The Alumni Association honored 21 NC State professors last week 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 Jay Levine, a professor of epidemiology and public health in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also an associate curator at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Levine is one of three professors being recognized with Outstanding Extension and Outreach Awards.
What is the key to being a successful teacher? Enjoying teaching, a bit of theatre, and focusing on the key elements of what you feel students may need to know, rather than on just presenting facts.
What gives you the greatest satisfaction as a professor? Seeing personal growth in students I’ve worked with. Watching them take on new challenges and watching them move beyond the things I’ve introduced them to. Perhaps the things I’ve enjoyed the most is taking time from the rigors of running a laboratory and teaching to work with young future scientists; helping instill a sense of wonder about the beauty of the natural world.