As the Finals Week is winding down, I am drowning in grading duties while trying to work on a couple of my own research papers too. Writing one, running statistical tests for another… tons of stuff to do but I can’t wait to be presenting my findings in an international convention in Hawaii this summer.
While I was going through the final exams, I found quite a few positive comments from the students about my teaching and the class in general. Looks like I was successful once again with my class – mission completed.
Posted on January 11, 2013
Professor…. yes, I am being called Professor next week. The spring semester is starting and I am excited beyond excitement. I used to teach Cryptography, Computer Security and Software Project Management at University of Tampere and Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland years ago. Now I am stepping up on the podium again, and teaching computer science in Alaska.
I am grateful this opportunity since getting back to university teaching has been one of my long-term goals, and at the same time I truly love to work with university students. Furthermore, I believe I can bring them some valuable lessons learned from the real life, professional environment after working in the HiTech industry since 1998. I have done quite a few things during my career, anything from publications to patents. Hopefully I can close the gap between the real world and university at least on one class, and help my students to see that all theories and practices actually do pay back when in the workforce and big, bad world.
I am doing my best to be a fair, attentive professor who is available and dedicated for her students. I hope I can share my enthusiasm with them. I hope they will see my passion for technology and sciences.
What do you think, what makes a good professor?