The challenges facing the academic community today require that instructors develop effective teaching philosophies that can be applied to real-life practices. Such an approach should reflect ideologies that will be germane to effective delivery of instruction, considering the changing complexion of the economic, social, cultural and political environments.
My teaching philosophy is that of a facilitator, rather than a teacher. Studies have shown that such a methodology enhances constructive learning. Students will be motivated to ask questions, participate in group activities and develop the necessary skills for intellectual stimulation and critical thinking. This type of approach will create an atmosphere of self-assurance and self-empowerment. The use of case analyses and timely and effective feedback are the hallmarks of my instructional style.
The future of academe hinges on the entire academic community, including instructors and students, but also curriculum designers, administrators and other stakeholders. The symmetry in their philosophies, as they perform their unique and inter-related responsibilities, placing the interests of the learners at the forefront, should continuously position traditional learning modules as an irreplaceable tool of learning.
Dr. Matthew Ademola is an associate professor of Business in the School of Professional Studies. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, in 1983. Afterwards, he completed a Master of Science at Maritime College, State University of New York, in 1987. He earned the Doctor of Business of Administration in International Business from Argosy University. After earning the doctorate, Dr. Ademola taught at a number of colleges and universities before joining the Central Penn faculty.
His areas of instructional concentration and research interests are international business, management, marketing and finance. He’s happily married and has three children––two boys and a girl. He loves to play bass guitar, listen to public radio and read a lot.
- Doctor of Business Administration in International Business, Argosy University, Tampa, Fla.
- Master of Science in Management, SUNY Maritime College, The Bronx, N.Y.
- Bachelor of Science in Finance, CUNY Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, N.Y.