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. Encouraging students to actively engage rather than passively listen, they implement what they learn and contribute to their communities. 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 my students, I combine learning with laughter to create a learning community. Realizing relevancy is essential to discovery, I avoid assignments requiring repetition. 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 students to think critically, I encourage them to share knowledge for the mutual benefit of all. 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.”