Program: Radiologic Technology
Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Science degree in Management (2005), Bellevue University; Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Technology (1999), SCC.
Has taught at SCC since: April 2001
Years of work experience outside SCC: 15 years as PRN Radiologic Technologist at CHI Health St. Elizabeth (formerly St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center) in Lincoln.
Describe your teaching philosophy.
Since I have no formal teaching experience, my teaching philosophy is more of learning by doing. Radiography is a very hands-on profession, so I try to provide students with needed information and then show them how this information applies to taking X-rays. When working with students with different learning styles, this approach has to be adapted to provide an equitable learning experience for all.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
When I was going through the Radiologic Technology program, my instructors made it a fun learning atmosphere. During the second year of the program I realized that I could see myself as an instructor in the field. During my last quarter of school I had the opportunity to help teach SCC’s Limited Radiography course.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
Prospective students can expect a challenging program that teaches them to be a qualified entry-level Radiologic Technologist. Many people who come to hospitals and clinics require some type of X-ray to assist in their treatment, thus allowing students to be a vital part in a patient’s health care.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
Working at a local hospital allows me to keep my radiographic skills sharp and up to date with changes within the field. I can pass this knowledge on to students, thus allowing them a view of what happens in the real world and how it relates to what they are learning in class or lab. I can also give scenarios to students that show them how what they are learning applies to an X-ray technologist’s job.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
Advice I would give to prospective students would be that this is a very intense program. You will learn a lot of information during the two years you are in the program. Keep up with your studies and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The end goal is well worth the time and effort it takes to get through the program.
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
Getting to know them and creating a friendship. Many of my former students still stay in contact and say thanks.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
Being able to meet new people and help them to reach their potential. SCC also provides support for its programs and staff to provide updated equipment to enhance student learning.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
Graduation day. Seeing a group of students that started the program with little or no knowledge of radiology graduate with confidence and skills to pursue their goals.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
Spend time with my family. I also like to travel with my wife. My children are all active in sports almost year-round. I enjoy watching them have fun and compete to be the best they can.