A single interaction between a faculty member and student can have a significant influence on that student’s success and career decisions. Scott Jaschik explains how undergraduate students are “significantly more likely to major in a field if they have an inspiring and caring faculty member in their introduction to the field. And they are equally likely to write off a field based on a single negative experience with a professor.” Creating opportunities for interacting with students both in and out of class can positively impact student engagement, retention, and performance. See Quick Tips Instructors Can Use to Improve Interaction in Their Classes for some ideas, and the resources below have more information.
Here are slides from a recent presentation on faculty-student interaction:
- Faculty-Student Interaction (FSI): Simple, time-effective actions to improve student engagement and persistence in engineering
- Faculty-Student Interaction: Gear Up NOW for Increased Student Engagement and Persistence
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