Class of 2007

Class of 2007

(L-R back row): Gregg Coyle, Janet Frick, Jodi Holschuh, Marguerite Brickman, and Nelson Hilton.
(front row): Sid Thompson, Linda Bamber and Ann Hollifield. Not pictured: Margaret Graham.

Linda S. Bamber, Accounting
The most rewarding words I can hear from a student is that he or she has achieved and grown more than they would have believed possible. . . While I hold students tohigh standards, they know that I hold myself to equally high standards. For example, I not only learn studentsÕ names, but I also learn about their prior workexperiences, so I can illustrate the importance and/or practical application of thedayÕs topic in the context the individual studentÕs experiences.

Marguerite Brickman, Plant Biology
After teaching at the college level for the past decade, I am just now becoming aneffective instructor. This is a humbling statement, and it should be. Admittingfailings and striving to improve are the essence of what makes a good teacher. It takes decades of trial and error, of justifying why students should spend their timelearning what you have to teach, and of critically questioning your effectivenessbefore it is possible to become a good teacher.

Gregg A. Coyle, Environmental Design
The product of excellent teaching is an excellent student and beyond that anexcellent citizen. . . Teachers should act as an inspirational source directing studentsto take advantage of all the educational opportunities available in order to improvetheir chances of advancement. Teachers should also create opportunities andencourage students to capitalize upon given moments or tasks that potentially allowfor self success.

Janet E. Frick, Psychology
Outstanding teaching, in my view, requires reflection more than anything else. It requires time and space and energy, much like academic writing. Outstandingteaching requires a deep knowledge of the subject, but that alone is insufficient. It also requires a passion for seeing students grapple with ideas, and for watchingthem be transformed by knowledge and growth. True teaching is transformative, both for the student and the instructor.

Margaret A. Graham, Language Education
I believe in the power of an inquiry mindset and have introduced my students – bothpre-service and in-service – – to teacher research, exploring with them the value ofposing questions which grow from their own teaching practice and then identifyingways they might go about finding answers for themselves. Perhapssimply very good learners who adapt to change, assume multiple perspectives, andvalue constant inquiry.

H. Nelson Hilton, English
Everyone should have the good fortune to spend life, or at least a goodly portion, incompany of the perfect teacher. Such an exemplar would be untiring, alwaysavailable, infinitely various, accessible, and profoundly engaging. The nature of that mentor will depend upon the student, of course, but I can say that upon firstencountering mine in high-school I felt with shock the presence of a profound butaccessible vision.

C. Ann Hollifield, Telecommunications
I believe that the primary role of the teacher is to mentor the intellectual andprofessional development of students through effectively managing the classroomexperience. As a mentor, a professor is called upon to guide and advise students onthe best means to accomplish their personal goals, to support and encourage them intheir work, to cheer their successes and to tell them clearly when they have failed tomeet expectations.

Jodi P. Holschuh, Reading Education
To me teaching is one of the great challenges in life. As a teacher I strive to help mystudents understand what it means to learn. . . I want students to see that learning isnot merely memorizing facts for an exam; instead learning can be a transformative process. In fact, I believe that each learning experience changes the learner in some way.

Sidney A. Thompson, Engineering
For over 25 years, I have taught engineering courses at The University of Georgiaand have always strived to create an environment that encourages students to thinkcritically about their academic career and their professional career that enhancesprofessionalism in the classroom and that makes the student appreciate the chanceto learn.