The Outstanding Teacher Award
Lu Hung-chen & Liang Yuan-ling / Campus Reporter
Have a closer look on NCCU's Outstanding Teacher Award winners and their educational ideal.
|Associate Professor Chen Zong-wen.|
|Associate Professor Chang Pei-chi.|
|Associate Professor Chang Yu-min.|
|Professor Chen Feng-yuan.|
|Associate Professor Tsai Ming-feng.|
|Associate Professor Luo Kuang-da.|
|Associate Professor Chen Cai-hong.|
|Associate Professor Qin Meng-qun.|
|Professor Wu Jin-yu.|
As a three-time winner of the outstanding teacher award, Associate Professor Chen Zong-wen from the College of Sociology humbly said his sense of achievement comes mainly from students’ positive feedback, “for that sociology is a field without immediate repayment.”
Chen said the spirit of Sociology studies lies in exploring burgeoning phenomena, observing the rapid changing society, and evaluating the sociology itself. “Students should be led to understand the value of sociological studies during the class,” said Chen. To him, guiding students to think critically and managing the class prudently are the top priority of his teaching.
Associate Professor Chang Pei-chi from the Department of Slavic Language and Literature said her teaching method bears no difference from others. According to Chang, the key to good class management is diligence. Chang pointed out it’s teacher’s duty to help students learn thoroughly, especially in language and linguistics.
“The regret of not mastering a language is irrecoverable.” Therefore, she usually holds after-class meetings to handle students’ queries and improve their Slavok. Her care for students and her companion throughout the learning process make her one of the students’ favorite teacher.
Aside from in-class lecturing, Chang Yu-min, Associate Professor at the Department of Advertising, spends much time in discussion with students. “I am clear about ‘what to give’ to them and never assign excessive work,” said Chang. Spending more time than she should have, Chang regards students’ achievements as the best repayment to her teaching. Everytime hearing that students said that learn a lot in class,, Chang feels all her efforts are of great worth.
Chang encourages students to stay humble so that they can keep improving. “Facing uncertainties in the future, students should not stop asking and learning, since there are still many things to be discovered and acquired, and many challenges to be overcome.”
It always takes Computer Science Professor Chen Feng-yuan a year or two to prepare a course. While it takes time to collect relevant researches and materials as well as redesigning the presenting methods, Chen considers reviewing the study necessary, even for teachers. “Teachers need to review and learn new thoughts because students deserve the best content.”
In light of striving in the globalized era, Chen advised NCCU students to improve their language as well as information skills. Aiming at the future generation, students should have the ability to develop local and international competitiveness, according to Chen.
With the expertise in information searching, mechanism learning and natural language processing, Professor Tsai from the Department of Computer Science has cultivated bunch of talented students in NCCU. Tsai stated that, in the upcoming decades, information technology will become a interdiscipline application in diverse industries, thus bringing the computer technology into all fields. Bearing this perspective in mind, Tsai aims to develop his ability diligently no matter on teaching or researching in the hope of helping more students with computing skills develop interdisciplinary abilities.
Luo Kuang-da, Associate Professor of Department of Public Finance, has great enthusiasm for teaching. His course “Economics in Everyday life” involves familiar examples from life and comprehensible approaches to complex economic concepts, appreciated by students and attracting more than 100 of them to take every semester.
“What else can you do” is the question Luo frequently asks. He encourages students to grab every opportunities to engage in the interdisciplinary learning, posses more confidence in themselves, to make long-term plans. “Always aim for the difficult when setting your goal. Go beyond your ability and execute the plan with all your strength--this is what great dream is for” said Luo.
Having been teaching for more than twenty years, Chen Cai-hong’s passion for education never subsides. As an Associate Professor at Foreign Language Center, she offers College English in recent years and receives favorably reviews from many students. She designs her courses as the one able to keep pace with time, and always learns with students. She also stresses on the importance of fostering students’ senses of responsibility, trying her best to create a good learning environment where students can feel secure. Chen hopes that she can play the role as a teacher and a friend in students’ lives.
Chen is good at using diverse teaching materials to connect with students’ life. In order to motivating students, she said, “I always listen to students carefully and patiently and always give them my response. I would like to let them know that what their classmates and I are interested in are the content of their speech, and they won’t be harshly judged if mistakes are made.”
Qin Meng-qun, Associate professor of Department of Education, emphasizes that teachers should learn with students in the process of teaching. He pays a lot of attention to the interaction with students. He believes that the the first 15 minutes after the class begins is for students to raise questions and hold discussion, through which their abilities of synthesizing information and logical thinking can the strengthened.
Many of Qin’s students stated that Professor Wu cares about them even outside of the classroom. Apart from teaching in the university, Professor Wu also devotes himself to social education. He hopes to influence the society through multiple ways. Professor Wu also calls on student to learn for learning itself, for university is a treasure box for knowledge, and students should make efforts to broaden their horizons.
Wu Jin-yu, Professor of Department of Law, humbly stated that her way of teaching is rather ordinary. She teaches without any PPT slides, only with chalks and handouts. “I am very grateful to my students for helping me prove that there is possibility for teaching quality in a ‘technology-free’ classroom,” said Wu.
「One who knows the fundamental knows all, who comprehends the significant understands the detail」illustrates Wu’s teaching philosophy. She emphasizes achieving mastery through a comprehensive, systematic study. Professor Wu also warns students against seeing the wood for the trees, in which students focus too much on the details and ignore the overall picture of law’s application and explanation.