PHILIP URI TREISMAN, professor of mathematics and public affairs; director of the Charles A. Dana Center
[20 years at UT]
1. No matter how highly I regard my students, with proper push and support, they always surpass my expectations. Hook’em Horns!
2. Teaching is much harder than outsiders to the profession know. But on a crappy day, when nothing else works, we professors have the special privilege of being able to select a few students, engage them, and challenge them to prepare for a life worthy of their best goals and deepest values.
3. Stay in touch with your students. There is no end of pleasure in watching their careers develop and their achievements surpass our own.
4. Administration is a tough, messy and occasionally nasty business. We faculty should support — and regularly thank — our chairs, deans and senior campus leaders for their service, except, perhaps, when they seem to be taking too much pleasure in their work.
5. Too many Texans only know UT as the institution that rejected their child or relative for admission. Thus, our public service matters in generating broad public support and understanding of the important role the University plays in every Texan’s life.
MARTIN KEVORKIAN, associate professor, Department of English
[10 years at UT]
1. It’s a challenge for professors not to continue to see the world from the perspective of their own grad school experiences, and that’s one reason that teaching — of intrinsic value wherever it occurs — matters for the research mission of the University and vice versa. Tie at No. 1 with: Lists like this one pose a grave temptation to individuals with a capacity for fatuous declaration.
2. If you’re looking for parking on campus, you might want to try … wait, I’m not telling you that.
3. The shuttles and the free-with-ID access to Capital Metro almost mean that you don’t need the information that I’m withholding in item No. 2.
4. The wisdom of advising staff and course schedulers can fuel the engine of curriculum
5. The students are both bright and polite, but they walk far too slowly!
SARA SUTCLIFFE, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
[6 years at UT]
As I have (honestly, by accident!) been at UT as an undergrad, a graduate student and now a lecturer, these have several perspectives:
1. It’s a really great feeling when an ex-/current student sees you and says, “Hello,” when you pass them on the street.
2. You are human: You’ll make mistakes. The trick is to find them, show why/how you made them and try to fix things as soon as you can.
3. Never get a flu shot and go straight back to teaching that afternoon. (I wasn’t sick, but the side effects made for an interesting afternoon’s lecturing…)
4. UT is a huge place. It can be very lonely when you first arrive (especially if you’re from another continent!). Join some student groups (ones that will help you succeed at your academic goals as well as give some social interaction), and after a while, it’ll shrink and feel like home. Remember it will ALWAYS take you longer than you think it should to get from A to B on campus, because it usually involves going via C, D, E …
5. One of the best things about UT is the myriad of different talks, exhibits and concerts that happen. Many of them are free; just go look at all the fliers in the buildings and online and go learn about something new!
Compiled by Rosch Wadera / Our Campus staff.