|Posted by Stephen Lemire on September 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM|
past twenty-five years, it has been my privilege to teach dozens of incredibly
talented and motivated adult learners. I have been a Senior Faculty member at
Cambridge (MA) College, an adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts
Lowell & Boston, and a faculty member at Rivier College in Nashua, NH.
during my brief tenure at Rivier, I have worked with graduate students. Most of
the courses that I have taught have been in Health Care Administration or
Management. A typical student has been a medical clinician (RN, technologist)
with 20 years experience who was looking to earn a Master’s Degree in order to
gain career advancement into a management position.
As a course
instructor, my teaching philosophy is to create an environment where students
are encouraged to share their professional experiences. If I am successful, the greatest lesson that
students learn is that they each carry a wealth of information with which they
can teach one another. This exchange creates a vast resource of experiences,
case examples, practice styles, and lessons learned.
I feel that
I am most effective presenting information as a facilitator, rather than as a
lecturer, to allow students the opportunity to process the potential impacts of
what is being discussed and apply it to their workplace or to a more broad setting.
I challenge students to develop their own concepts, support their own ideas,
and always learn from each other.
assimilate material and question me, each other, and themselves, they develop a
stronger grasp and understanding that most situations they encounter are
dynamic, not static. I try to instill a level of confidence in students so that
they feel empowered to challenge themselves and others.
When lessons are suitably applied, students
begin to determine where change is needed in their workplace and attempt to be
a catalyst for that change. I know a transformation has begun when students
think less about process (like a clinician) and more about outcome (like a