Professor Interview

Questions Asked

Why did you decide this career/position?

What was your major in college? Did you have a minor?

What do you like best about your job?

Did you always want to be in this career/position?

Do you have any 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 advice would you give to college students?

What are your expectations for student is your classroom?

What are the most common mistakes that you see students make?

What is your definition of ‘learning’?

What is your definition of ‘teaching’?

What subject was most difficult for you as a college student?

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?

Recording of Professor Interview: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwiaFuJEo2nJanROZXR5NGNtQ0E/view?usp=sharing

I chose to interview Lee Hanna because he seems like a very down-to-earth instructor. Someone who can relate with students and see things from their side, especially from Clemson students, considering he is also an alumnus. I felt that his experience as a student could have would provide clear and solid answers to the questions I asked.

His response to some of my questions fell in line with my own thoughts, mostly how he felt about learning and teaching and what is most important for student so take away from college. I was somewhat surprised by his response to how he chose his career, considering that I still have trouble figuring out what I want to do in life and I have already gone so far in college. He told me that he enjoyed math as a child and was always willing to help others, so teaching was an easy path for him to take. It made me think that not everyone has to go through a ton of experiences to find out who they are or what they want to become. This can be manifested from the simple things we experience in life. One thing I learned from this conversation is the importance of time management for students. Having proper time management can determine where a student is going in their academic career and helps balance the happenings in their life. It creates stability in a time when it is needed the most. This interview helped me see things through the eyes of an instructor. They not only want to guide the student, but ensure the take something from the lesson and, hopefully, apply what they have learned to things they do in the real world.

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