Teaching Excellence: You will learn from leaders

Teaching Excellence: You will learn from leaders

October 17, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


One of the things about Mount Allison is
that all of our classes essentially are delivered by faculty members who are, for
the large part, tenured to tenure track. Everybody’s got a PhD and they’re
permanent faculty members for the large part teaching our courses. This
is really different from large universities. Here, for instance as
Dean of Science, I teach one of the larger first-year science courses. I get
office hours with those students and I do a tutorial every Monday night where
I’m delivering the tutorial myself so they have a lot of ways to speak to
faculty members directly. We have quite a strong research presence, some
award-winning teachers. You tend to meet a lot of different faculty members and
each of them just contributes to your time here and they’re always checking in
your well being and how everything else is going on in their classes because
more often than not you’ll end up seeing them you know somewhere along
your four years. I’d use my classes as a scouting ground for people that are not
only doing well but who actually enjoy it and find it interesting and then I
look for ways that I can find different opportunities whether it be in being a
teaching assistant or doing research with me either over the summer or on a
part-time basis. That’s something that you don’t necessarily have at larger
institutions. A number of our researchers do have national and international
collaborations with other labs, which provides some really interesting
opportunities for students to go and work in different parts of the country,
in different parts of the world. And then here you are with like this really
really well-accredited professor who’s clearly very well-informed on their
field and you have the opportunity have a dialogue with them. Mount A is really
great for that and the professors here are even better for it.