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Prof. David M. Schultz

2016 Best in eLearning Competition, Highly Commended
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Manchester
EART10111: Planet Earth (top 3 out of 270 entries)

2014 Teaching Excellence Award, University of Manchester

2013 Most Innovative Use of eLearning:
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Best in eLearning Competition
EART30551: Meteorology

2012 Manchester Teaching Awards:
Best Teacher in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Best Teacher in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Centre for Atmospheric Science
School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
University of Manchester


PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING

My philosophy is to engage students in critical thinking skills and to develop their ability to communicate effectively. I tend not to teach lecture-based courses, but, if I do, I avoid PowerPoint presentations only, preferring to use the chalkboard instead as the students prefer this style. Many of my graduate-level and upper-level undergraduate courses involve student-led research projects, coupled with a writing and presentation exercise at the end.

At Manchester, these writing assignments in my Planet Earth and Meteorology classes involve initial submissions of their draft essays, followed by detailed written feedback from me. The marked-up essays are returned to the students, along with a sheet of common errors and how to avoid them. The students then revise the essays for the final grade. The extensive feedback and the opportunity for revision are consistently cited by students as some of the best that they have received in their three years at university. The 2011 external examiner report includes the following assessment:

Meteorology contained examples of innovative coursework assessment methods relating to the presentation of a final essay, a series of quizzes to reinforce class teaching and a set of weather forecasting exercises, all of which tested students' understanding of the course material. Several students commented that the coursework assessment methods had helped them greatly in understanding a topic that they originally perceived as academically challenging.


TEACHING: UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

EART10020, EART10040, EART10050: First-Year Tutorial Lectures, Autumn 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

EART10111: Planet Earth, Autumn 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016.
Reading List

EART30551: Meteorology, Autumn 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016.
Reading List

EART20170: Computing, Data Analysis & Communication Skills, Autumn 2011.
Reading List

EART40031: Communicating Earth Sciences Autumn 2012, 2013
Reading List


EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, GRANTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Uniweather temperature forecast I have received two grants from the UK Higher Education Academy to build the first real-time weather forecasting system for teaching in the UK. Currently, universities in the UK do not have access to output from such forecasting models, which are the cornerstones of modern weather, hydrological, and air-quality forecasting (among other environmental applications). Without access to such models, UK students are severely disadvantaged for future careers where the use of such models is commonplace. Called Uniweather, you can login with a username and password you can get from me.

I worked with the eLearning Team within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences to develop an online forecasting contest that I implemented in my Meteorology class. Called Metcast, that application is now the subject of an article to be published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology.

I have also taken a large interest in helping students develop better communication skills. I have lead workshops in China, across the U.S., and in the U.K. based on my book Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker and Scientist (www.eloquentscience.com). Download excerpts here.

At least two universities (Oklahoma, Iowa State) are creating new courses based on Eloquent Science, and two others that I am aware of (Kansas, Colorado) have incorporated the book into their existing classes. Since its release in November 2009, over 2000 copies have been sold. The book won a 2010 Excel Silver Award from Association Media & Publishing and has been highly praised (http://eloquentscience.com/reviews), including

I have also developed a communications course based on this book, which I taught at the University of Helsinki. I have also written an article to help scientists, students, and forecasters write stronger meteorological case studies.

To support these efforts and position myself within the UK higher-education community, I have been selected to be a Fellow under the HEA Recognition Scheme in 2011 and a Senior Fellow in 2014.


TEACHING: UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Mesoscale Atmospheric Network:
February 2007

Summer School: Mesoscale Meteorology and Predictability:
August 2007

Advanced Topics in Meteorology: Synoptic and Mesoscale Influences on Convection:
November-December 2007

Advanced Topics in Meteorology: Applications of Numerical Weather Prediction:
November-December 2008

Communication Skills for Scientists :
November 2008-February 2009


Last update: 17 July August 2016