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Tyler Grasso, SUNY GeneseoFollow

Submission Type

Poster

Start Date

4-21-2022

Abstract

This study explores Geneseo undergraduate students’ experiences in and attitudes towards faculty office hours. In semi-structured interviews with eight undergraduate students (conducted in the Fall 2021 semester), students were asked to reflect on practices by faculty that made them feel welcome or unwelcome while visiting office hours, as well as how they feel before their visits. Practices by faculty that are received well by students include remembering or asking for students’ names, receiving students warmly, making an effort to connect with students, and having their office door open. Conversely, students say that they feel unwelcome when a professor’s office is disorganized, when they are constrained by a time slot, or when they feel rushed by a professor, among other reasons. Several students noted that they feel nervous or stressed before entering office hours. Faculty members should consult these findings in order to improve students’ academic experiences.

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This study explores Geneseo undergraduate students’ experiences in and attitudes towards faculty office hours. In semi-structured interviews with eight undergraduate students (conducted in the Fall 2021 semester), students were asked to reflect on practices by faculty that made them feel welcome or unwelcome while visiting office hours, as well as how they feel before their visits. Practices by faculty that are received well by students include remembering or asking for students’ names, receiving students warmly, making an effort to connect with students, and having their office door open. Conversely, students say that they feel unwelcome when a professor’s office is disorganized, when they are constrained by a time slot, or when they feel rushed by a professor, among other reasons. Several students noted that they feel nervous or stressed before entering office hours. Faculty members should consult these findings in order to improve students’ academic experiences.

 

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