Faculty Stories

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Jeff Boortz
They come out of school looking like they have already been designers for a year.

Georgia State faculty and staff already offer many Signature Experience courses, such as Special Problems in Art and Design, performance courses in Music, Domestic Field Studies, study abroad trips, internships and clinical rotations, authentic research opportunities, honors thesis research and writing, and public affairs service courses.

Faculty testimonials

Babaie

Title: Associate Professor
School: School of Arts and Sciences
Department: Geosciences
Course: GEOL 4120/6210
Category: Research

 
 
 
Q: What do students take away from this experience?

A: They are able to apply the knowledge they have gained from the courses they took and this gives them opportunity to apply what they’ve learned. Every participant becomes a field geologist through this experience. Students get better jobs when they graduate because of the field experience they’ve had.

boortz

Title: Associate Professor
School: School of Arts and Sciences
Department: Art and Design
Course: GRD 4200 Corporate Identity Design
Category: Art

 
 
 
Q: How prepared are students upon graduation?

A: Students gain much more experience than they even would at entry-level positions because they are directly involved in the relationship with clients. They essentially take senior-level roles in project management and are able to learn how to deal with clients, solve problems, and deal with conflict. They become more mature. They also get real stuff produced and printed, and are able to put it all in their portfolios.

Renanda-Dear

Title: Director of Student & Community Services & Senior Academic Professional
School: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Department: School of Social Work
Course: SW 4500 Field Education
Category: Professional

 
 
Q: Do students gain a new perspective?

A: Social work students in the field are learning about ethical behavior, policy and relationships within people’s lives, including their own. Help them see that they can’t take on the world, but to help one person has great meaning. For many years, people assumed people of color were poor, but we have many affluent people of color who’ve never worked with poor populations, etc. Our students are learning about other people, learning about working-poor people, people of a different race.

Title: Clinical Instructor
School: School of Nursing and Health Professions
Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 4510 Caring for Families and Communities
Category: Professional

 
 
Q: Do students gain a new perspective?

A: Exposes students to vulnerable and at-risk populations in settings, in which the clients are equal partners in healthcare decisions. Offers an opportunity to work as collaborators with their peers, community representatives, community organizations and other healthcare providers. Helps students refine their interpersonal skills. They build confidence in talking with clients in settings outside hospitals, rehabilitation centers and long-term care centers.

Title: Assistant Professor
School: College of Education
Department: Early Childhood Education
Course: ECE 4700 Issues in International Education
Category: Global

 
 
 
Q: What do students take away from this experience?

A: Our students often get uncomfortable and frustrated with the language barrier. It is one thing to read about in a textbook and another to interact with ESL students, but to be the one with the barrier on a study abroad trip is an even better experience. They learn what it is really like. This is what sticks with them the most. You just can’t teach that level of understanding; it needs to be felt.

aras

Title: Associate Professor
School: School of Arts and Sciences
Department: Neuroscience
Course: NEUR 4980 Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
Category: Research

 
 
Q: Do students learn applicable skills?

A: This is real-world science in active laboratories. The risks of working with scientific equipment, chemicals, etc. are not insignificant, but accidents are unlikely to occur if students and faculty are careful and abide by regulations. It teaches them the practice of science and how that differs from the public perception of science. It gives them tangible progress in their chosen field - surgical skills, hands-on techniques, etc.

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