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Cornell University (English)
Trinity (Dallas Theatre Center) (Master's)
Cornell University (PhD)
My two-fold Cornell education has been a gateway to two professorships, one at Providence University on Taiwan, and the other at the Newark branch of Ohio State University. Although most of my instruction was in lecture format, I always encouraged my students to supplement that with one-on-one work, which is both more effective and more enjoyable. In addition, I have taught ESL, and I am comfortable with students from many different cultures.
Teaching is, for me, soulcraft of a very high order. Even though the responsibilities involved are quite serious, I keep the atmosphere light and open to moments of joyful enlightenment and discovery. When a student leaves a lesson more capable and confident than at the beginning, my fulfillment is ineffable and complete.
My prime qualification is that I have always been a voracious reader. I don't merely read passively; when I encounter an unfamiliar word, I do take the time to look up its meaning and provenance. I am also alert for nuances of syntax and style, and I have compiled an e-Commonplace Book from my reading, currently at over 100 pages. Other attributes that help constitute my effectiveness in teaching ESL, ACT English and Reading, general English, and grammar are my patience, flexibility, and inventiveness.
My attitude going into a teaching relationship is to meet students where they are. Once I understand where that is, I tailor my content and teaching style accordingly. Teaching is not merely an intellectual event but a human one as well, and I devote myself wholeheartedly to making a lesson enjoyable in all its aspects. My two-fold Cornell education has been a gateway to two professorships, one at Providence University on Taiwan, and the other at the Newark branch of Ohio State University. Although most of my instruction was in lecture format, I always encouraged my students to supplement that with one-on-one work, which is both more effective and more enjoyable.
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