Dwayne Tunstall, Ph.D.
Philosophy, African/African American Studies
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
What do you like most about teaching at Grand Valley?
I like that I can really teach in the spirit of liberal education. I can include things that will help students become more engaged citizens.
What is your favorite class to teach?
I have a tie for two favorite classes: my African American Culture and Social Thought class where it's easy for me to draw in contemporary events, and one that I co-teach called Alliance and Conflict, which is an honors interdisciplinary foundation sequence.
What do students like best about your class?
They like that when I come into class I've prepared for the topic matter to be discussed during that day. I always believe I need to put 100% into preparing for a class.
How do you contribute to the success of your students?
I like creating a space for students to be able to be honest about how they feel or think about a subject matter, and not judge them on what they say.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
If you have any issues or concerns, or you just want to say "hi" to your professors, come and visit office hours.
What is the most rewarding aspect about teaching at Grand Valley?
Learning how to view things differently from my conversations with students.
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