lipscomb university
teaching philosophy


Like a squall on a smooth sea, effective teaching disturbs the tranquility of preconceptions and heightens the crests of intellectual curiosity. Throughout my academic journey, I have had the opportunity to see this principle in action.  I have watched row after row of seemingly apathetic, sleepy-eyed students awaken and engage in class discussion, their eyes brightening with a spirit of inquiry. When I was asked to teach my first class, I knew that I wanted to take my students’ minds by storm and stir the adventure of learning. I also knew that I had to develop my own methods for doing so, since my first class was a fraction of the size of the classes I had been accustomed as an undergraduate student and as a graduate teaching assistant.  >> Read more

Susan Turner Haynes, Ph.D.