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Hassan Ahmad, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Chemistry

UT Pan American

Teaching and learning is a process in which often difficult and unfamiliar subject content is made more meaningful by effective communication. In biochemistry, providing everyday real-life examples makes learning much more meaningful and fun. In the classroom setting or with one-to-one teaching, I consider myself a facilitator of learning and often allow students to take the center stage. Listening to students' comments and questions is something I consider essential in my teaching practice. I promote critical thinking and expect students to become skillful listeners. As an effective teacher, it is imperative that I maintain a welcoming atmosphere in the classroom by getting to know my students as individuals as well as a class.