Creighton University

Attitude and Teaching Effectiveness

A key factor in student success is the attitude of the instructor. An instructor’s enthusiasm can motivate students. An instructor’s facial expressions, energy, and intonation are as important as what the instructor says. When instructors take time to reflect on the passions they feel for their discipline or profession and they communicate this to others, explicitly and implicitly, they can dramatically improve their teaching effectiveness.

Beyerlein, S. W, Holmes, C., Apple, D.K., (2007). Faculty Guidebook: A Comprehensive Tool for Improving Faculty Performance. Lisle, IL: Pacific Crest.