Subjects and Classroom Method
My teaching covers business topics generally, ranging from Corporate Finance and Business Planning to Banking Law and Secured Transactions. Courses recently taught include:
Business Planning: Advising Entrepreneurs
Small Business Clinic
Transactional Lawyering Seminar
Regulation of Financial Services
My classroom strategies vary depending on the type of course. In big, required, courses like contracts and business organizations, I use a modified Socratic approach in my teaching. I aim to engage the students in a conversation without intimidating them. In upper level electives, I generally incorporate some element of practice simulation, usually drawn from case files I have prepared to illustrate the issues in the course.
In all my courses I try to bring lawyering skills into the classroom and often make students work through cases by engaging in role-playing exercises. I also believe that technology can be a helpful teaching tool and have been integrating CALI lessons and PowerPoint presentations into my classroom. I use West Publishing's TWEN course management system to post assignments, materials use in class and daily "interesting tid-bits" for further, optional enrichment reading.
In addition to my service at Western New England, I have also taught a course in comparative corporate law several times as a Visiting Professor at the Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense in France and at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. In the spring of 2012 I delivered a series of lectures in Chongqing China at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law as a Fulbright Specialist. It is a truism that the world has become a very small place. Certainly, business law and business transactions routinely span international borders. I have written several articles focusing on international or comparative law, and have spoken at events in France, Greece, Belgium, England, and Canada. Some of my experiences teaching in France are chronicled in an alumni news article available here.
In 2003, I was honored when my students elected me as Professor of the Year. On a faculty where teaching is so highly valued, I felt that was a special honor. To learn more about my approach to teaching click on the links below: