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Andrew Herrmann

Assistant Professor


Alma Maters: BA, Ramapo College; MA, St. Louis University; PhD, University of South Florida
Classes Taught: SPCH 1300, SPCH 3380, SPCH 4346, SPCH 4357, SPCH 4957
Countries Traveled To: Spain, Canada, Mexico
Companies Worked For: Kinko's, Real Life Mag, Leadership Directories, St Louis U, Untangled Web
What is your style of teaching?
I am a firm believer in dialogue/discussion. Class time is spent analyzing, critiquing, debating, evaluating, and personalizing readings. I rarely lecture.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Prezio, PowerPoint (rarely), online assessments/reading, LinkedIn, Twitter, video/music clips, popular press books, case studies, streaming video
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Large volunteer group projects to help local nonprofits accomplish something they do not have the time or manpower to complete on their own. Eye-opening!
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Information competence = an average grade. I look for insightful moments of clarity, ability to synthesize, analyze, criticize concepts.
What kind of student would love your class?
Go-getters! The intrinsically motivated. Those who don't mind "DIY" work. The committed. The highly driven. Slackers don't perform well in my classes-ever.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Study hard. Prepare well. Read closely. Then bring your true unique self into the classroom, with all its uniqueness. Participate and let your freak flag fly.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
One word: work. I spent 10 years in business/info technology. I have first-hand real-world knowledge about getting, keeping, losing jobs, office politics, etc.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Proving that I could get a Masters degree (with distinction and a 4.0 GPA) while going to school and working full-time, despite people saying it was impossible.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I work with the hungry/homeless. I publish a lot. I'm involved in OWS.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I've heard I'm "tough, but fair." That's accurate. I don't suffer fools. Be your best self. Bring something interesting to every class. Surprise me

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