你最重要的学术或职业时刻是什么?土耳其侯赛因

在我们的研究静修期间,我的研究小组,创造力研究小组(CRG),利用我们的午餐/晚餐休息时间进行私人活动。为了以一种轻松有趣的方式促进我们的讨论,我们经常使用《纽约时报》的文章《通向爱的36个问题》和类似的问卷。在我们最近的一次静修中,我们问对方:“你最大的学术或专业成就/时刻是什么?”

As I did not go first, I had a minute or so to run through my academic career to quickly reflect on which moment “sparked the most joy” in my life. Was it achieving one of the highest ranks in the high school exit exam in Lebanon? Was it achieving the highest GPA in my cohort for four consecutive years in my undergraduate studies that got me a full scholarship as a result? Was it being accepted and fully funded to the master’s program at the American University of Beirut, one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East? Was it being accepted and fully funded to two Ph.D. programs in the US? Was it passing my qualifying exams, then general exams? Was it my first publication with my advisor? Was it defending my dissertation successfully?

这不是上述内容。它可能听起来很势利,但我不认为我在教育的正式环境中挣扎着。我总是有动力学习,做作业,放在几小时,而且最重要的是,当我不理解某事时,最重要的是提问。作为学生,我向教室,走廊,办公时间等询问了我的同龄人和教师问题。我并不介意花时间解决问题,并证明数学陈述。这些研究习惯使您对我的一场斗争进行了测试,但我仍然相信形成一堂课的完全理解是我的第一学习习惯。

I tried to never leave a class not understanding the big picture, even if it meant hijacking the class at times. As I come from an underprivileged, big farming family, I had made a promise (to myself) to always advocate for myself. Now, as I stand on the other side, I wonder if I was that obnoxious, selfish student who only cared about his own learning. Maybe at times I was, but I was also a peer instructor, at least informally.

我的许多同龄人以前都会抄我的课堂笔记,把我的答案抄写到考试复习上,并就内容问我各种各样的问题。这些事例和许多类似的情况帮助我在为自己辩护的过程中平静下来。我不再认为这是自私的行为。在某种程度上,我认为为自己鼓吹也是为别人鼓吹!

我有时会想,我对自己的倡导是否将我定义为“叛逆”。例如,我不能容忍在我的本科学习期间“糟糕的教学”。如果你只是通过阅读书中的定理和证明来教授真正的分析,你会得到我作为你学生的一些激烈评论。在实际分析中,这实际上发展成了一种抗议活动,除了两个学生之外,我带领全班同学(Traitors!),抵制讲座并转向主席。如果你的教学风格是问题可以完成“MY方式或NOway”, I probably protested by pointing out a different way of solving a problem. If your style of teaching was dismissive to questions, I stood up in class and demanded, “I’d like you to answer my question before moving on.”

I was fortunate to have only a few of those “bad teaching” experiences in my life. I am very grateful for having some of the most inspirational instructors, starting from elementary school up to my PhD. I am very grateful to have had an amazing Ph.D. advisor, Professor Jonathan Kujawa. I will always cherish his encouragement and support. Most importantly, I am indebted to Professor Nazih Nahlus who taught me during my time at the American University of Beirut. His advice and mentoring paved a path for me to pursue a Ph.D. program in Mathematics. Before chatting with him, I had never heard of a place called Oklahoma, but as he had done a postdoc there, he recommended it to me. I must say I am glad I followed his recommendation because my six years in Norman, OK were an absolutely a wonderful part of my life. I should mention that his deep interest and experience in Algebra has had a profound impact on my interest in the subject. Without his guidance, I would not have been where I am right now.

我学生时代的经历一直延续到我现在的职业生涯中。作为一名教员,我现在站在辅导对数学有着浓厚兴趣的学生的另一边,我努力模仿纳赫卢斯教授,成为推动我的学生追寻梦想和抱负的声音。此外,作为一名项目协调员,我有机会观察我的同事们的教学情况。我还是不能容忍以上的教学方式。

我终于得出结论,作为一名学生,我对自己的倡导已经扩展到对所有学生的倡导。例如,我现在提倡在我的课堂上,在系里,学院里和大学会议上积极学习公平的做法。有时我会想,这种主张是否会让我觉得“豪森似乎是一个难以相处的人。”

Maybe it does! Sometimes, I have struggled to communicate my ideas in the “best” (possibly Euro-centric) way. Recent encounters have pushed me to reflect on the way I communicate. Am I phrasing my thoughts in a strong demanding voice? Do I use “I” too much (I’ve been told)? Am I too direct? Does my advocacy for my ideas come across as “rude”?

也许对一些人!反思我的struggle with the academic job market in 2014 gives me this impression. I had many phone, Skype, and even on-campus interviews. On paper, I still think I was highly qualified, but nothing panned out. In April, I was still searching for a job, and self-doubt had started to sink in. “What’s wrong with me?” is an inevitable response to rejection letters/emails. They have found someone else who was a better fit. A “better fit”? But I excelled at schooling, teaching, and research; that can’t be it. What is it? Now looking back at that time, I think my lack of success on the job market might have been more about communicating in a “certain” way, a skill that was not part of my training at that time.

只有少数人相信你的能力才能继续前进!2014年4月下旬的一个星期六,我在诺曼参加一个黎巴嫩节日。我和我的朋友们在吃了一些美味的法拉费和塔布勒之后,正要表演我们传统的排舞“达布”。我的电话响了,区号是203。我接了电话;我听不清楚,所以我跑到附近的停车场。那是我成为纽黑文大学的日子!

土耳其胡塞 博士。土耳其胡塞is currently an associate professor of Mathematics at the University of New Haven. He is the Mathematics Coordinator at the University, a University Research Scholar, and a Faculty Fellow at their Center of Teaching Excellence. Before that, he completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, where he studied Representation Theory of Lie Superalgebras.

毕业后,他在本科大学教育(RUME)中对定性和定量研究的敏锐感兴趣。他在这一领域的主要兴趣之一正在研究本科教室中培养数学创造力的方法。自2014年以来,他一直是多机构的一部分创意研究小组studying mathematical creativity, which has secured an NSF-IUSE grant to explore connections between mathematical creativity and mathematical identity in the Calculus classroom. He co-authored several publications and presentations in RUME.

Outside of academics, he enjoys cooking Lebanese food and being on the tennis court.

纳齐纳赫卢斯

这篇短文是献给纳齐赫·纳赫卢斯教授的。他对我的信任和指导鼓励我攻读数学博士学位。他在2018年的去世是我经历过的最悲伤的时刻之一,但他将永远作为我最喜欢的导师被人们记住。

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