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Andrew Beer, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
My fundamental goal as a university professor is to foster in my students a life-long love of learning. This lofty goal frames the rest of my approach to teaching. At the heart of learning is a degree of general curiosity. The influential teachers in my life encouraged me
to be a skeptical, independent thinker, and I wish to do the same for those who enroll in my courses. In my opinion, a university education is not primarily about gathering facts; rather it is about acquiring tools to seek the truth about the world around us. Thus, I care less about whether
my students know the answer to a given, existing question and more about whether they know how to go about finding answers to new questions, solving new problems. I try to model enthusiasm and careful consideration by incorporating lessons I have learned from work in the laboratory and field settings into
our course discussions. This allows my students to see that I am fully engaged in the learning process myself, even to this day, and that it is one of the ways in which I find purpose and enjoyment in life. I hope that I can influence students to find
themselves in similar positions later, but on their own terms. Maybe they will decide to learn about local history, or bread making, or how to play the clarinet, but I hope that in some small way, something we did in class might have set them on that path. As noted previously, this
is a fairly lofty goal, but having been personally influenced in such ways makes me believe it is possible. And, I enjoy trying.
Gary Bradley, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Education
Coordinator, Middle Level and Secondary Programs
My goal is to empower all my students to be successful future teachers. Mastery of content is important. I enjoy learning more about science and best teaching strategies supported by research. In my classroom, I foster an environment of discovery. A practical, hand-on approach with
student participation and exploration lends itself to student ownership of the content that equips them for their own future classroom. Knowing my students is also essential. I love learning about their interests and goals and helping them develop their natural gifts
for best teaching practices.
Building the bridge between my students and the content is another crucial element where I focus considerable time and energy. The most effective way that I have found to achieve this is through a compelling narrative. This is a story, often from real-life experiences,
that inspires my students. It awakens their desire to go deeper into the content than they would usually go. As my students “catch fire” they will go on to create their own compelling narrative that will inspire their students.
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