I am very grateful for this opportunity teaching at ECPI University and really excited to start a new career as a professor of East Cost Poly-technical University (www.ecpi.edu).
It has been already a year since I started teaching at the university. Time flies by just like that, just wanted to share my experiences. The first day of my teaching, I was so nervous and elated, felt prepared but I was looking underprepared and overwhelmed, I was stuck in my own point of view sometimes, how I was teaching in English, language barriers, how loudly I was talking to students, and how students were thinking about my teaching practice, blah blah blah.
The second day, my teaching got a lot better, easing out, as time passed got better and better. I was also encouraged by student’s feedback. Along the way, I learned the most important lesson a teacher can learn. I really liked the students, and the students really liked my style of teaching and industry experiences I brought into the class. By far the most significant surprise has been the realization that teaching is not like writing a dissertation. Especially in IT, you should be prepared to bring more practices, help them understand the foundation of the topics you are teaching. In a few months, I received one of the best reviews, later I was asked to change the curriculum of IT programs of the University. I always like to come up with a new idea that can be applied to my students every time I walk into the classroom. There is nothing more inspirational that a teacher dreaming about being able to give flight to a student’s dreams.
Teaching is an honorable profession, I am so grateful being a professor of Cyber Security, the hottest topic in the world where daily over a half million cyber-attacks occur. It is becoming a bigger issue of everyone who are connected with technologies. This is the most challenging and loving job I ever had because I was also one of the millions who were born elsewhere, struggled many many years in America to achieve dreams.
Without you, I am nothing, with you I am something, and together we are everything. Thanks my beloved wife, my kids, my parents, my family members, my friends, and well-wishers for your love and support.