01. PERSONAL INFORMATION

NARRATIVE STATEMENT

 

Teaching Philosophy

Excellence in teaching inspires excellence in student work.

 

Excellence in Teaching - I must do the following for student success:

  • lead by example and channel a strong work ethic through a sense of dedication, integrity, and regard for others;

  • challenge and empower students toward creative and critical thinking, analysis, discovery, and the capacity for innovation;​

  • demonstrate good communication skills by conveying my thoughts thoroughly and accurately, both verbally and in writing;

  • be consistent, fair, and dependable;

  • value and utilize the different perspectives that I encounter in order to make better decisions;

  • show compassion and empathy by putting myself in the shoes of others and by understanding the impact my decisions may have on them;  ​​

  • understand and balance diverse perspectives as our environments shape us and affect the way we look at the world;  ​  

  • retain a sense of service, look for ways to give back, and be prepared to go above and beyond what is required;​

  • be a life-long learner in order to be a good teacher and/or leader.​

 

 

Excellence in Student Work - Students will successfully be prepared to:  

  • strive for excellence;

  • extend their creative outlet and versatility toward the demands of our present day;

  • demonstrate the ability to learn and retain more complex material in a variety of degrees;  

  • understand the importance of self-discipline and self-motivation in the continual effort to improve individual performance;  

  • collaborate smoothly in interdisciplinary settings;

  • engage in cultural and community arts and other related activities.

How I contribute to fulfilling the mission of SUNY Potsdam

The College Mission Statement

“The State University of New York at Potsdam prepares students to act

as engaged global citizens and to lead lives enriched by critical thought,

creativity, and discovery. As an inclusive scholarly community rooted in

our historic role in providing exemplary teacher and music education and

our leadership in the fine and performing arts, we are committed to the

liberal arts and sciences as an academic foundation for all students. With

an abiding sense of responsibility to our region and to the world beyond,

SUNY Potsdam fosters an appreciation of and respect for the variety of

human experience.”

 

“…prepares students to act as engaged global citizens…”

The world faces global challenges, which require global solutions. For the respect of all, change must take place in how we think and act. It is not enough for academic institutions to produce students with degrees in education, art, science, or technology. Teaching must also be transformative and bring combined values to life. We, the teachers, must lead discussions answering the big questions of the day, promote an active care for humanity and the world, and, in some cases, change the way students think and act. We must fully assume our role in helping students be citizens who are more objective, tolerant, and peaceful. And, we must ultimately give students the understanding, skills, and values they need to help resolve the global challenges of the 21st century.

“...and to lead lives enriched by critical thought, creativity, and discovery.”

In our social media age, many people are quick to like something on Facebook, or they are quick to write an angry comment in response to a news story. They may not have even read the article. They may have just reacted quickly to the headline and the first sentence. This is not an example of critical thinking. Rather, this tendency shows the desperate need in our culture for compassion, reflection, the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas, and the ability to listen.

Students who are “enriched by critical thought, creativity, and discovery” will recreate and rethink, research and evaluate, self-assess, and cycle through the process again and again as if it were second nature. Failures will be seen merely as stepping stones, and professors and peers will be recognized as supportive along the journey. 

The arts innately center around the creative process, and students learn how to pause as they are creating to fine-tune many times over in order to seek true innovation. In dance, students learn the act of refining movement ideas and rehearsing until they reach a successful opening night performance, for example. When students learn this process, they grow more and more fascinated by the research, analysis, and discovery, and, in turn, they grow accepting with less-than-ideal outcomes along the way. Furthermore, this training encompasses practical life skills in the way that students look at the world, giving them the ability to define, recognize, and choose responses to proactively take on challenging and changing environments.

 

“As an inclusive scholarly community rooted in our historic role in providing exemplary teacher and music education and our leadership in the fine and performing arts…”

It is both an honor and an obligation as a SUNY Potsdam faculty member in the performing arts to carry on the torch of 'leadership' for the college. When it comes to building success in students, it means building student morale by working to maintain engaging coursework, a positive community, and guided by effective management. It means being as passionate about my students as I am about art. It means providing an environment for students to grow into cutting-edge artists, and it is my commitment to give students outstanding technical training supported by thought-provoking coursework. The overlying goal is to guide them through the creative development as a whole artist – one who is well-rounded, culturally aware, and fully engaged in mind, body, and spirit. This commitment of nurturing dancers will keep the SUNY Potsdam, Department of Theatre and Dance earning consistent recognition for our leadership in the performing arts.

 

“…we are committed to the liberal arts and sciences as an academic foundation for all students. With an abiding sense of responsibility to our region and to the world beyond, SUNY Potsdam fosters an appreciation of and respect for the variety of human experience.”

The last several years, I have witnessed increasing national debates regarding the value of a college education and particularly, the value of a liberal arts and sciences education. While some conservatories, colleges, and universities focus on teaching students the professional skills necessary for their chosen careers, other institutions, often referred to as liberal arts colleges, are designed to educate students more broadly, preparing them for a wide range of challenges. In the latter case, it is expected that most students will continue on to postgraduate training. However, even within that context, there is increased discussion on the importance of real-world experiences for future employment. The advancement of knowledge in the arts and humanities; social and behavioral sciences; the natural, physical, and mathematical sciences; and related interdisciplinary fields constitute an intellectual foundation for students. Furthermore, I believe that it is important to preserve these standards in all programs of study, with the understanding that a truly great college serves the needs not only of the students, but of the community, the state, the nation, and in this era of internationalization, the world.

Specific COVID Narrative Component

In the link below entitled, 20/20 Hind-Sight on 2020 Remote Education, I will be addressing the following points:

 

  • the impact of the pandemic on teaching and students, my response to the impact, and the changes in my course work as a result;

  • evidence beyond teaching that showcases my accomplishments and growth as a teacher;​

  • how my assessments align with learning outcomes;

  • continued professional development opportunities that I have used related to teaching and the impact.;

  • incorporating lessons learned into the future education.

Please, read on about: 20/20 Hind-Sight on 2020 Remote Education