Sean Lancaster, Ph.D.


Educational Background
Ph.D., M.S., B.S., University of Kansas

What do you like most about teaching at Grand Valley?
The thing I like most about teaching at Grand Valley is the relationship I have with the students and how engaged the students are with the curriculum that we provide.

What is your favorite class to teach?
My favorite class is an online class on online instruction and design. I'm helping my students not only learn what the best practices are and what the research says on online instruction, but I'm also getting to model those same behaviors and use the technologies we're talking about.

What do students like best about your class?
The way I try and bridge the gap between what the research tells us, and the research that I do, and how we can apply that into their own teaching practices.

How do you contribute to the success of your students?
When I work with my graduate students, I not only want them to understand the research, but also I want them to be engaged in the research. I want them to apply the research that they do to their own teaching practices.

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching at Grand Valley?
I think the most rewarding aspect of teaching at Grand Valley is that we have such a close relationship with our students. We are so involved with our students.

What project are you most proud of that you've been a part of at Grand Valley?
My proudest moment was when I won a faculty-mentoring award, and that was because it was students who nominated me for the award.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
If you're undergrad, really look at various programs around the state. You'll find that at Grand Valley our College of Education makes sure that you get a lot of field experience.