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My own experience confirms my belief in the importance of education and lifelong learning.
Ana Abad-Jorge has always been passionate about being an educator. When she was in college, her goal was to become a high school science teacher, but when she graduated, she chose instead to pursue a career in clinical nutrition and dietetics. Upon completing her master’s degree, she became a pediatric nutritionist and registered dietitian.
I was looking to make a transition that reflected my evolving interests. The School gave me a great opportunity to do that.
Angela Orebaugh epitomizes the School’s commitment to select certificate faculty members who combine impressive work resumes with expertise in the classroom. Orebaugh, who holds a master of science in computer science from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in information technology from George Mason University, spent over 20 years in industry, starting as a database programmer.
It's great to hear from former students that our courses really helped their careers.
Celeste Greene is not afraid to innovate. As program director for the School’s graduate Certificates in Project Management, Leadership, and Public Administration, Greene helps faculty take full advantage of online technology. “It’s come a long way,” she says. “Today, you can deliver classes that have the immediacy of face-to-face instruction.”
Students at BIS have fulfilled my expectations. They are really engaged and ask very good questions.
Fan Gao realized she had a vocation for working with adult learners as a doctoral student in interpersonal communication and psychology at Northwestern University. When Gao learned about the opening for a faculty member in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, she jumped at the opportunity, seeing a way to combine her interests in adult learning and psychology.
By teaching financial planning, I'm giving my students the opportunity to similarly impact their clients’ lives.
Jim Simos tends to downplay his considerable experience. “I like to tell people I have a diversified business background,” he says. “But what that really means is that I have had four or five unrelated careers.” Regardless of how you count, Simos’ background adds up to a big plus for students in the School’s Certified Financial Planning preparatory certificate program. Of the first 28 students who completed the certificate program, 28 passed the CFP® exam on their first try.
I’m proud to be part of an organization that recognizes veterans and the sacrifices they have made.
Veteran and faculty member John McCarthy is proud to be a part of an organization that recognizes veterans and the sacrifices they have made. He's also proud of the students he teaches in his courses in the School’s graduate certificate programs in leadership, human resources management, and procurement and contracts management.
I enjoy stepping out of my intellectual comfort zone, and I encourage my students to join me.
Julie May describes herself as the quintessential lifelong learner. That’s one of the attractions for her of her chosen field—art history. “Art history gives you a window into virtually any subject,” she says. “You can use it to shed light on subjects like economics, politics, or religion, and you invariably learn something new.”
Each learner’s history and experiences affect their learning style and pace.
As an assistant professor, Nammy Lee sees herself as a facilitator, helping students master the intricacies of accounting and meet their professional goals. As an administrator, she has a different purpose. The director of the School’s Certificate in Accounting, Lee is a community builder, bringing the program’s faculty together to exchange ideas and advance its quality. Both roles are expressions of her long-term passion for adult education.
I like bringing in real-world examples of issues hospitals are facing and challenging students to solve them.
Rashida Biggs is driven by the desire to help people master the knowledge and competencies they need to advance their careers.
It is extremely energizing to teach adult students, especially the highly motivated students in our program.
Stephen Levine likes to play the blues—so much so that he is part of an acoustic blues duo—Dr Levine and the Dreaded Blues Lady. But when he talks about the School’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program, he sounds far from blue. “It’s a remarkable program for remarkable people,” he says.
As a teacher, you have to decide where you want to take your students and guide them along that path...
Taking an online class from Veteran Steven Soares is an immersive experience, thanks to his own desire to learn and his passion for teaching others.