My teaching approach has benefitted by applying certain principles of transformational leadership, which can be summarized as establishing a shared vision, operating with integrity and interpersonal consideration, and encouraging intellectual stimulation and inspirational motivation.
- As a leader of a course, I establish a shared vision by explicitly asking students to tell me their goals for the course, and try to explicitly address their learning goals throughout the year.
- I maintain integrity via transparency, by making my learning objectives accessible for each aspect of a course—including weekly lectures—and illustrating how they relate to evaluation criteria.
- I am considerate of students by maintaining an enjoyable and relaxed learning environment, and by establishing a dialogue and rapport with students from the first day. Indeed, I encourage students to discuss their academic and career goals with me and I offer help whenever feasible.
- To promote intellectual stimulation, I incorporate in-class case studies and discussions, and group exercises and assignments, and have successfully used in-class group activities in classes of more than 50 students.
- Finally, I inspire students by explaining how researchers use unique, interesting methods to achieve insights that many would not have thought possible, and highlighting how these insights have benefitted a wide range of stakeholders and/or improved community or societal welfare.
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