We call our instructors faculty. Our students often refer to them as mentors.
As a student, the faculty will understand your goals, challenge you in the classroom, celebrate your milestones, and support you if you encounter any challenges during your experience.
But who are they, really?
Our experienced faculty are also business leaders and practitioners in their fields.There are three qualities that make a great instructor:
- Textbook + Tactics. We want our faculty to know the material you're covering in your textbook (the theory), but more importantly they know how to apply these concepts to your real-life working situations (the practice). It's all about making that connection from theory to practice!
- Understanding of Adult Students. Our faculty also apply principles of adult learning that recognize the educational value of bringing their students' work and life experiences into class.
- Use of Real Examples. Our faculty use case studies to engage students in simulations and team exercises directed at developing decision making that you can use in a work environment.
Here's a profile of an interesting and dynamic member of our faculty!
Meet Lauran Star
In addition to being a U.S. Army Veteran and member of our faculty, Lauran is an author, public speaker, mother, coach, and CEO/Founder of LS Consulting Group.
With little to no support from her family when Lauran decided to go to college, she joined the U.S. Army to help pay for her undergraduate degree, and then served in the Reserves for 10 years as a medic. In 2013, Lauran joined Granite State College as an adjunct faculty member teaching both online and face-to-face courses. In her role, she has developed curriculum and taught a range of courses, including: Organizational Behavior, Conflict Management and Team Dynamics, Effecting Positive Change Management, Contemporary Business Management, and more.
What inspired you to teach at Granite State College?
I went to three different colleges, paying my own way, and just barely graduated with my bachelor’s degree. I didn’t have the support system, but I paid for my degree so that I could get out of the lifestyle my parents had, and that kept me going. When I first interviewed at Granite State for a position as an adjunct faculty, I remember getting emotional. They asked me: “Why do you want to work at Granite State?” I gave them a completely honest answer: “These are my people. I’m a veteran. I had to work for everything. That’s why I want to teach here.”
How do instructors support students at Granite State College?
Personally, I go out of my way to entrench myself in my students’ academic success and I know most of our faculty does the same. My students know that they can send their resume for me to review or chat offline about assignments. I’m always there for them.
In what ways is Granite State College a good fit for military students?
We have a large community of military students. A few years ago, I had a student over in Afghanistan who let me know he was going to be in “radio silence” for three weeks. “Not a problem,” I assured him. I let him know that he could send along his research paper when he returned and we’d make reasonable accommodations to keep him on track in the course. The education we’re giving fits perfectly with the military mindset and that paradigm. Students can learn a new concept in class and apply it immediately. It helps show the value of their education, which is important for military students. I’ve taught at a handful of traditional universities, and the students at Granite State just don’t compare. They are passionate. They want to learn. They are bright and they bring in business experience. I love my students!
How would your students describe you?
Dynamic. Fun. Energetic. Some would say that I’m a fair grader. Not easy, but very fair. If a student has to submit, or re-submit, an assignment more than one time, I look at it each and every time. I will do whatever it takes to ensure they have a strong understanding of the theory or application and can truly say that they got something out of the class. How would you describe your teaching style? Kinesthetic. I don't want my students to only know theory and abstract concepts. I want them to be able to apply those skills. That is when true learning takes place. It’s not just about the grade you get; it’s how you apply the knowledge.
What are some words of wisdom that you would like to share with those considering going back to college?
Education empowers you. Teachers hold a responsibility to ensure their students are given the best possible education, while also fostering each student's individuality and strengths so they can find their own personal success. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing. With that said, YOU are responsible for your success—no one else. The accountability component is huge. You’re in charge, but you don’t have to go it alone. There are plenty of people willing to give you a hand. And when you achieve that success, help the next person along and always pay it forward.