The Alumni Association will honor 21 NC State professors on May 3 for their outstanding work in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field. We talked (via email) with some of the recipients about their work and the keys to being a successful professor.
Today we’re visiting with Craig Newmark, an associate professor of economics in the Poole College of Management. Newmark is one of six professors being recognized as Distinguished Undergraduate Professors.
What is the key to being a successful teacher? Enthusiasm! As a student I thought virtually all of my best teachers were enthusiastic but none of my worst ones were. Why should a student spend time and effort learning about something if the person in front of the classroom is not passionate about the subject?
What gives you the greatest satisfaction as a professor? Finding an excellent example for a point. Interesting examples are the foundation of my teaching. When I find one and when 40 pairs of eyes are locked on me, when 40 faces seem to be hanging on every word as I tell them about it, teaching is wonderful.