My Strong Eagerness to Seek Answers on Questions on Higher Education Leadership From You
My name is Du, Jie, a foreign affair coordinator and lecturer in School of Business in Shandong Liaocheng University with education of Master of Business Administration in James Cook University and Master of International Business in The University of Queensland. Having taught courses of Management and Marketing to international students for around eight years and having been responsible for the jobs of foreign students’ recruitment, class schedule, and foreign teachers’ employment as international department leader in the university for more than one year, I have cultivated thousands of students and gained rich teaching experience, but I was always confused by the question that why I cannot help students better apply what they have learned in class to practice so as to improve their competitiveness in job market as soon as they graduated from university and how I can help foreign students and specialists to better merge into our educational environment and how I can give their talents into full play. While I have made every attempt to seek out the answer, I failed in the end.
After browsing your personal webpage, I found to my delight that I can unravel my puzzles on higher education leadership from your research. From the webpage, I know that as a professor with education in Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Foundations and Master of Science in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, you have published many books in Higher Education Leadership, including Leadership of higher education assessment: A guide to theory for practitioners, Legal considerations for assessment and institutional research leaders, Educationally purposeful activities predictive of undergraduate GPA. Research and Practice in Assessment, and Building a culture of assessment in student affairs: Research results and practical wisdom, among which the book of Building a culture of assessment in student affairs: Research results and practical wisdom is of great help to my future work as the post of foreign affair coordinator, and other books will play the guiding role in assisting me in finding my doubts over students’ difficulties in applying what they learned into practice.
And I have also read some of your books. In the book of Student learning in higher education: a longitudinal analysis and faculty discussion, you have told us that although students appear on average to be making gains in quantitative and scientific reasoning, there is not a strong relationship between learning gains and students’ quantitative and scientific reasoning coursework, and the gains are less than desired by faculty and you have discussed implications of these findings for student learning assessment and learning improvement processes. And in the book of This is the way to teach: insights from academics and students about assessment that supports learning, you have conducted semi-structure interviews and document analysis to proposes that the design of intended learning experiences in assessment can also facilitate development of specific dispositions for thinking and being in students as learners and future citizens. Also, in the book of The use of exemplars in English writing classrooms: from theory to practice, I found that you have given practical strategies for ESL writing teachers who are interested in using exemplars to develop students’ understanding of assessment standards. I am fully convinced that your in-depth research in Higher Education Leadership will play a vital role in solving my puzzle on students’ leadership and teaching and making contributions to our university development.
I am really looking forward to follow your research. During conducting research with you, I aspire to carry out innovative research in Higher Leadership Education and publish several papers in three years. And I promise that I will insist on conducting research with you until graduation.
Thank you for taking so much time in reading my letter. Please take my application into careful consideration. And I hope you can give me an opportunity to follow your research.