Ross Sherman, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, University of Bath, UK; M.S. in Exercise Physiology, Loughborough University, UK; B.S. in Physiology, University of Sunderland, UK
What do you like most about teaching at Grand Valley?
The biggest thing I like about teaching at Grand Valley is that you get to spend time with students, and not just in the classroom, but also in the laboratory, in those hands-on experiences where it's really nice to get some good interaction and one-on-one time.
What is your favorite class to teach?
My MOV 420, which is an upper level exercise science lab, is my favorite class to teach. I get to give students some of my experiences in the lab and also give them some of the extra skills they'll need when they graduate.
What do students like best about your class?
I challenge them. I ask them to really push themselves in terms of where they want to get academically.
How do you contribute to the success of your students?
I think it's giving them the confidence to actually try new things and also to show them the things they do well.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Ask questions. The more times you can ask your professor a question or use them as a resource, the more learning you get done.
What is the most rewarding aspect about teaching at Grand Valley?
A big thing is the student interaction - spending time getting to know my students more than in a 60, 70, 80 seat classroom.
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