When Dr. Diane Dean was a child, she remembers looking up at the stars and realizing that the light she was seeing was tens of thousands of years old. Since then, she has been hooked on everything to do with science.
Now that Dr. Dean is teaching at University of Saint Joseph, she is eager to share her enthusiasm with her students. She reports, "I like to set up situations in the classroom where students can ask questions and figure things out for themselves. I use lots of questioning and guided inquiry to help them come to their own understanding of the materials." In so doing, her goal is to have students gain the intellectual discipline to become their own life-long learners.
Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of teaching, Dr. Dean says, is "seeing former students do well. I had two students graduate in 2003 and go on to Ph.D. programs, where they continued to flourish. The key thing is the confidence piece. It's an honor to nurture their self-esteem to get them to that point."
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
B.S., University of Wisconsin
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