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Al Leisinger

What do you teach at UMass Boston?

College Algebra

How would you describe your teaching style?

My style is caring and interactive and with high expectations. I use deep subject knowledge to prepare students for the next level. I relate to other disciplines and I insist on mastery of the basic.

Where else have you worked?

Brandeis University, Boston State College, and many high schools

What are you listening to at the moment?

The sound of a supercomputer in my office

Your tip for university success:

Work hard every day at your subjects.

Kathleen Barker

What do you teach at UMass Boston?

American History

What do you like most about the subject?

History is like a puzzle-it involves thinking critically about all kinds of evidence to uncover how and why people did the things they did.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I like to immerse students in the evidence of the past, everything from seventeenth-century diaries to twentieth- century political cartoons.

What else can you tell us about yourself?

I enjoy reading mysteries, and watching scary movies. My dream job: travel writer/photographer

Your tip for university success:

Ask questions!

Christopher Fung

What do you teach at UMass Boston?

ANTH 107 Intro to Archaeology, ANTH 272 Peoples and Cultures of Africa, ANTH 336 Ancient Mesoamerica, ANTH 247 Ancient Cities and States, Asian/Hist 115 Survey of Contemporary Asia

What do you like most about these subjects?

Anthropology gives us a systematic way to understand and appreciate cultural differences from the easy to the challenging.

How would you describe your teaching style?

My style is fifty percent lecturing, and fifty percent learning by doing.

Harvard University, University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Pacific University and Tufts University. Fieldwork in Honduras, China, New Zealand, and Boston

Teddy Chocos

What do you teach at UMass Boston?

English

What do you like most about the subject?

I can use a variety of venues, material and subjects as I improve students' reading, writing and critical thinking. I often select readings that concern our social being, responsibilities and global events.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I challenge students but always start where they are coming from as I try to incorporate new knowledge. It is a continuous interweaving of their experiences while rejoicing at their diversity and accomplishments as I address their varied needs and learning styles.

Where else have you worked?

Pierce College in Athens, Greece, Boston University, Northeastern University, Roxbury Community College, Suffolk University, and the University of Massachusetts.