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Produced by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Student Committee on Teaching Excellence, with input from the students of SUNY Plattsburgh. Vol. 1, issue 2. Read other issues
What makes a good lecture/lecturer?
"A good lecturer is one who can comprehensively get across their teaching to students by using terms, jargon, at the level that students of their classes can fully understand, and engage in and add to discussions." - Nicholas Williams
"If a professor can keep my attention and keep me thinking of the material outside of class, then they're a good professor." -Jessica Balcom
"Engagement. The ability to capture ideas quickly and in an entertaining way. It isn't about humor per se, but it is about wit. No one will ever want to learn and be bored. We are not wired that way." - Andrew Mitchell
"A good lecturer is someone who is willing to listen when students talk and is understanding when they do not comprehend something. A good lecturer must also be enthusiastic about the subject they lecture on and must, obviously, be knowledgeable about it." - Candice Ruppert
...from the Student Committee on Teaching Excellence (SCTE)
What gets rave reviews:
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November's Teacher of the Month is Olivia O'Donnell, Ph.D., lecturer in Political Science.
"I try to make them interact and become connected because they're going to need that in order to survive." - Olivia O'Donnell
In the first two months of tabling for nominees, the SCTE collected 67 faculty nominations (44 individual). Although they are a diverse group, there are characteristics that these faculty have in common: they are caring, passionate, and go to great lengths to help their students understand material. Olivia received a number of nominations that detailed such characteristics, which was why the SCTE chose her from the many worthy nominees.
Excerpts from nominating submissions:
It is obvious that Olivia gives a great deal of thought to how she interacts with the students. "We have to show care for them; there are a lot of things going on in our lives, their lives, and I'm concerned that they are too plugged into technology and not connected with each other. I try to make them interact and become connected because they're going to need that in order to survive."
Olivia also challenges her students on difficult issues to help them learn to think critically until "they have enough self-confidence to go out and conquer the world."
Olivia now has her own CTE Teacher of the Month coffee mug to use while she is grading finals.
For more information about the Center for Teaching Excellence, please contact:
Becky Kasper, Ph.D., Director
301 Feinberg Library, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3043
Fax: (518) 564-5100