Q1: Please provide your name and some contact information for us.
Name: Ritu Sharma
Current title: Assistant Professor of English Literature
Campus Address: CH 205
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone Number: 440.375.7158
Q2: Please provide us with your educational background.
High School Air-Force HS, India.
BA, B.Ed, MA, Ph.D
Q3: Describe your area(s) of research.
I am registered and have conducted research with Harvard University Project Implicit, which is Oprah-approved. I have further incorporated the project successfully in facilitating diversity and differentiated learning in classroom. I have completed a project on diverse analysis of the Eastern world that has been accepted by Old Dominion University, Virginia. Also, I have conducted research with Dr. Chantal Vogeli, University of Lucerne, Switzerland on December 2011. It was focused on a comparative analysis between USA and European higher education andragogical techniques. I have researched with Dr. Joseph McLaren, Hofstra University, on American literature and pedagogy with its effects on instruction, in July 2012. A research paper I authored was accepted for the Eleventh International Symposium on Comparative Literature: "Creativity and Revolution,” November 13-15, 2012, by University of Cairo, Egypt and another one was accepted for the 5th International Indonesia Forum, co-sponsored by Yale University, on the topic "Between the Mountain and the Sea: Positioning Indonesia,” July 9-10, 2012. Also, I am invited to share my latest research at IJAS to be held at American University of Rome in October of 2013.
My goal is to continue to provide more width and depth to the classes and making them more involved and engaged with latest pedagogical skills, keeping the NCATE standards as well as conceptual framework in mind.
Q4: Tell us when you joined the faculty at Lake Erie College.
Q5: How and why did you get into teaching?
Teaching is not only my profession, but also my passion. I have been teaching since I was 18 years old.
Q6: Why did you choose to teach at Lake Erie College?
Lake Erie College allows microscopic observation and instruction for each student. This is what attracted me. Also, it allows us as faculty to contribute and bring the college to an international level.
Q7: Please give an example of a real-world application of the courses you teach.
Literature is a study of human lives and the diverse experiences that are captured by us. It encompasses learning, growing and overcoming challenges as presented by numerous writers and poets. These courses allow us to explore a myriad of professional options in life that are rewarding as well as satisfying.
Q8: Why do you love your discipline that you teach?
During high school, my deep passion for literature became evident as I was involved with reading and writing. I knew that I had to follow in the footsteps of my mother, who too was an English teacher. Reading endlessly allows me to gather knowledge and share it with my students. It is always exciting to challenge my students to connect to literature and witness the immersion.
Q9: What has been your proudest moment as a professor at Lake Erie College?
My proudest moment as a professor at Lake Erie College was when I was declared the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Q10: What one-to-two life skills do you try to teach your students?
Students learn to analyze and appreciate literature. These analytical skills can be applied to life itself.
Q11: What one concept would you like every student to know and understand?
I would want every student to know and understand to respect every moment in life and to make the best despite obstacles. Turn negativity into positivity and a teachable moment.
Q12: How do you interact with students outside of class?
I interact with students outside of class by picking a common author, and igniting and quenching a student’s thirst for knowledge.