My name is Adam Sullivan
Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I have learned that not only is it important to gain knowledge in areas of Biostatistics but it is also important to understand the best ways to impart this knowledge on others. This knowledge can then benefit my students and everyone they collaborate with. In turn honing my teaching craft allows me to be a better collaborator and better meet the needs of public health research.
The Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) College Report gives six recommendations for an introductory course in statistics
- Emphasize statistical literacy and develop statistical thinking.
- Use real data.
- Stress conceptual understanding, rather than mere knowledge of procedures.
- Foster active learning in the classroom.
- Use technology for developing conceptual understanding and analyzing data.
Teaching is a truly challenging endeavor. To me one of the most important aspects is to focus on the students, their needs and giving them real objectives for learning. Learning objectives provide the students with the goals and outcomes of each unit. It is important that they know what is expected of them. These objectives allow me to weigh whether or not problem sets and exams are truly examining what I want the students to understand and grasp out of a particular unit and the course in general. Another important aspect is the classroom environment. Through careful planning I try to make every change be seamless. Anticipating the questions that students may have allows for me to have prepared thoughtful and engaging responses to those questions. I also never criticize a students answer or question in class. They need to feel safe speaking out and participating.
I truly feel that educating students is a great privilege and an honor.
So many academic goals that we expect you to achieve.