Class of 2003

Scott A. Brown
Veterinary Medicine

I make efforts to understand the challenges they face; I believe that most of my students know and appreciate that I care deeply about their performance in class today, on the exam next week, and in life long after my class is over. Scott Brown

John P. Dattilo
Recreation and Leisure Studies

My philosophy of teaching is based on the premise that each student is to be appreciated for their unique perspective and their ability to contribute to the learning environment; therefore, each individual is to be respected and treated with dignity. John Dattilo

John A. Maltese
Political Science

I set very high standards in the class, but in doing so I try to convey a sense of enthusiasm for the subject matter and instill the notion that wide ranging interests – including politics – make life exciting. John Maltese

Thomas W. McCutchen
Music

My goal for each of my students is to help them learn the skills necessary to be successful in life, not just music. Tom McCutchen

R. Baxter Miller
African American Studies

By helping undergraduates–graduates are even a higher challenge of a more professional kind–become highly analytical during their emotional, religious, and patriotic fervor, I help them redirect blind beliefs in traditional forms into brave new theories of flexible freedoms. Ron Miller

David H. Newman
Forest Resources

I have often felt like a pilgrim in my teaching. I have grown to appreciate the importance of getting students to think about issues in ways that may be foreign to their normal thought processes and observing the times when a spark is set. Dave Newman

Stephen F. Olejnik
Educational Psychology

While my primary objectives are to teach the tools of science and to help students develop the skills needed to complete their research degree requirements, my secondary objectives are to increase interest in the research process and to motivate and excite the students on the potential and rewards of new discoveries and understandings through research. Steve Olejnik

William L. Power
Religion

. . . the aims of education involve forming and reforming human beings in order to live knowledgeably, virtuously, productively, and abundantly in a world that contains both good and evil. Will Power

Lloyd P. Rieber
Instructional Technology

I believe that learning is rooted in experience and in meaningful activities. Explanations are important of course, but I feel their relevancy and usefulness hinge on the degree to which a person can relate the explanation to a personal experience. Lloyd Rieber

Hugh M. Ruppersburg
English

My aim in the class room can be summed up with an oft-cited motto from E. M. Forster’s novel, Howard’s End: “Only Connect” . . . . In my classes I work to make personal connections with students, and encourage them to connect directly with the subjects we study. Hugh Ruppersburg

Kathleen B. Smith
Instructional Support and Development

To teach well we must not teach in isolation from our peers or from our students. The process of teaching and learning must be collaborative between teacher and student, with students taking much of the lead in applying knowledge to practice. Katie Smith