A Better Future: Faculty Appreciation Commemorative Blog-

A Better Future: Faculty Appreciation Commemorative Blog-

As educators, we belong to one of the most positive of human institutions, one that serves the human need to learn more and create a better future.  As such, the real institution of higher education is more than a set of front offices or even a single institution. Instead, we can think of the real university as the collective force of millions of students and thousands of faculty members spread out and existing over time.  

While every human institution has flaws, the real institution of education has changed lives, improved social conditions, toppled dictatorships, and supported the invention of new and miraculous devices and procedures.  Higher education is the bedrock of every profession and serves as an incubator for new thinking and new learning (Redecker, et al., 2011).  

Faculty members play a pivotal role in higher education, as universities were originally unions of teachers, who set up a central location or university for their students.  University organization has changed over centuries, but faculty members central to student learning through relationships that support the construction of learning. 

As an SAS educator, I am always struck by the motivations of incoming doctoral learners who speak of earning a doctoral degree to serve. Our students are preparing to serve as leaders in the fields of health, education, and business and want to make a better future in their profession, community, or nation. And as SAS faculty, we play an important role in preparing future leaders for increasingly complex social organizations.  Like the magic of compound interest, our work with students today, may pay larger dividends for individuals and communities as the years pass.

 

Mother Teresa: "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples".

 

 

Redecker, C., Leis, M., Leendertse, M., Punie, Y., Gijsbers, G., Kirschner, P. (2011). The future of learning: Preparing for changeEuropean Commission. Joint Research Center-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. Retrieved April 4, 2018 from http://hdl.handle.net/1820/4196

 

Comments

Patricia Steele's picture Patricia Steele | May 11, 2018 12:43 pm MST

Liz,

Thank you for the reminder that we are educators – we do not “do” educating.  Being in education for 50+ years is still a learning experience for me, and the most I can do for my students is to be an example of what I am encouraging them to be.

Patty

 

Mansureh Kebritchi's picture Mansureh Kebritchi | May 11, 2018 12:06 pm MST

Well said Liz; Higher education system and platforms may change over time; however,  faculty members are the constant key players in nurturing students to excel in their fields/professions and further enhance our society.        

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