Principle Lecturer for Sports Education
Over the years, I’ve learned to never underestimate what my students are capable of. I’m always looking for ways to involve them in things like research-based consultancy projects, because to me they’re more than just students - they’re my partners in learning.
I was inspired to teach when I was an NTU student myself, back in the 90s. We had a great lecturer, Conrad Lodziak, who you’d probably describe as ‘old school’; there were no slides or handouts in his seminars, and not much structure, but his personal experience of being deported from the USA for anti-American activities was just captivating.
My degree was Communication Studies, and Conrad’s stories really helped to bring our learning to life when we were exploring oppositional projects and different perspectives. Looking back, it was the way he commanded a classroom and provoked discussion - the huge influence he had on our critical thinking skills - that made me want to teach.
There’s a lot of debate these days about what makes ‘inspirational teaching’. Through my own research, I’m interested in the idea of disruption; of using drama and storytelling to teach and transform, and of ‘breaking the rhythm’ to confound my students’ expectations. I’m always looking for new ways to do things in the classroom, and I’m a big advocate of the more creative types of learning and assessment; blogs and zines for example, which can empower students and give them a greater sense of ownership in their studies and the world around them.
In my subject area, it’s the multidisciplinary approach to sports and exercise science that sets us apart from other universities. It’s more holistic here - we’ll introduce you to a wider range of areas and disciplines, and we’ll give you the chance to apply and test your theoretical knowledge in meaningful ways. There’s a real importance placed on excellent teaching here, and the support our students receive; a commitment to helping you develop the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to stand out and thrive.