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November Spotlight Instructor: Dennis Hasty

November Spotlight Instructor: Dennis Hasty

What is your teaching motto?
"Teachers affect eternity: they can never tell where their influence stops." - Henry Adams

What motivates you to be a GSD instructor?
I remember how important my own orientation course was for me in getting a successful start at EKU 18 years ago.  It is equally important for me to seek to give the same opportunity for my students to start out on a road towards successful completion of their degrees and being proficiently prepared their future careers.  I enjoy working with first year students, forming relationships, and playing a role in directing them towards the right path for student success.  

What is your goal as a GSD instructor?
My overall goal as a GSD instructor is to serve as a source and point of contact for first year students.  I strive for students to feel comfortable enough to come to me when they are seeking answers for common questions or problems that can arise during the first semester being on campus.  In the classroom, my goal is to provide students with tools and experiences that can be applied beyond their first year at EKU and to help to affirm or lead them to discovering their career goals.  The development of good habits and practices within the first semester, which can set a precedent for the semesters to follow, is also a goal of mine as an instructor.

What advice would you like to share with other GSD instructors?
Take the time to try to develop relationships with students, let them know that someone does care for them, and remind them that they are not alone if/when they find themselves overwhelmed. Remain flexible enough to work with students who may struggle more than others in the first semester with all of the challenges and changes that comes with the transition to being a college student.  

Published on November 16, 2016

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