I was hired by the Recording Arts department at Flashpoint: The Academy or Arts and Sciences in 2009, where I have spent my entire teaching career. My first classes were Ear Training, Sound Synthesis for Sound Designers, Digital Signal Processing and Fundamentals of Sound + Acoustics. In 2011, the academy received degree granting authority and I was hired as a full-time instructor, coordinating and expanding the courses above as a college curriculum.
In 2013, I was promoted to Department Chair, maintaining a teaching load while coordinating the entire teaching schedule and managing a staff of full-time and adjunct faculty. As chair, some of my most important accomplishments was the integration of a new live sound curriculum (2013), an increase in the rigor of several courses (ongoing) and a successful transition from national accreditation (ACICS) to our new regional accreditor (WSCUC, 2019).
“It is so much easier to rest contented with what we have already acquired than to change ever so slightly those routine but profound habits of thought and feeling which govern our life, and by which we live so blissfully. This mental inertia is, perhaps, our greatest enemy.” - Mlle Nadia Boulanger, Rice Institute Lectures (1925)
I see the study of audio engineering in the same fashion as I see the study of music. To that point, I believe a successful audio engineering student is one that displays curiosity, the discipline to practice on a regular basis and most importantly a humility/desire to work on improving weaknesses rather than playing to strengths. Additionally, I structure my classes and assignments to enforce and reinforce fundamental skills, even when working on advanced techniques.
These qualities help prepare somebody not just for an entry-level job, but for a career in any industry that is dynamic (no pun intended).