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INTRODUCTION
TO
TEACHING


Teacher
Interview



Teacher’s
Name:
 
 Dr.
Doreen
Sams,
PhD

 
 

Subject/Grade
Level:


Marketing
/
College
Undergraduate
/
Graduate

School:



 
 
 Georgia
College
and
State
University

 

School
System:


 
 Georgia
Board
of
Regents



Highest
Degree
Held:

Doctorate

 
 







Do
you
plan
to
work
toward
another
degree?
No


Experience
(years):

One
year
as
a
visiting
professor,
six
years
as
an
undergraduate

professor,
and
five
years
as
a
graduate
professor


 
 

Present
position
(years):

 five
years


1.

Can
you
name
a
few
of
the
ways
the
positions
differ?




“As
a
visiting
professor,
the
position
required
teaching
and
participating
in
faculty

meetings
but
only
as
a
guest.
No
research
was
required
at
the
visiting
professor
level.
As

an
undergraduate
professor,
it
is
my
job
to
guide
student
learning
through
in
class

lectures
and
experiential
learning
encouraging
civic
engagement
and
global
thinking.
I

am
also
required
to
attend
and
fully
participate
in
faculty
meetings
and
serve
the

university
through
committee
work
as
well
as
service
in
the
communities
in
which
the

university
is
located.
I
must
publish
three
peer
reviewed
journal
articles
in
five
years

(continuous
basis)
plus
make
other
academic
contributions
such
as
papers
presented
at

peer
reviewed
conferences
and
serve
as
an
editor
or
reviewer
for
a
journal.
I
teach

online,
in
the
classroom,
and
a
hybrid
of
both.
I
teach
at
three
separate
campuses
across

three
disciplines
(i.e.,
marketing,
international
business,
and
management).”


2.

Are
you
teaching
in
your
major
area?

Yes
 If
not,
what
is
your
major?
 N/A

Minor?

 Yes
 
 


3.

In
what
areas
do
you
prefer
to
teach?

International
Marketing,
Marketing
Research,

and
Business
Ethics


4.

Would
you
like
to
become
an
administrator?
NO.
Why
or
why
not?
“Too
much

politics
for
too
little
pay.”




5.

What
do
you
enjoy
most
about
teaching?
Influencing
the
lives
of
future
business

leaders
as
to
ethics,
civic
mindedness,
and
globally
focused.


6&7.

Would
you
recommend
teaching
as
a
career
for
your
friend?



“NO.
Teaching
at
the
university
level
requires
a
dedication
of
12
to
14
years
in
college

and
then
seven
days
a
week
until
tenured
and
then
six
days
a
week
thereafter.
This
field

is
for
those
willing
to
sacrifice
and
really
I
don’t
know
a
lot
of
people
willing
to
spend

their
evenings
and
weekends
at
college
events
because
they
are
the
faculty
advisor,
or

working
on
research
until
2
a.m.
So,
no,
I
would
only
recommend
it
to
a
select
few.”



8.

Do
you
feel
that
your
students
are
average,
below
average,
or
above
average
in

academics?


“Because
I
teach
at
the
senior
and
masters
level
in
college,
my
students
at
this
Georgia’s

premier
liberal
arts
university
have
to
be
above
average
to
get
this
far.
Of
course,
this

depends
on
what
you
call
average.
If
we
have
a
“C”
student,
then
they
do
not
survive

which
may
explain
the
40%
dropout
rate
between
their
junior
and
senior
level
in

college.
As
to
their
maturity,
not
as
much
at
the
undergraduate
level,
again,
this

depends
on
average.
If
you
mean
can
they
handle
stressful
decisions
and
function
well

in
a
group
or
individually
then
definitely
they
are
mature.
But,
if
you
refer
to
their

personal
lives,
no
as
they
party
hard
and
depend
on
helicopter
parents.”


10.

How
would
you
describe
the
students
in
your
school?


“A
significant
portion
is
made
up
of
helicopter
students.
Their
parents
do
not
want
them

at
a
party
school
so
they
send
them
to
a
smaller
university.
A
daily
the
student

deconstruct
their
class
on
their
cell
phones
with
their
parents.”


