As a teacher, I am a facilitator for students to learn business concepts and skills and to be able to apply that knowledge. I focus on the top four items of Bloom’s taxonomy (1956): apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. Success in the classroom is when students are more aware of ethical issues, able to analyze and synthesize a response by thinking critically, and consider different perspectives. I see myself as an architect of the course (adapting as needed), a conductor for class (guiding and directing to reach common goal), and a resource for students (now and in the future).
One purpose of my research is to inform my teaching and to bring new and relevant information into the course. In addition to research, I also bring current events and controversies into the classroom as appropriate. My service commitments also improve my effectiveness in the classroom because I am interacting with businesspeople in a variety of industries and sizes of organizations. For example, working with executives to develop ethics workshops highlights the real problems and obstacles they are facing in the global environment.
I focus on three main principles - respect others, commitment to excellence, and personal responsibility. Learning incorporates listening as well as sharing information. Listening for their learning styles, concerns, and interests, I can adapt the material and examples or cases. Throughout the course I am inclusive of different perspectives, and I do not share my personal opinion unless I clearly state it as such. I actively encourage analyzing issues from different viewpoints and distinguish between opinion and reasoned analysis. For me, personal responsibility includes self-awareness, continuous improvement in skills and abilities, and mentoring others. As such, I stress ways to continue to learn outside the classroom, ways to improve professionally (associations, certifications, networks), and encourage training of others.