Continuous Term Lecturer
Management Information Systems
What do you like most about the Krannert School and Purdue?
"In Krannert, I like the camaraderie that exists between the faculty, even across functional areas. Even though the University and Krannert are large enough to offer varieties of opportunities to students, there's still an environment that can deliver a personalized learning environment."
How would you describe West Lafayette?
"As parents of five kids, my wife and I think that Lafayette and West Lafayette are great places to raise our kids. It has the day-to-day feeling of a small town, but is not lacking in access to cultural events and other things that are often considered 'big city,' like outstanding medical services. There are plenty of activities, from sports to education to arts to general recreation, to keep our family quite busy all of the time."
Why should a prospective student choose the Krannert School?
"If you're looking for a place to be challenged and a place to grow, then Krannert is a good place to land. Not only will you be challenged to go beyond just what the book offers in the classroom, but you'll find yourself challenged by the very peers who sit in the classroom next to you day-to-day."
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
"I enjoy the fact that I can help students increase their joy of learning. Itís one thing to be in environment where someone is dictating what's going to be covered today or what a student has to learn, but once they leave these 'hallowed halls,' the student who likes or loves to learn will be in a much better position to guide their own learning. Some of the best times that I have as a teacher are not necessarily realized until after a student has left my classroom. It's that student who you taught last semester who catches you in the hallway this semester and says, "You remember when we talked about topic X last semester? Well, during my internship this summer, I had an opportunity to work with topic X and using the things that you taught me; here's what else I learned, too."
"Each semester has its own fun times, but it's when I look back on my body of teaching and all of the students that I've been able to positively impact over my career that I really am able to recognize just how much I love being a teacher."
How would you describe your teaching style?
"It's a mix of many of the techniques of the best teachers that I've had in my lifetime with some of my own personal quirkiness thrown in for good measure. I always think back to my senior English teacher in high school, Mrs. Keblinger. She was tough as nails and expected a lot out of her students, but she also had a really good sense of humor. In her class, I learned that hard work and fun are not mutually exclusive. I always try to combined hard work with fun in everything I do and in any environment where I have an opportunity to teach others."
How would you describe your fellow faculty members at Krannert?
"I enjoy the various work and personal relationships that I have with my fellow Krannert faculty members. I've always found them very quick to help when I need a hand. You can sometimes tell the level of camaraderie in an environment by how people view committee meetings. Even if the meetings themselves may not be much fun, the time I spend with fellow colleagues is fun."
What are some of your hobbies?
"My biggest outlet revolves around my football coaching. I'm the head coach for two teams of 3rd- and 4th-grade kids and also help out with the coaching of two teams of 5th- and 6th-grade kids, too. I'm now in my ninth season of coaching these teams and find it's a great way to pay forward the time and character building that I got from my coaches as a kid."
"Outside of that, I read and play a few computer games, but with five kids, there's not a lot of free time available."