Interview with Dr. Christine Cheney


Interview with Dr. Christine Cheney: Encouraging aspiring faculty, administrators, and teachers to increase their professional competitiveness through education.

The following video discusses the relationship between professional competitiveness and a college degree in education.  The video blog is an interview with Dr. Christine Cheney, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada.  She discusses what ways a College of Education degree can help aspiring educators become more professionally competitive.  She mentions top leadership qualities that Human Resources, hiring committees, and employers look for in an applicant within the educational industry. Dr. Cheney mentions some helpful professional experiences, skills, strategies, and qualifications for other educational professionals.

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2 responses to “Interview with Dr. Christine Cheney

  1. Maddie

    I noticed his point on rewarding good teachers, so I looked up another on of his speeches on this subject. There have been new programs, like Change the Equation, created by Intel that promote the subjects of science and math to kids. Another program that has helped promote education is Race to the Top. Race to the Top has influenced over forty states to raise standards in learning. This rise in standards was developed by governors – not Washington D.C.
    Obama wants to create one hundred thousand new teachers in the subjects of science, engineering, math, and technology because the Baby Boomer generation is retiring. He made the point that a good teacher can make such an amazing impact on students. He stated that a good teacher can increase a classes income by about two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in their life time.
    I think that if tenure is less available, then evaluating teachers to filter out the bad ones which would make it easier for good teachers to get jobs. I also think that rewarding good teachers is important. Good teachers could very easily quit because their hard work goes unnoticed.

  2. Erica Chamberlain

    This interview was mainly about becoming more competitive in the profession of teaching and also about what a college degree can do to improve the chances of getting a position as a teacher. Dr. Cheney discussed how a college degree is a valuable piece of documentation. She says that a degree requires a particular person to have a strong basic background of the information and topics in that persons specific area. Dr. Cheney gives the example of a science teacher having the background of all of the sciences and is knowledgeable in that area of study. The person has this degree to show what they aquire in a certain area or areas of study. Also, she says about being an effective teacher while being able to get the lesson across to his or her students and being successfully in teaching the material and this will make that teacher an effective teacher. Her last point about the topic of a degree is being an well rounded person will help in applying for positions. The question of leadership qualities was brought up in the interview. Dr. Cheney states that being able to work with others, being creative, and being able to communicate ideas are skills that are very important to acquire due to a teacher has to be able to communicate what the lesson is to his or her students and being able to write what is working and not working in lesson. The world that we live in is becoming more competitive, so having a college degree can give an applicant that edge over someone else. The topic of the job market being more competitive relates to laws by education is changing, Meaning the standards are making the teacher, administraion, and schools itself live up to a higher level of expectations. Making getting a job more competitive by having inspiring teachers to be more experienced and highly qualified to reach this new level of standards. I enjoyed what Dr. Cheney had to say and hopefully I am highly qualified when I am applying for a job.

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