My teaching philosophy reflects three main goals that I strive to achieve in the classroom: (1) facilitating effective learning that relies on clarity and consistency, interest and engagement, and real-world application, and (3) creating a culture of learning that supports feedback, communication, and curiosity, and (3) fostering an environment of inclusion and respect.
In My Students' Words
Passion and Patience
"She is by far one of the top professors I have had the pleasure of taking a class with. If I could, I would enroll in more of her courses. She has a true passion for teaching and helping students succeed. She goes out of her way to respond to the hundreds of emails she probably receives from students in this course and never lost her patience when having to repeat instructions. She won me over not by her attempt to establish her right as a professor and force students to join the lecture …, instead she made the class so engaging and interesting, that I looked forward to attending the discussions"
“it was new - being online unexpectedly. Farnaz did a great job adapting to new technology, and learned more effect[ive techniques each week. She tried hard to keep engagement, much appreciated”
Engaging even on Zoom!
"The use of the word cloud, polls, and interactive elements in the course was appreciated. It showed effort to make the online format more engaging for students. I think it helped breakup the monotony of online lectures keeping things interesting and varied for the students."
Open to Feedback
Instructor was very receptive and responsive to student feedback. Her effort to making changes to help improve the online learning experience was appreciated. She was also very accommodating given the unique challenges students are facing transitioning to online learning.”.
My teaching philosophy has evolved over the years but being student-centered has remained constant as the core of it. Since then, I have had excellent teaching opportunities including but not limited to serving as a teaching assistant at McMaster University (2017-2021) and K.N. Toosi University (2015-2017) for undergraduate, MBA, and Executive courses in organizational behavior and human resources management, teaching an introductory course to more than 140 students, and obtaining a teaching and learning certificate from McPherson Institute.
Organizational Behavior, McMaster University
verage course evaluation rating: 9.3/10
Privacy and Responsible AI, Stanford University
Average course evaluation rating: 4.4/5