11.

How
would
you
describe
your
parent
cooperation?



 “They
do
not
let
their
college
age
students
grow
up
and
take
responsibility.”


12.

How
do
you
maintain
order
or
discipline
in
your
classroom?



 “Respect
must
be
earned.
I
expect
respect
and
give
respect.
So
far
so
good.”


13.

Please
discuss
any
discipline
problems
you
have
had.


“An
aggressive
student
with
mental
problems
became
angry
and
disruptive.
The

situation
was
easily
diffused.”


14.

Why
did
you
decide
to
teach?
“Because
I
have
something
to
offer
this
world
that

not
everyone
is
willing
or
has
the
ability
to
give.”



15&16.

If
you
had
to
do
it
over,
would
you
choose
teaching
as
your
career?
“Yes,
but
a

lot
sooner
and
never
teach
below
the
university
level.”


17.

What
benefits
or
rewards
have
you
received
from
teaching?

“The
Laura
Hendricks

teaching
and
research
award,
Cambridge
Who’s
Who,
Madison
Who’s
Who,
I

Caught
You
Caring,
and
Star
Teacher’s
Award.”


18.

What
do
you
find
most
frustrating
about
your
job?



 “Politics.”


According
to
one
author,
the
average
teacher’s
work
week
was
composed
of
the

following:

• 29.8
hrs
working
with
students

• 10.8
hrs
working
outside
school
(correcting
papers,
scoring
tests,
preparing

lesson
plans,
attending
meetings,
etc.)

• 6.8
hrs
performing
other
duties
(faculty
meetings,
clerical
work,
preparing

materials)

• 47.4
hrs
total
work
week


How
does
this
compare
with
your
workweek?


“I
work
seven
days
a
week
and
during

the
week
10
to
12
days
and
weekends
seven
to
eight
hours
a
day.”


What
after
hours
duties
do
you
have?
“Curriculum
development,
university
service,

community
service,
and
research.”


Approximately
how
many
hours
a
week
are
spent
in
performing
these
extra
duties?

“Ten
hours
if
you
mean
things
like
faculty
advisor
for
clubs
or
university
service
such
as

senate,
etc.”


What
do
you
see
as
potential
problems
for
the
beginning
teacher?

“At
the
university
level
it
would
be
a
lack
of
mentorship.
You
are
typically
thrown
into

the
river
and
you
sink
or
swim.
Many
university
professors
are
not
required
to
earn
a

teaching
certificate.
Fortunately
for
me,
my
university
required
it.”



If
you
could
name
ONLY
three
ESSENTIAL
QUALITIES
for
a
good
teacher,
what
would

they
be?


a) Student
focused,
b)
expertise
in
field,
c)
globally
minded


Which
quality
would
be
number
one?
Expertise
in
field



If
you
could
make
any
changes
in
your
school,
what
would
they
be?
“Treat
non‐tenured

faculty
as
if
they
matter
because
they
do.”



What
would
you
describe
as
being
the
most
rewarding
experience
you
have
had
while

teaching?

“Seeing
my
students
become
productive
citizens.”


1. Do
you
think
this
person
is
a
“good”
teacher?
Why?

I
think
that
Dr.
Sams
is
an
excellent
teacher.

She
has
a
high
dedication
to

her
profession,
is
extremely
knowledgeable
in
her
field,
and
has
a
strong

worldview.

2. What
did
this
teacher
say
that
impressed
you
the
most?

I
was
impressed
with
her
work
outside
of
the
University
setting.

3. What
did
this
teacher
say
that
impressed
you
the
least?

I
was
completely
impressed
with
Dr.
Sams.

I
am
not
impressed
with
the

lack
of
support
the
University
gives
to
new
professors.

4. If
you
had
a
child
would
you
want
this
person
to
be
their
teacher?
Why?

Actually
I
have
two
children
in
college
and
one
of
them
will
eventually

end
up
in
her
class.

I
welcome
that
day.

She
is
an
instructor
who
goes

out
of
her
way
to
help
her
students
learn
and
succeed.