Teaching Experience

Teaching Philosophy

(My teaching evaluations since Fall 2014 can be viewed here)

My role as an instructor is driven by my belief that teaching is a service position. I bring a high level of energy and interactivity to my classes, employing hands-on learning techniques to engage pupils. I strive to provide them with the resources and opportunities to succeed, while emphasizing that their degree of success is dependent on their ability to take charge of these resources and opportunities. This philosophy motivates students to embrace educational opportunities because they feel both supported and encouraged while also assuming accountability and ownership of their learning.

A few quotes from recent teaching evaluations are provided below:

  • “I have honestly never met another professor who shows that he really cares about his students and what they learn and how they learn it as much as him.” (Spring 2016)
  • “Dr.Mke is supper helpful if you come to him for help. I have had several professors who almost refuse to help their students, but Dr. Mike almost goes out of his way to help his students.” (Fall 2017)
  • “He was always helping students and trying to make the class as fun as possible and keep the students motivated! You could tell he really valued the students and helping them learn!!!” (Fall 2014)
  • His ability to stay fair, in addition with the processes of teaching he employs, grant him an excellent ability to teach. I would not like to, but love to be in one of his classes again.” (Spring 2016)
  • “I learned infinitely more about how to behave as a professional in the business world than I did in the Business capstone I took this semester. Overall Dr Mike is one of the best professors I’ve ever had at Fredonia and really sets a high standard for the rest of the faculty.” (Spring 2017)

Courses Taught

State University of New York at Fredonia (August 2014 – Present)

Spring 2019

  • CSIT 351: Business Systems Development

Fall 2018

  • CSIT 425: Software Engineering
  • CSIT 456: Information and Decision Support Systems

Spring 2018

  • CSIT 316: Computer Science Overview
  • CSIT 351: Business Systems Development
  • CSIT 425: Software Engineering

Fall 2017

  • CSIT 120: Computer Science Overview
  • CSIT 351: Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
  • CSIT 425: Software Engineering
  • CSIT 499: Senior Project

Spring 2017

  • CSIT 316: Computer Science Overview
  • CSIT 351: Business Systems Development
  • CSIT 425: Software Engineering

Fall 2016

  • CSIT 120: Computer Science Overview
  • CSIT 351: Business Systems Development
  • CSIT 425: Software Engineering

Spring 2016

  • CSIT 251: Information Systems Structures
  • CSIT 316: Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
  • CSIT 425: Software Engineering

Fall 2015

  • CSIT 120: Computer Science Overview
  • CSIT 425: Software Engineering (x2)

Spring 2015

  • CSIT 251: Information Systems Structures
  • CSIT 425: Software Engineering (x2)

Fall 2014

  • CSIT 107: Web Programming I
  • CSIT 120: Computer Science Overview (x2)
Trident University International (October 2013-August 2014)
  • ITM 301: Principles of Information Systems in Business & Organizations (x3)
  • ITM 306: Foundations of Management Information Systems (x3)
  • ITM 433: Human Computer Interaction (x4)
  • ITM 434: Business Ethics and Social Issues in Computing (x5)
Syracuse University (January 2011 – May 2013; Summer 2014)
  • IST 444: Information Reporting and Presentation (x8)
  • IST 649: Human Interaction with Computers
State University of New York Institute of Technology (June – August 2011)
  • IDT 590: Communicating Online

 Invited Lectures and Training Sessions

  • Fall 2017: “Information and Digital Literacy in a Democratic Society.” – Presented at Democracy 101 Speaker Series at SUNY Fredonia.
  • Fall 2017: “The ‘Information’ in Computer and Information Science” – Presented to SUNY Fredonia Sigma Xi Chapter
  • Spring 2017: “Whose Reality is it Anyway? Perceptions of Reality in Our Digital Lives” – Presented to Fredonia College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series
  • Fall 2017: “Creating Non-Technical, Meaningful Classroom Exercises in STEM: Examples from a Course in Human-Computer Interaction” – Presented to SUNY Fredonia Sigma Xi Chapter
  • Spring 2016: “PowerPoint Overload (Ideas for Effective Powerpoint Use in Lectures)” – Presented at Professional Development Day at The State University of New York
  • Spring 2015: “Social Media Perspectives in Higher Education” – Presented to SUNY Fredonia Sigma Xi Chapter
  • Fall 2014: “The Use and Impact of Social Media in Higher-Education” – Presented to SUNY Fredonia Sigma Xi Chapter
  • Spring 2013: “Using Social Media in the Classroom” – One of two invited speakers to discuss this topic at a Future Professorial Program function at Syracuse University
  • Summer 2011: Conducted a qualitative data analysis software (ATLAS.ti) training session for a research group at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University
  • Fall 2010: Conducted basic and advanced qualitative data analysis software (ATLAS.ti) training sessions for eSLib research group at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University
  • Fall 2009: Conducted training sessions on content analysis and qualitative data analysis software (ATLAS.ti) for Dr. Ping Zhang’s research group at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University
  • Summer 2008: Conducted multiple qualitative data analysis software (ATLAS.ti) training sessions for a researchers (faculty and staff) working in the Center for Digital Literacy at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University
  • Fall 2007: “Practical Experience in Virtual Ethnography” – Invited Lecture for IDT 555 class at State University of New York Institute of Technology