Collaborative / Interpersonal Skills Professor Interview

I choose to interview Capt. Miller because she is one of the Air Force instructors that I do not know as well as I would like to. It is important to me to have somewhat of a close relationship with these people, as they are crucial in my journey towards my immediate goals. The answers she provided me were not very unexpected, but it still made me happy to hear about professors that truly care about their work and impact. From this conversation I learned that having a long-term plan is important, but so is accepting that your life will most likely not follow this plan. This interaction also helped me develop a deeper respect for her, as well as for the rest of the ROTC cadre, as I realize how demanding their jobs can be, yet they continue to put their soul into what they do. From this experience I also learned that talking to and meeting with professors isn’t as scary as it may seem, and can also be very beneficial in the long run.

What do you do in addition to teaching? Why did you decide this career/position? What was your major in college? What do you like best about your job? Did you always want to be in this career/position? What do you do for fun? Hobbies? Are you where you thought you would be when you were in college? How do you balance home and work, and teaching vs. researching? What general advice would you give college students? What are your expectations for students in your classroom? What are the most common mistakes that students make? What should I be studying to be successful on assignments in this class? How do you define learning? How do you define teaching? What subject was most difficult for you as a college student and why? What non-academic skill do you think is the most important for college students? What is the greatest non-academic skill that college students today lack? How can college students develop this skill at Clemson University? As a college student, what element of professionalism did you struggle with the most?


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