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Department ChairProfessormatthews@sebs.rutgers.edu65 Dudley RD(848) 932-5430(732) 932-6776
My intent through teaching is to encourage students to apply the knowledge they have to critically analyze situations and solve problems. Notwithstanding, students still need to know the basic terms used in the discipline but must advance beyond rote learning. I wish my students to be critical of what they hear, form their own opinions and be equipped to defend their opinions in an intelligent and articulate manner. Teaching requires active participation by the teacher and the student. My responsibility is to teach the student and the students’ responsibility is to learn; my job, as teacher is to make their job (learning) productive. As educators we must use innovative methods, respond enthusiastically to questions, and encourage our students to enthusiastically seek knowledge. I seek to understand the learning capabilities and goals of students in my classes; departing from conventional teaching methods to ensure the entire class develops the requisite skills and grasps the information presented to be successful in the future.
Interaction with students outside the classroom is integral to the learning process. I have no set office hours, rather I encourage students to visit when they have an opportunity and discuss issues relevant to the course and their undergraduate or graduate career. I encourage students to contact me by Email, particularly students that are employed full time or may travel extensively. I do not want students to feel I am unapproachable, creating an atmosphere in which students may feel I am not interested in their concerns and success.