What Faculty Want... (and what they don't want)
This Fall (2012) I was part of several panel discussions for new college freshmen. The panelists were college faculty, and they were discussing the topic “What Faculty Want (and what they don’t want)”. Basically, the professors shared suggestions and advice as to how to be successful in college.
I’ve been doing these panels for 3 years now, and every year attendance increases. While increased student interest is gratifying, I think the most valuable part of the discussions is the opportunity for students to see faculty in a different role from often authoritarian role they appear to take on when in their own classes. In these discussions, they are just one of four or five people volunteering their time to share ideas and suggestions aimed simply at helping students succeed. I think the students who attended (hundreds of them), view faculty a little differently now, than those not in attendance. And I am always surprised at the degree to which the faculty are eager to give up their time and advice. Although it may sometimes not seem like it, I guess college faculty really are regular, every-day people!
Here are pieces of advice picked up from one professor or another (in no particular order) during the course of these panel discussions.
Under the topic of “What Faculty Want” from you:
Under the topic of “what they don’t want”:
Great quotes from faculty:
Special thanks to Professors Angle, Bays, Jordan, Lancaster, Lucas, Miller, Parsons, Rhinehart, Self, Senat, Sharda, Shaw, and Vanoverbeke at Oklahoma State University for sharing their time and wisdom.
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