Hello! My name is Nick Marks, and I've been a faculty member in higher education since 2005. My background is in business, and I've worked in higher education as an administrator for approximately fifteen years. In my spare time, I am also a doctoral student at Plymouth State University where I am pursuing a degree in Leadership, Learning and Community. I live in the Lakes Region in New Hampshire with my wonderful wife and two young boys. Though I'm not the 'avid' athlete I wish I could be, I enjoy spending time biking and running during the summer and trying to avoid the snow as much as possible in the winter!
In my courses I place heavy emphasis on a practical application of the course content. Memorizing terms and concepts is tedium - real learning occurs with action, and with application of course concepts to real life scenarios. Weekly discussion boards focus on these practical applications and I encourage students to interact with one another as a means of sharing ideas and perspectives. Case analyses provide students with an opportunity to apply the concepts they learn in the course and offer perspective on potential action plan scenarios. Group projects allow a collaborative learning opportunity to occur as students work together to plan, implement, and present projects during courses. We all learn from each other, and no matter how many times I teach a course it is important to me that we all come away from the course with more knowledge than when we started!