As term faculty, 90% of my time is committed to teaching and the remainder to departmental service. I have been teaching at the college level for nearly 20 years, nine of those years at Iowa State.
During that time, I have taught in a variety of formats, revised curriculums, chaired committees, developed experimental courses, applied for advancement, mentored within my department, received awards, and experienced a number of student and faculty circumstances.
Why do you mentor?
I mentor because I want to see students succeed, and in order to succeed, students need successful instructors. Instructors are successful when they are confident and informed, and that comes through support and opportunities for collaboration.
Motivations for Serving as a College Peer Mentor
A university is a place of learning. If we are in this place and expect our students to be willing to learn, we should model that behavior. Mentoring is not just an opportunity to teach, it is an opportunity to learn.
In addition, I am ISU alumni with a family history at Iowa State, and an Iowa native. I love my state and this university and I want to see both be successful, and part of that is demonstrating and furthering the benefits of being a part of this community.
Greatest Achievement/Proud Moment/Contribution as a Faculty Mentor
Every time I am able to provide information or aid to someone who needs it feels like an achievement and reminds me that I’m in the right place.
Favorite Mentoring Quote or Key Mentoring Advice
Someone once told me “a good teacher is a good thief.” It sounds a little strange, but at the core of this statement was the permission to fully collaborate. Too often in academia, instructors can feel as if they are teaching in a vacuum and that they have to re-invent the wheel each time they start a course. Teaching, much like good research, builds on the backs of those that came before. A good teacher looks around, sees what others are doing, collaborates, and implements.
What is a key faculty mentor quality that begins with the same first letter in your first name?