Teaching Excellence Awards

 Year Awarded: 2007

Faculty Award winner

Kenyatta Rivers

 College of Health and Public Affairs

 Communication Sciences

Based on my academic training, my clinical experiences as a speech-language pathologist working in public schools and skilled nursing facilities, and the advice and guidance that I have received from mentors over the years, I formulated a "teaching philosophy" when I came to the University of Central Florida in Spring, 1996. It is: (1) to inform students of the theoretical and conceptual components of the field of speech-language pathology; (2) to expose students varying aspects of normal and disordered communication in children and adults; (3) to expose and demonstrate to students effective identification, evaluation, and management processes and strategies for children and adults with communication disorders; (4) to provide students with an array of practical experiences so that they can relate and apply the theories and concepts obtained through course lectures, readings, in-class discussions, small group activities, and clinic observations to "real life" situations, circumstances, and events; (5) to provide students with interpersonal skills for successfully interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse disorders; and (6) to foster a learning environment inside and outside of the classroom setting for students to become independent, creative, and responsible critical-thinkers and life-long learners.

Although I clearly believe that teaching is an honor and a privilege, I also believe that it is a responsibility. An old African proverb says, "He who learns, teaches.”