Kelly ParkerPhilosophy, Environmental Studies
What do you like most about teaching at Grand Valley?
I really like teaching at a public university. I believe in Grand Valley's commitment to access for students who might not otherwise be able to continue in higher education.
What is your favorite class to teach?
Philosophy of Art. I teach two sections of that in the fall, right here in downtown Grand Rapids. The reason I do that is because we get two weeks solid of ArtPrize.
What do students like best about your class?
They enjoy the hands-on emphasis. Even in my philosophy courses, we really try to engage and find real-world applications.
What project or experience at Grand Valley involving students are you most proud of?
In 2008 I taught a pilot course in environmental studies. A group of students in the class decided to start a community garden. It is now the sustainable agriculture project out on the south end of the Allendale Campus.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Get to know your professors, go to office hours, don't put things off to the last minute, and pay a lot of attention to forming those friendships, those relationships that are going to be with you for a long, long time because those are really the fabric of what you're building your life with.