Sonia Villaverde, B.S., D.P.T.
Associate Professor, Science
- B.S., Kansas State University
- D.P.T., Creighton University
My philosophy for promoting optimal learning environments is based around the following ideals and objectives. I believe that the profession of teaching calls for individuals that are very passionate about what they do which normally is reflected through how they communicate carious topics to others. My passion for teaching translates into forethought about the impact of what I say has on the subject matter, on the entire learning experience and on each student as a contributing member of society. I believe that it is of outmost importance to foster students to learn what is defined and considered to be “good” source of information as well as to critically read and integrate the information from various reputable sources. I encourage students to employ their critical inquiry skills to what they read, including the course material, to turn it over in their minds and question its validity. The fundamentals of science are based on inquiry and no progress relies on this process. This emphasis on information literacy as a learning objective in the curriculum is implemented through assignments that foster active student participation. The majority of the assignments in my courses require student-student and student-professor review process and interaction. These interactions promote the peer-review process used in reputable publications, promotes the active participation of the students in their learning process, as well as critical thinking and inquiry. Effective teaching not only involves being passionate about a subject, but being able to convey it to students in such a way that they will understand it, but additionally, be able to then think about the subject and apply it in some way to their lives. Teaching should challenge both the teacher and the student. Teachers should be challenged to try to deliver course materials in different ways and from different perspectives. Students should be challenged by the teacher and the course materials. Every student has a story and experiences that are often quite valuable sources of information in the learning environment. Each student can processes information in various manners and hence this factor should be taken into account and reinforced when employing different models of information delivery.
- Human anatomy
- Exercise physiology
- Nutrition and wellness
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
- Impact of multimedia and visual representation in learning
- Role of sleep and learning
- Role of visualization and learning
- Global analysis of the correlation between nutritional knowledge and culture and obesity
- Recipient of CII Faculty Fellowship Grant for scholarly project presentation to Lynn Faculty as part of the Program: “The Role of Interactive Multimedia & Visual Representation in the Learning Environment,” 2007
- Faculty-Led Workshop Presenter for Teaching Excellence Committee, “Improving Student Learning Through Technology,” 2006