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.

Acting and Learning in the College Classroom

With a little bit of courage and creativity, college instructors can make "play acting" an effective classroom learning activity for their students.

Why College Students Should Like Their Instructors

Why Students Should Like You

October 14, 2010, four people found this website with the search phrase “getting students to like you.” I posted a question to a LinkedIn group to which I belong. I asked those in the group if they thought is was important for students to like their instructors. ..... (read more)

Getting Students to Like You

How can a college instructor get students to like him or her?

This is a great question! In fact, it was the search term some of you entered when you found me website.

I have so many thoughts to share, and now I have another one. Perhaps some of you would be so kind as to share your thoughts on this subject. If you are a regular reader, you know how opinionated I am. But trust me, I value the opinions of others. ..... (read more)

More on Engaging College Students

Two dozen tips for engaging college students.

As I mentioned in my previous article, I did a self-assessment by looking through the 88 articles I had posted as of October 10th to see how well I have addressed this issue. I identified 24 articles that I pulled together for you. Here are my remaining 12 tips for engaging college students with links to the related articles: ..... (read more)