Prof Conger's Teaching
My approach to teaching is heavily influenced by a liberal arts philosophy and is based on three complementary beliefs.
First, I believe in the value of an integrated and critical approach to learning. My teaching emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, openness to multiple perspectives, and attention to a broad range of questions including the scientific, historical, cultural, practical, philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic.
Second, I believe in the value of knowledge and liberal thought as key components in advancing society and in helping individuals become informed and contributing citizens of their communities and the world. My teaching emphasizes both critical thinking and “real world” relevance.
Third, l believe in the value of intentional, dedicated practice to effective learning. For this reason, my teaching emphasizes experiential learning, learning in close collaboration with others, and the importance of learning from failure.
In the context of teaching entrepreneurship at Miami, these beliefs lead me to create opportunities for students to work closely with me, other students, and practicing entrepreneurs in an environment that emphasizes diversity of background, culture, and experiences. In that context, I provide instruction based on entrepreneurship and organizational theory, but also draw on the disciplines of economics, sociology, psychology, political science, and philosophy as well as my own professional experience in business, technology, and the arts.
I challenge students to apply what they are learning through writing and discussion, consulting projects with real organizations, and developing real-life opportunities to start their own businesses, non-profits, organizations, projects, and programs.