Teaching Philosophy

Time eventually conquers all;  But the last to die by the hand of time will be knowledge.


The attitude of the professor -- towards the subject, the class, the course, the students -- is arguably the single most important facet of the general effectiveness educators have with their students.  While personal style, lesson planning, availability, mathematical prowess, social skill, etc., all play roles in a teacher's ability to successfully educate their students, I have found that particular styles and methods are limited in their applicability across a spectrum of individual personalities.  The traits I find most useful in gauging the ability of a professor to successfully convey knowledge, meaning, and interest are general in nature and include the following: