Mission statement: Inspiring
and supporting my students through the joyful discovery and exploration of
the power and beauty of
mathematical methods and their amazing real life applications.
On the importance of vision (Creating
relevance by pointing at great things to come): I see the teaching component of my profession as an
opportunity to ignite the curiosity and interest of my students. I make the
most of this opportunity through my enthusiastic way of presenting my
lectures, but mostly by constantly choosing examples and problems that hint
at great things to come. For instance, I often tell my Math majors of the
more powerful and more vastly applicable results derived as generalizations
of the basic ones that they need to learn right now. It is my experience that
the sense of anticipation nurtures the core of all learners. I constantly
relate my material to what great engineers, scientists, and mathematicians
explore in their work.
The crucial place of responsibility: A crucial component of my
teaching philosophy is my commitment to instilling a sense of responsibility
in young aspiring college students. My syllabi emphasize the responsibility
of my students, but I also constantly
remind them to be focused and dedicated. The relationship between the
instructor and the student is really a tacit contract that crucially requires
the shared responsibility of the two parties involved, if it has to be
successful. As an instructor, I strive to fulfill my responsibilities to the
best of my abilities, and I expect all my students to do the same.
Depth first, then breadth: If I absolutely had to sacrifice something
during a given term, I would sacrifice lengthy details and concentrate on
deepening my students' knowledge on key fundamentals. It is my strong belief
that a student equipped with a deep and solid knowledge of key fundamentals
has what it takes to learn more advanced concepts on his/her own. Mindful of
the fact that depth requires patience, confidence and support, I do my best
to create an atmosphere that invites my students to seek a deeper
understanding all the time. I never tire at drawing my students' attention on
the importance of truly understanding, as opposed to scratching the surface
of knowledge. I always provide added support to students who express an
interest in deepening their knowledge.
Learning through hands on discovery: Over the years, I have found that
data analysis projects provide my students with one of
the best opportunities to master probability and statistics concepts.
Students are allowed to do the project alone or with at
most another students. The project must be motivated by an interesting issue
that can be addressed through the statistical analysis of data related to the
issue. In recent years, I have decided to require students to provide me with
an oral progress report on the project every other week. This is clearly a
highlight of my teaching as I have noticed that my Statistics students finish
with a more well-rounded understanding of Probability and Statistics.
Inspiring and supporting all my students: I have been told by peers
and students alike that my greatest strength as a instructor is my enthusiastic,
crystal clear and inspiring delivery of lectures along with my genuine
dedication to helping all my students discover and explore the power and
beauty of Mathematical Sciences. I have consistently maintained a long term
average of around 4.4 out of 5 on my evaluations by my students.