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
Email: [email protected]
The University of Saint Joseph, including the Gengras Center School and the School for Young Children, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. and the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education. The University of Saint Joseph prohibits discrimination against any persons on account of their race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital status, national origin, ancestry, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability, or physical disability), genetic information, homelessness, prior conviction of a crime, or any other characteristic protected by law, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and employment practices (unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification related to employment).
Inquiries concerning the University’s non-discrimination policies may be referred to Deborah Spencer, Human Resources director /Title IX coordinator, telephone 860.231.5390 or email [email protected], or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston Mass 02109, telephone 617.289.0111, TDD 800.877.8339, fax 617.289.0150, or email [email protected]. More information.