Dr Alexandre Lefebvre, Philosophy/Government & International Relations
I love teaching the classics because each text demands that we forget ourselves, our preferences and our opinions in order to understand the ideas and the world it brings forth. My real pleasure is in sharing the feeling of being carried away by these ‘great’ books with my students.
Dr Bruce Isaacs, Art History & Film Studies
"What I love most about teaching is the connection with students; I have a strong sense of genuinely effecting change in the lives of people, which is, I feel, a unique and very special privilege. The capacity to be affected by the teaching environment is certainly my strongest memory of undergraduate and postgraduate life, and it's nice to now be on the other side of that relationship."
Dr Elizabeth Hill, Political Economy
“The opportunity to shape the way students think about and act in the world is something I find very rewarding. It is one of the privileges of being an academic.”
Dr John Mikler, Government & International Relations
“Teaching is a joy! It is not something we ‘do’, but a process of mutual engagement through which both I and my students become better critical thinkers. I feel like we have a ‘win’ every time we are in class.”
Dr Leticia Anderson, Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies
“I'm passionate about what I teach and being able to share this enthusiasm with my students is one of the things I love most about teaching. I am really excited when a class begins to reflect my passion for our discipline back to me, and particularly when I then get to see my students going on to apply their learning experiences in the field, by making significant contributions to building peace with justice around the globe”.
Dr Nicholas Eckstein, History
At a time when more and more social interaction is mediated online, the physical university classroom represents a precious sanctuary which we need to defend. As a face-to-face setting where teachers may help students to collaborate and gain confidence, it is central not only to academic learning but to the business of working out how to be a good person. Having a job that places one in such an environment is a privilege.
A/Professor Nicholas Smith, Philosophy
“I had some terrific teachers and I try to pay it forward. Teaching involves a lot of hard work but I also find it very rewarding -- especially when the spark of interest and understanding starts to take hold and catch alight in students' minds”.
Dr Simon Kwok, Economics
“I love teaching because it is priceless to accompany my students as they learn new ideas, acquire new skills, and become more intellectually mature over the semester. On the other hand, I have been benefited from the curiosity of students from time to time. In order to answer some of their unexpected and weirdest questions in layman terms, it often requires a re-thinking on an old topic or an adoption of a new teaching approach. Over time, this hones my communication skills and occasionally generates new research ideas.”
Dr Stella Huangfu, Economics
” I have been extremely fortunate to work with and learn from inspirational award winning teachers, practitioners, PhD supervisors and T&L staff, enabling me to grow, reflect and critically evaluate and document my own performance as a teacher. By me providing a learning atmosphere that empowers students is a challenging collaborate journey where communication, commitment, inspirational guidance are essential to improve students’ learning experiences.”
Dr Stephen Cheung, Economics
Teaching is a cornerstone of my academic work. As my research has developed, so my teaching has co-evolved with it. Through teaching I have learned to think more carefully about issues that I currently research. At the same time, I bring new insights, materials, and strategies from research into my teaching at all levels.