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Timothy Redl is a dedicated math professor at UHD who continuously strives to become the best teacher possible and to positively impact his students.
Redl attributes his love of teaching to the influence of great teachers throughout his academic career, especially his mother.
"I had wonderful teachers growing up and I learned from them what makes a great teacher," Redl said. "The best part of my job is teaching and I'm always working to become the best teacher I can be."
At UHD, Redl teaches a variety of mathematics courses from freshman through upper level and several courses in conjunction with the Department of Urban Education. His first foray into teaching came when he was a student at Rice University working towards a combined graduate-doctoral degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics.
"I taught Introduction to Management Sciences for about 60 students who had very little or no experience with college-level math prior to the course," Redl said. "The experience I gained teaching that course really solidified my desire to pursue a career in teaching mathematics at the college level."
In addition to teaching, Redl has volunteered as a tutor in the UHD Math Lab, serves as the assistant chair for the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department at UHD and is a co-principal investigator for a teaching and research grant that recruits and prepares mathematics teachers in the Houston area.
Redl credits his involvement with the Department of Urban Education and the grant program with his newest research interest, mathematics education.
"One of the reasons I came to UHD was because it was focused on teaching, but still provided faculty an opportunity to conduct research," Redl said. "The more I teach, the more I learn from the students that I teach and I am always eager to further enhance my teaching abilities."
One of Redl's greatest teaching assets is his approachability and eagerness to help his students. He encourages "active learning" and student participation in his classroom, employing games, magic, humor and other measures while teaching complex theorems and equations. He even wears trademark "lucky socks," mismatched purple argyle and polka dotted creations, during quizzes and exams as a sign of encouragement for students.
"I want my students to know that I believe in them and in their abilities," he said. "Wearing crazy socks is a way for me to wish them well and cheer them on without actually cheering out loud."
For his dedication to his students and his craft, Redl was awarded the UHD Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.
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