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Lecturer Profiles

John LaCourse

What do you teach at Navitas at UNH?

Bionics: technology from Nature

What do you like most about the subject?

It is multidisciplinary with underpinnings of creativity, inventiveness, and innovation; it is an inspiring subject.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Developing an environment where the students are self-taught through interactive discussions with the students

What else can you tell us about yourself?

I enjoy ballroom dancing, bicycling, and long-walks at the beach. I also enjoy splitting wood.

Your tip for university success:

Persistence! Never stop trying!

Mike Gildersleeve

What do you teach at Navitas at UNH?

CS408 - Living in a Networked World

What do you like most about the subject?

The fact that the subject and students' interests are constantly changing, so it's never the same course twice.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I view my role as that of a qualified tour guide through unfamiliar terrain. It's my job to lead my students successfully through the course in a way that leaves them intellectually richer for the experience.

What else can you tell us about yourself?

I'm a stickler for fairness and run my classes accordingly.

Your tip for university success:

Pay attention, ask questions, get started early, and don't lose sight of the fact that learning isn't only about the grades.

Rebecca Hawthorne

What do you teach at UNH?

Mathematics

What do you like most about the subject?

The ability to apply mathematics to real life problems.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Interactive. I like my students to participate and be involved in class.

What else can you tell us about yourself?

I sing in a local choir in Portsmouth, NH. And spend the rest of my time reading.

Your tip for university success:

Practice and study what you learn every day. Always ask questions!