We Are Constantly Both Teachers and Students
Have you ever stopped in the workplace and evaluated it from the outside in? Think of yourself in a glass bubble, watching your team in action on a daily basis. Most workdays start at 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. During that nine-hour span, depending on the size of your organization, hundreds of interactions take place. This process spans the globe from one-on-one meetings to large group presentations.
This engagement constantly involves new information, review of existing information and various degrees of technology used to transmit information. The amount of knowledge transferred from person to person each day is simply amazing. If you stop and think about it, the concept of teaching is front and center.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a definition of a teacher is one that teaches. It obviously relates to one in the teaching profession. That said, I contend that we are all teachers in our own way.
I was recently honored by being selected as a professor of record with Olivet Nazarene University in Chicago. I will be teaching a course next year on community relations. The audience of students will be Salvation Army officers. I have had experience with officers in the field so I can relate theory with practice. I will also have an instructor work with me. Together, we will have an enjoyable experience working with these adult students.
These individuals are adults and come from a variety of life experiences, educational backgrounds and learning styles. I was blessed to have recently received important information and guidance by the faculty and administration of Olivet Nazarene University regarding ways to be a more effective instructor. These guidelines made me think about how adult students think and should be taught in the classroom. The light came on, and I thought I can apply these methods to everyday communication.
Duke Haddad, Ed.D., CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis. He also serves as president of Duke Haddad and Associates LLC and is a freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO since 2008.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration plus a dissertation on donor characteristics. He received a master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis on public administration plus a thesis on annual fund analysis. He secured a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) with an emphasis on marketing/management. He has done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
Duke has received the Fundraising Executive of the Year Award, from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter. He also was given the Outstanding West Virginian Award, Kentucky Colonel Award and Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the governors of West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana, respectively, for his many career contributions in the field of philanthropy. He has maintained a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation for three decades.