PASSION FOR TEACHING

Ronald Kotlik, PhD, first came to Canisius as an undergraduate student. His passions were history and psychology, and he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in both.  He then earned a MA and PhD in history. Kotlik has always held another passion, too – for technology.

As a teacher, Kotlik was ahead of the technological curve. He found it was best to integrate the technological devices students had into the classroom experience, rather than to ban them. He taught high school students to use their smart phones to create polls, to create digital videos using primary sources.

He sees the old educational model, of the teacher being the source of all knowledge, flipped. Now, the teacher is a guide helping students discover new information on their own. As a student in his class, you’ll discuss the ways technology impacts education, how to manage technology and get the most out of it. You’ll learn from a professor who’s been working through the same issues every day in his profession.

Even as a professor, Kotlik is always still the student. He has passion you can see in the classroom, even when it’s virtual. As a practitioner yourself, he wants you to apply the knowledge you gain from his class, and to take it to the next level. He’ll ask your opinion and modify his lessons based on your feedback. Although he’s forever learning, there’s one thing Kotlik knows for sure: You can’t fake passion, your students will always pick up on it. His passion is real, and it’s infectious.