In order to effectively teach these technical classes, I need to stay current on business literature and research. Technology is bringing more challenges. Computers make it possible to collect and analyze billions of pieces of information. Telecommunication is revolutionizing the way we do business. I must read of these advances, and I must participate in my own basic and applied research. I strongly believe that scholarly research and teaching effectiveness are intertwined and inseparable.
I feel very strongly that to be an effective teacher, I need to treat individual students with respect. I must attempt to learn each student's name, and his or her strengths and weaknesses. I must try to accommodate questions at any time, not just during class and office hours. I also believe that I can sacrifice the syllabus and schedule if students do not understand what has already been covered. My job is not to show them what I know, but to teach them what they need to know, and more importantly to facilitate their learning.
Finally, I hope to be able to instill in students a love of learning. I remember a university math class that I attended as an undergraduate student. The professor had just finished an elegant proof of a very useful concept. I could tell that he was excited about the problem and its solution. As he finished, he asked if there were any questions. One student raised his hand and asked, "will this be on the exam?" The light in the professor's eyes went out immediately. I hope to teach my students that school is more than just exams and grades. I hope that the real value in their education is not found in their grade point average or their resume, but in the knowledge that they take away.