Edward Creppy, Natural and Applied Sciences Division
I have taught at NOVA for the past three years. At the Loudoun campus, where I currently teach, there is a great sense of community between management, faculty, staff and students. Another aspect of the NOVA culture that I find impressive is the diversity of students, staff and faculty. The diverse atmosphere assures you that you will always find people with whom you share the same interests.
I began teaching at NOVA as an adjunct at the Woodbridge Campus. When a full-time position became available at the Loudoun Campus I eagerly applied, was hired and I've have been having a blast! I teach Economics which everyone experiences on a daily basis, especially now, in these challenging economic times. I take advantage of this by connecting what I teach in the classroom to what students are likely to experience in the real world.
Inherently, Economics is a very theoretical subject and I see my job as making the theory relevant to the student with real-life examples in with which they can identify. Also, I try to keep each and every one of the students in my class engaged. My students understand that they cannot be passive observers in my class because at some point, I am either going to ask them to write something or call on them to answer a question before the class is over. This encourages them come to class prepared.
My favorite aspect of teaching is when the proverbial light bulb goes off in the mind of the student. Some people call this the "AHA" moment. There is nothing more fulfilling than to see a student come to class the first day very apprehensive, not knowing what to expect, because he or she may have heard a lot of horror stories about Economics. Then, at the end of the course, that same student tells me he/she enjoyed the class and now loves Economics. Some even go as far as expressing the desire to changing their major to Economics once they get to a four-year college.
I love teaching. I teach with a great deal of enthusiasm -- my students have often told me that my enthusiasm is contagious!