Uggen's Teaching Goals and Philosophy
1. RESPECT FOR STUDENTS.
The other points are really a subset of this one. Education is a service industry, but you cannot simply purchase a unit of education the way you would buy other commodities. Instead, you must devote time and energy to learning. I respect those students who must make work, family, or other commitments their top priority. Nevertheless, to benefit from the class and to be rewarded with a high grade, you must find time to do the work.
2. PROCEDURAL JUSTICE OR FAIRNESS.
In my non-statistics classes, I typically grade exams and papers anonymously (by identification numbers rather than names) to avoid favoritism or other biases. Universal standards and strict deadlines are the best way I know to provide equal opportunities for all students.
3. HIGH STANDARDS FOR EXCELLENCE.
I reserve grades of A for outstanding work that engages course materials with original thought and creativity or a mastery of technical skills. You can receive a B by doing all of the work well and a C by meeting all course requirements.
4. OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDEPENDENT WORK.
All must meet the basic requirements. For those wishing to engage the material at the highest level, I allow flexibility for more ambitious projects.
5. RESPONSIVENESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY.
You will have the opportunity to evaluate me and to critique the course in time for me to make changes that will benefit you. If you think I have failed to live up to the principles or philosophies here listed, please let me know about it.
I will be available to you during office hours and flexible in scheduling appointments outside these hours (including nights and weekends).
7. OPENNESS TO DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES.
Sharing your experiences and understandings (publicly or privately) enriches the course for your fellow students, especially when you disagree with me.
8. ENTHUSIASM FOR THE SUBJECTS I TEACH AND FOR TEACHING AS A VOCATION.
I cannot expect you to really engage the course materials if I am bored with them. Therefore, I will make every effort to make the texts, lectures, and assignments current, relevant, and intellectually engaging.
9. SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ATTITUDES.
I teach: (1)
technical and life skills that will benefit you inside and outside of the
classroom; (2) abstract and concrete knowledge about the social world; and, (3)
attitudes promoting the free and good-humored exchange of ideas.