About Dr. Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

My name is Paul Hummel, and I often introduce myself to others as a recovering engineer. If you are familiar with the Dilbert cartoons, let me simply say that I lived all of that. I started my college saga at Illinois Institute of Technology. Eventually, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. I worked for many years in industry, and during this time I did some college adjunct teaching. During my career I held several managerial positions in industry, the last as Director of Technology of a division of a Fortune 500 corporation. Then, in 1996, with minimal planning or forethought, I found myself working as a manufacturing consultant on behalf of Elgin Community College (ECC). My career in higher education began to take shape. I fell in love with ECC and with the mission of community colleges in general. I worked fulltime and occasionally taught college courses for my institution and two other colleges. After a couple years I set a goal to move over to the “credit side of the college” and eventually become a college administrator. In 2006, having earned my doctorate in education, I achieved that goal. I was hired by Waubonsee Community College as Dean for Technology, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. I have had the great fortune of working at two excellent colleges. The insights I want to share are drawn from the various college positions I have held. At ECC, in addition to my consulting role, I coordinated non-credit professional development training programs for three years and spent four years advising students in the TRiO Student Support Services program. That position helped me understand college education from the perspective of today’s college students. After seven years at Waubonsee, I retired April 30, 2013. I now devote my knowledge and skills to upgrading and expanding the websites I created beginning with Adjunct Assistance. I have three other websites: College Teaching Tips, Keys for College Success and Lighthouse for Learning. A lot of work lies ahead for me in terms of upgrading and expanding each of these websites, but I could not be more excited about fulfilling the vision I have for helping college instructors and their students succeed.

For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Colleges

I have worked for not-for-profit community colleges for more than 14 years. Over the last 5 years, my college has hired several employees who “jumped ship” from local for-profit institutions. Personally, I have hired two intelligent, talented staff members who left their jobs in for-profit institutions and took a cut in pay to come to work at my college. What does that tell you?

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Chemistry Learning Game

Science courses can be difficult subject to teach, but instructors can make it a bet easier for college students to learn by using teaching aids.  I stumbled across one for you chemistry teachers to share with your students. You don’t teach chemistry? Do you have a child who is taking chemistry? Then share this site with your future chemist.  No chemistry connection, but you like Mahjong?  Then there is something for you too.

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Student Engagement Techniques

Student engagement doesn’t just happen; you have to make it happen.  Here are some student engagement techniques (SET’s) that you may want to try.

Engagement Techniques – A Handbook for College Faculty

I have borrowed a few ideas from Engagement Techniques – A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley.  Barkley has provided many excellent student engagement strategies.  There are 50 in all to go along with 50 “Tips and Strategies.”  The book lists for $40, but I have seen new editions online for less than $32 and used for under $20.  It is definitely a good value even at the full list price!  Check it out on the right.

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The KHAN ACADEMY and the College Classroom

Find out how the Khan Academy can help you teach and help your students learn.

Videos Inside and Outside the Classroom

Almost exactly one year ago I wrote an article entitled YouTube and the College Instructor – Engaging Your Students with YouTube Videos. In it, I encouraged instructors to use videos in their classrooms. Then a few months later, I wrote an article entitled The College Instructor’s Guide to YouTube. In this article, I mentioned other sources of videos and suggested that instructors assign videos as homework.

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Four Traits of Great College Instructors

Compassion, Courage, Candor and Contemplation are four of the most important characteristics of great college instructors. Learn why.