Emory is that rare research institution where teaching doesn’t take a back seat. Our faculty members teach here because they want to do just that—teach. They are accessible and interested in engaging with their students, forging alliances with them as they approach their disciplines. Because Emory is a renowned research institution, where faculty are involved in important and pioneering work, they often bring their research into the classroom, so students get to participate in the processes by which discoveries are made and applied.
Andra Gillespie, PhD
Sample Courses: African American Politics, New Black Political Leadership, and Political Participation
“I love it when students ‘get’ the material. At some point in the semester they should start to see patterns. They’ll understand how the various theories fit together. It is an honor to watch when my students have that ‘aha’ moment.
“Most people don't appreciate this until after they leave college, but college is the perfect time to be intellectually curious. You never have free time again to explore questions in the same way. It’s a special treat when undergraduates come to class prepared to maximize their academic time at Emory.”