Teaching Excellence Awards

 Year Awarded: 2011

Faculty Award winner

Tammie Kaufman

 Rosen College of Hospitality Management

 Food Service and Lodging Management

The ability to reach a student and create a passion for learning is the greatest gift that can be given. During my undergraduate career I had one such instructor that “woke me up” and helped me to analyze and question what I read, and taught me how to apply what I learned to my life. This created the spark that I needed that created an independence and sense of responsibility in myself that I had never had. This change shaped my life in significant ways and produced a passion for learning that resulted in my pursuit of higher degrees. Therefore, the primary reason that I became an instructor of higher education was to reach students that have yet to find this passion for learning.

My belief is that if you are passionate about something, it is contagious, and one cannot help but pay attention to a message that is spoken with great fervor. My classes are never taught the same way, based on my reliance on current events to guide my lessons. The bridge between theory and actual practice is vital to ensure students are given the tools they need in a competitive business environment. I utilize practical exercises as well as outside lecturers to make certain students are privy to timely information.

Teachers must be able to listen and effectively communicate in order to assure that students feel that their needs are being met. My main concern is students take as much practical knowledge as they can from my class, and listening and responding to different students‘ needs is key in this goal. This principle goes hand in hand with my belief that all students are different, and they all deserve a caring and nurturing environment. There is a good balance that must be maintained to ensure discipline and a productive learning environment. Students need to feel that their instructor genuinely cares about their progress and their future.