Computer Sciences Dept.

Matt Sinclair

Assistant Professor, Computer Science sinclair 'at' cs 'dot' wisc 'dot' edu

I believe that teaching is a very important part of working in academia. My beliefs about teaching have been shaped by my experiences as a CS and ECE student. Fundamentally, my goal as an instructor (or a teaching assistant) is to help students become life-long learners. I have three pillars of my teaching philosophy: engage students, develop a rapport with students, and be prepared and clear. This pillars provide students with a framework to succeed and become lifelong learners.

As a graduate student, I received the CS Department's Outstanding TA Award and was twice recognized by the University of Illinois as one of the top TAs campus-wide (selected based on the student's TA evaluations). I have also been selected to help run the TA training for new CS/ECE TAs at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois. To continue improving as a teacher, I completed a Graduate Teaching Certicate from the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at the University of Illinois. I have also taken a course on effective pedagogy (EOL 585), joined the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and attended the ASEE Annual Conference. I plan on applying the knowledge I gained in these environments moving forward.

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