Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Embracing Søren Kierkegaard‘s concept “to be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner,” I join my students on a journey of generative learning. Learning generatively integrates existing knowledge with emerging ideas, producing more personalized perception. This encourages individuals to actively engage rather than passively listen. It is for this reason that I am motivated by my motto “learn continuously, live generatively.”

Identifying with Mark Van Doren’s idea “the art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery,” I apply information from intellectual investigations to inspire innovation among others. Committed to the creative confidence of students in my care, I combine learning with laughter to construct a cohesive learning community. Realizing relevancy is essential to discovery, I customize curriculum while avoiding assignments requiring repetition. Modern minded, I leverage technology to increase engagement, manage knowledge, and maximize learning.

Interdisciplinary by nature, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in communication, management, and marketing for delivery in person, via blended learning, and online. While each discipline is distinct, I interweave their areas of intersection with humanity, technology and industry. Challenging my students to think critically, I encourage them to share knowledge for mutual benefit; all of us succeeds when one of us succeeds.

While it can be as challenging as it is rewarding, when asked why teaching is my tenure I explain, “education empowers me to influence individuals and impact organizations while improving myself in the process.”