Teaching and Mentoring Philosophy

September 30th, 2011

Teaching Philosophy

My overall teaching philosophy is to provide students a learning experience that incorporates both theoretical and pragmatic knowledge in the information systems discipline and as it relates to all other business functions. In consequence, theoretical discussions and pragmatic real life projects coupled with in-class case studies form an equal component of their education. My philosophy underscores the fact that not only do students need to be technically competent, but they need to enhance and develop other key capabilities such as problem solving skills, interpersonal & communication (verbal presentation and written) skills, ability to work in groups, systems thinking, and creativity skills. I ask that students seek knowledge so that they can be true agents of change in a dynamic global environment. I insist that they be proactive rather than passive problem solvers. Finally, I emphasize the importance of professional and ethical integrity in the context of use, sale, development, and management of information and communications technology and services.

Mentoring Philosophy

“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could .” [Anonymous].

My overall mentoring philosophy embodies the core idea that a measure of a faculty member’s success is reflected in the success of their students. In consequence my approach is to closely work with students in a mutually respectful and trusting relationship to:

  • Demystify the formal and informal aspects of undergraduate and graduate education at UNO;
  • Share personal experiences and knowledge about research and teaching;
  • Support students by providing emotional and moral encouragement;
  • Teach students by giving critical but constructive feedback on their work;
  • Be a positive role model and influence,
  • Be an effective sponsor and guide by helping students identify and exploit new opportunities,
  • Be available to respond to ideas, develop new ideas, and share in the successes and occasional bumps in the road to success,
  • Engage the student in areas of their interest while stretching them beyond their safe boundaries,
  • Encourage students to be persevere, make smart choices, and be effective collaborators, and
  • Provide students access to a network of peers who can provide them access to resources, information about the field, and career opportunities.