Prior to joining the Concordia Faculty full-time in 2016, Professor Belz taught as an adjunct in the traditional, adult accelerated, online and graduate programs. Belz has been with CUW for over 12 years, primarily serving as an administrator for non-traditional programs. She has been the Director of the Miller Park Way Center and the Mequon Center, and has contributed to the curriculum for nearly a decade. Before coming to CUW, Belz worked in manufacturing, marketing, and has experience in retail and sports management. She has a BA in Business Administration from Ottawa University, a MS in Student Personnel Administration from CUW, and is completing her Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.
What drew you to Concordia?
I was initially interested in Concordia’s graduate program in Student Personnel Administration when I made the decision to leave the corporate world to work with college students. Concordia conveniently had a position open in their business office, so I pursued a new career path while studying here. I was attracted to the mission of the university, and still appreciate the commitment to develop students towards a life of service.
What drew you to teaching? You have an administrative background, so what drove you to transition to being a professor?
I have always wanted to teach at the college level because there were several professors who dramatically impacted my life, both professionally and personally. I wanted to contribute to the development of others, and build confidence in students. During my time at CUW, I have been teaching as an adjunct in addition to handling my administrative duties which included budgeting, operations, hiring and training faculty, advising and strategic planning. I enjoyed my role as a Center Director, however was most fulfilled in the classroom. This propelled my desire to teach full-time.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My teaching style requires active participation. I try to have a variety of activities to appeal to many different learning styles, and understand that just lecturing is not effective or impactful. Therefore, I mix discussion into all of my lectures and have a variety of sources for student learning (videos, text chapters, current articles, social media platforms, online forums, and podcasts) to help students connect the materials to the real world. It is important to tell the students why they are learning something, and help them connect the dots. I have found that most people learn better when they understand the relevance and usefulness of the materials presented to them. Moving forward I plan to increase my experiential learning and service learning activities.
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