I posted recently on the importance of professionalism and the fact that I am including professionalism as part of my grading criteria for my classes this spring semester. I then received this letter from one of my former students at Drake University.
Hi Dr Kirk,
I had you as a professor at Drake for management/business classes and SHRM. I have really enjoyed reading Ask-Dr-Kirk for several reasons. My first reason is that what you say in these blogs, you actually did in the classroom. Secondly, as a professional, I still find bits of advice I can apply to my working life. Thirdly, I am glad you stress the importance of business professionalism to your students, as I have seen many students evolve into peers who "just don't get it" in the professional world.
Thank you for stressing professionalism in the classroom and all of the other knowledge you taught me as well. I know it has helped me not only get into and through graduate school, but also into the working world. I know I use the skills you taught me (being on time is very important!) in my current position as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant.
Have a great day and Happy Holidays,
I remember Holly as an excellent, hardworking student who was always on time to class and who was an active member in the Drake University SHRM Student Chapter. Obviously, these professional values and positive attitude have paid off for her. It was great hearing from Holly and her letter reinforces for me why I have continued to teach and mentor for the past 26+ years!