Profile - Mathew Schuster

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Meet Mathew Schuster
Instructor of Political Science

Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science, Arizona State University; Master of Arts (MA) in History, American Public University

Question and Answer

  • Question

    Would you list some recent accomplishments?


    • Nominated for "Outstanding Faculty" to the Board of Trustees Award for "Teaching Excellence" in 2011 to 2014
    • Received Master of Arts from American Public University "with honors."
  • Question

    What is your approach to teaching?


    I do not believe that it is the role of a good teacher to answer students’ questions. Rather, the role of a good teacher is to question students’ answers. The word “education” comes from the Latin word “educare,” which means “to draw out.” I want to draw out of you that which exists within you.

  • Question

    How would you describe what happens during one of your most successful classes?


    In my most successful classes, every student participates. This happens more often than you might think.

  • Question

    What makes your curriculum interesting or valuable to students?


    Although I teach about politics and government, I try to develop my courses so students can see how what I teach affects their lives and how they can be active members of the larger political/social community.

  • Question

    How do you help your students get the most out of your class?


    I try to keep my classes real to show how the material we talk about is relevant to their lives, which helps to keep students engaged with the material.

Fun Facts

  • Fun Fact #1

    I am currently married to my first wife.

  • Fun Fact #2

    I have three kids.

  • Fun Fact #3

    In my mythical free-time, I enjoy woodworking and running.

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