Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I truly enjoy interacting with students.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to inspire young minds, to promote scholastic achievement and to mentor aspiring professionals.  I love the academic environment. It is an environment that embraces constant challenges, values the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, and provides access to cutting-edge research and technological resources.  As an alumna of a historically black college or university (HBCU), it is especially gratifying to work at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T):   a prominent institution with a long and rich history of distinction. I am honored to be a part of its rich tapestry of civic minded academics committed to excellence.

 

What I teach

During my tenure at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University I have taught four courses: Principles of Accounting I, Principles of Accounting I (HONORS), Principles of Accounting II, and Accounting Systems.  Principles of Accounting I and Principles of Accounting I (HONORS) highlight the fundamental elements of financial accounting.  Principles of Accounting II explores financial accounting for corporations and managerial accounting for manufacturing companies. Accounting Systems introduces students to systems development and internal controls. In particular, it places an emphasis on the role of technology and internal controls within organizations.  In addition to these four courses, I have also administered an Honor’s Contract.

 

I have had the opportunity to teach at two other institutions.  Before NCA&T, I was on the faculty at Mississippi State University (MSU) for two years.  While at MSU, I taught Management Information Systems.  This course covers fundamental systems principles including database design, systems development and electronic commerce. The average course size was 175 students.  Before joining the faculty at MSU, I taught several classes as a doctoral student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) including Object Oriented Information Systems Development, Management Information Systems and Introduction to Business Information Systems.

 

How I teach

It is imperative to engage students and motivate them to learn.  Benjamin Franklin stated “tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Hence, I utilize diverse instructional techniques. In addition to lectures, I incorporate current events, written essays, student presentations, group assignments and research projects.  I place an emphasis on oral and written communication. In all of my classes, students complete assignments that allow them to develop their presentation skills. Each presenter receives constructive feedback from me and her peers.  I also use business examples to illustrate how organizations apply the concepts we discuss in class.  I have used cases studies from Harvard Publishing and business reports from KPMG to highlight important business practices.