What subjects do you teach? What types of students do you have?
Marketing courses at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something about what you do or the center where you work?
How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching? How did you become interested in education?
I have worked in various sectors in different capacities before joining academia. I have a few friends who work as lecturers and I realised that that was something I wanted to do as well - teaching, research and writing.
Who was your most influential teacher and why?
I have had several teaches who influenced me - one was Assoc Prof Lang Chin Ying, Josephine who taught us Management during my MBA at University of Malaya. She did not believe in bookish knowledge and encouraged us to challenge accepted theories and concepts.
What is your educational philosophy?
You got to enjoy teaching if you want your students to enjoy learning.
What is the most challenging aspect of teaching for you?
Keeping myself up to date with latest developments in my fields and coming up with the latest examples.
What kind of relationship do you have with your students?
I play several roles - as a facilitator, moderator, educator and guide.
What is the secret to instilling interest in knowledge?
You got to have interest in gaining knowledge in the first place before you can instill it in anyone else.
What is your philosophy on homework and grading?
For homework, give the students something they can manage yet challenges them at the same time and as for grade, give them what they deserve.
Is it possible to teach creativity? how?
Yes, I believe it is possible to teach creativity. There are several methods - too many to mention here. It begins by taking the students out of the typical classroom.
How do you establish authority? What do you do when a discipline problem arises?
I set down the ground rules right at the start. When there is a discipline problem, I start with a warning and if that doesn't work, I bring down the rules hard.
How do you individualize your teaching? How do you handle the different ability levels of students in classes?
It is often hard to individualize in big lectures but we have seminars which allow more interactive one-to-one teaching.
I ensure that students with different learning styles as well as special needs are not being left out and make them aware of different learning options.