Teacher of the Week
Assistant Professor, Terry College of Business
"Does everything he can to help his students be successful."
The Center for Teaching and Learning recognizes Tim Samples as CTL Teacher of the Week. Samples is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business.
According to one of his former students,’ Tim Samples is the kind of teacher who goes far beyond what is normally expected of an educator. Adrian Obleton, a student in the Terry College of Business, says that he “is engaging both in and out of the classroom and does everything he can to help his students be successful.” It is no surprise that Samples, who is quick to express gratitude for the influential mentors in his own life, has passed along the favor to students like Adrian.
In the classroom, Samples’ goal is to create a dynamic environment where both he and his students are fully engaged. His methods for doing so consist primarily of connecting concepts to his own research, and to current events. In a recent class, he used a discussion of Brexit to explore the foundational concepts of trade agreements and customs unions. By examining various news stories and issues arising from Britain’s vote to leave the EU, the students were able to connect the concepts to the present-day. Focusing on an ongoing event with observable ramifications makes the concepts feel more immediate and therefore, easier to engage with and understand.
Samples also encourages students to find connections between the course concepts and their own lives, particularly in terms of work experience. Often, this gives the students a deep well to draw on, making it easier to relate to and comprehend the material. In terms of increasing overall engagement, the methods Samples uses prove quite effective. He expresses gratitude for his highly engaged and prepared students, saying they enable successful teaching and make the job that much more rewarding.
See Samples' departmental profile: http://www.terry.uga.edu/directory/profile/tsamples/