. I am not a believer of the tradition power structures. I hope my students view me as a mentor and friend, not as a figure of authority or someone that they have to be afraid of. I want to foster an environment of mutual respect so that we can learn and grow together as scholars and human-beings.
To learn more about my views on teaching and pedagogy, please view my teaching philosophy click here. To view a sample syllabus click here.

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