What have you learned from your project about the principles and practices of good teaching that you would like to share with your colleagues?
It is obvious that one can only give what one has, and research certainly leads to the replenishment of the professor’s intellectual trough. Good teaching must stimulate currency in the discipline. All teacher-scholars must engage in research in order not to become obsolete and irrelevant. After a few years of lopsided concentration on teaching, I had to embark on this empirical research titled: African-American Elitism: A Liberal and Quantitative Perspective, using the SPSS statistical package. The project helped me retool my scholarship skills and helped me reaffirm and underscore the inextricable link between teaching and scholarship.
In what way(s) did this project help your students gain new knowledge or skills?
I shared the outcome of the research with my students. They learned firsthand what they need to do as scholars in the training. It was like showing them by doing rather simply prescribing what they must be doing without them seeing me do it. I shared with them both the process and outcome of the research. They had their ideas of dependent and independent variable illustrated and reinforced. They were visibly excited to read one of the published works of their own professor. It elicited in them a new sense of trust and intellectual legitimacy. The effect was also manifested in a heightened sense of trust and confidence that I observed throughout the semester and after. The seniors and juniors in our department are increasingly consulting with me and seeking further guidance in how to conduct scholarly research, and I believe we are all better for it.
In what way(s) has your grant-funded project changed the way that you teach?
As I indicated earlier the project helped me engage in scholarship which has enabled me investigate new issues and social problems in this case how the Black elite help promote the cause of the Black underclass in America. Given the unique population of students we work with here at Lincoln University, this research is particularly relevant because these students would occupy the black middle class of the near future. Hence it is pertinent to expose what their impact might be in the larger Black community after their graduation. This research helped solidify my conviction that the mission of Lincoln University is to produce future leaders, who would be relevant in uplifting the less privileged members of their communities. My research resulted in a peer reviewed article. Here is the link for anyone interested in reading it.
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