Bio: Ryan Jennings (D.V.M. Michigan State University, 2008; Ph.D. Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2015) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. His clinical work focuses on diagnostic veterinary anatomic pathology with a specialization in dermatopathology. His current teaching within the CVM includes pre-clinical veterinary immunology and pathology, clinical veterinary student teaching, and pathology resident training.
In 2018, Ryan was awarded with the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teaching Award. In addition, Ryan leads several CVM initiatives to promote the health and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty at the College.
Teaching philosophy: I like to focus a lot on finding innovative ways to engage students to improve learning. In addition, I believe that clear expectations, e.g. learning objectives, greatly improve education and the relationship between learner and educator.
On being a mentor: I think we all have different experiences and perspectives that shape the way we teach. A person's teaching style is as unique as their own personality, and engaging with others to learn how they teach is not only a great opportunity for fellowship, but a great way to learn and improve ones own teaching!
Rewarding moment: It's not a single moment, but moments that happen again and again. When a student approaches me after class with a question that shows that they've thought about a concept an order of magnitude above which I had expected for the class. Not only does it convey that they were engaged with the materials and lecture, but that they are pushing themselves to go beyond passive learning and challenging themselves. It sparks a hope that they will be the innovators of the future!
Best teaching advice received or given: Students retain approximately 10-20% of what they hear in lecture. Therefore, you better be extremely selective and strategic with your learning materials, and always finding ways to help them retain more!
Advice for new faculty: It takes time to develop lecture materials, get good at presenting them, and collecting and integrating feedback. Use the time right after the end of the semester to recap, see what worked and what didn't, and plan a course of action for the next iteration.