Erik Nordman, Ph.D.
Natural Resources Management
B.S., State University of New York, College at Geneseo; M.S., State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse; Ph.D., State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse
What do you like most about teaching at Grand Valley?
I like that our program is relatively specialized, but within the context of a liberal education. That allows us to draw from more disciplines.
What is your favorite class to teach?
NRM 495, trends in natural resource management capstone course because we really do get to synthesize everything students have learned and I get to guide them through their senior projects. You really get to see them grow.
What do students like best about your class?
I think I bring a social science perspective to a lot of classes and that is unique. It challenges them in ways they don't think they'll be challenged.
How do you contribute to the success of your students?
I try to emphasize professionalism so that when they go for an interview, they'll understand how to function in a workplace in a professional capacity.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
All of your classes really do come together in your professional career. Pay attention in all of your classes. There are certain situations where it all becomes useful. Try to get involved in a research project with a professor as early as possible. The skills you'll learn really get you started on the right foot and provide a good foundation for the rest of your career.
What is the most rewarding aspect about teaching at Grand Valley?
Times like Student Scholars Day when you get to see everything click for students and seeing the students grow and mature in that final semester.
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