Dr. Bin Wang

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Name: Dr. Bin Wang

Department: Information Systems

College: Business & Entrepreneurship

 

I am a professor of information systems and associate dean for administration, graduate studies and research at the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship. I received the UTRGV Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching in the tenured/tenure-track category in 2018, the UTRGV Outstanding International Female Faculty award in 2017, and the Most Developmental Associate Editor Award from Electronic Commerce Research and Applications in 2016. I have published over 60 referred academic journal and conference proceedings articles in top information systems journals and conferences such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Information & Management, International Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, and Americas Conference on Information Systems. I am currently a senior editor at Electronic Commerce Research and Applications and an associate editor at Journal of Electronic Commerce Research.

 

Why is teaching important to you?  

Teaching is important to me because it allows me to make a difference and change lives. Through teaching, we not only disseminate knowledge but also develop students’ critical thinking, analytical, problem solving, communications, team-work, and leadership skills. These skills will benefit our students for a life time, long after their graduation. Through my class activities and assignments, I also try to foster students’ desire to learn new knowledge and develop their learning abilities, so that our students will become life-long learners. This is especially important in the fast-changing and highly competitive job marketplace today where new technologies and new knowledge constantly change how we perform our job functions.

 

What are you beliefs toward teaching and learning?  

As a business school teacher, I believe teaching should be oriented toward real world issues to ensure relevance of the knowledge and skills we cover in the classroom. In addition, we should not only focus on the few years students spend in college or graduate school but rather should prepare them for a successful career. In my classes, I try to instill professionalism and a career-driven mindset in my students so that they are ready for the job market when they graduate.

 

What type of learning environment do you try to create in your classroom?  

I try to create a fun, engaging, and supportive learning environment for my students in the classroom. Students learn the most when they are actively engaged and also remember the knowledge they learn through hands-on activities the best. In addition, my teaching is characterized by using the latest technology and pedagogy to support student learning. For example, I have recorded over 200 lecture videos for various classes I teach and use the flipped classroom to support active student learning in the classroom.

 

What is your favorite teaching strategy to foster student learning?  

As a professor of information systems, I favorite teaching strategy is hands-on computer labs. Through these labs and exercises, students apply the knowledge and skills they have learned to demonstrate their comprehension of the knowledge. It is always rewarding to see the amazement on students’ faces when their computer programs work as intended. These hands-on exercises also develop students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills when they try to figure out the best way to design their software application and troubleshoot.

 

What advice do you have for new UTRGV faculty members regarding teaching?  

Every class is different depending on the contents, student learning outcomes, and modality. My advise to new UTRGV faculty members would be to adapt the pedagogy to the contents and modality to optimize student learning. One technique works well in one class may not work well in another. Even for the same class, online and face-to-face teaching require different pedagogies.