“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose” (Geisel, 1990, p. 2). This Dr. Seuss quote has deeply inspired my teaching philosophy. Encouraging self-motivation as a driving force to each of my student’s success is key to my pedagogical approach in the classroom. As my primary teaching objective, I aspire to instill and spark passion in my students to engage in the process of learning by challenging themselves intellectually, not by internalizing knowledge through memorization. Informed by theories of constructivism, developing a critical understanding of materials beyond the sheer meaning of the text and applying this knowledge to practice are secondary components of my teaching philosophy. Lastly, I encourage my students to attain satisfaction from self-discoveries through collaborative and experiential learning processes. These principles and goals provide a framework for the active pedagogical strategies I consider most effective in higher education as a teacher, advisor, scholar, and mentor.
Since my appointment at Boston University, I have taught nine different theory and research based courses. In addition, I developed new courses which include: Media Effects, The Psychology of Emerging Media, and Measuring Media Effects: Experimental Design & Measurement. In Summer 2016, I was invited to create and teach a new course, The Psychology of Entertainment Media, at the School of Journalism and Communication at Xiamen University in China.
I received the 2019 Becker Family Teacher of the Year award from the College of Communication at Boston University. In 2017, I was awarded Teacher of the Year by the college’s Division of Emerging Media Studies. In 2014, I was nominated as one of 40 inspirational professors (40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire featured by NerdScholar) based on my ability to captivate and engage with students in the classroom, interact with students outside of class, and collaborate with students on research projects. I ranked in the Top 25 in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom based on student ratings by RateMyProfessors.com in 2011-2012. I was also a 2010 recipient of a Promising Professor Award at the 93rd annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Denver, CO where I presented my teaching philosophy in the Promising Professor Awards Panel & Workshop in the Mass Communication & Society Division. This award honors instructors who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching.