Faculty changes? No problem for students

Pujan Dahal

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No complaints received from disappointed students, dean of business says.

Prakriti Paudel registered for the class her friend recommended her to take. But a week before school started, she found out the teacher had been changed.

“I was disappointed because I didn’t know what to expect out of that class and a little bit hopeful that he will be just as good,” said Paudel, a sophomore accounting major.

The school of Business and Social Sciences welcomed many new faculty members this semester.

Many professors had been on the verge of retiring for several years said Ronald Berry, Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences.

“They have been with us through a long series of budget cuts and been  very committed and passionate. We had a couple of them who decided to go elsewhere and that’s something that happens in higher-ed,” said Berry

There are 10 new professors and assistant professors who joined the College of Business and Social Sciences this semester. Berry shared that faculty is ‘highly enthusiastic and passionate.”

“They are great researchers and they are going to be a value to our program.”

Berry further hoped that the students were not affected by the change anyway.

“I have not heard a single student complain. This is normal in higher-ed and we are excited that we hired 10 new faculty this fall.”

Natasha Picard, a senior accounting major, said that she has been pleasantly surprised by a teacher change made to one of her classes.

“The teacher we got is really nice,” Picard said.

The only problem that Picard has had with teacher switches is that they often happen after she has purchased expensive access codes only to find she doesn’t really need them.

“Four times it has happened between fall 2015 to fall 2016,” Picard said.

Although the teacher changes don’t generally bother Picard, she says the last minute switches that leave her with lost money are not preferred.

Berry anticipates that the new instructors are long term employees.

“It’s a mix of faculty who are at the rank of instructor and assistant professors tenure track. So the tenure track faculty will be our long term faculty and they are pursuing tenure process.”

The College of Business has several initiatives to increase the technology related programs, construction program and accounting, shared Berry.

Berry said the  great  thing  about higher-ed  is  that  each  year  it  starts with  a  new group of  freshmen.   He  is “impressed” by   the  new freshmen.

Paudel feels that the new faculty members are very professional and from the business world. “I think it would be very  exciting for  us to learn from the experienced and skilled instructors.”

Berry expressed that there is a lot of opportunities for students here.

“Let college be a life changing experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help, that’s what the faculty and staff are here for. Get the most out of college as you possibly can,” Berry said.