Teaching Excellence Awards

 Year Awarded: 2015

Faculty Award winner

Christopher Leo

 College of Business


Mark Twain said that "the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." One of my goals as a college instructor is to help students answer the latter part of that statement. It is (or should be) the single most important topic on every student's mind. My primary goal is to guide them throughout their academic journey. Some days I guide my students as mentor, some days as friend but always as an advocate for their learning. Learning is traditionally defined as a relatively permanent change in a person's knowledge as a result of being exposed to content, practice of said content and the ongoing assessment of content. What I have found is that when "content" is presented in a passionate, genuine and entertaining way, learning can be redefined as a more impactful process that aids in the student's quest to answer the question, "why am I here?"