Call me “Matt” or “Dr. Hoven.” Either works.
Why take one of my courses? I’m personable and professional. I want students to succeed: to learn the course content and see how it can impact their world.
Based on what students tell me, here’s reasons for enrolling in my courses:
- I teach about interesting things.
- I am dedicated to engaging the student learner.
- I make things relevant. I work hard and put a lot into my planning.
- I teach a lot of great people—you’ll like meeting them. (Did I mention smaller class sizes at the College?)
- I trust that you want to learn; I encourage you to reflect and discuss in class.
- I’m open to all students—you need not be a certain kind of student or person to take my classes and do well.
- My assignments are meaningful, connecting the course content to real life.
- My assignments aren’t just academic papers—I assess through a variety of methods.
- I choose course readings that are manageable, interesting, and that challenge your thinking.
- I make connections to Indigenous Peoples and cultures.
- I bring in guest speakers.
- I get repeat offenders, along with relatives and friends of former students.
I sometimes post videos on YouTube, which include descriptions of my courses. If you want to see them, check them out here.
(At the College, my courses include religion and spirituality. I find the area fascinating and appreciate the fact that we get a safe space to talk about it at university. As an act of disclosure, I state my religious perspective for students while I also draw from other Christian traditions and touch upon other religions. Given my work in qualitative studies, I like to understand my students’ religious backgrounds—including religious nones. I can teach students better when I know more about them and their interests.)
In short, my teaching is better than a slapshot to the face!
Here’s where I was going to cherry pick some written endorsements from former students, but I’ll save you from that. You’ll have to trust me; go on "Bear Tracks" and enroll!