When I started teaching, I realized what drove me in my consulting practice also drove me in the classroom. Now, instead of educating clients about their business needs, I'm educating a whole new generation of future business leaders who will one day become entrepreneurs themselves. More than transmitting knowledge, teaching is about inspiring others to discover their purpose and potential. As a professor, I have the opportunity to impact the lives of students, and I take that role seriously. Each student enters the classroom with a unique and valuable set of life experiences, and my goal is to use engaging techniques to help students better understand the business methodologies that drive our economy. My passion for teaching is rooted in the belief that I am having a positive impact on my students.
Teaching requires openness to change. Therefore, I continually examine my teaching techniques and experiment with ways to become a more effective teacher by integrating technology, adapting practices to address the needs of an increasingly diverse student body, understanding different learning styles and incorporating various assessment strategies. I strive to create an active, collaborative learning environment in which all participants are both teachers and learners and where students can discover knowledge rather than be passive recipients.
UAC creates a great environment for critical thinking and the opportunity to understand business and marketing from a global perspective for the international student. Rather than teaching business and marketing simply as a collection of facts, names and theories, I strive to provide students with a set of principles to apply to their everyday experiences. By examining economies and cultures other than their own, students learn to examine and critically analyze their own entrepreneurial goals. My role, then, is to help students learn to address the complexities of business and marketing, carefully form opinions, and develop and analyze solutions to business problems. Education can be liberating if students master how to learn and how to think. Making that small contribution clearly defines my professional goals as a professor at UAC.
Prof. Lascelle Sweetland, MBA
UAC Miami Business Instructor